March 14, 2017



Dear Aaron: 

BTEC is in the pre-launch stage of the annual Northeast Biomass Heating Conference & Expo in Burlington, VT from April 25-27. Final agenda and expo additions are in the works to make this event worthwhile for those evaluating the role of biomass for building space conditioning.

NEBHX 2017 is all about expanding the market for biomass thermal by introducing the technology to a broader audience. This includes engineers, specifiers, and architects, but also includes other sectors of the forest products industry. Through our Biomass101 workshop the day before the conference begins, on April 25, we also hope to encourage university and technical school students to become active industry participants.

As you register for the conference, therefore, I encourage you to think beyond your traditional networks when inviting others to attend. NEBHX is our opportunity to begin forming the broad coalitions necessary to implement the policy, regulatory, and technical reforms necessary to grow our industry.

See you in Burlington!


Jeff Serfass





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Upcoming Hydronics Workshop


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Industry News


PFI's 2017 Breakfast & Biomass Presentations Now Available
"Last week, PFI members gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association's (HPBA) 2017 Expo. As part of the expo, PFI held its annual Breakfast & Biomass, where 130 attendees learned about the latest industry and market trends." View the presentations >>



Biomass Thermal in Your Community


Town to show off wood-pellet boilers
The Leader-Herald
"LONG LAKE - An open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 14 will showcase the town's changeover to fully automated, high-efficiency wood-pellet boilers to heat municipal buildings. Attendees will learn how any building owner can get state financial incentives for switching to wood." Read more >>

Grants can fund conversion to wood-pellet heat
Press Republican
Bellmont and Long Lake, NY have both recently made the switch to pellet-heat boilers. Bellmont's meeting about this changeover will be on March 15 at 4 PM at the Bellmont Town Hall. This is part of the Northern Forest center's Adirondack Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative. Northern Forest Center has similar programs in Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Saranac, NY. Read more >>



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