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December 18, 2012
December 14, 2012
September 14, 2012
July 18, 2012


BTEC Stakeholder Session on CO Off-Gassing: Sharing Current Science and Industry Prctices
December 18, 2012

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) seeks to engage the biomass thermal industry through education and outreach activities on potential Carbon Monoxide off-gassing from the bulk storage of wood pellets. This project is funded in part by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

For the first stakeholder webinar (originally held on December 18, 2012), BTEC staff and project partners will present the project's background, existing research, and project goals.

The primary activities of this session will include:

  • Outlining the scope of the BTEC project
  • Presenting solid science on off-gassing scenarios, what is known and not known
  • Describing current bulk wood pellet storage systems requirements and recommendations in Europe and North America
  • Offer upcoming project opportunities for wood pellet producers, appliance manufacturers, and installers of storage systems
  • Question and Answer session with the project members

BTEC Stakeholder Session on CO Off-Gassing: Sharing current science and industry practices from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.


  • Raymond Albrecht, BTEC Technical Consultant
  • Waltraud Emhofer, Researcher, Bioenergy 2020
  • Staffan Melin, Research Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
  • Joseph Seymour, BTEC Executive Director (moderator)


Biomass Thermal Finance in a Post-Farm Bill World
December 14, 2012


The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) invites you to a webinar on December 14 at 1 PM ET to discuss strategies and options for biomass project finance independent of federal grant and loan programs.  "Biomass Thermal Finance in a Post-Farm Bill World" will address how companies can and are financing biomass thermal installations through performance contracts, efficiency programs, and better engaging lenders, despite uncertainty surrounding federal programs like the Farm Bill.

Topics include:

  • An update on existing and recently expired federal incentives and loans for biomass thermal projects, including the 2008 and 2012 Farm Bills.
  • How biomass thermal projects may qualify for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) funds, Clean Energy Renewable Bonds (CREBs) and utility on-bill financing.
  • How Energy Savings Performance Contracts are employing biomass thermal technologies.
  • Identifying successful strategies for increasing financier confidence towards biomass projects.  
  • Case studies and pitfalls from project developers.
  • Live Q&A with the presenters.  You may submit your questions directly to the speakers during the event.

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Biomass Thermal Finance in a Post-Farm Bill World A discussion on non-federal financing sources and strategies from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.




Joseph Seymour - Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Executive Director 


Michael Parker, Manager of Energy Efficiency Programs, Johnson Controls


Eric Kingsley, Vice President, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, LLC



Accessing the USDA's Value-Added Producer Grant Webinar
September 14, 2012


The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) held a free educational webinar in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on September 14 from 2-4 PM ET about the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG). The VAPG makes available approximately $14 million in grant funding to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities. This includes either economic planning or working capital activities related to the processing and/or marketing of valued-added agricultural products.

View this webinar and learn:

  • Wood to energy opportunities within the USDA 
  • The grant's application process, requirements, and deadlines
  • How to highlight the crucial connection between forest harvesters and chip or pellet manufacturers
  • What to include in the grant application and tips for increasing the chances of success

Accessing the USDA's Value-Added Producer Grant Webinar from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.




Joseph Seymour - Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Executive Director

Opening Remarks: 

Dallas Tonsager - USDA Under Secretary


Todd Campbell - USDA Rural Development, Alternative Energy Advisor to the Under Secretary


Lyn Millhiser - USDA Rural Development, Management and Program Analyst
Dave Atkins - USDA Forest Service, Woody Biomass Program Manager 


Biomass Thermal Opportunities in Government Procurements
July 18, 2012


On July 18, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council held an educational webinar where our panel of experts described: 1) military procurements important to biomass thermal energy firms, 2) how sustainability changes the government procurement game for biomass companies, and 3) where biomass thermal companies can locate incentive and market funding opportunities.

This webinar was hosted by the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and is the first in its "New Markets" series. Don't let these business opportunities pass your company by!

Topics include:

  • Who the key military renewable energy procurement players are
  • The military's procurement process, bid steps, and how to get involved
  • Sources of incentives and market funding strategies for new and existing biomass thermal technologies, such as the Departments of Energy, Agriculture, and Defense
  • How biomass thermal companies can use federal government transactional mechanisms to attract private capital
  • An interactive Q&A period followed.

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Roger Feldman - Andrews Kurth LLP, Counsel

Mr. Feldman's practice focuses on the project and corporate finance of all types of energy, environmental and related infrastructure projects, with a particular current emphasis on the renewable and clean tech fields. Clients include project developers, financial institutions, purchasers and sellers of corporate assets, clean energy companies and parties dealing with the Defense Department and other Federal agencies.

Janet Hawkes - HD1 LLC, Managing Director

Ms. Hawkes, Ph.D. is Co-founder and Managing Director of HD1 LLC and has served as Technical Advisor and Consulting Scientist to a number of companies addressing environmental issues associated with water quality, nutrient management, climate change, and sustainable agriculture practices. Hawkes has been a consultant to businesses, universities and schools, NGOs, and government agencies and departments.

Dave McGeown - McGeown Associates, LLC, Principal

Mr. McGeown is a seasoned project developer with more than 25 years of experience using advanced technology to reduce costs and improve quality for facilities and building operations. He has developed special expertise in the energy field, working in diverse roles in locations all over the world. Currently, David provides strategic and tactical energy management guidance to a range of clients including the Department of Energy and the US Army.



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