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
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.
Welcome to BTEC's New
Members and Associates!
recognized in our newsletters by joining BTEC >>
- TNT Ventures LLC
- University of British
- Michigan Department of
- Minnesota Department of
- Murray State University
"Restoration Renaissance: A New Paradigm in John
Marcus Kauffman, Oregon Department of Forestry
Dan Bihn, Bihn Communications LLC
Click the image above to see the full story!
Bioenergy Insight 2017
Conference & Expo
October 4-5, 2017
-Opportunities for bioenergy sector to accelerate low-carbon economy/
An industry in transition
-Market outlook for wood pellets: What does the future hold?
-Cross Atlantic perspective on biomass
Biomass Conference & Expo
Early Bird Registration rates end March 1!
European Pellet Conference
March 1-2, 2017
Stadthalle, Pollheimerstrasse 1, 4600 Wels, Austria
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."
Breakfast & Biomass at HBPExpo 2017
March 3, 2017; 7:30 - 9:00 AM ET
Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
"Join PFI at HPBExpo for a breakfast event that brings together
pellet manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and others from the pellet
industry. Hear about latest trends in the pellet industry while
networking with colleagues across the sector. Registration for
Breakfast & Biomass includes a full breakfast. The event is open
to all attendees of HPBExpo."
Join BTEC >> to have your
event featured and for event links
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.
View the latest data >>
Biomass boiler nearing completion at University of
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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· Wood Chip
Thermal Efficiency Standard
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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.
Do you know
anyone who would benefit from BTEC membership? Share our mission and vision >>