Regulatory Actions and Comments Summary
- Beginning in 2015, offering dedicated technical support for the inclusion of biomass thermal fuels and technologies in building standards such as ASHRAE 189.1, the USGBC’s LEED program, and the Dept. of Energy’s Better Building’s Alliance.
- Formed a “Renewable Thermal Coalition” with solar thermal and geothermal advocates to ensure that federal agencies are able to count renewable heating and cooling sources toward federal energy mandates.
- Represented the biomass heat industry in a broad bioenergy coalition to recognize the carbon benefits of biomass in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed biogenic emissions rulemaking.
- Obtained achievable emissions limits and wider use of work practice standards for commercial and industrial biomass boilers in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Boiler MACT rules.
- Drafted Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the safe delivery and storage of bulk wood pellet fuel s and capturing the latest research on fuel safety.
- Through official comments and subsequent meetings, working with the EPA promulgate clear, reasonable, and relevant emissions test limits for high efficiency residential wood heaters.
- Currently developing a Commercial Biomass Thermal Efficiency Protocol to expand the market and provide consumers with improved transparency for large-scale biomass systems.
- Supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s development of an inclusive U.S. Heat Metering Standard that works for biomass heating systems.
- Won mandatory funding for Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels for Advanced Biofuels Program (Sec. 9005) at $15 million/year, and is actively seeking a revision to the program's inequitable payment formula. Joined coalition in support of mandatory funding for the Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP).
- Offered recommendations to the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture on structuring the 2012 Farm Bill to promote renewable thermal energy, rural economic growth, and energy independence.
- Secured supporting language on the role of biomass thermal energy in the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s greenhouse gas accounting guidance for federal facilities.
- Through coordinated advocacy and comments, obtained achievable emissions limits and wider use of work practice standards for commercial and industrial biomass boilers in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Boiler MACT rules for Area and Major Source Boilers.
- Worked with industry coalitions to secure a three year deferral on the regulation of biogenic emissions under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration Tailoring Rule for additional scientific study.
- Supported the Environmental Protection Agency’s development of a U.S Heat Metering Standard.