Mass. expands wood stove upgrade program

BOSTON (AP) – Just a few weeks after it launched an incentive program to prompt residents to get rid of inefficient wood stoves, Massachusetts is expanding it.

The state Department of Energy Resources says it took just 12 days to exhaust the $100,000 allotted for a pilot program started in late December.

On Friday, it announced that it’s relaunching the program with $800,000 in rebates for the replacement of inefficient wood- or coal-burning stoves.

Low income residents who qualify for the program could receive a voucher of $2,000 to buy lower-polluting newer models that use less wood. Other residents are eligible for a $1,000 rebate on the cleaner-burning stoves.

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