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The Joe English Hill overlooks two radomes with newly replaced tracking systems that provide access to space and allows for the command and control, and health and safety of over 200 satellites a day at New Boston Space Force Station, New Hampshire.

NEW BOSTON SPACE FORCE STATION, N.H. – The Joe English Hill overlooks two radomes with newly replaced tracking systems that provide access to space and allows for the command and control, and health and safety of over 200 satellites a day at New Boston Space Force Station, New Hampshire. NBSFS hosted a Wood-Energy Summit on National Bioenergy Day which was a collaborative forum led by Lt. Col. David Zesinger, NBSFS commander, and included four panel sessions that discussed the NH wood-energy industry; the forest as fuel; federal and state regulatory policy regarding wood energy, and wood-energy equipment. (courtesy photo)

Panelists at the New Boston Space Force Station, New Hampshire Wood Energy Summit shared their experiences and perspectives on wood energy and fielded questions from the local audience on base, Oct. 20, 2021.

NEW BOSTON SPACE FORCE STATION, N.H. – Panelists at the New Boston Space Force Station, New Hampshire, Wood-Energy Summit shared their experiences and perspectives on wood energy and fielded questions from the local audience on base, Oct. 20, 2021. The panel also addressed the market for wood-energy products and how that affects the timber industry in New Hampshire and wider New England. After the panel sessions, NBSFS hosted a lunch, followed by a guided site tour of the 2800-acre NBSFS woodland and historic sites. (courtesy photo)

New Boston Space Force Station, New Hampshire hosted a wood-energy fact-finding summit, Oct. 20, 2021.

NEW BOSTON SPACE FORCE STATION, N.H. – New Boston Space Force Station, New Hampshire hosted a wood-energy fact-finding summit, Oct. 20, 2021. The intent was to discuss using wood as an alternate power source, the potential cost savings and ways to meet the U.S. Space Force renewable energy targets. (courtesy photo)

NEW BOSTON SPACE FORCE STATION, N.H. --

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.

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