District Heating Possible Solution for Energy Problems

Concord, New Hampshire – Many communities in the Northeast see district heating as a possible solution to their energy problems.

With district heating, a central plant pumps hot water through underground pipes to heat buildings in a neighborhood.

Denmark uses 65 percent of district heating, and if it is done right in the US, it could provide inexpensive heat and power with great efficiency using wood as its fuel.

In Colebrook, New Hampshire, hopes are high that district heating could transform the local economy.

As part of collaboration with Northeast stations, New Hampshire Public Radio's Jon Greenberg reports.

Northeast Environmental coverage is part of NPR's local initiative and is funded in part by a grant from United Technologies.