May 31, 2017




Our Policy Committee will be holding its next call this Friday, and this gives me an opportunity to acknowledge the work of our lobbyist, staff, and dedicated members to achieve a set of legislative and funding goals that together will provide legislative parity for modern wood heating with other renewable energy technologies.

Since January, our Policy Committee has generated bipartisan support in both houses of Congress for the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act. Committee members serving on the Forests in the Farm Bill coalition have generated support for a revamped Community Wood Energy Program, which was endorsed by 14 businesses and organizations. Our members in Oregon have also worked to advance a bill that would add wood heating to the state's list of green technologies eligible in government buildings.

There is still much policy work to be done, and that is why I urge you to become a leader in these efforts by joining BTEC.


Jeff Serfass





Policy and Government Affairs
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Last week, the Trump Administration unveiled its FY2018 budget proposal. The US Department of Energy was a particular target of this budget blueprint. The budget for the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, which oversees efficiency standards and supports renewable energy research, was cut by more than half. The budget also provides $636 million in funding for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, down from over $2 billion in FY2017.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture also was targeted for significant cuts. Notably, the proposed budget completely defunds the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. The other renewable energy programs in which the industry participates did not appear to be reduced in a meaningful way.



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Member Highlight: Wilson Engineering Services
Awarded Wood Innovations Grant


BTEC Board Chair Dan Wilson's company, Wilson Engineering Services >>, is one of 38 recipients of the US Forest Service's 2017 Wood Innovations Grant, for their project "National Wood Energy Technical Assistance Team." Wilson Engineering Service's project was chosen from among 114 proposals. This year, the Forest Service is distributing $8.3 million in funding to awardees, which along with matching funds from other partners, will lead to $45 million in investments in wood products and wood energy markets. View the full list of grant recipients >>



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Workshops Sponsored by PBEA


Boiler Operator Training at Kane Hardwoods
When: June 20, 2017
Where: Kane Hardwoods, Kane, Pennsylvania
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Local Renewable Heat Info Session
When: Monday, June 5, 4:00-6:00 PM ET
Where: Long Lake Town Hall, Long Lake, New York

Community Forests - Forests for People
When: Saturday, June 24, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM ET
Where: Grand Lake Stream Community Building, Grand Lake Stream, Maine



Industry and Member News


Essex County looks at wood pellet heating option
Keith Lobdell, The Sun Community News
The Northern Forest Center spoke with the county's Economic Development Committee about the benefits of wood heating to local communities at the committee's May 8 meeting. Read more >>

DOE announces biomass committee meeting, solicits members
Erin Voegele, Biomass Magazine

"The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and has published a notice soliciting nominations for new members." Read more >>



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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.


By 2025, the use of sustainable wood and agricultural biomass for thermal (heating and cooling) and combined heat and power (CHP) is a mainstream energy choice. Residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial customers choose it as an affordable, clean, efficient, and carbon beneficial alternative to fossil fuels. Distributed energy from biomass thermal/CHP provides reliability and resiliency to America's energy infrastructure, and efficient use of biomass resources. Policies at the local, state, regional, and federal levels support thermal/CHP from biomass equally with respect to other renewable sources of energy. Thermal/CHP from biomass enables sustainable land and resource management, and provides improved soil and forest health, improved water and air quality, and reduced wildfire risks. Thermal/CHP from biomass drives local job growth and economic vitality across America's rural and urban communities.

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