March 7, 2017



Dear Aaron: 

Our new Technical Engagement Manager David Bancroft will be leading staff efforts to complete the first US thermal efficiency protocol for commercial-sized boilers, assisting in the development of a US wood chip standard, and completing the Wood Energy Financial Calculator. He will also be working with our strategic partners at the US Forest Service to include biomass thermal in high-performance building standards.

BTEC members play an important role in these and other technical projects. Please visit the links below to learn more about the projects listed above. If you are interested in being part of our ad hoc technical working groups, or in assisting BTEC in developing initiatives in other sectors of the industry, then consider joining BTEC.


Jeff Serfass





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Visit BTEC's updated Factsheets and Case Studies webpage >>. View a selection of BTEC policy and biomass thermal case studies, as well as case studies provided by members. Thank you to Viessmann, AFS Energy, Biotech Energy, and the Biomass Energy Resource Center for allowing us to share your work.



Committee and Working Group Meetings


2017 monthly committee call schedules have been set!
The Policy Committee will meet the last Friday of each month at 3:00 PM ET.
The Strategic Communications Working Group will meet the third Friday of each month at
12:00 PM ET.

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Events, Conferences, and Webinars
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Contact Vera Medici >> or Aaron Aber >> for more information on
exhibiting, co-hosting, or media partnerships.



New to this Newsletter


Broad Absorption Chiller Service Seminar
April 7, 2017
Four Points by Sheraton, 6 Platt Street, New York, NY



Member News


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Biotech Energy Inc. Announces Partnership with Clinton Community College

"On January 3, 2017, Biotech Energy, Inc. ("Biotech" or the "Company") and Clinton Community College were accepted into the Start-Up New York program.  As official participants in the Start-Up NY program, Biotech and Clinton Community College have entered a new strategic Partnership arrangement.  This Partnership will be developing new curriculum and programs at the College to both enhance the educational opportunities for its students and support the growing Biomass Energy industry, which has become an important part of the growth for Sustainable Renewable Energy."

FutureMetrics Releases New White Paper

"The recently released paper by the Chatham House is a study that contains many inaccurate statements about the use of wood for energy. Those statements are presented as facts or as uncontested conclusions. This white paper focuses on the study's discussions that pertain to the sourcing of raw materials for industrial wood pellets." Read the white paper >> 



Local Biomass Thermal News


Rockingham County to Finance Biomass Boiler Emissions Control with T-RECs Enterprise Fund

Innovative Natural Resource Solutions
"On March 1, the Rockingham County (NH) delegation of 85 state representatives voted unanimously to move forward with the installation of an electrostatic precipitator on their 3 MW Messersmith wood chip steam boiler, to greatly reduce particulate emissions on an already clean system."



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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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