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January 26, 2013

Mass. winds down stove upgrade program

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is winding down a popular program to encourage people to get rid of inefficient wood or coal stoves after giving out nearly $1 million in rebates.

The state Department of Energy Resources said Friday the popular program is running out of funds and can’t take new applications after this weekend. Written applications must be postmarked by Saturday and online applications submitted by 5 p.m. Sunday.

Low income residents who qualify could receive a $2,000 voucher to buy newer, lower-polluting models. Other residents are eligible for a $1,000 rebate.

The pilot program was launched in late December with $100,000. Another $800,000 was put into the program this month, and that’s almost spoken for. A $250,000 pledge from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is expected to cover the final applications.

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