February 14, 2017



Dear Aaron: 

On Friday, Aaron Aber attended "Local Innovation Strengthening Rural Economies" >>, an event organized through the Aspen Institute. Part of the discussion centered on the role biomass has played in revitalizing the rural communities of Eastern Oregon, and this made us think about the role our partners play across the country in promoting community sustainability through the use of biomass heat.

If you have testimonials from community members, videos of successful projects, or other examples of the positive impacts your biomass thermal project has made, please send them to me >> and Aaron >> to help us characterize local work in biomass thermal. We will credit you if we highlight your work, and will feature your story in our newsletter or on our website if you become a member.

Please also view the video and website linked later in this newsletter >> that highlights a project in John Day, Oregon documented by BTEC Director Marcus Kauffman (Oregon Department of Forestry). Stories like this make the benefits of biomass as understandable as wind and solar.


Jeff Serfass





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"Restoration Renaissance: A New Paradigm in John Day"
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Bioenergy Insight 2017 Conference & Expo
October 4-5, 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland
Sessions include:
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-Market outlook for wood pellets: What does the future hold?
-Cross Atlantic perspective on biomass

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European Pellet Conference 2017
March 1-2, 2017
Stadthalle, Pollheimerstrasse 1, 4600 Wels, Austria

HPBExpo 2017
March 1-4, 2017
George World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia

"HPBExpo attracts thousands of distributors and retailers-your potential partners and customers-that live and breathe the indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Representing specialty to mass market, these professionals spend three days steeped in the newest products and trends that ultimately transform their passion into sales."

2017 PFI Breakfast & Biomass at HBPExpo 2017
March 3, 2017; 7:30 - 9:00 AM ET
Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
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Industry News


EIA updates bioenergy, wood heating forecasts

Erin Voegele, Biomass Magazine

"The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting the non-hydro renewables share of U.S. electricity generation will be 9 percent in 2017 and 10 percent in 2018."

"According to the EIA, 2.48 million households are expected to use wood as a primary heating fuel during the 2016-'17 winter, up 1.3 percent when compared to the previous winter. This includes 536,000 households in the Northeast, down .09 percent; 612,000 households in the Midwest, up 1.7 percent; 601,000 households in the South, up 3.4 percent; and 731,000 households in the West, up 1 percent." Read more >>

EIA Densified Biomass Fuel Report Updated
EIA is releasing monthly data on densified biomass fuel. Current data is for February-April 2016, and includes information on manufacturers, employment, capacity, sales, and feedstocks.
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Member & Associate News

Biomass boiler nearing completion at University of Illinois, UC

Katie Fletcher, Biomass Magazine
"Around the beginning of December, a biomass boiler arrived at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's energy farm. Currently, the university is busy installing the boiler, along with the required plumbing and electrical work, and in mid-to-late February, the unit will replace propane as the primary heat source for the energy farm's main research greenhouse." 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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