BTEC Updates Mission and Vision Statement
Washington, DC, July 22, 2016 – The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) announced today its updated mission and vision statements. Read more >>
BTEC Applauds Senate Passage of Energy Policy Modernization Act
Washington, DC, April 22, 2016 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) expressed its support for yesterday's Senate passage of S. 2012-the Energy Policy Modernization Act. Two key BTEC-supported provisions were included in this legislation that put clean, highly efficient energy from biomass on a better footing to contribute to our country's renewable energy and carbon reduction needs. Read more >>
BTU ACT Alert - Your Immediate Action Required
Urgent Grassroots Advocacy Alert - BTU Act - Please Act Today!
Washington, DC - April 8, 2016 -BTEC is requesting all members and industry stakeholders to send a very brief email to their Senators asking for their support to include Senator King's BTU ACT amendment in the Senate's manager's amendment to the FAA bill (H.R. 636). Read more >>
BTEC Announces New Executive Director Jeff Serfass
BTEC's Founding Executive Director to Lead Organization through Challenging Economic Environment
Washington, DC - March 9, 2016 - The Board of Directors of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) officially announced the appointment of Jeff Serfass to take over for Joel Stronberg as BTEC's Executive Director. Jeff has led the organization in its formative years in 2009 and 2010 and has continued to provide guidance as BTEC's Senior Advisor. Read more >>
BTEC's Northeast Biomass Heating Expo is coming to Burlington, VT!
Washington, DC - January 14, 2016 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council is proud to announce the 2016 Northeast Biomass Heating Expo which will draw hundreds of visitors from the U.S. and Canada to Burlington, VT from March 30th to April 1st, 2016 to attend what has become one of the premier biomass thermal energy conferences in the United States. What started out as “Heating the Northeast with Renewable Biomass” in 2009 has now grown into the Northeast Biomass Heating Expo, with over 1,500 individual attendees and 400 businesses, agencies, and organizations represented since that year. Read more >>
BTEC Marks Third Annual National Bioenergy Day with House Biomass Caucus Panel!
Washington, DC - October 21, 2015 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council is proud to sponsor the Third Annual National Bioenergy Day, in which more than 60 organizations from across North America participate to raise awareness about all types of bioenergy - thermal, power, and fuel. BTEC is participating in the House Biomass Caucus panel, inviting policy makers to attend and learn more about the bioenergy industry and the benefits of using biomass for energy. Read more >>
BTEC Announces New Executive Director Joel Stronberg
Stronberg Brings Deep Policy Expertise to Continue BTEC's Growth and Influence
September 3, 2015
Washington, DC, September 3, 2015 - Today, the Board of Directors of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) officially announced the appointment of Joel Stronberg as BTEC's new Executive Director. His appointment will bolster BTEC's role as the Nation's advocate for clean and efficient use of renewable biomass for thermal energy and combined heat and power. Stronberg, a renewable energy professional with 20 years of experience, has consulted for many groups in the clean energy field, including the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and the National Associate of State Energy Officials (NASEO). Read the Press Release here >>
BTEC to Create First Thermal Efficiency Test Method for Commercial Sized Biomass-Fired Boilers
July 29, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – July 29, 2015– today The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) announced plans to release a draft of the first thermal efficiency test method designed specifically for commercial-sized boilers that utilize solid biomass as a fuel stock (including pellets, chips, briquettes, and cordwood). The project responds to concerns that a lack of reasonable testing standards for biomass systems can make it difficult for specifiers to provide the owner of a biomass system with a clear distinction between the performance of high-efficiency, low-emission equipment and less satisfactory performers. Read more about the project here>>
BTEC Outlines Federal Progress towards Renewable Energy Goals with Biomass to USDA, DOE Technical Advisory Committee
May 22, 2015
Read the testimony from BTEC Executive Director Joe Seymour here >>
BTEC Addresses Lack of Recognition and Promotion of High Efficiency Biomass Heating Systems in National Green Building Standard
April 20, 2015
Comments from the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) on the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) focused on the distribution of credits for new and renovated homes that incorporate a bomass heating system. Read the comments here >>
Bioenergy Experts from Government, Finance, Business, and Forestry to Assemble in Portland, Maine to Address Renewable Heating Market Challenges and Opportunities
Portland, ME, April 1, 2015 – The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC), the leading voice for North American biomass and heating fuels technologies, today announced its conference program for the 7th annual Northeast Biomass Heating Expo 2015 (NEBHx). The region’s largest biomass heating conference will assess the challenges of biomass project financing, integrating heating systems into homes and businesses, continuing the sustainability of wood fuels, and much more. Continue reading here >>
BTEC, PFI Applaud Executive Order for Recognizing Thermal Energy in Federal Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Goals
Washington, DC, March 23, 2015 – The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) commend President Obama’s commitment to expanding the use of renewable thermal energy with the issuance of Executive Order “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.” Continue reading the joint statement here >>
BTEC Issues Support, Makes Recommendations for the New EIA Densified Biomass Fuel Survey
On March 2, 2015, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) submitted comments to the Energy Information Administration in support of the new Form 63C, the Densified Biomass Fuel Report. BTEC's recommendations included refining data fields, survey frequency, reporting criteria, and more to best capture the growing biomass energy industry. Read the BTEC comments here >>
Biomass Thermal Energy Council and Pellet Fuels Institute Thank Sen. Angus King and Rep. Peter Welch for Introducing BTU Act
Proposed Legislation Qualifies Biomass Heating Systems for Tax Credits Currently Extended to Other Renewable Energy Sources
Washington, DC – February 18, 2015 – The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) thanked Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) for their commitment to renewable biomass energy and their bipartisan effort to ensure that biomass for heating and cooling systems is represented within the U.S. Tax Code. Read more >>
Presentation Posted: Biomass Residuals and CHP Webinar
From wood residuals large and small, combined heat and power (CHP) from waste biomass is an economic and proven means of waste elimination. The benefits are indisputable: distributed biomass shrinks the radius to acquire and transport fuel sources, and can eliminate the costs of transporting and landfilling biomass waste streams. Today, technology is in place to generate heat and electricity from large to small-scale biomass in ways that are economical and efficient.
You may now access the presentation and live recording from the February 10th Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) webinar here >>
EPA Releases New Emissions Limits for Residential Wood Heating Industry
On February 4, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its updated New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Residential Wood Heaters. The rulemaking marks the regulation’s first major update since 1988. The rule – which would be phased in over five years – applies to particulate matter (PM) emissions from new residential biomass heating systems such as wood and pellet stoves, indoor and outdoor boilers, and forced air heaters. Read more here >>
BTEC Opens Bulk Pellet Storage Best Management Practice Document for Stakeholder Review and Feedback
January 6, 2015 - BTEC's Technical and Regulatory Affairs subcommittee on bulk pellet storage has produced the following document, "Quality and Safety Assurance: Best Management Practice for the Storage of Loose Bulk Wood Pellets for Small and Medium Scale Central Heating Systems." The report is available here >>
Biomass stakeholders are invited to review the document and submit comments now through March 6, 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org. In order for comments to be fully considered, submissions must be received as Word or PDF files.
Read more about BTEC's fuel safety activities here >>
BTEC Announces Three New Resources for Biomass and HVAC System Developers, Designers, and Installers
The tools include a special free thermal storage lecture, an online project cost calculator, and a 10 week training course taught by industry leader John Siegenthaler
December 18, 2014 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC), the national voice for biomass heating fuels and technologies, announced today the availability of three educational resources for biomass and traditional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) designers and installers. These resources were designed to meet the need of today's growing biomass heating sector, including such topics as fundamental biomass design principles, estimating project costs and financing, and monitoring thermal storage. Read more here >>
Upcoming Webinar -State of Play: An Update on Biomass Heat, Tax Policy, and Federal Regulations
Scheduled for December 9, 2014
Tax reform and pending bionergy regulations offer opportunities and threats to the growth of the biomass thermal and combined heat and power (CHP) sectors. Gain insight into the direction of the 114th Congress and federal agency actions during this December 9th, 11AM ET webinar from the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC).
