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About Membership

About Membership

Membership in BTEC is a must for those in the business of using biomass for heat or CHP (Combined Heat and Power). Landowners, fuel producers, equipment manufacturers, project developers — all have a place in BTEC.        The top four reasons you should join are:

1. BTEC is your strong advocate in Washington

As federal energy and tax policies develop, it is essential that biomass be part of the discussion. Our staff and government affairs representative give our members a voice in these discussions with guidance from our member- led Policy and Government Affairs Committee

2. BTEC leads technical and regulatory advances in the industry

Keeping up to date on regulations and standards that may affect your business can be a full-time job. Our Technical Engagement Manager keeps you informed on and engaged, and you can shape industry codes and standards by joining our member-led Technical and Regulatory Affairs Committee.

3. BTEC is your platform to connect with industry leaders

BTEC members include landowners, biomass fuel producers, appliance manufacturers, distributors, supply-chain companies, and non-profit organizations. Membership is the easiest way to stay connected to the companies and interests outside of your traditional markets.

BTEC also actively hosts and supports regional affiliates, including the Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group, Heating the Midwest, and the Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association.

4. BTEC educates consumers, policymakers, and the public

BTEC’s website and member newsletter are your go-to places for the latest industry news and information. Our member-led Strategic Communications Working Group is also working to compile materials to help you build demand for your products and tout the benefits of biomass thermal for local communities.

More information:

Emanuel Wagner
Managing Director
202-596-3974 x 360

Membership Benefits, Categories, and Dues

Education and Information

BTEC Member Exclusive
Provides policy and technical updates, member news, and event information.

Members Only Website
Includes access to detailed member directory, committee information, BTEC news, and exclusive content.

Representation and Participation

  • Policy Representation
    Make your voice heard in Washington. Our government affairs representative meets with members of Congress, federal agencies, and other stakeholders to promote biomass thermal energy in policy discussions.
  • BTEC Member Committees
    Get involved through a member-led committees. Active committees include the Policy Committee, the Technical and Regulatory Affairs Committee, and the Strategic Communications Working Group.
  • Online Member Directory
    Connect with potential customers and those outside your normal market.
  • Events
    Meet industry leaders at BTEC-affiliated webinars, workshops, and conferences. Members save money!
  • Recognition
    Be recognized as an industry leader in our newsletter, on our website, and in our member directory.

Sustaining member
Sustaining Member contributions provide the financial resources needed for the development of the organization and for its continued efforts to advocate on behalf of biomass thermal energy at the local, state, and federal levels.
Upon application approval, all Sustaining Members receive special recognition on the BTEC website and in promotional materials, and may designate a Director to serve on the Board, up to a bylaw-defined limit.

Biomass Fuel Member
Category includes companies that generate more than 50% of their revenues from the manufacturing, distribution, or trading of biomass fuel products primarily for thermal applications. Including, but not limited to:

  • Biomass fuel manufacturers
  • Biomass fuel distributors
  • Biomass fuel traders

Biomass Appliance Member
Category includes companies that manufacture or distribute biomass thermal appliances and equipment and are not eligible for any of the other categories. Including, but not limited to:

  • Appliance and equipment manufacturers and manufacturers
  • Distributors and traders of biomass thermal appliance and heating equipment

Biomass Supply Chain Member
Companies involved in biomass thermal energy that wish to become a member and are not eligible for any of the other categories.
Including, but not limited to:

  • Feedstock companies
  • Forest and land management companies
  • Logging companies / Mobilization companies
  • Manufacturers of equipment serving biomass thermal energy markets
  • Commercial and residential appliance manufacturers
  • Capital investment companies
  • Architects, engineers, and other consultants
  • Insurance companies

Non-Profit Member
All allied non-profit organizations and educational institutions that wish to become a member.

Education and Government Associates
All allied government and educational institutions that wish to become an associate (similar to member standing). Governmental and Education Associates are granted access to members-only educational materials, membership communications and activities, and participation on available committees.

However, BTEC Government & Education Associates are ineligible from serving as committee Chairs, Board Members, and voting during the annual and semi-annual elections. Associates may retain full member participation through payment of the lowest membership dues tier.

Membership dues are for four quarters of membership. Your membership period begins when your application is approved and payment is processed.

Except for non-profit and government organizations, universities, and Sustaining Members, all members pay dues based on their company’s most recent gross annual revenues.

Revenues (USD) Annual dues
Sustaining member $ 12,500
$ 16M + $ 8,500
$ 12 - 16M $ 6,500
$ 8 - 12M $ 4,250
$ 4 - 8M $ 2,750
$ 2 - 4M $ 1,500
$ 1 - 2M $ 1,000
$ 500,000 - 1M $ 750
$ 0 - 500,000 $ 500
Non-profit $ 300
Associate Free

Members of BTEC created these committees to help steer and shape the organization’s activities in several key areas. All members are welcome to join one or more of these member-led groups.



The legislative and regulatory interests of organizations involved in biomass thermal energy are often underrepresented in Washington. This committee develops and implements the organization’s government affairs strategy in coordination with BTEC’s legislative representatives in D.C. 

Chair: Dylan Kruse, Sustainable Northwest



There is a need for impartial, authoritative research on many issues surrounding biomass thermal energy. This committee works to develop white papers, reports, and other information that will help industry and public stakeholders make technically and economically sound decisions in regards to biomass thermal energy.

Chair: Bede Wellford, Viessmann

Strategic Communications Working Group
The purpose of the BTEC Strategic Communications Working Group is to:

  • Develop industry-coordinated targeted messages to respond to negative media and Internet coverage, and misperception of biomass thermal energy
  • Create proactive outreach to media, environmental, and policy influence leaders
  • Engage public relations professionals to supplement BTEC staff to implement member and allied stakeholder plans
  • Generate content for marketing and outreach collateral materials, including factsheets, webpages, letters to the editor, talking points, etc., that can be converted to print and used on a dedicated website

Chair: Bill Bell, Maine Pellet Fuels Association

BTEC Sustaining Members

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