April 5, 2017




Next week, I will be speaking at Heating the Midwest and also the International Biomass Conference & Expo, both in Minneapolis. In just three weeks, BTEC will be holding its annual Northeast Biomass Heating Conference & Expo in Burlington, VT. I am looking forward to these opportunities this month for us to network with stakeholders in the modern wood heating industry.

I certainly hope that all of you plan on attending NEBHX. If you cannot, but will be in Minneapolis, please contact me to meet up.


Jeff Serfass





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BTEC Presented on Modern Wood Heating to ASHRAE
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Low-Income Forum on Energy Regional Meeting, North Country
May 16, 2017 - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM ET
Ramada Watertown, 21000 NYS Route 3, Watertown, NY
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Happening this Month


Modern Absorption Chiller Seminar
April 7, 2017 - 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM ET
Four Points by Sheraton, 6 Platt Street, New York, NY
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Heating the Midwest
April 10, 2017 - 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
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2017 Alaska Wood Energy Conference
April 11-12, 2017
Ted Ferry Civic Center, Ketchikan, AK
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Massachusetts first in recognizing efficiency and automation in wood stove program

John Ackerly, Heated Up!

"Massachusetts has developed the first wood stove change out program in the country that recognizes the value of automated stoves and stoves that disclose their verified efficiency to consumers. The 2017 program offers Massachusetts residents between $500 and $3,000 for upgrades, depending on the stove and income level of the family." Read more >>

US EIA Releases Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report

"This report includes densified biomass fuel data for September through December 2016 and updates the previously released data for January through August 2016. The 2016 data are now final."

"As of December 2016, the monthly data collection included 88 operating manufacturers of densified biomass fuel. These manufacturers have a total production capacity of 11.8 million tons per year and collectively had an equivalent of 2,076 full-time employees." Read more >>



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