April 11, 2017



Last week, BTEC staff (Aaron Aber, David Bancroft, and I) attended a Congressional reception hosted by the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO). We met several representatives of the forestry sector who could become important partners for our industry. We also spoke personally with Sens. Angus King (I-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME), both of whom are strong supporters of the BTU Act and modern wood heating.

I hope these connections reinforce the importance of sustainable forest management to our industry, as well as the benefits to forest health our industry brings to the forestry sector. These connections will be explored further by forestry stakeholders, including NAFO President David Tenny, at the upcoming Northeast Biomass Heating Conference & Expo >>.

If you are an organization in the forest or land management sector, visit our Strategic Communications page >> to learn more about our industry, and consider the value of joining BTEC.


Jeff Serfass





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Policy and Government Affairs Update
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BTEC Supports Oregon SB 634 to Boost Modern Wood Heating in Public Facilities

The Oregon legislature held a hearing on April 5 to discuss SB 634 >>. The bill would add woody biomass thermal and combined heat and power to the list of qualifying green energy technologies that may be used to satisfy Oregon's requirement that 1.5% of the contract price for public building construction or renovations be spent on a green energy technology. Currently, only solar and geothermal are eligible compliance technologies.


BTEC Directors and members from Bear Mountain Forest Products >>, Sustainable Northwest >>, and Wisewood Energy >> testified in support of the bill in front of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. BTEC also submitted comments in support of the bill, highlighting the benefits to rural communities the bill would provide by increasing demand for wood fuel. This bill is also consistent with BTEC's efforts to include modern wood heating in green building standards.


The bill passed unanimously out of committee on April 10, and will be sent to the Senate floor for a full vote.



Technical and Regulatory Affairs Update
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Update provided by BTEC Technical Engagement Manager David Bancroft >>
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BTEC's Technical and Regulatory Affairs Committee met on Thursday, April 6 to discuss the Wood Energy Financial Calculator and the Commercial Thermal Efficiency Protocol.


BTEC, with support from the US Forest Service, is updating the usability of the Wood Energy Financial Calculator >>, which is intended to be a simple tool to estimate the cost and energy savings of converting to wood heating. Consultant Steve Taff of the University of Minnesota led a discussion on standard numbers to be built into the calculator.

Also discussed was a draft scope of work developed for the validation testing of "BTEC Standard 100 - 2016, Test Method for Measurement of Heating Efficiency and Emissions Performance of Commercial, Biomass-fired, Hydronic Boilers." Read the protocol >>  



Strategic Communications Update
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"NH Taxpayers Win with Rewnewable Energy"


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Maryland program helps residents install cleanest stoves on the market

John Ackerly, Heated Up!
"A Maryland renewable energy rebate program established in 2012 has provided assistance to nearly 3,000 to purchase and install cleaner, modern wood and pellet stoves. The program was designed to help rural families, who were least likely to benefit from solar and other renewable energy programs."


West Branch wins award for biomass heating project

The Progress
West Branch Area School District was one of 21 organizations in Pennsylvania to win the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. The school district "shifted its central boiler plant to locally-grown, sustainably harvested woody biomass to reduce oil consumption by 75 percent, or about 57,000 gallons annually," which also represents a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions of 949,057 pounds per year. Read more >>

BTEC Member Bill Strauss of FutureMetrics Named Influential Leader in the Biomass Industry
For the second year in a row, Argus Media has named Dr. Bill Strauss an influential leader in the biomass industry. To view his profile along with the profiles of other industry leaders, read more >>



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