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.

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BTEC and Alliance for Green Heat >> are hosting another FREE webinar, "Automated Wood Stoves," on June 29 at 10:00 AM ET. The presenters are Scott Nichols from Tarm Biomass and Ricardo Carvalho from the Thermochemical Conversion Energy Laboratory at Umeå University in Sweden.

The presenters will discuss sensor technology that can be used to automate wood stoves. Sensors and controllers can improve combustion efficiency and reduce air pollution. Automated controls can also improve ease of use and open the market to younger, more environmentally conscious consumers who want greater convenience, safety and smart phone connectivity.

Register for the webinar >>

BTEC Needs Your Information to Update the Wood Energy Financial Calculator!

Click on the icon above to help us update boiler cost information for the Wood Energy Financial Calculator! Survey responses are due to David Bancroft >> by August 1.

Viessmann sponsoring breakfast at Bioeconomy 2017
BTEC member Viessmann will be a Silver Sponsor at the annual Department of Energy conference, Bioeconomy 2017. This will be an opportunity for modern wood heating to be presented to government and business stakeholders, and to put wood heating on DOE's agenda. Learn more about Bioeconomy 2017 >>

BTEC announces volume 4 of Community Wood Energy Handbook
On April 24, BTEC announced the publication of Enterprise Development for Integrated Wood Manufacturing, a handbook that accompanies BTEC's Wood Energy Financial Calculator. The handbook is targeted towards project developers, community organizations, and non-profits. Read more >>

BTEC Staff Attends NAFO Congressional Reception
BTEC staff attended a reception hosted by the National Alliance of Forest Owners on April 4. Staff met with potential partners in the forest management sector, and thanked Sens. Angus King (I-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME) for their support of the BTU Act. The night ended with a personal tour of the Capitol Congressional Biomass Caucus Chair Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR).

Senator Wyden Unveils Energy Tax Reform
"Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced legislation to measurably reduce carbon pollution over the next decade through a series of incentives for clean energy and the promotion of new technologies in the private sector. Wyden’s Clean Energy for America Act includes technology-neutral tax credits for domestic production of clean electricity and clean transportation fuel, as well as performance-based tax incentives for energy-efficient homes and office buildings."

This bill incentivizes thermal with CHP. View the bill >> and a one-page summary >>

Forest-based biomass carbon neutrality in omnibus spending bill
On Monday, May 1, Congressional leadership unveiled a FY2017 spending plan that includes a policy rider with beneficial language from last year's failed Energy Bill that asserts the carbon benefits of forest-based biomass.

Oregon Senate passes bill adding woody biomass to green tech list
“Passed in a 30-0 vote, Oregon Senate has passed a bill that adds woody biomass to list of types of green energy generating technology that must be included in the construction, reconstruction or renovation of public buildings.”
Thank you to the BTEC members and Directors who spoke in favor of this bill!

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