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 fifth session of the Summit will be held at 1 pm on June 3rd to discuss The Successes and Lessons from the Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovations Program
Forests provide communities immense economic, environmental, energy and cultural benefits. Balancing the long-term sustainability of forests will create vibrant and viable rural communities. The USDA Forest Service’s Community Wood Program offers a new grant program for communities across the country to invest in wood energy systems and innovative wood product facilities. What has the Forest Service learned from the first two years of the program’s existence? How can Congress work to improve and expand this promising rural economic development program?
- Moderator: Julie Tucker, National Lead for Renewable Wood Energy, USDA Forest Service
- 2-3 Project Awardee Presentations
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.