Speakers Charlie Niebling (Innovative Natural Resource Solutions), Mike Jostrom (Plum Creek), and Pat Rita (Orion Advocates) will discuss the following topics: Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Biogenic Emissions Rulemaking , fate of energy tax credits, update on the BTU Act (S. 1007), appropriations outlook for Farm Bill Energy Title Programs, and more
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HVAC Magazine: States Incentivize High-efficiency Biomass Heating Systems
Jen Anesi, ACHRNews
November 17, 2014
"In the aftermath of a brutal 2013-2014 winter that included a widespread propane shortage and record high propane prices across much of the U.S., several states are introducing or expanding tax credits, rebates, financial assistance, and training to help promote biomass heating for both commercial and residential applications."
The article features input on policy initiatives and public perceptions from BTEC's Executive Director, Joseph Seymour.
Continue reading the article here >>
Materials, Live Recording Available from Inside Look at Collaborative Stove Design Workshop
November 6, 2014
Five competing teams took a break during the Alliance for Green Heat's Collaborative Stove Design Workshop to describe their respective technology's automated features and efforts to reduce particulates and increase efficiency. The webinar was part of the week-long workshop held at Brookhaven National Lab in Upton, NY.
Access the webinar materials here >>
Biomass Industry Welcomes Record Pellet Demand in Northeast
Consumers encouraged to smartly plan pellets purchases for winter season to avoid oversupply
Washington, DC - October 29, 2014 - The biomass industry today announced that it is experiencing record demand for wood pellet heating fuel in the United States, particularly in the Northeastern region. The Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) commended consumers for planning their pellet purchasing in preparation for the winter season. The two groups highlighted the importance of purchasing pellets at a steady pace to avoid demand spikes.
Read the entire statement here >>
"Thermal Finance" Webinar Receives High Marks, Archive Now Available
October 22, 2015
The live recording and slide deck are now available from the BTEC webinar, "Thermal Finance: Strategies for getting the biomass heat deal done", originally broadcast on National Bioenergy Day, October 22nd, 2014. During the webinar, three speakers shared their insights and experiences for financing commercial-scale biomass heating systems. Presentations included case studies of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and "heat sales," as well as a historical analysis of biomass and fossil fuel costs. Access the archived webinar here >>
BTEC Requests Technology Neutral Energy Tax Reform in Senate Finance Committee Statement for the Record
September 29, 2014
In response to a Senate Committee on Finance's energy tax policy hearing, BTEC submitted a statement for the record endorsing a technology neutral and thermal-inclusive approach. Read the comments here >>
Energy Farmers: Agricultural and grass biomass supply chain considerations
Materials posted from October 1st BTEC on non-woody biomass processing and handling
View the archived materials from the Biomass Thermal Energy Council’s (BTEC) webinar with speakers Jay Van Roekel of Vermeer and Tom Wilson of Wilson Engineering Services in which they discuss the ins-and-outs of agricultural and grass biomass fuels from the field to the boiler. Access the webinar materials here >>
BTEC Applauds Addition of Thermal to Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standard
The comprehensive thermal energy bill now heads to the Governor for approval
Washington, DC, August 4, 2014 – The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) praised the passage of a bill adding renewable thermal energy as a component of the Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS). Massachusetts now joins New Hampshire as the only states that have authorized the inclusion of renewable thermal in comprehensive Renewable Portfolio Standards.
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BTEC's Seymour Discusses Biomass Economics in "5 Ways the Biomass Heating Industry is Laying the Foundation for Explosive Growth"
July 22, 2014
HeatSpring connected with six individuals who are working on increasing the adoption of biomass heating systems, including BTEC's Joseph Seymour. The article outlines five concepts that are vital to laying the right framework for industry growth.
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BTEC Applauds USDA on Expanding State Leadership in Biomass Thermal Energy
Awards will support the development of eleven state wood energy teams and nine biomass energy projects
WASHINGTON, DC, July 15, 2014 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) welcomed the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement today awarding more than $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in eleven states and an additional $1.25 million for nine wood energy projects.
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Live Lecture: Temperature Stacking in Thermal Storage for Biomass Heating Systems
August 7, 1PM ET
John Siegenthaler, HeatSpring, and BTEC will hold a free live lecture August 7th that will discuss a unique method of managing the operation of biomass-fueled boilers as well as auxiliary boilers for optimum system performance.
Register for the webinar here >>
Biomass-Fueled CHP: A review of today's market and technology
July 25, 1PM ET
Recent federal governmental action has drawn more attention to the need for renewable and efficient energy sources, and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology can fulfill this demand. This free webinar session will serve as a sweeping review of CHP from a small-scale, biomass angle with a panel of experts, including Anne Hampson of ICF International, David Sjoding of Washington State University, and Bob Smith of RMF Engineering providing their insights.
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State of the States: Biomass Thermal Energy Policy Incentives Webinar, July 24
July 24, 1PM ET
There are a variety of policy incentives available on the state level to encourage biomass thermal installations large and small. Join this free BTEC webinar session featuring John Ackerly (Alliance for Green Heat) and Adam Sherman (Biomass Energy Resource Center) and gain insight into specific states with significant biomass thermal incentives and programs.
Register for the webinar here >>
Protecting wood-fired boilers from low water temperatures
By John Siegenthaler, Appropriate Designs
June 23, 2014
One of the tenants of modern hydronic heating is the need to protect conventional oil- and gas-fired boilers from sustained flue gas condensation. Whenever a hydrocarbon fuel is burned, one of the byproducts is water vapor.
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BTEC hosts "Biomass and the USDA's REAP Program" webinar - June 24, 1 pm. ET
June 18, 2014
Join BTEC staff and Anthony Crooks, Renewable Energy Specialist with the USDA, for a webinar that will explain the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Key information will include what projects and technologies are eligible, funding levels for 2014 and 2015, and application deadlines, among others. The webin
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BTEC hosts "Healthier Forests Through Sustainable Energy" webinar - June 25, 12 p.m. ET
June 18, 2014
Join Resource Professionals Group (RPG) and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) for a webinar detailing the activities and outcomes from their project, "Healthier Forests Through Sustainable Energy - Building Professional Consensus."
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BTEC Calls for EPA to Implement Data Driven Emissions Regulations for Residential Hydronic Heaters
May 5, 2014
The national bioenergy association's comments addressed Subpart QQQQ of the proposed rule, focusing on timing of the regulations, acceptable test methods, cord wood test fuels, emissions limits, and labeling for efficiency and performance for indoor and outdoor hydronic heaters.
Read BTEC's comments here >>
The Arboretum at Flagstaff Recognized for Commitment to Renewable Energy and Sustainable Forestry
Flagstaff, A.Z./Washington, D.C. - April 16, 2014 - Renewable energy is most commonly associated with solar panels and wind turbines, highly visible structures that display a clear commitment to green energy. That public perception omits a vast local resource, ideally suited to reduce energy costs for businesses and low-income families: biomass heating.
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John Siegenthaler, BTEC, and Heatspring Announce Hydronic-Based Biomass Design Course
April 2, 2014
Hydronics expert John Siegenthaler, the leading national biomass trade association BTEC, and the online technical training experts at HeatSpring have teamed up to launch a 10-week online course: Hydronic-Based Biomass Design.
