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BTEC Announces Validation Testing on Biomass Boiler Efficiency Test Method
WASHINGTON, DC - August 11, 2017 - Today, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) announced that validation testing of its biomass boiler efficiency protocol will begin in September 2017 at ClearStak LLC, a Connecticut-based testing laboratory.  "We are pleased to be partnering with ClearStak LLC on this next important phase of the project.  Being an EPA- accredited laboratory, this brings third-party credibility to the process, as we continue to hone the protocol prior to final publication," said Jeff Serfass, BTEC Executive Director. Read more >>


Thank You Bede Wellford and Viessmann for Supporting Bioeconomy 2017
"What a great way to start off the conference", said Jonathan Male, Director of the US Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies, after Bede Wellford, Renewables Sales Manager at Viessmann Manufacturing Company, concluded his opening remarks at Bioeconomy 2017. Read more >>


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 >>


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 >>


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.


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.


BTEC Supports Oregon SB 634
The Oregon legislature held a hearing on April 5 to discuss SB 634 >>. The bill would add woody biomass thermal and combined heat and power to the list of qualifying green energy technologies that may be used to satisfy Oregon's requirement that 1.5% of the contract price for public building construction or renovations be spent on a green energy technology.

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).


Massachusetts first in recognizing efficiency and automation in wood stove program
"Massachusetts has developed the first wood stove change out program in the country that recognizes the value of automated stoves and stoves that disclose their verified efficiency to consumers. The 2017 program offers Massachusetts residents between $500 and $3,000 for upgrades, depending on the stove and income level of the family." Read more >>

BTEC Presented on Modern Wood Heating to ASHRAE
BTEC's Technical Engagement Manager David Bancroft gave a presentation to about 50 members of the National Capital Chapter of ASHRAE last week on the use of renewable wood heating in commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings. This is part of BTEC's work to include wood as a renewable energy resource in high-performance buildings.


BTEC Opposes Administration's Rescinding of Climate Change Initiatives
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) opposes the Trump Administration rescinding various climate change rules because it sends the wrong signals to the energy marketplace regarding social, environmental, and economic cost of energy resources.

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