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December 19, 2012
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.
“Senator Shaheen understands the immense value biomass thermal energy fuels and technologies provide to communities, businesses, and landowners,” said BTEC Executive Director Joseph Seymour. “At a time when so many families and businesses are seeking ways to cut soaring energy costs, Sen. Shaheen has offered solutions through programs and legislation that use local renewable resources and level the playing field for incentives.”
Throughout the 111th and 112th sessions of Congress, Sen. Shaheen introduced and cosponsored numerous bills to include thermal energy from biomass in the federal tax code. Specifically, her efforts led to introduction of S. 3188, the “American Renewable Biomass Heating Act” in 2010 that would have provided an Investment Tax Credit (ITC) to commercial and industrial biomass thermal technologies on par with wind, solar, and geothermal energy technologies. The award is pictured at right, with Sen. Shaheen (D-NH), accompanied by BTEC Board Member Dan Wilson of Wilson Engineering Services (left), and BTEC Executive Director Joseph Seymour (right).
As part of comprehensive energy and climate legislation, Sen. Shaheen ensured thermal energy was recognized and promoted via a telescoping thermal Renewable Energy Credit (REC) in Sen. Bingaman’s American Clean Energy Leadership Act (ACELA), as well as Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) Clean Energy Standard. Her most recent effort was successfully requesting the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) for inclusion of biomass fuel in its annual Winter Fuels Outlook report akin to oil, propane, and other heating fuels.
BTEC Chairman Charlie Niebling, himself a New Hampshire resident, echoed Sen. Shaheen’s leadership on biomass thermal issues. “Our Senator understands the benefits that our industry offers the public; we have a fuel produced here at home with the potential to sustain thousands of good paying local jobs,” said Niebling. “If Washington is serious about energy independence and an ‘All-of-the-above Energy Policy’, then legislators would be wise to follow Sen. Shaheen’s example and include biomass thermal energy as part any legitimate energy goal and strategy.”
About the Biomass Thermal Energy Council
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) is an association of biomass fuel producers, appliance manufacturers and distributors, supply chain companies and non-profit organizations that view biomass thermal energy as a renewable, responsible, clean and energy-efficient pathway to meeting America's energy needs. BTEC engages in research, education, and public advocacy for the fast growing biomass thermal energy industry. For more information, visit www.biomassthermal.org.