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Wallowa Resources Slashes Energy Costs with Biomass Heating System, Recognized for Leadership
New biomass heating system reduces the organization's energy costs by $40,000 per year
WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 27, 2014 - Today, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) announced that Wallowa Resources has become the newest participant in the Biomass Green Heat Registered Site program, a BTEC initiative to acknowledge sites with biomass heating systems across the United States.
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The Biomass Thermal Energy Council and the Pellet Fuels Institute Applaud Congress for Passing
Strong Energy Title Ensures Continued Development of Biomass Thermal Energy Sector
WASHINGTON, DC, February 4, 2014 -- The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) today thank Congress for its commitment to passing a Farm Bill with a strong energy title and encourage President Obama to solidify his support for the measure by signing it into law.
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Biomass Thermal Energy Council Recommends Energy Pathway Neutrality in Response to Senate Finance Tax Reform
The biomass trade association submitted comments that underscore the need to incorporate thermal energy in tax policy
WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 31, 2014 – Today, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) submitted comments to the Senate Finance Committee urging technology and pathway neutrality in comprehensive tax reform.
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Biomass Thermal Energy Council Urges Adoption of New Biomass Air Emissions in Maryland
The updated air regulations for biomass energy equipment would revise rules from the 1970's
Baltimore, MD – January 31, 2014 – The Biomass Thermal Energy Council's (BTEC) Executive Director Joseph Seymour today weighed in during a state air quality meeting to support adoption of new biomass emissions regulations that would promote clean, efficiency, and modern thermal technologies.
Read the testimony here >>
Biomass Thermal Energy Council Issues Statement on New EPA Residential Wood Heater Regulation
The biomass trade association encourages revised rules that reflect modern technology
WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 3, 2014 – Today, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) issued a statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Residential Wood Heaters. The announcement of a public rulemaking marks the regulation’s first major update since 1988.
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BTEC Joins U.S. Endowment, Bioenergy Associations to Support Biomass Database
Greenville, SC - December 10, 2013 - The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) today announced a new partnership with three associations representing various segments of the wood-to-energy sector. Under terms of the agreement, Biomass Power Association (BPA), Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC), and the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) will join the Endowment and its foundational partner--the USDA Forest Service--in supporting continuation of www.Wood2Energy.ORG. The database is the most comprehensive accounting of wood-to-energy producing and consuming facilities across North America.
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BTEC Elects New Board Members During Fifth Annual Membership Meeting
The election includes new Directors from Academia, Government Agencies, and Private Industry
WASHINGTON, DC – December 4, 2013 – Today, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) announced the election of five new Directors and the reelection of two Directors to its 2014 Board of Directors. The election was held during BTEC’s fifth annual Membership Meeting at The Hill Center in Washington, DC on November 19, 2013.
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Nov. 20 Webcast to Address Wood to Energy Deployment Barriers
This special November 20 webcast will event brings together respected experts and industry leaders from ASHRAE, EPA, DOE, BTEC and MDDNR to discuss barriers to biomass energy deployment.
Acronyms might represent agencies, NGOs or companies that interact and influence acceptance and sales. Or, many regulations, codes, standards and certifications, also having acronyms are required or favored variably at national, state and local levels, creating a complex maze. The content will help as the industry considers certification and other steps to build acceptance.
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BTEC to Hold "LEED and Biomass Thermal Energy" Webinar on November 6
October 17, 2013
Biomass thermal energy can meet baseload heating and cooling needs renewably, yet building professionals may not know how the technology fits into today's sustainable program like U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Register for the November 6th, 12PM ET webinar and hear how biomass thermal systems are addressed within the USGBC's LEED program with two real world examples.
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BTEC Joins 30 Groups Urging Senate, House Agriculture Committee Members for Mandatory Energy Title Funding
October 16, 2013
The letter to Senators Stabenow and Cochran and Representatives Lucas and Peterson calls for mandatory funding of Farm Bill Energy Title programs that support renewable thermal energy. These recommendations include funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, and the Community Wood Energy Program.
Read the letter here >>
Endowment Joins BTEC, WPPSEF in Project to Establish Efficiency Standards for Wood-Fired Boilers
September 12, 2013
Greenville, SC - The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) and the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) are collaborating with the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) to fund development of the first-ever efficiency testing standards for commercial biomass boilers in the U.S.
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Department of Agriculture, BTEC, PFI, BPA, and Alliance for Green Heat Sign Wood to Energy Agreement
September 11, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC - September 11, 2013 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a partnership agreement to expand wood energy use, which will help improve the safety and health of our nation's forests. The new partnership includes USDA, the Alliance for Green Heat, the Biomass Power Association, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and the Pellet Fuels Institute. He also announced more than $1.1 million in grants are being awarded to five organizations to form state-wide teams that will stimulate development of wood energy projects.
Read the USDA announcement here >>
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RFS Revisions Should Address Benefits of Biomass Thermal Fuels, Argues BTEC
BTEC recommends that the House Ways and Means Committee consider renewable biomass heating fuels as part of the Renewable Fuels Standard
July 26, 2013
Throughout the spring and summer of 2013, the House Ways and Means Committee has requested recommendations for reforming the transportation-based Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Responding to its latest White Paper on the program, BTEC recommended that the committee not overlook the contribution of biomass thermal fuels in displacing fossil transportation and heating fuels.
Read the RFS letter here >>
BTEC Urges Energy Tax Parity in Letter to Senate Finance Committee
The letter to Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Hatch requests that the Senators consider the inclusion of renewable energy from biomass thermal fuels and technologies on par with existing energy technologies like geothermal and solar thermal.
July 26, 2013
The comments endorsed S. 1007--The Biomass Thermal Utilization (BTU) Act of 2013--and were in response to the committee's July 26 deadline for comprehensive tax reform recommendations.
Read the letter here >>
Congressman Michaud Introduces House Version of BTU Act
Maine Representative’s companion bill to Senator King’s legislation provides tax parity for high-efficiency biomass heating systems
July 24, 2013
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) applauded Representative Mike Michaud (D-ME2) for introduction of a bill to help homeowners and businesses across the nation meet their heating needs with renewable biomass. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT0) has co-sponsored the legislation, and the bill is similar to S. 1007 introduced by Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in late May.
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Joint Action Alert - U.S. Senate Needs Your Input on Biomass Heating Tax Credits
July 17, 2013
The next two weeks mark a critical juncture for our tax incentive bill--S. 1007--The Biomass Thermal Utilization (BTU) Act of 2013. The U.S. Senate Finance Committee--which is taking the lead on crafting a comprehensive tax reform package--has announced a July 26 deadline for Senators to make requests of the committee for preferred items to be included in the package.
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NREL Receives Recognition for Renewable Biomass Heating System at Golden, CO Headquarters
Biomass Thermal Energy Council recognizes biomass heating facility as part of NREL's renewable energy commitment
July 17, 2013
Today, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) became the latest participant in the Biomass Green Heat Registered Site Program in recognition of the lab's wood chip heating systems. The initiative is part of the national non-profit Biomass Thermal Energy Council's (BTEC) ongoing acknowledgement of biomass heating systems. The recognition award plaque is located in NREL's lobby.
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BTU Act and Farm Bill Follies and Future - An Update
July 10, 2013
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) prepared an assessment of recent legislative developments regarding the BTU Act of 2013 and the Farm Bill. Learn more >>
BTEC Releases New Tools on Biomass Thermal Energy for Engineers, Developers
Resource library and stakeholder document developed to improve understanding of biomass among key groups
July 9, 2013
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today announced the official release of two new tools to help manufacturers, project developers, engineers, and architects better understand biomass systems for the commercial building sector. The work is supported by a grant from the Wood Education and Resource Center of the U.S. Forest Service.
