February 7, 2017



Dear Aaron: 

Last week, I attended the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Las Vegas and had an opportunity to participate in the discussion over a proposal to include biomass in the definition of on-site renewable energy for high-performance buildings. The proposed change did not pass through the full committee due to the lack of time to fully discuss the concerns that were raised. BTEC will continue to work with our partners at the US Forest Service and US Department of Energy to address those concerns and secure the inclusion of biomass in green building standards.


Jeff Serfass





Welcome to BTEC's New Directors and Officers! 


At its January 25 meeting, the BTEC Board of Directors voted to expand the Board by two seats, from 14 to 16. Appointed to fill these seats were TJ Morice of TNT Ventures LLC and Mike Porter of Uzelac Industries. Both men are committed to expanding BTEC's regional networks and membership base.

Also at this meeting, the Board elected officers and the Executive Committee for 2017:

  • Dan Wilson, Wilson Engineering Services - Chair
  • Christine Donovan, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation - Vice-Chair
  • Bob Sourek, Bear Mountain Forest Products - Treasurer
  • Charlie Niebling, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions - Secretary
  • John Ackerly, Alliance for Green Heat - At-large member
  • Dylan Kruse, Sustainable Northwest - Policy and Government Affairs Committee Chair
  • Bede Wellford, Viessmann - Technical and Regulatory Affairs Committee Chair



Thank you to Those Who Contributed


BTEC would like to thank all of those who contributed to its first Annual Campaign:

  • AFS Energy Systems, Inc.
  • Forest Energy Corporation
  • Alliance for Green Heat
  • Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
  • Viessmann
  • Innovative Natural Resource Solutions
  • Bear Mountain Forest Products
  • Ray Albrecht (individual contribution)

The Annual Campaign funds will support BTEC staff work in policy and education in 2017.



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 >>.



BTEC's 2017 Program Plan and Budget Approved


On January 25, BTEC's Board of Directors approved the 2017 Program Plan and Budget. The Program Plan and Budget, the first with BTEC's new mission and vision statements, guides BTEC's work throughout the year in policy, technical affairs, education and outreach, and membership development. To view the Program Plan and Budget, become a BTEC member >>



Welcome to BTEC's New Members and Associates!


  • TNT Ventures LLC            
  • University of British Columbia    
  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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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 >>.



Happening This Week


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



Contact Us

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BTEC Activities


·  Policy and Government Affairs

·  Technical and Regulatory Affairs

Working Groups

·  Thermal-Led CHP

·  Wood Chip Standard

·  Commercial Thermal Efficiency Standard

·  High Performance Buildings

·  DOE Better Buildings Alliance

·  Thermal Storage

·  Biochar

·  Pellet Storage

·  Strategic Communications

Regional Networks

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·  Midwest

·  West

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Mission Mission

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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