The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) advances the sustainable use of wood and agricultural biomass for clean, efficient heat and combined heat and power to meet America's energy needs and strengthen local economies.


BTEC likes to feature productions from our members that make effective use of multimedia to communicate the benefits of modern wood heating. This comes from the Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Statewide Wood Energy Team. Click below to view the presentation.

By Marcus Kauffman and Dan Bihn
BTEC Staff Attends NAFO Congressional Reception
BTEC staff attended a reception hosted by the National Alliance of Forest Owners on April 4. Staff met with potential partners in the forest management sector, and thanked Sens. Angus King (I-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME) for their support of the BTU Act. The night ended with a personal tour of the Capitol Congressional Biomass Caucus Chair Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR).

BTEC Presented on Modern Wood Heating to ASHRAE
BTEC's Technical Engagement Manager David Bancroft gave a presentation to about 50 members of the National Capital Chapter of ASHRAE last week on the use of renewable wood heating in commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings. This is part of BTEC's work to include wood as a renewable energy resource in high-performance buildings.

BTEC Opposes Administration's Rescinding of Climate Change Initiatives
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) opposes the Trump Administration rescinding various climate change rules because it sends the wrong signals to the energy marketplace regarding social, environmental, and economic cost of energy resources. Read more >>
Oregon Senate passes bill adding woody biomass to green tech list
“Passed in a 30-0 vote, Oregon Senate has passed a bill that adds woody biomass to list of types of green energy generating technology that must be included in the construction, reconstruction or renovation of public buildings.” Thank you to the BTEC members and Directors who spoke in favor of this bill! Read more >>

Massachusetts first in recognizing efficiency and automation in wood stove program
"Massachusetts has developed the first wood stove change out program in the country that recognizes the value of automated stoves and stoves that disclose their verified efficiency to consumers. The 2017 program offers Massachusetts residents between $500 and $3,000 for upgrades, depending on the stove and income level of the family." Read more >>

Farm Bill Reauthorization Process Already Underway
BTEC is participating in the Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition, which is preparing Energy Title provisions for next year's Farm Bill reauthorization. Forestry-related provisions of the Farm Bill were also discussed at a March 16 hearing.

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