By Associated Press - Sunday, October 19, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Montpelier’s new district heating system has been up and running since Oct.1, but has been burning oil, rather than wood chips, so far.

That’s because operators haven’t deemed it cold enough to fire up the wood-chip boilers that are to be shared by the state complex and about 20 public and private downtown buildings.

That’s expected to change this coming week with falling temperatures.

Meanwhile, facilities managers at downtown buildings have been getting trained on how to use the new system.

City officials say district heating has several advantages over conventional heating, including lower costs over time and lower carbon emissions and other forms of pollution.

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