February 22, 2017



Dear Aaron: 

This week, I will be attending a meeting with our US Forest Service partners and a group of organizations they have called together to discuss strategies for advancing biomass energy interests in 2017. On policy, BTEC will be pushing for passage of the BTU Act, funding for biomass thermal projects in an infrastructure package, and making biomass a part of any energy tax package. On the technical and regulatory side, BTEC will continue to push for the inclusion of biomass thermal technologies in green building standards through ASHRAE and the US Green Building Council. In support of this, I will be attending my first local ASHRAE chapter meeting this week.

If you will be attending the DC-area ASHRAE chapter meeting, contact me and we can meet up.


Jeff Serfass





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  • University of British Columbia    
  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
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"Restoration Renaissance: A New Paradigm in John Day"
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Events, Conferences, and Webinars




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New to this Newsletter


2017 Alaska Wood Energy Conference
April 11-12, 2017; optional field trips April 10 and 13
Ted Ferry Civic Center, Ketchikan, Alaska
Sessions on:
-biomass harvesting
-combined heat and power
-community updates
-Hydronic System Design for High-Efficiency Biomass Boilers (6.5 CEUs available)



Upcoming Events


International Biomass Conference & Expo

Early Bird Registration rates end March 1!

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
"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."



Industry News


Government Support and Encouraging Regulations to be Key Growth Drivers for Biomass Boiler Market

SAT Press Releases

This press release summarizes the findings of a market report on biomass boilers. Key findings included:
-the biomass boiler market is "highly fragmented"
-Europe is the leading market for biomass boilers, with 77% of the market accounted for by woody biomass boilers; the worldwide market was valued at $2.4 billion in 2015
-Market growth is constrained by high costs of transportation and storage, and issues with handling

Visit the Minneapolis Biomass Exchange (MBioEX)
Mission statement: "To reduce risk and increase trade opportunities for biomass buyers and sellers by providing a listing and bidding platform, online settlement, quality control services, and market information on the most trusted, efficient, and user-friendly platform possible." Read more >>

2017 National Bioenergy Day will be October 18

"This year, our focus will be on the role of bioenergy in a larger forest products economy that promotes forest health. We invite you to participate by holding a facility tour, panel discussion or other event focused on bioenergy and its many benefits."

Other ways to get involved include sending case studies or suggesting topics for a video. Contact  

Carrie Annand >> for more information.


Member News


Charlie Niebling Previews Woodchip Standard Update at IBCE
BTEC Board Member Charlie Niebling answered questions about the developing US Woodchip Standard. He will be on a panel at IBCE on Tuesday, April 11, from 1:30-3:00 PM entitled "Why On-Spec Feedstock is So Vital for Heat and Power Generation and the Efforts Underway to Ensure It Happens throughout the Industry." 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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