4th Annual HTM 2015 Conference Success. Thank You, Minneapolis!
Thank you to the nearly 200 attendees of last month’s Heating the Midwest (HTM) Conference. Unlike the previous three conferences, the 2015 event was collocated with the International Biomass Conference & Expo in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The one day conference kicked-off on Monday, April 20th, with a discussion on overcoming obstacles to speed up the deployment of biomass thermal solutions.
Tony “T.J.” Morice, the newly appointed Co-Chair of HTM and Vice President of marketing, operations and business development of the Marth Companies, opened the conference by congratulating Brian Brashaw, former Director of the Wood Materials and Manufacturing Program, on his tenure as HTM Chairman. Four presentation sessions followed, addressing topics like policy, project development case studies, combined heat and power, and financing. The conference concluded Monday evening with a reception on the floor of the International Biomass Conference.
As reported by Katie Fletcher of Biomass Magazine, HTM began in 2011 by focusing on thermal energy and opportunities within the Midwest, especially locations without access to the natural gas grid. “We want to increase growth in biomass heating in the Midwest, but there are obstacles to overcome,” Morice said during his keynote. “Biomass heating projects need to be on the radar and the rural economic development focus needs to be understood.”
Pre-conference press release:
Heating the Midwest to Co-locate with the International Biomass Conference & Expo in 2015
Grand Forks, ND (12/30/2014) – BBI International, owners and organizers of the International Biomass Conference & Expo, reported this week that Heating the Midwest, an important regional conference focusing on biomass derived thermal energy will be co-located with this year’s conference.
“We couldn’t be more excited,” said Tim Portz, BBI International’s Vice President of Content. “We’ve been fans and attendees of Heating the Midwest since it started and are really looking forward to having it take place alongside the International Biomass Conference & Expo.”
Heating the Midwest will be held on Monday, April 20th at the Minneapolis Convention Center and will bring together leaders of the woody and agricultural biomass industry interested in supporting and expanding the use of biomass for heat and combined heat and power in the Midwest.
“Co-locating Heating the Midwest with the International Biomass Conference & Expo will allow attendees to extend their learning into new biomass applications,” says Brian Brashaw, chairman of the Heating the Midwest steering committee. “We hope this opportunity will create new opportunities to expand biomass thermal in the Midwest.”
Heating the Midwest attendees will have an opportunity to visit the trade show floor on Monday night at the International Biomass Conference & Expo’s opening reception. The International Biomass Conference & Expo will continue through Thursday, April 23 and is expected to attract nearly 1500 attendees.