July 19, 2017




BTEC needs you to reach out to your members of Congress in support of the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act. Passing the investment tax credit in the BTU Act has been one of BTEC's main goals since 2009. This year, it was introduced with bipartisan support in both houses of Congress.

We are on the cusp of achieving a huge legislative win for the industry that will reduce the cost of installing high-efficiency wood heating systems, provide rural and low-income communities access to renewable energy, and strengthen America's energy independence.

To make this happen, I encourage you to sign your company up for the BTU Act Coalition (and to recruit others from your rolodexes!) You can join at BTEC's BTU Act page >>. Please also use the resources at this page to push your representatives to support this important legislation to the modern wood heating industry.


Jeff Serfass





BTEC Staff Changes


July 28th marks the last day Aaron Aber will be with BTEC and its management company, Technology Transition Corporation (TTC). It is a sad day for the rest of the staff, but we do bid him a fond farewell as he prepares to attend George Washington University Law School in August. Aaron has been with us for over a year, and has left his mark on the management of BTEC, and staff's support of the Board of Directors and BTEC committees. He has been the first point of contact for people inside and outside our industry, and has staffed the Policy Committee, supporting its chair and lobbyist.

Aaron says that the most interesting aspect of his work with BTEC was learning about the local innovations and benefits wood heating is providing to communities across the country. As BTEC's first point of contact, he had the privilege to speak personally with many of you, which helped him overcome his initial inexperience and unfamiliarity with the wood heating sector. These conversations helped him understand the importance of wood heating in achieving meaningful carbon reductions, and in reducing geographic and socioeconomic disparities in access to clean energy. He was particularly excited to see the reintroduction of the BTU Act because of the political momentum BTEC has generated for it over the past year.

Replacing Aaron as BTEC's first point of contact for staff support is Project Assistant Peter Thompson, who joined TTC on July 10th, moving to Washington, DC from Raleigh, NC. Peter introduces himself in the article below, however let me say, he also brings a cheerful, helpful personality to the BTEC office. BTEC Executive Director, Jeff Serfass, and BTEC Technical Engagement Manager David Bancroft will continue to support members and external stakeholders, and will help Peter get his biomass legs. He can be reached at 202-596-3974 x 342.



Greetings from New BTEC Staff Member Peter Thompson


Hi biomass thermal energy stakeholders. I am pleased to be the newest member of the BTEC staff and would like to introduce myself.

I attended North Carolina State University where I received a B.A. in Communication Media in 2015, with a Journalism minor. In the summer of 2014, I interned at the Forest Resources Association in Washington, DC, advocating for organizations and businesses in the forest products industry. After graduating, I worked for the Carolina Hurricanes Promotions and Fan Development Department.

After one season with the Hurricanes, I became a Program Associate with the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association, advocating for locally owned, independent businesses in Raleigh, NC. After a year in this role, I decided to move on and find work I am more passionate about! My connections to the forest products industry include the fact that my father is an executive with Columbia Forest Products, a hardwood plywood manufacturing business based in North America.

I am very excited to get started and help support BTEC, its mission and its members!



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Rovanco Piping Systems
Rovanco Piping Systems, Inc., is a privately held manufacturing company located in Joliet, Illinois which was founded by owners Larry and Dick Stonitsch in 1969. The business was conceived for the express purpose of providing a high quality pre-insulated piping system as an alternative to (outdated, costly, less effective, etc.) field insulated piping. Read more >>



Policy and Government Affairs Update
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BTU Act Introduced - Take Action Today!

The BTU Act (H.R. 3161, S. 1480) was introduced on June 29. In the House, the lead sponsors were Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Ann Kuster (D-NH). In the Senate, the sponsors were Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR).

The BTU Act corrects an oversight dating to the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. It extends an investment tax credit that already exists for other renewable energy technologies to high-efficiency wood heating installations.

