Free Modern Wood Heat Technical Assistance Available to Commercial and Institutional Building Owners and Managers in Maine

June 26, 2019

Augusta, Maine - Modern wood heating for buildings using Maine grown wood chips and pellets has the potential to help Maine reduce its nation-leading dependence on imported fossil heating fuels. And it provides cost savings for building owners currently using oil or propane to heat.

The Maine Statewide Wood Energy Assistance Team (MESWEAT), a program of the Maine Forest Service, through the assistance of the USDA Forest Service, is providing limited no-cost engineering technical assistance to commercial and institutional building owners to determine the feasibility of switching from heating with fossil heat to modern wood heat using wood pellets or wood chips. Over 120 commercial or institutional facilities in Maine have already switched to modern wood heat.

In order to be considered for no-cost assistance for your building, you will need to download and complete a short application at Assistance with the application is provided just call Charles Levesque at 603-588-3272 or

Maine leads the nation in its per capita dependence on important fossil heating fuels such as oil, propane and natural gas, exporting over $1 billion of wealth annually to pay for these fuels. Yet Maine is also the most forested state in the country, with sustainable supplies of engineered wood fuels such as pellets and chips. Modern wood pellet and wood chip technology can heat homes, institutions, and businesses with clean, cost saving, efficient and fully automated renewable energy systems.

The Maine Forest Service, Maine Statewide Wood Energy Assistance Team maintains an interactive map feature where people can learn more about modern wood heating installations all over the state. The map feature can be accessed at

For more information on the symposium contact Charlie Levesque at 603.588.3272 or