The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) is holding the 2021 Biomass Thermal Summit as a series of weekly programs on Thursdays between May 6th and June 10th to discuss the contributions that biomass thermal energy can make to mitigate climate change and to discuss policy and regulatory solutions to expand the industry’s beneficial impacts, create new markets for woody biomass resources and the environmental benefits of closed-loop forestry and agricultural industry.
Biomass for heat provides a locally sourced, renewable heating fuel for homes, businesses and municipalities across the country, enabling the transition away from fossil fuels for heat. The inclusion of biomass heating technologies in federal tax, natural resource, and energy policy aids in achieving climate, air quality and environmental goals. The purpose of this Summit is to continue the dialogue between the industry and federal policymakers on the role of wood heating as a decarbonization pathway for thermal energy.
The final session of the Summit will be held at 1 pm on June 10th to discuss the Expansion of the EPA Renewable Fuel Standard to Thermal Energy and Wood Fuel
The EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard has jumpstarted the production of renewable fuels for the transportation and power sectors. However, thermal energy comprises nearly 33% of US energy demand, but has little to no pathways to participate in the RFS and decarbonize the thermal energy sector. How can the RFS be expanded to help decarbonize thermal energy? What are the greenhouse gas benefits of transitioning away from fossil heating fuels to renewable biomass heating fuels, like wood pellets and chips?
- Opening Presentation: Stefan Unnasch, LifeCycle Associates
- Moderator: Dan Wilson, Vice President, Wilson Engineering Services
- Lucy Buchan, LifeCycle Associates
To take part in the Summit, register at https://ttc.swoogo.com/2021BTECThermalSummit
BTEC members, government agency representatives and academic researchers can register for free.