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BTEC Supports Oregon SB 634
The Oregon legislature held a hearing on April 5 to discuss SB 634 >>. The bill would add woody biomass thermal and combined heat and power to the list of qualifying green energy technologies that may be used to satisfy Oregon's requirement that 1.5% of the contract price for public building construction or renovations be spent on a green energy technology.
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).
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 >>
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.
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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.
EIA updates bioenergy, wood heating forecasts
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting the non-hydro renewables share of U.S. electricity generation will be 9 percent in 2017 and 10 percent in 2018." "Wood biomass is expected to be used to generate 110,000 MWh per day of electricity this year, increasing to 111,000 MWh per day next year. Waste biomass is expected to be used to generate 60,000 MWh per day of electricity this year, with that level maintained into 2018." Read more >>
Analysis shows wood pellet fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than half over fossil fuels
The Northern Forest Center commissioned a study of the greenhouse gas impacts of heating buildings with state-of-the-art wood pellet boilers. The Spatial Informatics Group-Natural Assets Laboratory (SIG-NAL) used data specific to the region’s forest composition and harvest practices, and the pellet sourcing and manufacturing of 9 out of 10 Northern Forest pellet mills, all of which produce pellets exclusively for thermal (heat) generation. Read more >>