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BTEC Hopeful President Obama's Climate Address Includes Benefits of Biomass, Thermal Energy
June 24, 2013
Ahead of President Obama's June 25th speech on climate change, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council's Executive Director Joseph Seymour provided the following statement to Biomass Magazine. "As the President rolls out his administration's climate plan, we're hopeful that it recognizes the carbon benefits of renewable biomass for energy, especially for thermal applications. Millions of homeowners and hundreds of businesses nationwide already know that biomass thermal fuels and technologies provide a proven, affordable, domestic, and baseload source for their heating and CHP needs."
Read the entire response here >>
Biomass Thermal Energy Council Provides Comments to Maryland on Updating its Biomass Regulations
June 11, 2013
BTEC's Technical and Regulatory Affairs Committee (TRAC) offered recommendations on Maryland's draft regulations for small‐scale biomass combustion systems, reflecting industry advancements in emissions controls and thermal equipment.
Read the comments here >>
Biomass Thermal Energy Council Applauds Senator King for Recognizing Renewable Heating
Senator King introduces legislation to provide tax parity for high-efficiency biomass heating systems in residential, commercial, and industrial applications
WASHINGTON – May 22, 2013 – Today, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) voiced its strong support of Senator Angus King (I-ME) for his introduction of a bill to help homeowners and businesses across the nation meet their heating needs with renewable biomass. The bill is the first piece of legislation for the junior Senator from Maine, and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has joined as an original co-sponsor. Read more >>
Alliance for Green Heat and BTEC Host Webinar on Innovation and the EPA's New Source Performance Standard for Residential Biomass Heating Equipment
May 10, 2013
The slide deck and live recording are now available on the BTEC website. View the webinar and learn what procedures, qualifications, emissions limits, and technologies are under consideration for the draft NSPS rule. This webinar was held in the lead up to the Wood Stove Design Challenge, a national competition to promote extremely clean, efficient, innovative and affordable cordwood technology. View the webinar materials here >>
BTEC Urges House Ways and Means Energy Tax Reform Working Group to Promote Tax Incentive Parity for Sections 25D and 48
April 12, 2013
In response to the House Ways and Means Committee's request, BTEC provided comments to the Energy Tax Reform Working Group on the importance of including residential, commercial, and industrial biomass thermal technologies in the federal tax code. Read the full comments here >>
Rep. Paul Tonko to Deliver Keynote Speech at the Northeast Biomass Heating Expo Thursday, April 4, 2013
Saratoga Springs, NY - April 2, 2013 - U.S. Representative Paul Tonko will deliver the keynote speech at the 5th annual Northeast Biomass Heating Expo on Thursday, April 4 at the City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. The two day conference, which begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, will include workshops, technical sessions, plenaries, and a trade show focused on the sustainable use of forest and agricultural biomass for residential, commercial, and industrial heating and combined heat and power.
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BTEC to Sponsor ASTM E44.25 Heat Metering Biomass Application Meeting April 3
The heat metering working group will gather feedback from the biomass thermal industry during the Northeast Biomass Heating Expo
Washington, DC - March 1, 2013 -The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) is proud to announce it will sponsor a key meeting of the ASTM E44.25 Heat Metering subcommittee meeting to explore the inclusion and application of biomass technologies in E44.25 standards activities. The open meeting will be held in conjunction with the Northeast Biomass Heating Expo in Saratoga Springs, NY on April 3, 2013 from 9:00am - 5:00pm.
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BTEC Launches Associate Network to Improve Informational Exchange with Industry
New Associate membership connects government agencies and educational institutions to BTEC's industry members and resources
Washington D.C. - February 7, 2013 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) has announced the launch of its new Associate class, a complimentary membership level for recognized educational institutions and government agencies.
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BTEC Board of Directors Elects New Executive Officers
New Chairman and officers continue to expand BTEC's industry representation
Washington DC - January 22, 2013 - Today, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) announced its newly elected executive officers for the 2013 Board of Directors.
The executive committee that will lead the organization in 2013 includes:
- Chairman: Dan Wilson, Vice President of Wilson Engineering Services
- Vice Chair: Dan Arnett, Biomass Coordinator for Ernst Conservation Seeds
- Treasurer: Robert Davis, Founder and CEO of Forest Energy Corporation
- Secretary: John Ackerly, President of the Alliance for Green Heat
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Tarm Biomass Project Becomes First Biomass Green Heat Registered Site
The Lyme Business Park biomass heating system displaces 3,000 gallons of fossil fuel and saves over $10,000 annually
Lyme, N.H./Washington D.C. - January 14, 2013 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) announced today that Tarm Biomass has become the first participant in the Biomass Green Heat Registered Site program. The BTEC program allows residential, business, and facility owners to proudly showcase their biomass thermal appliances to colleagues and neighbors with a professionally designed plaque and registration in an online catalogue.
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BTEC Comments on Release of Final EPA Boiler MACT Rules
The biomass thermal trade association stresses the need for continuous boiler improvement and regulatory compliance support
Washington DC - December 21, 2012 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) commented today on the release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) emissions rules for Area and Major Source Boilers. The final rules, which apply to industrial and commercial-sized biomass boilers, contain revisions designed to promote clean air while ensuring biomass heating remains one of the most cost-effective, domestically produced renewable energy sources available to Americans.
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Senator Shaheen of New Hampshire Receives 2012 Biomass Thermal Champion Award
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council has recognized the Senator for her leadership on energy programs and legislation
Washington DC – December 19, 2012 –The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today announced that it has named Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) the Biomass Thermal Champion of 2012. Sen. Shaheen received the award in large part to her years advocating for the inclusion and parity of biomass thermal energy for heating, cooling, and combined heat and power in federal energy programs and legislation.
Read the full award announcement here >>
Northeast Biomass Heating Expo 2013 Program Unveiled
Conference registration is now open for the Northeast region’s largest biomass heating event
Saratoga Springs, NY - December 17, 2012 - Today, the 5th Annual Northeast Biomass Heating Expo officially unveiled its conference program for the April 3-5, 2013 event, to be held in Saratoga Springs, NY. The 2013 program emphasizes practical learning for developers, installers, and suppliers of biomass (wood and agricultural crops) heating and combined heat and power (CHP) equipment.
Read the full conference announcement here >>
BTEC Elects New Board of Directors During Fourth Annual Membership Meeting
The election includes new Directors from the engineering and emissions controls sectors
WASHINGTON, DC – November 16th, 2012 – Today, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) announced the election of six members to the 2013 Board of Directors. The election was held during BTEC’s fourth annual Membership Meeting at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC on November 15, 2012.
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BTEC Unveils Biomass Recognition Program, Calls Attention to 'Often Invisible' Green Heating Option
The Biomass Thermal registration system will be a catalyst for developing awareness for the entire biomass industry.
WASHINGTON, DC - October 31, 2012 - Today, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) unveiled a recognition program for home and business heating systems using local, renewable biomass in place of fossil fuels like heating oil. The Biomass Green Heat Registered Site plaque will allow residential, business, and facility owners to proudly showcase their biomass thermal appliances to colleagues and neighbors, who would otherwise be unaware of the systems. Read more >> or Order Now >>
BTEC Addresses Western Senators, Connects Forest Fire Threat and Thermal Energy Use
The letter to over 20 Senators requests support for biomass thermal legislation and the Community Wood Energy Program
WASHINGTON, DC - October 5, 2012 - Today, BTEC distributed a letter to over 20 Senate offices describing the current forest fire crisis in the Western states and methods for reducing the danger through biomass thermal utilization. Specifically, the letter calls on the Senate to support S. 3352 and full funding for the Community Wood Energy Program (CWEP).
