It is with great sadness that we let you know that Tony Nekut, who was on the steering committees of Community Biomass Energy and the Danby Land Bank Cooperative and a good friend, died, after decades of struggling with depression, on Sunday, Sept 18. Tony worked as an engineer at Vector Magnetics on Cherry Street in Ithaca, NY. He has long been a proponent of biomass thermal combustion in the community and was involved in multiple biomass projects. among them installing one of the first biomass boilers at the Cayuga Nature Center and helping with the one at the Danby Highway Department. His continuing leadership in the grass energy sector was exemplified in spearheading development of a new prototype grass densification, transportation and feeding system with technical assistance from the New York Biomass Energy Alliance, the New York Farm Viability Institute and SUNY Cobleskill, a project that was in mid-stream at the time of his passing.
Tony will be sincerely missed by all of his friends and colleagues in the alternative energy sector across the Northeast.