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The Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group (NEBTWG) is a coalition of biomass thermal advocates committed to working together to advance the use of biomass for heating and CHP (combined heat and power) in the northeastern United States.
The use of biomass in thermal and combined thermal/electric power applications is poised for significant growth across the northeastern US, if market forces, policy drivers, regulatory framework, and public relations align to allow this to happen. NEBTWG was formed to accelerate these opportunities to the benefit of all involved.
Steering Committee Members
- Policy and regulatory advocacy at the local, state, and regional levels
- Development, promotion, and distribution of the Heating the Northeast with Renewable Biomass 2025 Vision
- Outreach to allied groups and organizations to expand network of biomass thermal advocates in the Northeast
- Identification and prioritization of key policy, regulatory and public relations issues facing biomass thermal industry
- Information and data collection to assist/influence policy makers and regulators
- Coordination of advocacy to federal delegations on key issues in Washington
- “Best ideas” sharing across region
NEBTWG activities are guided by a Steering Committee of biomass thermal leaders from the industry and nonprofit sectors. They are:
- John Ackerly, Alliance for Green Heat (Takoma Park, MD)
- Bill Bell, Maine Pellet Fuels Association (Portland, ME)
- Marc Caluwe, Hydro-to-Heat-Convertor (Burlington, MA)
- Charlie Cary, Biomass Combustion Systems (Worcester, MA)
- Adam Sherman, Biomass Energy Resource Center (Montpelier, VT)
- Matt McArdle, Mesa Reduction Engineering (NY)
- David Dungate, ACT Bioenergy (Schenectady, NY)
- Melissa Britcher/John Nikoloff, Energy Resources Group (Harrisburg, PA)
- Rick Handley, Rick Handley & Associates (Ballston Lake, NY)
- Bob Perschel, Forest Guild (Holden, MA)
- Scott Nichols, TARM Biomass (Lyme, NH)
- Charlie Niebling, New England Wood Pellet (Jaffrey, NH)
- Bill Strauss, FutureMetrics and Maine Energy Systems (Bethel, ME)
- Heidi Tarquinio, Fireside Supply Inc (Hebron, CT)
Heating the Northeast with Renewable Biomass: A Bold Vision for 2025 is a call for an American Revolution to domestically produce the thermal energy consumed in the six New England states and New York. We propose that 25% of all thermal energy requirements in the Northeast are met with renewable energy resources by the year 2025.
Key Findings and Conclusions of the Report
If achieved, this vision will:
- Supply 19 million green tons of sustainable biomass for thermal energy available annually from forest and farm sources
- Achieve 25% of all thermal energy from renewable resources by 2025
- Achieve 75% of thermal renewable energy from biomass by 2025
- Convert 1.38 million households in the seven states to biomass for thermal needs
- Improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gases and build healthier communities
- Reduce 1.14 billion gallons of heating oil annually
- Reinvest $4.5 billion in resulting economic wealth in the Northeast economy
- Create 140,200 jobs
Download a presentation on the Vision given by NEBTWG Steering Committee Co-Chairman Charlie Niebling on August 5, 2010.
Vision Presentation - August 5, 2010
Download the Report
In addition to the Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group, the Vision is supported by the Maine Pellet Fuel Association, the Pellet Fuels Institute, the New York Biomass Energy Alliance, the Alliance For Green Heat and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council. This report is a work in progress. We welcome all feedback, criticism and ideas.
- Contact us to offer feedback, criticism and ideas to improve this Vision
- Share the Vision document with anyone who may be interested. Invite their feedback.
- Join and financially support any of the organizations that have presented this Vision.
- Raise these issues with your governor, state and federal officials, and state legislators.
In addition to supporting the coalition's leadership, State Captains are available to confer on state-specific biomass thermal issues, welcoming comments from individuals, businesses, and organizations within their areas of jurisdictions.
State Captains: Contact Information and Jurisdiction
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