Read the letter here >>
BTEC Announces Annual Membership Meeting November 15
Austrian Embassy hosts meeting, Embassador of Austria to welcome BTEC members
WASHINGTON, DC - October 4, 2012 - BTEC's Fourth Annual Membership meeting is scheduled for November 15th, 2012 at the Austrian Embassy in Washington DC. BTEC's Board of Directors will start the day off early with their meeting beginning at 9 AM and going until noon. The Annual Member Meeting will commence at 1PM and last until 4:45PM.
Learn more or register here >>
BTEC Issues "A Mid-Year Reflection from BTEC's Chairman and Executive Director" on the State of Biomass Heat
September 13, 2012 - Today, we would like to share our reflection on the state of the biomass thermal industry and the progress BTEC has made, and ask you to consider joining the cause this Fall. Read more >>
BTEC Praises Federal Recognition and Support of Combined Heat and Power
WASHINGTON, DC - August 30, 2012 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today issued its support of the new White House Executive Order, "Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency." The order directs specific federal agencies to coordinate policies that encourage investment in industrial efficiency towards deployment of 40 gigawatts of new industrial combined heat and power (CHP) systems by the end of the year 2020.
Read the announcement and access CHP materials here >>
Biomass Thermal Energy Council Applauds Senator Bingaman for Action on Renewable Heating
Senator Bingaman introduces bipartisan legislation to provide incentives for high-efficiency biomass heating systems in commercial and industrial installations
WASHINGTON - June 28, 2012 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today joined a chorus of industry and non-profit voices in strong support of Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) for their introduction of a bill to help businesses across the country meet their heating needs with renewable biomass.
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NH Adopts Full Thermal Incentive for Renewable Portfolio Standard
First State RPS to Grant Renewable Heat Energy Same Incentive as Renewable Electricity
WASHINGTON - June 25, 2012 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today applauded New Hampshire Governor John Lynch and the state's Senate and House of Representatives for their passage of legislation (NH Senate Bill 218), a bill that adds thermal renewable energy to the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS).
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BTEC Welcomes Mandatory Funding for 2012 Farm Bill Energy Title, Encourages Additional Thermal Programs
Amendment from Senators Lugar and Conrad restores mandatory funding for several biomass thermal-eligible programs
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2012 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today expressed supportive comments on the Senate Committee on Agriculture's mark-up of the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012, more commonly known as the 2012 Farm Bill. The legislation reported out of the committee contains mandatory renewable energy program funding, including the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Read More >>R
Energy Equipment Manufacturers Gather in Saratoga Springs, NY to Discuss Commercial Market Expansion
Workshop Gather Unprecedented Interest from Industry at the Northeast Biomass Expo 2012
March 23, 2012 - Saratoga Springs, NY Resource Professionals Group (RPG) and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) announced an unprecedented meeting among 24 of North America's major biomass thermal equipment manufacturers. The half-day event was geared towards identifying common impediments to growth and developing new networks and opportunities for biomass thermal applications. Read more>>
BTEC Issues Support of Thermal Study in Sen. Bingaman’s Clean Energy Bill
Clean energy proposal would require a study examining the potential of thermal energy from renewable
sources like biomass
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2012 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today issued its support
of the Clean Energy Standard (CES) proposal introduced by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NV) and its
inclusion of a renewable thermal energy study. Read more>>
BTEC Issues Support for President Obama's Energy Outlook, Urges Thermal Recognition and Extending Incentives
The biomass thermal trade association responds to President Obama's State of the Union address
WASHINGTON, January 25 - Today, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) expressed its support for President Obama's State of the Union commitment to homegrown and clean energy sources. In the address, President Obama discussed the importance of tapping into America's vast energy and technology resources to meet the nation's energy needs and build the economy. Read more >>
BTEC Announces Dec. 14 Webinar: the Future of Biomass Thermal Energy – Advanced Technologies
Free educational webinar will focus on cutting-edge technology and market opportunity
Washington, DC – December 8, 2011 – Today, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) announced its newest webinar, “The Future of Biomass Thermal Energy – Advanced Technologies,” scheduled for December 14th at 1 PM ET. The webinar will discuss the most cutting edge technologies for both fuel production and boiler manufacturing as well as what the future may hold for the biomass industry. Read more>>
BTEC Commments on Latest EPA Boiler Mact Proposal
The biomass thermal trade association recommends continued review of regulations
WASHINGTON DC- December 2, 2011 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) commented today on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed changes to the Clean Air Act standards for Area and Major Source Boilers, pledging continued review of the new regulations. The proposed rules, which apply to industrial and commercial-sized biomass boilers, were released on Friday and contained revisions designed to reduce boiler compliance costs. Read more>>
BTEC Diversifies Board with New Directors from the Manufacturing Industry, Names Seymour as Executive Director
Representation of two additional boiler manufacturers shows broadening of BTEC's leadership
Washington, DC - December 1, 2011 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today announced new members elected to the Board of Directors and Joseph Seymour as Executive Director. The first competitive election took place during BTEC's third membership meeting on November 15, at which four individuals were officially elected to join the 2012 BTEC Board of Directors. Read more>>
Clean Green Heating and Cooling for Offices, Stores, and Hospitals Utilizing Wood Fuel? Leaders and Officials Discuss Steps
Meeting identifies barriers to wood heat equipment integration in commercial buildings, develops solutions
Washington, DC - November 15, 2011 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today announced a successful inaugural meeting of five U.S. biomass heating equipment manufacturers to discuss industry development with officials from the U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and representatives of Resource Conservation and Development Councils from the Midwest. Read more>>
BTEC Announces Final Regional Development Biomass Energy Webinar, Midwestern Region on Nov 21
Registration is now open for the free educational webinar on November 21 at 2 PM ET, 1 PM CT
November 14, 2011
Washington, DC - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today announced open registration for its newest webinar, "Regional Focus on Biomass Energy: the Midwest," on November 21st at 2PM ET, 1 PM CT. This webinar is the third in a three-part series examining biomass heating in different regions of the United States. Read more >>
BTEC Co-Organizes DC Briefing on Biomass Thermal Energy
The Congressional briefing will be held November 16 from 3:00PM to 4:30PM
November 8, 2011
As part of its collaborative Biomass Thermal DC Summit, BTEC is working in conjunction with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute to produce the Congressional briefing, "Heating with Biomass: Win-Win for Households, Economic Development, Energy Security." The event will occur November 16 from 3:00PM ET to 4:30PM ET.
