June 27, 2017




BTEC is a community of 100 members and associates working in many different sectors on a variety of issues. With BTEC's new publicly available Membership Directory >>, you can learn more about other BTEC members with easy access to their websites. To view our detailed member directory, which includes contact information for each organization, become a BTEC member and be added to the directory yourself!

I encourage you to take advantage of these resources that BTEC provides to help build your business.


Jeff Serfass





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 for systems installed 2015 or later. 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 >> 



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Events, Conferences, and Webinars
View a full list of upcoming industry events at the BTEC Event Calendar page >>
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BTEC-AGH Automated Wood Stoves Webinar June 29!


Over 130 people have registered for "Automated Wood Stoves," the next FREE webinar hosted by BTEC and the Alliance for Green Heat. Register and learn more at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8938771531938759169.

The webinar will be Thursday, June 29, from 10:00-11:30 AM ET. The speakers are Scott Nichols of Tarm Biomass and Ricardo Carvalho of the Thermochemical Conversion Energy Lab at Umeå University in Sweden.

This webinar is in support of the Alliance for Green Heat's 2018 Wood Stove Design Challenge >>.



Boiler Operator Workshops Sponsored by PBEA


Training at Tuscarora Hardwoods
When: October 1, 2017
Where: Tuscarora Hardwoods, Elliotsburg, Pennsylvania
Register and

Training: Optimizing Operations and Switching to Biomass
When: October 4, 2017 (TENTATIVE)
Where: JG McIlvain Sawmill, White Marsh, Maryland
Register and



New to this Newsletter


Energypath 2017
When: July 27, 2017 (pre-conference energy camps July 24-26)
Where: DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania
 Register and



Industry and Member News


DOE funds community-scale biomass heating project in Alaska

Erin Voegele, Biomass Magazine

"According to the DOE, it is awarding $383,167 to the Huslia Tribal Council in Huslia, Alaska, to aid a community-scale biomass project that will provide heat for up to 60 percent of the community's buildings." Read more >>

Budget Tensions Rising: Biomass An Issue in Plumas County, California
Steve Wathen, Plumas County News
This article details recent budget discussions among the county board of supervisors. Among the initiatives targeted for potential cuts was a biomass heating system for the county's health and human services building. 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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