Heating the Midwest’s Vision proposes that by 2025, 15% of all thermal energy (energy to produce heat) in the Midwest will come from renewable energy sources – 10% from sustainably produced biomass and 5% from solar thermal and geothermal sources. This shift has the potential to produce great economic, social, and environmental benefits for the Midwest:
- Reduce consumption of 1.01 billion gallons of propane and 278 million gallons of heating oil, thereby reinvesting $2.2 billion into the Midwest economy.
- Supply 17.2 million green tons of sustainable woody and agricultural biomass for thermal energy and CHP, creating more than 13,000 jobs.
- Reduce greenhouse gases, improve air quality, and enhance forest management.
- Vitalize communities through rural economic opportunities, new industry and innovation.
Key findings and conclusions for the Vision are in the Vision 2025 Report
Find the Vision summary/brochure here.
How You Help Achieve the Vision
- Endorse the Vision here
- Contact Heating the Midwest or BTEC (BiomassThermal.org) to get involved, or offer feedback and/or ideas to improve this Vision
- Share the Vision with others who may be interested. Invite them to get involved.
- Raise issues that support the Vision with your governor, state and federal officials, and state legislators.