Read more about the Briefing here >>
Catch up on the latest Biomass Thermal DC Summit items here >>
BTEC Announces NOv 10th Webinar, Regional Developments of Biomass Energy - Western Region
Registration is now open for the free educational webinar on at 4 PM ET, 1 PM PT
November 10, 2011
Washington, DC - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today announced open registration for its newest webinar, "Regional Focus on Biomass Energy: the West," on November 10th at 4PM ET, 1 PM PT. This webinar is the first in a three-part series that looks at biomass heating in different regions of the United States. Read more >>
BTEC Announces Oct 19th Webinar, Regional Developments of Biomass Energy - Northeast Region
Registration is now open for the free educational webinar on October 19th at 1 PM ET, 10AM PT
October 11, 2011
Washington, DC - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today announced open registration for its newest webinar, "Regional Focus on Biomass Energy: the Northeast," on October 19th at 1PM ET, 10AM PT. This webinar is the first in a three-part series that looks at biomass heating in different regions of the United States. Read more >>
BTEC and RPG Awarded Grant by U.S. Forest Service
Project will develop new opportunities for renewable heating and cooling of commercial buildings
Washington, DC – September 29, 2011 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and Resource Professional Group (RPG) today announced that they were awarded a $70,000 grant by the U.S. Forest Service’s Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC). The project will promote energy cost savings and environmental improvement of commercial buildings by educating building architects and biomass appliance manufacturers on wood energy. Read more >>
BTEC Announces Sept 28th Webinar, Agricultural and Woody Biomass: Contrasts and Comparisons
Registration is now open for the free educational webinar on September 28th at 1 PM ET, 10AM PT
September 14, 2011
Washington, DC - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today announced open registration for its newest webinar, “Agricultural and Woody Biomass: Contrasts and Comparisons,” on September 28th at 1PM ET, 10AM PT. This event is made possible with funding from the USDA Forest Service’s Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC). Read more >>
Slides, Live Recording Now Available from BTEC Public Perception Webinar
September 1, 2011
BTEC's latest webinar featured three speakers as they share research, findings, and first-hand experience on the public’s perception of biomass thermal energy. Although biomass is a renewable resource for baseload heating and combined heat and power (CHP), its use has not been without controversy. Project developers, vendors, and fuel producers should recognize and address the public and community’s concerns over emissions, resource use, and incentives for biomass thermal installations. Access the presentation materials here >>
BTEC Supports EPA's 3-Year Deferral Decision on Biomass Emissions
A lawsuit filed against the EPA would jeopardize the agency's ability to conduct further research on biogenic emissions
August 17, 2011
Washington, DC - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) expressed serious concern today about a new lawsuit seeking to undercut the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) review of carbon emissions from biomass energy. The suit, filed by several environmental groups in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit, challenges EPA’s three-year deferral of permitting requirements for biomass-based CO2 emissions sources. Read more >>
BTEC Publishes Educational Materials on Biomass Thermal, Announces Continuation of Webinar Series
The complete series of biomass-themed webinars, factsheets, podcast interviews, and comprehensive presentation are now available online
August 11, 2011
Washington, DC - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today announced the availability of an array of educational materials funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Forest Service's Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC). Over 12 months, BTEC produced a series of seven webinars, five fact sheets, ten podcasts, and a comprehensive slide show presentation on key issues impacting the biomass thermal industry. Read more >>
Biomass Thermal Energy Council Praises Congressional Biomass Caucus Formation, Calls for Additional House Members
U.S. House of Representatives members Charlie Bass (R-NH2) and Peter Welch (D-VT) to co-chair new bipartisan caucus
July 14, 2011
Washington, DC – July 14, 2011 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today applauded the formation of the first Congressional Biomass Caucus. Led by Representatives Charlie Bass (R-NH2) and Peter Welch (D-VT), this coalition will seek to support the development of biomass and elevate the renewable resource’s profile in Congress. Read more >>
New Legislation Would Enhance Energy Security Through Biomass Thermal Loan Program
July 14, 2011
On June 29, 2011, Senators Merkley (D-OR), Bennett (D-CO), Carper (D-DE), and Udall (D-NM) introduced legislation that would implement a loan program to help cover the cost of replacing thermal energy systems fueled by heating oil with biomass heating systems in eligible buildings. This bill is intended to encourage building owners to improve their thermal energy delivery systems in an effort to reduce oil dependency and promote national energy security.
Read more about S. 1294 >>
Read the special S. 1294 factsheet (BTEC members-only, password required).
Alliance for Green Heat, BTEC Co-Host Webinar on Future of Residential Biomass Heating on July 19
Registration for the free event is now open
July 7, 2011
Register for the webinar, "The Future of Residential Wood & Pellet Heat in America," on Tuesday, July 19 at 2PM ET, and learn how federal and state governments can prepare for an increased use of wood heat and hear from experts as they identify the barriers to rapid growth of the industry. This event is co-hosted by the Alliance for Green Heat and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council. Click here for more information on the webinar >>
Oregon Congressman Walden Praises Biomass for Job Growth, Fossil Fuel Displacement
Rep. Walden explains the role of biomass thermal technologies in reducing oil use and promoting local economic activity
June 20, 2011
In a special energy edition of the Washington political publication Politico, Rep Walden (R-OR2) cites biomass utilization for heat and other purposes as, "...good for the forests. It’s good for jobs. And it’s good for energy independence. It’s the kind of win-win-win scenario that public policymakers should crave." Read the entire article here >>
BTEC Offers Support for Repeal of Oil and Gas Tax Credits
May 12, 2011
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today added its voice to the ongoing policy debate over the continuation of existing federal oil and gas manufacturing tax credits. BTEC has called for revenues generated from the tax credits’ repeal to meet government deficit reduction goals and provide emerging energy industry incentives. Read the press release here >>
BTEC Offers Comments on the EPA's Three Year Permitting Deferral for Biogenic Emissions
May 5, 2011
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on its proposed three year permitting deferral for stationary biogenic sources under the PSD Tailoring Rule. Read the comments here >>
BTEC Explores the Role of Thermal Energy in Senate Committee's Clean Energy Standard White Paper
April 11, 2011
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) provided comments to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee call for information on a potential Clean Energy Standard (CES). BTEC's comments examined how thermal energy from biomass could contribute to clean energy goals through thermal credits and complementary federal policies. Read the comments here >>
Materials for BTEC Webinar on Biomass Air Emissions, Boiler MACT, and Control Technologies Now Available
March 21, 2011
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) would like to thank all attendees from Thursday's webinar, "Biomass Air Quaility: Measuring, Controlling, and Regulating Emissions." BTEC would also like to thank the webinar presenters, Jim Eddinger, John Hinckley, and Carrie Lee for valued their contributions to the event. Access the materials here >>
BTEC Welcomes Improved EPA Biomass Boiler Rules
EPA released revised emission limits and compliance standards for biomass boilers
February 24, 2011
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today welcomed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) revised final regulations for Area and Major Source biomass boilers. The final rules, which apply to industrial and commercial-sized biomass boiler installations, were released Wednesday and accompanied by a stakeholder briefing led by EPA Air and Radiation Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy. Read the press release>>
BTEC Shares Boiler MACT Concerns with White House Chief of Staff, EPA
February 9, 2011
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council drafted a letter to William Daley, White House Chief of Staff, that outlined many of the biomass thermal industry's concerns regarding the draft Boiler MACT rule. Members of the President's administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were copied on the letter. Read the letter here>>
BTEC Statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address
January 26, 2011
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council has expressed its support for President Obama’s State of the Union endorsement of a national clean energy strategy. In the address, President Obama called for 80% of the nation’s energy by the year 2035 to come from clean sources, noting traditional renewables like wind and solar in addition to nuclear power, clean coal, and natural gas. Read more>>
BTEC Welcomes EPA Call for Additional Review of Proposed Boiler Rule
Environmental Protection Agency asks a Federal Court to delay boiler emission regulations from upcoming January deadline
December 10, 2010
BTEC has welcomed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) motion to extend the timeline for final emission regulations of biomass-fueled boilers in order to conduct additional review. EPA is under court order to complete the revised regulations by January 16, 2011, but upon receipt of over 4,800 public comments on its proposed rules, the agency has asked the D.C. U.S. District Court for an extension up to April 2012. Read more >>
BTEC's Second Annual Membership Meeting: Presentations Now Available
November 18, 2010
On November 16, BTEC's membership meeting was held simultaneously in Washington, D.C. and online via webinar. The meeting attracted about half of BTEC’s members, who were able to listen to two fabulous guest speakers, the Chairman and staff. View Presentations >>
BTEC Expresses Both Praise, Disappointment for Revised BCAP Rules
Revisions to the national biomass incentive program recognize role of biomass fuel for thermal applications, fall short on eligible materials
October 27, 2010
BTEC has expressed its qualified support for the final revisions to the US Department of Agriculture Biomass Crop Assistance Program’s (BCAP) final rule, as published in this morning’s Federal Register. BTEC lauded the program’s revised fuel definition and elimination of tiered payments, but has also pledged to work with Congress to remedy remaining biomass issues. Read more >>
BTEC Presents New Webinar on Residential Biomass Heating
Second in the free webinar series will be held November 4 at 3PM ET
October 18, 2010
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) announced the second webinar in its series of free educational webinars on topics important to the biomass thermal industry. "Green Heat for Homes: Benefits and Challenges of Residential Biomass Energy," will be held November 4, 2010 at 3PM ET. This event is made possible with funding from the USDA Forest Service's Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC). Read more >>
New Group Calls for 25 Percent of Heating Needs in the Northeast to come from Renewable Energy
October 6, 2010
Today, the Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group (NEBTWG) called on legislators and state officials in the northeastern U.S. to begin work on meeting 25% of the region's heating needs with renewable energy. The group's plan, Heating the Northeast with Renewable Biomass: A Bold Vision for 2025, details the path towards a 25% replacement of the Northeast's fossil fuel use in heating with renewable sources of energy. Read more >>
BTEC's First Educational Webinar on Biomass Heating and CHP a Success
Archived webinar available online
September 29, 2010
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) ‘s September 29 webinar, "The Opportunity of Biomass Energy: Renewable Heating and CHP," attracted a diverse audience of several hundred biomass stakeholders. The webinar presentation slides and live recording are now available for free download here >>.
