Middlebury

Testing willow as biomass

In 2008, Middlebury College finished construction on a $12 million biomass plant located near the center of campus. The project cut the College’s consumption of heating oil in half—by roughly 1 million gallons per year. The biomass plant is an integral part of Middlebury’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2016.

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Willow FAQ

1. What is biomass energy?

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Colleges turn to wood chips for heat — and education

Temperatures in Middlebury, Vermont, are expected to dip well below zero in the next few days. But students at Middlebury College should be cozy and warm — thanks in part to wood chips.