MONTPELIER, Vt. — The state of Vermont has hired a new wood energy coordinator to promote the use of wood as an environmentally sound source of heat that is also good for the state’s economy.

The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation announced Monday that Emma Hanson is the state’s wood energy coordinator, a new position.

Vermont’s long-term Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan calls for doubling the share of buildings heated by wood by 2035. The state says increased use of wood heat reduces the use of imported fossil fuels and it helps the state’s economy.

Officials say modern wood burning techniques are much cleaner and more efficient than in the past.

In Vermont dozens of schools and other institutions have adopted wood chip systems as an affordable alternative to fossil fuels.

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