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 first session of the Summit will be held on May 6th at 1 pm to provide an Overview of the Biomass Thermal Industry in 2021
Biomass heating represents a small, regionalized sector of the broader forest products industry that can play a greater role in managing byproduct residues from saw and lumber mills, as well as a pathway for thinnings from forest management treatment activities. What is the state of this sector as the Biden Administration looks to act on climate change? How can biomass heating sustainably manage low-value wood streams and provide a pathway for a product most view as waste?
- Moderator: Peter Thompson, Deputy Director, Biomass Thermal Energy Council
- Jeremy Mortl, President, Messersmith Manufacturing; President, Heat the Midwest
- Dylan Kruse, Policy Director, Sustainable Northwest
- Adam Sherman, Manager, Biomass Energy Resource Center at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
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.