May 2, 2017




NEBHX 2017 is in the history books, and I want to extend a big THANK YOU to the attendees, exhibitors, and speakers who took part. We were honored to welcome Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont, who tied the modern wood heating industry to rural economic development. We also welcomed our allies in the forestry sector to illustrate the connections between our industry and sustainable forest management. Lastly, we heard from industry leaders in the region and across the country about how our industry can increase resilience, tell compelling stories, and accomplish policy goals.

I am energized about the direction of our industry and the role BTEC will play in the coming months, and I hope those of you who attended NEBHX feel the same and will encourage those in your network to join us in the efforts we discussed last week. We need all hands on deck to help expand the market for modern wood heat.

Also, please remember that if you attended NEBHX and join BTEC by May 4, the BTEC member registration discount will be credited towards the cost of your membership.


Jeff Serfass





Policy and Government Affairs Update
This update was provided by Pat Rita >> of Orion Advocates
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Budget and Tax

Early Monday morning, Congressional leadership unveiled a FY2017 omnibus spending plan that will keep the government funded through September. The Department of Interior appropriations section of the plan includes a policy rider with beneficial language from last year's failed Energy Bill on forest-based biomass carbon neutrality.This spending bill still has to pass the House and Senate, but BTEC remains sanguine about the prospects of this language becoming law. Expectations are that Congress will pass this bill and send it to the President for his signature before the one-week spending stopgap passed last week expires. 



Technical and Regulatory Affairs Update
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Community Wood Energy Handbook
Last week, BTEC announced the release of Volume 4 of the Community Wood Energy Handbook >>, Enterprise Development for Integrated Wood Manufacturing. In instances where a stand-alone wood energy system is not economically viable, this publication provides alternatives in creating other wood-based revenue streams to structure projects to benefit from existing and future markets. It also provides relevant information on biomass utilization near public lands. It is targeted towards:

  • Local businesses and entrepreneurs
  • Regional economic development specialists
  • Community and non-profit organizations
  •  Project developers and consultants
  • State and federal forest management agencies
  • Industry and trade associations
  • Equipment manufacturers and distributors

This handbook accompanies three previous versions, and is available with the Wood Energy Financial Calculator >>, BTEC's online pre-feasibility tool to help project developers, community organizations, and facility managers assess the energy and cost savings of switching to wood heating.

For more information on the handbook or calculator, contact David Bancroft >> 



Strategic Communications Update
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Featured Testimonial


"Living with Fire: Black is the New Green in Trinity County"


By Marcus Kauffman and Dan Bihn



Events, Conferences, and Webinars
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BTEC and the Alliance for Green Heat Announce

Thermoelectric Wood Stove Webinar - May 18


The Alliance for Green Heat and BTEC are sponsoring a webinar to support the Alliance's 4th Wood Stove Competition that will focus on automation and electricity generation. This first webinar will be 11 AM ET, May 18, 2017, and the topic will be an introduction to thermoelectric generators and how they can be used to generate electricity from wood stoves. The speaker will be Gerard Campeau, President, Thermal Electronics Corporation. Register and read more >>



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New to this Newsletter


Boiler Operator Training: Optimizing Operations and Switching to Biomass

When: May 13, 2017
Where: 10701 Philadelphia Rd, White Marsh, Maryland
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This is part of a series of workshops hosted by the Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association.

Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future - Registration is now open!
When: July 11-12, 2017
Where: Sheraton Pentagon City, Arlington, Virginia



Happening this Week


Local Wood, Local Good: Sourcing Vermont Grown Wood
When: May 3, 2017, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM ET
Where: University of Vermont Alumni House, 61 Summit Street, Burlington, Vermont

Forest Investment Conference
When: May 4-5, 2017
Where: Park Plaza Hotel, London, United Kingdom



Industry and Member News
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National Forest Foundation grant: Sierra Institute to build 3MW heat, power plant

Greg Peters, Treesource


"The National Forest Foundation on Wednesday announced the winner of the 2016/2017 Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge. This unique competition provides awards for the best entrepreneurial approaches that help to solve one or more of the challenges facing America's 193-million-acre national forest system." Read more >>


Oregon Senate passes bill adding woody biomass to green tech list

Anna Simet, Biomass Magazine

"Passed in a 30-0 vote, Oregon Senate has passed a bill that adds woody biomass to list of types of green energy generating technology that must be included in the construction, reconstruction or renovation of public buildings." Read more >>



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