February 2017 Newsletter

Greetings!
As we all know the weather affects the biomass heating industry as much as fossil fuel costs. The temperature data for January shows temperatures a bit warmer than I believe we all felt was projected since it was to be way below normal. However, the more normal winter temperatures from December in the Midwest were a help to finally initiate a typical winter heating season.
On that note, we are excited to once again partner with BBI International to co-locate the 2017 Heating the Midwest event at the International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place in Minneapolis this coming April. It was strongly supported and highly praised when we did it in 2015, and we’re confident attendees will feel the same way this year. The attendees will take a close look at local biomass utilization while benefiting from a global event with the equipment demonstrations and presentations of the BBI show. There will also be an Emerging Biomass Feedstocks Forum and a Biomass Handling, Preparation and Storage Workshop.
Come learn, network and support our industry. The agendas for all of the events, including Heating the Midwest, have been published and are available here.
We trust you’ll prioritize the opportunity and look forward to seeing you there!
Tony “T.J.” Morice
President
Heating the Midwest Inc.

In This Newsletter:

  • Video showcasing positive impacts of renewable wood energy
  • Project Stove Swap
  • Northeast Biomass Heating Conference & Expo
  • Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report
  • World Sustainable Energy Days 2017
  • LinkedIn
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Free Publications
  • Ideas for SWET
  • Become an Action Team Volunteer
  • Call for news

Video Showcasing Positive Impacts of Renewable Energy
An excellent video from the Oregon Statewide Wood Energy Team. The video shows how renewable wood energy and creative partnering can make a difference in a small community.  Check out the video here.
Project Stove Swap
MN: 17 counties in Northeastern Minnesota are included in Project Stove Swap, a voluntary program offering financial incentives to residents and businesses that replace old wood heating appliances with new, more efficient, less-polluting ones.

Full article can be found here.

Northeast Biomass Heating Conference & Expo
Held in Burlington, VT, April 10-12, 2017. Speakers, panel discussion, tours, the expo and more make this the premier thermal biomass event for industry, government, researchers and non-profit stakeholders.
More information can be found here.
Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report
Accoring to the EIA, as of April 2016, the monthly data collection included 88 operating densified biomass manufacturers. These manufacturers have a total capacity to produce 11.3 million tons of wood pellets annually.
Full article can be found here.
World Sustainable Energy Days 2017
 The international conference World Sustainable Energy Days 2017 is held from March 1-3, 2017 in Wels/Austria. They have already received over 500 registrations from 59 countries, with many more to come in the next few days.
The full conference program can be found here.
HTM has joined LinkedIn
 Heating the Midwest Incorporated has created a LinkedIn page. Follow the page to stay up to date with what we’re working on!
Click here to follow us.
Funding Opportunities
2017 Wood Innovations Program Request for Proposals: http://www.na.fs.fed.us/werc/wip/2017-rfp.shtm
USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant Open for Applications:
Free Publications
 Biomass Magazine  and Pellet Mill Magazine are free to subscribers in the USA.  Here’s link to sign up and there is also free e-newsletters, free webinars and more:
BTEC Newsletter:  If you are interested in receiving the Biomass Thermal Energy Council’s weekly biomass newsletter and other news releases, you are encouraged to sign-up at:  http://biomassthermal.org/mailingForm.asp
Have Biomass Project Ideas for SWET?
Michigan Statewide Wood Energy Team
Contact: Ray Miller- rmiller@anr.msu.edu
Minnesota Statewide Wood Energy Team
Contact: Mark Lindquist-  mark.lindquist@state.mn.us
Wisconsin Statewide Wood Energy Team
Contact: Olivia Shanahan – PSC – Olivia.Shanahan@wisconsin.gov
Heating the Midwest- Become an Action Team Volunteer!
 If you have a specific area of interest related to biomass thermal, we welcome your participation in one or all of HTM’s three action teams-Biomass Combustion Technologies, Policy & Benefits, and Biomass Resources & Demographics. Is your time often stretched? No problem. Time committed to the HTM effort is volunteer time. The teams meet monthly via conference call, and calls are limited to one hour in respect of members’ time and busy schedules. Members may choose to volunteer more of their time individually to support Action Team specific projects as they arise.  The work of each of the action teams involves developing “boots on the ground” projects for spurring action, discussing industry challenges in each sector and how to possibly address, networking and supporting the overall goals and vision of the Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass initiative in an effort to grow demand and expand marketing opportunities in the biomass thermal sector, and create awareness of biomass thermal. Following is a list of the schedule for the action team calls:
Biomass Combustion Technologies Action Team
Meets first Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. CST
Biomass Policy & Benefits Action Team
Meets second Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. CST
Biomass Resources & Demographics Action Team
Meets third Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. CST
For more detailed information on the Biomass Combustion Technologies Action Team, please contact Andrew Murray ( andrew.treeguy@gmail.com); for the Biomass Policy & Benefits Action Team, please contact Marcus Grubbs ( marcus.a.grubbs@gmail.com); and for details pertaining to the Biomass Resources & Demographics Action Team, please contact Becky Philipp at bphilipp@auri.org or via phone at (218) 280-8575.
Call for Your Midwest Biomass Stories and Events for March Newsletter
 As you’ve seen month after month; companies, governments, and communities around the Midwest are making progress on biomass heating  and combined heat and power (CHP) programs and projects. If you have a story or event to contribute for next month , please submit by close of business the 3rd Wednesday of the month to kloeffler@heatingthemidwest.org .  And, if you’d like to be on the list to receive upcoming newsletters, please contact Kelsey Loeffler at kloeffler@heatingthemidwest.org.