Town increases wood stove rebate
Just in time for the cold weather, the rebates for removing a wood burning or non-certified stove have increased.
With the new interim rebates, which were approved at the last Truckee Town Council hearing, removing an old, non-Environmental Protection Agency-certified stove can bring a Truckee resident up to $300. If a new stove is also bought and installed, up to $500 can be given. In addition, Southwest Gas customers can receive an additional $200.
The town and the town council hope changing out old, polluting wood-burning stoves and replacing them with either pellet or gas stoves will help the growing air pollution problem in and around Truckee.
According to the town, the goal of the rebate program is to get the stoves out of use and out of circulation. Therefore, the town is requiring documentation that the old, non-EPA certified stove has been disposed of at a wood stove retailer or landfill, or sent to a stove recycling facility.
If community members decide to put in a new stove, they need to receive a permit from the town for the installation of a new stove.
The town said the easiest way to determine if a stove is EPA certified is to look at the side or the back of the stove. If it is certified, there should be a metal tag with certification information. If there is not a tag, the town recommends contacting the manufacturer before removing the stove.
The reason the rebate increase is temporary is because the town is waiting for a study to be finished by Placer County. Truckee Mayor Ted Owens said the study is “three or four months out,” and once the study has been done Truckee will probably make changes to its ordinance.
“We said we could work to match [Placer County’s rebates] and vice versa,” Owens said. “We said, ‘Well, let’s match Placer County’s for now, knowing we’ll tweak it.'”
The town has also has made contact and progress with Placer County, because the pollution problem also stems from the Martis Valley area. In response, Placer County has agreed to work with Truckee, and in early July passed the Martis Valley Air Quality Ordinance, which also called for a wood stove replacement program.
Placer County is also working toward increasing its rebates for county residents. After the ordinance was passed, county planner director said the newer, more efficient EPA-certified stoves created 10 to 20 times less pollution than the older ones.
For more information on the wood stove changeout program, visit http://www.townoftruckee.com.
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