In the second half of this month, BTEC is busy
preparing for the new administration, advancing our strategic
communications agenda, continuing to develop NEBHX
>>, and preparing for the ASHRAE Winter Conference >> in
Las Vegas from January 28 - February 1. As a new ASHRAE member, and
along with other BTEC members, I will be representing BTEC's interest
in the definition of biomass as a renewable energy resource in the
SSPC 189.1 Working Group 7 meetings. I will also be at the co-located
AHR conference January 30 - February 1. If you will be there and want
to get together, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to meeting you or stopping by your booth.
See you in Las Vegas!
to Work with BTEC
BTEC is looking for a new Wood Energy Technical
Engagement Manager! This is an opportunity to
represent the biomass thermal energy industry to standards
organizations and government agencies. If you or someone you know is
interested, contact Jeff
Serfass >> and Aaron Aber >>
for more information, and view the full job description >>.
University and Agency Partners!
BTEC is looking for university and agency partners to
become Associates of our organization. BTEC Associates provide
research and government input to our technical and policy work while
having access to many of BTEC's member benefits, including our weekly
member newsletter, our members' only website, and member discounts on
events and webinars. Register >> to become an Associate
using your .gov or .edu email, and contact Aaron Aber >>
with any questions.
Last week, BTEC convened a joint meeting of staff from
the Maine Senate delegation to discuss a strategy for enacting the
Biomass Thermal Utilization (BTU) Act this year. The effort will
again be led by Senators Angus King (I) and Susan Collins (R). The
first step is bill reintroduction, as all legislation not acted upon
in the previous Congress automatically dies. The goal is to
reintroduce the BTU Act later in the first quarter with a balanced
list of cosponsors from the Senate Finance Committee to reflect
bipartisan support for the proposal.
Click on the logos below to register and read more
For a full
list of events, join BTEC >>
Events This Month
2017 HPC Northwest Regional
Home Performance Conference
January 23-24, 2017
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon
Register and read more >>
Expo (co-located with 2017 Winter ASHRAE Conference)
January 30-February 1, 2017 (ASHRAE Conference starts January 28)
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
read more >>
Member and Associate
Does your organization have news to share? Join BTEC >> to be in our
BTEC Member Charlie Niebling Speaks for the Industry
on New Hampshire Public Radio
Charlie Niebling of Innovative Natural Resource Solutions >>
appeared in the January 10 episode of "The Exchange" to
talk about the benefits of using biomass for heat. He spoke about the
advancements in wood heating technology that make biomass a clean
source of energy, and emphasized the benefits to sustainable forest
management that biomass provides. Listen to the episode >> and
read a recap >> in Biomass Magazine.
· Policy and
and Regulatory Affairs
· Wood Chip
Thermal Efficiency Standard
· DOE Better
Special Thanks to
BTEC's Sustaining Members
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.
Do you know
anyone who would benefit from BTEC membership? Share our mission and vision >>