BOSTON (AP) — The state is introducing a new incentive program to prod residents to trade in older wood, wood pellet or coal burning stoves for higher-efficiency models.

Residents who qualify for the program could receive a voucher of either $1,000 to $2,000 for newer models that use less wood and release less air pollution.

The $100,000 pilot program announced Thursday is being run by the state and the quasi-public Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

The $2,000 rebate is open only to low income residents who provide proof of enrollment in the Low income Home Energy Assistance Program, MassHealth or the Women, Infants and Children program.

Other residents are eligible for the $1,000 rebate.

State Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia said he hopes the program inspires people to upgrade wood heating systems.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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