Town OKs woodstove incentives |

Town OKs woodstove incentives

Although Truckee’s Air Quality Management Plan has not yet been fully implemented, the town will offer a financial incentive program soon for people who seek to replace obsolete woodstoves with EPA-certified gas stoves, woodstoves or pellet stoves.

Town council approved interim financial incentives last week, which offer up to $200 in funds for people replacing obsolete woodstoves.

“We adopted the Air Quality Management Plan July 15, and one key part of it was to develop a financial assistance program,” Town Planner Duane Hall said. “With all the gas line work done and the new services connected, we have gotten many inquiries about financial incentives.”

Hall said there are good reasons to begin financial incentives now, pointing out that the fate of new federal air standards is uncertain, and that Truckee is entering winter, historically its worst season for air quality.

“Having the program in place will encourage replacement sooner,” Hall said. “The staff proposal is that an interim financial assistance program be put in place.”

He said the program will include waiver of the building permit for installing a new stove, and a financial rebate of $100 to $200.

“It would be the same town assistance as offered during the Great Stove Changeout program,” Hall said. “We’re not offering anything that we have not in the past.”

The financial assistance program is retroactive to July 16, so anyone who has replaced an obsolete woodstove during that time is eligible to apply for financial assistance, Hall said.

“Southwest Gas may also be interested in getting involved and offering additional rebates for gas stove replacement,” Hall said.

In order to qualify for the town financial assistance, a homeowner must remove a non-certified woodstove.

“If it’s older than 10 years, it’s definitely uncertified,” Hall said. “Check for a sticker on the back. They have to replace it with an EPA-certified pellet, gas or woodstove. There’s a rebate of $100 for replacing it with a woodstove or $200 to replace it with pellet or gas. There could be additional Southwest Gas incentives on top of that.”

Those seeking financial assistance must provide supporting documentation to the town showing correct disposal of the old stove, and apply for a building permit, Hall said.

Hall said the program will be similar to the permanent one which will begin next year. However, the permanent financial assistance program will also include low interest loans.

“This is very timely, it’s very reasonable and it’s nice work,” Councilmember Don McCormack said, before joining in a unanimous vote to approve the interim financial assistance program.

Councilmember Maia Schneider also commended town staff for developing the plan.

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