Biomass thermal industry featured on Inside Renewable Energy Podcast
September 22, 2010
Inside Renewable Energy, a weekly audio news program featuring stories and interviews on the latest developments in the renewable energy industries, recently produced a podcast on the issues of biomass thermal industry. Podcast covers a variety of biomass sectors: Gasification, combustion and conservation, and make the case for more sustainable use of the resource. Read the article >>
BTEC Launches Series of Educational Webinars on Biomass Heating and CHP
First in the free webinar series will be held September 28 at 3PM EDT
September 17, 2010
WASHINGTON, September 17, 2010 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today announced the launch of a series of free educational webinars on topics important to the biomass thermal industry. The first in the series, “The Opportunity of Biomass Energy: Renewable Heating and CHP,” will be held September 28, 2010 at 3PM EDT. This event is made possible with funding from the USDA Forest Service’s Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC). Advance registration is required and is available here >>.
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Playtime is Over: Why September Means Biomass Advocacy or the Consequences of Inaction
By Joseph Seymour, Featured in Biomass Magazine September Issue
September 2, 2010
For biomass stakeholders, Labor Day means two things: the beginning of the heating season and the end of the U.S. Congress' August recess. Congress' return to Washington signals the final opportunity to pass much-needed biomass thermal incentives and programs. These bills could dramatically grow the market for biomass fuels and appliances. Despite broad energy legislation dominating headlines, an array of targeted biomass thermal initiatives is just below the surface, awaiting the right political support and timing. Read More >>
Biomass Thermal Energy Council Commends Legislators for Introduction of Thermal Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act
Bipartisan collection of Senators and Representatives introduce legislation to incentivize renewable thermal energy
July 22, 2010
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2010 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) extends its praise to Sens. Al Franken (D-MN.) and Kit Bond (R-MO.) and Reps. Betty McCollum (D-MN.), Jay Inslee (D-WA.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) for introducing the Thermal Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act of 2010 in the U.S Senate and House of Representatives (S. 3626 and H.R. 5805, respectively). The legislation would assist in developing renewable heating and cooling projects nationwide. Read More >>
BTEC Submits Comments on Proposed EPA Area Source Boiler Rule
July 16, 2010
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a Proposed Rule for Area Source Boilers that threatens to severely curtail the future growth of the biomass thermal industry and place prohibitively expensive emissions requirements on existing equipment. A working group of BTEC members has spent a considerable amount of effort in developing BTEC's public comments, which can be found at the following link. EPA is inviting additional public comments on the proposed rule until August 3, 2010.
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Proposed EPA Emissions Rules Threaten to Send Biomass Heating Industry Up in Smoke
Published in Biomass Magazine July 2010 Issue
June 22, 2010
The proposed regulations would impact existing and new commercial, industrial and institutional boilers burning coal, oil and biomass. BTEC sympathizes with the need to decrease emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) and believes the best way to achieve this is through the application of practical performance testing and maintenance regimes that achieve significant emissions reductions without burdening boiler owners, especially small-scale ones, with onerous compliance costs. Read More >>
Massachusetts Study Recognizes Significant Benefits of Biomass Thermal Energy
Carbon accounting framework in report presents new theories that require more review
June 21, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 21 - Biomass Sustainability and Carbon Policy Study, a recently released report commissioned by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (MA DOER) and authored by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, affirms the environmental benefits of using biomass for thermal energy. Read More >>
Bioenergy Associations Join Call for Shift in Energy Policy and Investment in Clean Energy Technologies
June 18, 2010
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and the American Biogas Council (ABC) issued a statement supporting the President Obama's recent remarks and the American Energy Innovation Council's call to dramatically increase U.S. investments in clean energy technologies. More Info >>
Heating the Northeast with Renewable Biomass: A Vision for 2025
June 10, 2010
The Northeastern U.S. region is heavily dependent on fossil fuels to provide thermal energy for space heating, hot water and industrial process heat. In 2007, the Northeastern U.S. (defined as the six New England states and New York) consumed 2.09 quadrillion Btu of thermal energy. This amount, 96 percent of which is generated from nonrenewable sources, represents more than one-third of the region’s total energy consumption. Read More >>
Biomass Thermal Energy Council Applauds Senators for Action on Renewable Heating
Senators Shaheen, Murkowski, Crapo, and Begich Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Market Incentive for Biomass Heating Systems in Commercial and Industrial Installations
April 9, 2010
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council strongly supports Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Mark Begich (D-AK) for introducing a bill that would help businesses across the country meet their heating needs with renewable biomass. More Info >>
Plum Creek Joins Biomass Thermal Energy Council as Sustaining Member
Director of Renewable Resources Mike Jostrom Joins the BTEC Board of Director
April 6, 2010
Plum Creek, the largest and most geographically diverse private landowner in the United States, joined BTEC today as a Sustaining Member. Plum Creek manages approximately 7 million acres of timberlands in major timber producing regions of the United States and wood products manufacturing facilities in the Northwest. More Info >>
BTEC Submits Comments on Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) Proposed Rule
April 1, 2010
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the draft regulations for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). Read More >>
Biomass for Heat: The Forgotten Renewable?
Biomass Magazine Article features BTEC
March 28, 2010
Widespread use of biomass for heat in the U.S. would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, decrease our
dependence on foreign fossil fuels and create jobs in rural communities hardest hit by the recession. And yet,
despite these benefits, biomass thermal energy has been largely overlooked in the discussion on how to address
America’s energy challenges. Read More >>
Seminar on Bioenergy with BTEC Director Albrecht von Sydow - March 24, 2010
“Bio-Energy in the US” – A platform for constructive dialog between American and German industry representatives
March 16, 2010
At the seminar “Bio-Energy in the US” on March 24, 2010 in Berlin, Germany (EU), the GADORE Center USA will offer German companies the opportunity to talk directly to representatives from the US about market opportunities for green technologies there. BTEC Director Albrecht von Sydow will highlight the Biomass Thermal Energy industry and represent BTEC. More Info >>
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Draft Version of Home Star Program Released
Energy efficiency and home owner rebate program includes biomass heating appliances
March 3, 2010
Today the U.S. Senate released a draft version of Home Star, a legislative proposal designed to create jobs by providing short-term incentives for residential energy efficiency improvements. In this proposal is a rebate covering 50% of the cost (up to $1,000) of the purchase and installation of a highly-efficient biomass stove or boiler. More Info >>
Heating the Northeast With Renewable Biomass: Pellets, Wood, Grasses and More (April 27-28, 2010)
February 22, 2010
MANCHESTER, N.H., Feb 22, 2010 -- Seven leading environmental and energy-focused non-profit groups announce the date for the second-annual Heating the Northeast with Renewable Biomass Conference and vendor fair on April 27 and 28 in Manchester, NH.
