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WOOD-BURNING: is it about pollution or control?

Letter by Darren K. McDonald, Puyallup, WA on May 9, 2011 at 10:38 am | 25 Comments »
May 9, 2011 10:38 am

Re: “South Sound faces a reckoning over wood-burning” (editorial, 5-8).

I see a definite parallel between in-person voting and wood stoves. We were able to vote in person until the government decided otherwise. I believe this will happen with any means of heating your home off the grid.

Boulder, Colo., was one of the pilot cities for the SmartGrid technology project (The Wall Street Journal,  2-9-2009). The local utility, Xcel Energy Inc., used the Internet to remotely control consumers’ appliances.
In a news release dated 4-26-11, the OpenADR Alliance boasted 32 members industry-wide working together to implement a SmartGrid standard called the Open Automated Demand Response or “OpenADR.” This standard will be manufactured into appliances allowing utility companies access to your home.

How can the utility companies control our appliances if they aren’t on the grid? The apparent solution is the government mandating approved heating sources.

Personally I like having the option of heating my home with wood and not being subjected to price gouging for natural gas or electricity. In a worst-case scenario where natural gas or electricity aren’t available, the Puget Sound has been blessed with an abundance of readily available fuel – trees. Wood doesn’t burn too well in an electric heat pump.

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