Wood energy way ahead at New Boston SFS

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  • By Emily Klinkenborg, Public Affairs Specialist
  • Peterson – Schriever Garrison Public Affairs

Moderators, panelists and spectators gathered for a Wood-Energy Summit at New Boston Space Force Station, New Hampshire, Oct. 20, 2021.

U.S. Space Force Lt. Col. David Zesinger, New Boston SFS commander, led four collaborative panels for virtual and in-person audiences.

Summit participants discussed using wood as an alternate, greener power source to cut costs to meet the U.S. Space Force and state of New Hampshire renewable energy targets.

The first panel conversation involved industry stakeholder’s viewpoints and how the market for wood energy products would affect the timber industry in New Hampshire and the wider New England region.

Panel two addressed climate change while using wood as fuel and how to manage and preserve the woodlands. The panel gave a short review of the ongoing research regarding this topic.

The third and final panel considered state and federal environment regulations, the current state of wood power equipment, and technology advancements for future use.

The state of New Hampshire regards wood as a renewable energy source and recent Environmental Protection Agency policy guidance states wood energy could potentially be regarded as carbon neutral.

Panelists shared their experiences and perspectives on wood energy during each panel and fielded questions from the local audience.

The local audience included personnel from U.S. Space Force, U.S. Air Force, and representatives from the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation.

New Boston SFS, located in Hillsborough County of south central New Hampshire, was established in 1942 as a practice area for bombers and fighter planes before it transitioned into a satellite-tracking station in 1959.

New Boston SFS transferred from the USAF to the USSF in the summer of 2020 and is currently operated by the 23rd Space Operations Squadron, a geographically separated unit of Space Delta 6 – Cyberspace Operations at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado.