Biomass Thermal DC Summit
On November 16, 2011 in Washington, DC, a coalition of rural, renewable energy, and natural resource interests from across the U.S. gathered for an education and outreach event, the Biomass Thermal DC Summit. Summit participants engaged policy makers and renewable energy-related groups on the substantial benefits of biomass thermal energy use: increased rural economic activity, energy independence, healthier forests, and effective tax policy.
Over the past three years, the combined efforts of numerous non-profits organizations, community members, and businesses have raised the profile of biomass thermal energy in Congress. This event built upon that foundation. Access the event description here >>
Read more about the Summit’s activities below:
- Increase awareness of the economic benefits of biomass thermal energy among policy makers
- Demonstrate industry support for key legislative issues, such as energy provisions in the 2012 Farm Bill
- Develop new and strengthen existing relationships with constituent offices, especially to garner support for the Congressional Biomass Caucus
- Connect biomass stakeholders throughout the non-profit, federal agency, and legislative realms
|8:30 am – 10:00 am
||Morning Summit Orientation -
Rayburn House Office Building |
Networking and information gathering for Summit participants.
|10:00 - 5:00 pm
||Coordinated Hill and Federal Agency Visits – Capitol Hill
Educational meetings between Summit attendees and Congressional and federal agency offices. Additional meetings outside of Summit-attendee constituent relationships may be scheduled through other channels, such as participating trade associations and non-profits.
|3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Biomass Briefing - Rayburn House Office Building Rm. 2322
Access the materials of the briefing: Heating with Biomass: Win-Win for Households, Economic Development, Energy Security
Informational public briefing geared towards policy makers describing biomass thermal energy technologies, feedstocks, end users, economic impacts, and case studies. Presented by EESI
|5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
||Industry Congressional Reception – Capitol Hill
Casual evening event on the Hill with Congressional staffers, agency personnel, and other renewable energy groups (by RSVP only).
View the right bar of the screen to view those sponsors of the Thermal Summit
The following biomass thermal-related associations and groups have indicated their support for the Summit:
- Alliance for Green Heat
- ACORE’s Biomass Coordinating Council
- Biomass Energy Resource Center
- Biomass Thermal Energy Council
- Coalition for Eastern Forests and Communities
- Environmental and Energy Study Institute
- Forest Guild
- Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass
- Maine Pellet Fuels Association
- National Network of Forest Practitioners
- New York Biomass Energy Alliance
- Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group
- Pellet Fuels Institute
- Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association
- Pinchot Institute
- Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition
Dear Summit Attendees,
Thank you all for your attendance, participation, and energy from yesterday's successful Biomass Thermal DC Summit. It was a pleasure meeting those of you who I had the opportunity to speak with, and I hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as I did.
We are proud to report that over 50 biomass attendees visited a combined 40+ congressional and federal offices and communicated the importance of biomass thermal incentives and programs such as Farm Bill Energy Title.
Also, the EESI biomass briefing reached near capacity and the Thermal Reception entertained staff from approximately 10 Congressional offices as well as the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. Please see EESI's site >> to access the materials from the briefing.
Despite our success yesterday, we need your feedback from your individual and team meetings with Members of Congress to capitalize on our progress. We ask that you provide us with a brief summary of key 'Follow-up conversations' and 'Asks' from your meetings ASAP.
For example, did a Representative express interest in joining the Congressional Biomass Caucus? Or did a Senate office seem supportive of biomass legislation? Let us know these details immediately so we may coordinate strategic follow-up.
Again, thank you for your personal and professional commitment to the Summit. We'll be in communication again shortly.