January 16, 2017



Dear Aaron: 

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 jeff.serfass@biomassthermal.org. I look forward to meeting you or stopping by your booth.


See you in Las Vegas!


Jeff Serfass





Exciting Opportunity 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 >>.



Calling All 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.



Weekly Policy Update
Provided by Pat Rita >> of Orion Advocates
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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.



Technical and Regulatory Affairs Update
Provided by Jeff Serfass >> and Aaron Aber >>
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US Woodchip Standard Update 

BTEC is part of a group that includes the  Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) >>, the  American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) >>, and Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC (INRS) >> working to develop a woodchip heating fuel technical quality standard for the US. The project's Advisory Committee met in December, and includes stakeholders from equipment manufacturers to engineers to state policy influencers. Visit the website >> to learn more, and contact  Adam Sherman (BERC) >> or Charlie Niebling (INRS) >> if you are interested in becoming a project stakeholder.



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Industry Events This Month


2017 HPC Northwest Regional Home Performance Conference
When: January 23-24, 2017
Where: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon
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2017 AHR Expo (co-located with 2017 Winter ASHRAE Conference)
When: January 30-February 1, 2017 (ASHRAE Conference starts January 28)
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
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BTEC Member Charlie Niebling Speaks for the Industry on New Hampshire Public Radio
The Exchange
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.



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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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