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BTEC Supported Events
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Boiler Operator Workshops Sponsored by PBEA


Training at Tuscarora Hardwoods
When: October 1, 2017
Where: Tuscarora Hardwoods, Elliotsburg, Pennsylvania
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Training: Optimizing Operations and Switching to Biomass
When: October 4, 2017 (TENTATIVE)
Where: JG McIlvain Sawmill, White Marsh, Maryland
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Upcoming Events


2017 Pellet Fuels Institute Annual Conference
When: July 23-25, 2017
Where: Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, Vermont
Sessions include an update on the PFI Standards Program, regional reports, legislative and regulatory reports, and a Retailers/Appliance Panel. Read more >>

PBEA Board of Directors and All Member Meeting
When: July 26, 2017
Where: Gerald White Conference Center at DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania
Registration is free for PBEA members and $30.00 for non-members. The meeting is being held in conjunction with Energypath. Read more >>

Energypath 2017
When: July 27, 2017
Where: DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania
"Energypath is the region's largest sustainable energy event attracting industry professionals, policymakers and academia throughout the region and across the United States. The goal of Energypath is to increase the knowledge of and passion for sustainable energy in the leaders of today and tomorrow." Read more >>

International Conference on Thermoelectrics
When: July 31 - August 3, 2017
Where: Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California
"This Conference is the 36th in the series of international conferences on thermoelectrics that provides a global forum for presentations and information exchange on the latest emerging thermoelectric technology." Read more >>



BTEC Member and Industry News
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Matt Barron and Bryn Gingrich: Wood heating is a win-win-win

Matt Barron and Bryn Gingrich, The Berkshire Eagle

This article from staff of BTEC member Massachusetts Forest Alliance >> highlights the benefits of wood heating to rural communities in the state. The article highlights Massachusetts' high forest cover (62% of its land) and its abundance of low-grade wood as providing opportunities to create rural jobs, reduce wildfire risks, and allow residents to "participate in this local interaction of biomass markets and forest stewardship." Read more >>

Grants help maple syrup makers install pellet, wood chip systems
Erin Voegele, Biomass Magazine

"In Vermont, The Clean Energy Development Fund at the state's Public Service Department is offering grant funding to help sugar makers install evaporators fueled with wood pellets or wood chips."

"The program opened on a first-come, first-serve basis on June 30. It provides cash grants to Vermont-based sugar makers based on the size of evaporators installed." Read more >>

FutureMetrics Adds Seth Walker to their Team
BTEC member FutureMetrics >> has announced Seth Walker as their new Senior Economist and Director of Business Development. Seth will be developing new reports and studies for FutureMetrics on the wood pellet sector.

Are we ready for the 100% renewable energy movement?
John Ackerly, Heated Up! (reprinted from Biomass Magazine)

BTEC Director John Ackerly of the Alliance for Green Heat >> in this article urges the wood heating sector to be part of the 100% renewable energy and Zero Net Energy movements. John further highlights BTEC's advocacy and leadership in giving wood heating a seat at the table. As he says, BTEC advocacy is "an investment that would pay dividends over the next 10-20 years." Read more >> 



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Executive Director

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David Bancroft
Technical Engagement Manager
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Peter Thompson

Communications and Operations

202-596-3974 x 342


Program Director

202-596-3974 x 360


Events Coordinator

202-596-3974 x 322

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Special Thanks to BTEC's Sustaining Members




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.


By 2025, the use of sustainable wood and agricultural biomass for thermal (heating and cooling) and combined heat and power (CHP) is a mainstream energy choice. Residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial customers choose it as an affordable, clean, efficient, and carbon beneficial alternative to fossil fuels. Distributed energy from biomass thermal/CHP provides reliability and resiliency to America's energy infrastructure, and efficient use of biomass resources. Policies at the local, state, regional, and federal levels support thermal/CHP from biomass equally with respect to other renewable sources of energy. Thermal/CHP from biomass enables sustainable land and resource management, and provides improved soil and forest health, improved water and air quality, and reduced wildfire risks. Thermal/CHP from biomass drives local job growth and economic vitality across America's rural and urban communities.

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