March 22, 2017




BTEC continues to reaffirm support for the inclusion of biomass in green building standards. This includes advising ASHRAE on the development of SSPC 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. BTEC members gave input on efficiency and particulate emissions thresholds that will be presented to the ASHRAE committee as it considers moving forward on this standard for the inclusion of biomass as a renewable energy resource in high-performance buildings. Our Technical Engagement Manager David Bancroft has also been expanding BTEC's network in the high-performance buildings community, such as with the Better Buildings Alliance. David will also be giving a presentation on the use of biomass thermal in commercial buildings to the National Capital Chapter of ASHRAE next Wednesday, March 28. If you are a DC-area member of ASHRAE, we hope to see you there!


Jeff Serfass





Policy and Government Affairs Update
This update is provided by Pat Rita >> of Orion Advocates
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The Trump Administration unveiled its proposed FY 2018 budget late last week. Like previous budgets, it is more of a messaging document signaling themes and Administration priorities, and much of it is unlikely to be enacted. However, these are the areas worth noting:

  • Proposed 31% decrease in EPA funding with a loss of over 3,000 employees
  • Proposed 5.6% decrease in Department of Energy funding to $28 billion
  • Proposed 20.7% decrease in US Department of Agriculture funding



Farm Bill

BTEC is participating in the Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition, which is preparing Energy Title provisions for next year's Farm Bill reauthorization. Forestry-related provisions of the Farm Bill were also discussed at a March 16 hearing by the House Agriculture Committee's Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee. Representatives from the State Foresters Association testified, as did a tree farmer and a representative from a forest products company that sources fiber from public lands. 



BTEC Launches Strategic Communications Webpage


BTEC is proud to announce its new Strategic Communications webpage >>. This page will serve as a one-stop resource for case studies, factsheets, videos, and testimonials that you can use to communicate the benefits of adopting biomass thermal. If you would like to have your materials on this site, join BTEC >>.



Committee and Working Group Meetings


Happening This Week
Policy Committee Call
Friday, March 17, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

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New to this Newsletter


The New Forest Economy- Biobased Power, Products, & Fuels
March 24, 2017; 7:30 - 11:30 AM ET
Maple Hill Farm, 11 Inn Road, Hallowell, Maine
"E2Tech and GrowSmart Maine are bringing together key players in Maine's biomass/biofuels, bioproducts, and community development worlds to discuss both the policy and the economic development challenges and opportunities in Maine's new forest economy. What are our forests producing now and how does that connect with regulation and demand in the state, regional, and larger energy and economic systems? What is needed to move this sector forward in an economic and environmentally sustainable way?"



Upcoming Hydronics Workshop


Join instructor John Siegenthaler for a full-day, design-focused workshop in Malta, NY on March 30 entitled "Hydronics for High-Efficiency Biomass Boilers Training." This course qualifies for 7 AIA CEU credits. Learn more and register >>



Industry News
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Biomass Heating Recognition in Oil Dependent Northeast
Charlie Niebling, Biomass Magazine  

"Despite challenging market conditions, across the northeast U.S., making heat with biomass energy technologies continues to grow in attention, and gain interest and support among elected officials and policymakers." Read more >>

Expanded Use of Modern Wood Heating and Improving Air Quality

Adam Sherman, Biomass Magazine
"Increasingly, modern wood heating is recognized as an effective strategy for reducing fossil fuel use, while stimulating local economies and creating markets for low-grade wood. Yet, there remains apprehension from state policy and rule makers." 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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