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Biomass Thermal DC Summit

Biomass Thermal DC Summit

As you may know, BTEC-supported legislation is pending in both the House and Senate that situates highly efficient, thermal energy from biomass in its rightful place alongside competing renewable energy technologies and pathways in the tax code.  Securing investment tax credits for biomass thermal energy technologies would be a powerful tool in helping consumers and businesses overcome the capital cost hurdle associated with converting to biomass heat.  Earlier versions of similar bills in previous Congresses have not passed. We have committed champions for our bill in the House and Senate and now is the time to show support for renewable energy legislation and raise awareness of biomass thermal energy by strong representation of our member organizations on Capitol Hill.

Taking place November 18, 2015 in Washington, DC, a coalition of rural, renewable energy, and natural resource interests from across the U.S. will gather for an education and outreach event, the Biomass Thermal DC Summit. Summit participants will have the opportunity to meet with Senators and Representatives, policy makers, and other renewable energy-related groups regarding the substantial benefits of biomass thermal energy use: increased rural economic activity, energy independence, healthier forests, and effective tax policy.

Over the past few years, the combined efforts of numerous non-profit organizations, community members, and businesses have raised the profile of biomass thermal energy in Congress, but now is the time to do more. Let’s build upon the foundation that was laid at our 2011 Summit, and make this 2015 Biomass Thermal DC Summit a turning point for the biomass thermal industry.

This Summit will be preceded by the BTEC Annual Membership Meeting on November 17th.

Read more about the Summit’s activities below:

Directions and Lodging


Wednesday, November 18th


Morning Summit Orientation

Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW

  • Registration, Networking, light breakfast
  • Introduction, Schedule
  • Guest Speakers
  • Biomass Briefing
  • Final questions and directions
Lunch on own

Coordinated Capitol Hill and Federal visits

BTEC members and other participants meet with Congresspeople and Senators, staff, federal agencies, and others, to raise awareness of biomass heating.

A full list of meetings will be made available as the schedule nears completion.


Congressional Reception (hosted); Please RSVP

Longworth House Office Building

Evening reception/happy hour for BTEC Members, Congresspeople, staffers, agency personnel, and other renewable energy groups.

Summit Goals

  • Increase awareness of the economic benefits of biomass thermal energy among policy makers.
  • Demonstrate industry support for key legislative issues.
  • Develop new and strengthen existing relationships with constituent offices, and to garner support for the Congressional Biomass Caucus.
  • Connect biomass stakeholders throughout the non-profit, federal agency, and legislative realms.
Summit Sponsors

Sponsorships available for the 2015 Thermal Summit. Levels include:

Gold – $1,250

  • Logo featured prominently on Summit webpage
  • Logo featured prominently on all signage
  • Quarter page ad or logo in program
  • Opportunity to speak
  • Opportunity to distribute literature or promotional materials
  • Logo featured in all email announcements

Silver – $750

  • Logo featured on Summit webpage
  • Logo featured on all signage
  • One-eight page ad or logo in program
  • Logo featured in all email announcements

Bronze – $350

  • Logo on Summit webpage
  • Logo on all signage
  • One-sixteenth page logo in program

Supporting Organizations – Free

  • Name/logo on webpage and on program
  • (For governmental, academic, and non-profit associations)

If you are unable to contribute financially, please get the word out to your members by sharing Summit homepage links and the RSVP button on your website.

Contact Vera Medici at or 202-596-3974 x322 for details.

Make biomass heating a national renewable energy priority by sponsoring now.


Directions and Lodging

Morning briefing will be held at the Rayburn House Office Building.

Click here for a map

All meetings will take place on Capitol Hill. Attendees will receive packets with specific directions on the day of the Summit.

Nearby hotels:

Capitol Hill Hotel

Holiday Inn- Washington Capitol

Hyatt Place – National Mall

Hyatt Regency Washington – Capitol Hill

Closest Metro Stations:

Capitol South

Union Station

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