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.


Willow FAQ

1. What is biomass energy?

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.