Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC)

Biomass Thermal DC Summit 2016


As you may know, BTEC-supported legislation is pending in both the House and Senate that situates highly efficient, thermal energy from biomass in its rightful place alongside competing renewable energy technologies and pathways in the tax code.  Securing investment tax credits for biomass thermal energy technologies would be a powerful tool in helping consumers and businesses overcome the capital cost hurdle associated with converting to biomass heat.  Earlier versions of similar bills in previous Congresses have not passed. We have committed champions for our bill in the House and Senate and now is the time to show support for renewable energy legislation and raise awareness of biomass thermal energy by strong representation of our member organizations on Capitol Hill.

Event Type:
Nov. 18, 2016

Taking place November 18, 2015 in Washington, DC, a coalition of rural, renewable energy, and natural resource interests from across the U.S. will gather for an education and outreach event, the Biomass Thermal DC Summit. Summit participants will have the opportunity to meet with Senators and Representatives, policy makers, and other renewable energy-related groups regarding the substantial benefits of biomass thermal energy use: increased rural economic activity, energy independence, healthier forests, and effective tax policy.

Over the past few years, the combined efforts of numerous non-profit organizations, community members, and businesses have raised the profile of biomass thermal energy in Congress, but now is the time to do more. Let's build upon the foundation that was laid at our 2011 Summit, and make this 2015 Biomass Thermal DC Summit a turning point for the biomass thermal industry.

Wednesday, November 18th

Morning Summit Orientation

Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW

  • Registration, Networking, light breakfast
  • Introduction, Schedule
  • Guest Speakers
  • Biomass Briefing
  • Final questions and directions

Lunch on own


Coordinated Capitol Hill and Federal visits

BTEC members and other participants meet with Congresspeople and Senators, staff, federal agencies, and others, to raise awareness of biomass heating.

A full list of meetings will be made available as the schedule nears completion.


Congressional Reception (hosted); Please RSVP

Longworth House Office Building

Evening reception/happy hour for BTEC Members, Congresspeople, staffers, agency personnel, and other renewable energy groups.

Summit Goals

  • Increase awareness of the economic benefits of biomass thermal energy among policy makers.
  • Demonstrate industry support for key legislative issues.
  • Develop new and strengthen existing relationships with constituent offices, and to garner support for the Congressional Biomass Caucus.
  • Connect biomass stakeholders throughout the non-profit, federal agency, and legislative realms.

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