The Heating the Midwest Steering Committee is pleased to announce the location of the 7th annual 2018 Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass Conference. We will be in the heart of the Midwest woodlands in Carlton County at the Black Bear Casino Resort on May 1-3, 2018. Having the 2018 Heating the Midwest Conference & Expo in the heart of the wooded region allows attendees to take a closer look at local biomass utilization, meet with loggers, and benefit from global demonstrations and presentations. Studies have shown that 75 percent or more of biomass energy dollars stay within the local community, as opposed to only 5 percent or less of fossil fuel energy dollars, and have more stable prices long-term.
As with past conferences, the first day will be devoted to a pre-conference tour of local biomass handling, storage and utilization projects. The conference and expo will kick-off on May 2 with a full day and a half of educational presentations on biomass thermal heating and cooling, networking opportunities, and vendor exhibits. The annual conference and expo brings together a diverse group of biomass industry leaders (biomass derived heat and cooling, power, fuel, supply chain, developers, equipment manufacturers, etc.) as well as representatives from universities, tribes and government. It is one of the largest gatherings of biomass professionals in the Midwest offering an opportunity to connect and learn from the very best minds in the field. Over the next few months, HTM will focus its efforts on developing an informative program for the event. If you are interested in participating in the planning or have ideas to share, we would like to hear from you. Mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing you May 1-3, 2018!
In This Newsletter:
- Biomass Thermal Utilization (BTU) Act
- Community Biomass Handbook Published
- Wood Energy Financial Calculator
- National Funding Opportunities
- Minnesota Funding Opportunities
- Wood Stove Design Challenge
- Free Publications
- Ideas for SWET
- Become an Action Team Volunteer
- Call for news
Biomass Thermal Utilization (BTU) Act
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council encourages support of the BTU ACT to reduce the capital costs of installing wood heating systems and bring wood heating into the energy mainstream. Additional information and how to join the coalition is provided in the following links:
BTEC Resource Center: http://biomassthermal.org/legislative/BTU%20Act.asp; and BTU Act Coalition >>
New Community Wood Handbook Published
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) announces the publication of the 4th volume of the Community Biomass Handbook >>, developed by the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and co-authored by BTEC Director Marcus Kauffman of the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Jeff Serfass, Executive Director of BTEC, stated that “Enterprise Development for Integrated Wood Manufacturing, Volume 4 of the Community Biomass Handbook, highlights the importance of collaboration in developing sustainable wood products businesses, especially with forest owners and land managers.” In instances where a stand-alone wood energy system is not viable, this publication provides alternatives in creating other wood-based revenue streams to structure projects to benefit from existing and future markets.
This fourth volume is a companion to the three previously published Community Biomass Handbook volumes:
- Volume 1: Thermal Wood Energy >>
- Volume 2: Alaska, Where Woody Biomass Can Work >>
- Volume 3: How Wood Energy is Revitalizing Rural Alaska >>
The handbooks accompanies BTEC’s Wood Energy Financial Calculator >>, an online prefeasibility tool, which allows facility managers, project developers, and others interested in modern wood heating to calculate cost and energy savings associated with converting fossil fuel-powered heating systems to wood.
The Wood Energy Financial Calculator is designed to encourage the development of new markets for modern wood heating systems, expand the use of wood heating in high-performance buildings, and show the viability of wood as a heating source in rural communities.
Wood Energy Financial Calculator
National Funding Opportunities
USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant can cover 25% of project costs and a project can begin after an application has been submitted. Applications are due October 31, 2017 for projects less than $80k and April 1, 2018 for projects of any size. REAP grants are competitive (1 in 4 applicants awarded).
USDA’s Guaranteed Loan provides up to 75% of project costs and is not competitive.
Minnesota Funding Opportunities
The Value Added Grant program seeks to increase sales of Minnesota agricultural products by diversifying markets and increasing market access and food safety of value-added products. More information can be found here.
MDA Biomass Thermal Energy Incentive Program. This is a production-based incentive and pays out based on heat generated by mostly Minnesota-sourced biomass.
MDA’s Livestock Investment Grant covers 10% of a project’s eligible costs. The application period is September through December.
Additional details available here.
Wood Stove Design Challenge
Read full article here.
HTM has joined LinkedIn
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Heating the Midwest- Become an Action Team Volunteer!
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