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Alliance for Green Heat, New York Biomass Energy Alliance, Biomass Energy Resource Center, Maine Pellet Fuels Association, Pellet Fuels Institute and Clean Air Cool Planet, are hosting the event, which addresses using biomass to heat homes and businesses to offset fossil fuel usage.
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Biomass Thermal Session at RETECH 2010 Conference: Presentations Available
February 8, 2010
BTEC organized a biomass thermal energy panel session for the recent Renewable Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. Session speakers: Jeff Serfass, BTEC Executive Director; Bruce Lisle, Founder and Retired CEO, Energex Pellet Fuel; Dan Henry, Vice President and Chief CTO, Hearth and Home Technologies; and Jon Strimling, Founder/President of WoodPellets.com.
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BTEC Welcomes New Directors: Mark Lay and Lisa Rockefeller
February 4, 2010
At the February 4 Board meeting, two individuals were welcomed onto BTEC’s Board of Directors. Mark Lay, Director of Renewables for Gavilon, was appointed to fill the Supply Chain Board seat vacancy. Lisa Rockefeller, Director of Public Affairs for WoodPellets.com, was appointed by Jon Strimling, President of WoodPellets.com, to replace him on the Board of Directors.
Congratulations Mark and Lisa!
Christiane Egger presents at BTEC Board Meeting
Shares story of the Austrian biomass heating market
February 4, 2010
Christiane Egger, Deputy Manager of the Upper Austria Renewable Energy Agency, gave a presentation at the recent BTEC Board meeting on the development of the biomass thermal industry in her home state in Austria. There are many lessons the U.S. can learn from this state in Austria that is home to over 35,000 biomass heating installations and 270 biomass district heating plants. View Presentation >>
Biomass Thermal Energy Council Kicks Off New Year with 76 Founding Members
January 14, 2010
In January 2009, eight companies came together to form BTEC. Just one year later, the association ended its Founding Member period with 76 Founding Members in 26 States and 4 Countries. BTEC thanks all of its Founding Members for their support.
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BTEC's First Annual Membership Meeting: Presentations and Video Now Available
November 24, 2009
On November 18, BTEC's membership meeting was held simultaneously in Washington, D.C. and online via webinar. Over half of BTEC’s members were in attendance—an outstanding turnout for a first annual meeting. View Videos and Presentations >>
Biomass Thermal Energy Policy Briefing a Success
Policymakers Learn the Benefits of Biomass Thermal Energy Policy From Industry Leaders
November 16, 2009
On November 6, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC), the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI), and the Alliance for Green Heat co-hosted a Congressional briefing on the benefits and viability of biomass thermal energy.
The briefing addressed a standing room only audience of individuals interested in biomass energy, including representatives from 16 congressional offices, two Senate committees and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. View Presentations >>
Biomass Thermal Heats Up
Biomass thermal industry and BTEC Chairman featured on Inside Renewable Energy Podcast
October 9, 2009
Inside Renewable Energy, a weekly audio news program featuring stories and interviews on the latest developments in the renewable energy industries, recently produced a podcast on the biomass thermal industry in the United States. Podcast features BTEC Chairman Charlie Niebling and his company, New England Wood Pellet. Read the article >>
BTEC's Accomplishments and Goals for 2010 Are Featured In Bioenergy International
October 6, 2009
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BTEC Forms Partnership with Bioenergy International
Members receive 40% discount to magazine subscription
July 23, 2009
Today, BTEC and Bioenergy International, a leading biomass publication with worldwide distribution, formed a media partnership agreement. As a part of this partnership, all BTEC members will receive a 40% discount off of subscriptions to Bioenergy International. BTEC will also receive free publication space in each issue of the magazine. More information coming soon, but please contact us if you are interested in receiving a discounted subscription to the magazine.
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RenewableEnergyWorld.com and BTEC Form Media Partnership
July 23, 2009
This partnership with RenewableEnergyWorld.com, "The World's #1 Renewable Energy Website", will allow BTEC to distribute its press releases and other materials to a broad audience interested in renewable energy. By partnering with REW, BTEC will be able to better promote its activities and the activities of its members.
Biomass Thermal Energy Council Achieves Milestone
BTEC closes its Founding Member period with 57 members
July 20, 2009
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC), a non-profit association dedicated to advancing the use of biomass for heat and other thermal energy applications, would like to thank all of its Founding Members for helping build this new organization. Formed in January 2009, BTEC ended its Founding Member period last week with 57 members in 24 U.S. states and four countries.
A Response from the Pellet Fuels Institute to BTEC's Letter to PFI
June 22, 2009
By Scott Jacobs, President of PFI
I am writing to you on behalf of the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI), a non-profit trade
association based in Arlington, Virginia, comprised of fuel (densified biomass)
manufacturers and equipment suppliers from North America and beyond. More >>
RISI and BTEC Form Partnership
May 28, 2009
By Lisa Gibson, Biomass Magazine
A new partnership between RISI and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council will allow BTEC members to contribute to RISI’s Wood Biomass Market Report, a comprehensive source of market information and wood biomass feedstock pricing in North America. More >>
Biomass Thermal Energy Council Hails Introduction of Renewable Energy Alternative Production Act (REAP Act)
May 21, 2009
WASHINGTON, May 21 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council applauds Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) for introducing on May 20th the Renewable Energy Alternative Production Act (S.1094). Also known as the REAP Act, this legislation would amend Section 45 of the Internal Revenue Code to allow production tax credits for non-electric renewable energy. More >>
BTEC to Exhibit in Congressional Renewable Energy Expo on May 14
May 6, 2009
The Sustainable Energy Coalition, in cooperation with Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, is hosting the 12th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Expo and Forum on May 14, 2009 in the Cannon Caucus Room.
BTEC will be joining nearly fifty businesses, trade associations, government agencies, and energy policy research organizations as exhibitors at the Expo. More >>
Christopher Recchia Joins Biomass Thermal Energy Council Board of Directors
April 8, 2009
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today announced that Christopher Recchia, Executive Director of the Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC), has been elected to the Board of Directors. Recchia brings to the Board deep experience in environmental conservation and a broad understanding of the impact that biomass thermal energy can have on reducing carbon emissions and increasing energy security. More >>
A letter to members of the Pellet Fuels Institute
March 31, 2009
By Charlie Niebling, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Biomass Thermal Energy Council
I would like to take the opportunity to introduce to you a newly founded industry organization, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC). The fact that some of its constituents are also members of the PFI has created confusion with respect to the goals and directions this new organization will take, which I would like to clarify. More >>
BTEC exhibit at RETECH 2009 a success
March 10, 2009
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council was officially introduced to the renewable energy community through its exhibition at the Renewable Energy Technology Conference and Expo (RETECH) 2009 in Las Vegas, NV. More >>
Nine leading biomass companies form Biomass Thermal Energy Council
March 10, 2009
A group of nine leading biomass companies has formed the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC), a non-profit association dedicated to advancing the use of biomass for heat and other thermal energy applications. More >>