January 23, 2017



Dear Aaron: 

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 jeff.serfass@biomassthermal.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!


Jeff Serfass





Exciting Opportunity 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 >>.



Weekly Policy Update
Provided by Pat Rita >> of Orion Advocates
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Cabinet Appointments 

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.



Events, Conferences, and Webinars




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For information on exhibiting, co-hosting, or media partnerships, visit our website or contact Aaron Aber >> or Vera Medici >>.



BTEC Supported Events

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New to this Newsletter


Rural Development Opportunities for the Northern Forest
February 3
Where: Strawberry Banke, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Description: "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.

Local Innovation Strengthening Rural Economies
Part of the America's Rural Opportunity event series
When: February 10
Where: The Aspen Institute, Washington, DC
Description: "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.



Happening this Week


2017 HPC Northwest Regional Home Performance Conference
When: January 23-24, 2017
Where: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon
Description: "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 ideas."

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
Description: "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."



Member and Associate News
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Biomass boiler to keep UI greenhouse warm, clean

Julie Werth, The News-Gazette
"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 >>



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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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