June 14, 2017




At this halfway point in the year, I want to recap what BTEC is doing for the industry:

  • Passing the BTU Act to make wood heating eligible for the same investment tax credits as virtually all other renewable energy technologies
  • Including wood heating incentives in the Farm Bill that will create local jobs and energy security
  • Developing standards for wood chips and commercial boiler thermal efficiency, updating the wood energy financial calculator, and engaging with the high-performance building community to remove technical barriers to wood heating market expansion
  • Collecting testimonials, building strategic relationships, and developing common language to present a positive, fact-based view of modern wood heating

These are all necessary to support and build the industry. I also believe they are necessary to support and build your business.

If there is something we should be doing, I encourage you to become a member and work with us to make it happen.


Jeff Serfass





Policy and Government Affairs Update


State Policy Update
A bill has been introduced in the Massachusetts House that would authorize the commissioner of the Division of Energy Resources "to convene a working group to study the reduction of contaminants in wood pellet fuel." The bill (H.2930), "An Act Relative to Wood Pellet Fuel," was referred to committee in January. In May, a joint House and Senate hearing on the bill was scheduled. Read the bill >>



Technical and Regulatory Affairs Update
Provided by BTEC Technical Engagement Manager David Bancroft >>
To learn more about BTEC's technical work, visit our Programs page >>


The Wood Energy Financial Calculator Needs Your Updated Data

BTEC has been working with partners at the US Forest Service and University of Minnesota to update the Wood Energy Financial Calculator >>. As part of this effort, we request that you provide survey information on system costs. All data will be held confidentially, and only aggregated data will be used in the boiler size cost curve calculations. Please send survey results to David Bancroft >> by August 1, 2017.

Click here to access the survey >> 


ABOUT THE CALCULATOR: Designed as a pre-feasibility tool, the Wood Energy Financial Calculator enables commercial and institutional site owners (e.g. energy managers or building superintendents for schools, hospitals, municipal facilities, etc.) to quickly estimate the financial opportunity to fuel switch from fossil fuels to woody biomass for their onsite thermal energy needs with an acceptable level of confidence. It does not replace detailed financial analysis by professionals, but is intended to significantly decrease time and resources necessary for project scoping, while increasing the number of favorable projects for late stage analysis and design.



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View a full list of upcoming industry events at the BTEC Event Calendar page >>
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Workshops Sponsored by PBEA


Boiler Operator Training at Kane Hardwoods
When: June 20, 2017
Where: Kane Hardwoods, Kane, Pennsylvania
"This workshop is for all facility managers that have heat energy needs and would like to explore oil and gas alternatives. Come learn about how biomass boilers work and how to manage them well from one of the leaders in NW PA, Kane Hardwoods, and network with others in the boiler and biomass industry for more learning. CEUs will be available." Register and read more >>



New to this Newsletter


Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo and Forum

When: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Where: Rayburn House Office Building Rayburn Foyer and Gold Room (Room 2168)
"This year's EXPO will to bring together over 40 organizations showcasing a cross-section of renewable energy (biofuels/biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) and energy efficiency technologies." Register and read more >>



Industry and Member News


Uzelac appoints new vice-president and general manager

Uzelac Industries, Canadian Biomass

"Uzelac Industries Inc. has appointed Mike Hobbs as vice-president and general manager. Uzelac is a leading manufacturer of design-build rotary drying systems headquartered in Greendale, Wisconsin." 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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