I would like to remind you that I will be in Las Vegas next week for
the ASHRAE and AHR conferences. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you will be there too and want to get together.
I also want to extend a personal invitation for university and agency
partners to join BTEC as Associates. This is a free opportunity to
get access to BTEC membership services, including our weekly member
newsletter and members only website. Please follow this link >> and join using
your .gov or .edu email address. If you are not a
university or agency, I also encourage you to explore whether BTEC's membership opportunities >>
could benefit your organization or business.
I look forward to welcoming you to BTEC soon!
to Work for 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 >>.
Last week, the Trump Administration announced its pick
for Secretary of Agriculture: former
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. His confirmation
proceedings will begin soon.
The Senate is expected to approve this nomination, and BTEC will look
for opportunities during confirmation hearings to have questions
asked that will help shed additional light on how he will approach
biomass energy as Agriculture Secretary.
Opportunities for the Northern Forest
When: February 3
Strawberry Banke, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
"Please join the Northern Forest Center board of directors for a
discussion with rural community economic development and conservation
experts as we explore realities and opportunities in the new national
political climate, and examine how rural places and the Northern
Forest can help shape and benefit from federal policy.
Innovation Strengthening Rural Economies
Part of the
America's Rural Opportunity event series
The Aspen Institute, Washington, DC
"America's Rural Opportunity is a six-part series of panel
conversations that invites policymakers, economic and community
development practitioners, and business and philanthropic leaders to
engage in real dialogue around advancing a rural opportunity agenda.
The series is presented by the Aspen Institute Community Strategies
Group with the Rural Development Innovation Group." Livestream
will be available.
2017 HPC Northwest Regional Home Performance
January 23-24, 2017
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon
"Join industry leaders along with fellow weatherization
professionals, home performance contracting businesses, program
administrators, and others working in the residential energy
efficiency industry for a cutting edge educational experience at the
2017 HPC Northwest Regional Home Performance Conference, Hosted by
CLEAResult. Become a part of the conversation as we work together to
strengthen the industry through education, networking and new
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
"The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating
Exposition (AHR Expo), which started 85 years ago as a heating and
ventilation show, has grown into the HVACR event of the year and is
held in major cities across the U.S. The 2017 Show will be in Las
Vegas, hosting more than 2,000 exhibitors and attracting crowds of
60,000 industry professionals from every state in America and 150
countries worldwide. It provides a unique forum designed expressly
for the HVACR community, allowing professionals to get together to
share new products, technologies, and ideas."
"ASHRAE's Winter Conference line-up includes 8
Conference Tracks and Keynote Speaker Adam Steltzner, Chief Engineer
EDL, NASA Mars Rover Curiosity & Author."
Biomass boiler to keep UI greenhouse warm, clean
Julie Werth, The
"At a greenhouse where sugar cane thrives in the middle of
January, a locally grown energy source will soon be providing
environmentally friendly heat."
"A new "biomass boiler" from Germany
will burn perennial grasses grown on the University of Illinois Energy
Farm to keep the greenhouse at a toasty 80 degrees all winter." Read more >>
· 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.
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