AUGUST 2020 | NEWSLETTER
AUGUST 2020 | A NOTE FROM BRIAN

Looking Forward

Thank you for your survey feedback in July on the focus and activities of Heating the Midwest. Your responses were split almost 50:50 from the industry/supply chain and education or government. 

This broad perspective is valuable, helping us understand the focus and needs of Heating the Midwest stakeholders. In the survey, we found that respondents have been actively involved in annual conferences and events, as members of our action teams, as steering committee members and through this annual newsletter. 

Most importantly, the responses highlighted areas where HTM can support them. The top five were advocacy, networking, market and trend Information, industry news, and technical and financial information. 

As our steering committee reviewed the information, we found that having specific and focused projects would help HTM provide the kinds of information you are looking for. With that in mind, the Steering Committee is actively working to prioritize project options, and to roll out a plan to further engage with you in moving them forward. Your support is appreciated and stay tuned!

From the HTM Steering Committee 

AUTHOR:
Brian Brashaw
US Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
Liaison to the HTM Steering Committee
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • European Pellet Conference Deadline 
AUGUST SPOTLIGHT RESOURCES
  • Listen to Webinar Audio | David Newmann
  • Downloadable Presentation Demonstrating that Electricity Production from Solid Biomass is both Low-Carbon and Sustainable | Gordon Murray
BIOMASS AND ECONOMY
  • New Plan Aims to Build Wood Pellet Mills in Northern Minnesota
  • $155K Grant Awarded to Blue Flint
  • Huge MDF Mill Coming to Alberta Will Use Straw
BIOMASS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
  • Biogenic Emissions: Credit Where It’s Due 
MORE WAYS TO GET BIOMASS
  • Do you Tweet?
  • Magazines You Don’t Want to Miss
  • Become an Action Team Volunteer

HTM STEERING COMMITTEE
  • Bruno Zagar* - President
  • Jeremy Mortl* - Vice President
  • T.J. Morice* - Secretary/Treasurer
  • Brian Brashaw* - Liaison to the Steering Committee
  • Stacy Cook*
  • William Cook
  • Sabina Dhungana*
  • Joseph Donnell
  • Becky Philipp
  • Tim Portz - National Rep
  • Ben Rose
  • Adam Sherman - National Rep
  • Jill Thibert
* Executive Members
UPCOMING EVENTS
Call for Papers & Speakers

Event: European Pellet Conference 2021
Speaker or Paper Submission Deadline: October 12, 2020
Conference Date: February 24 - 25 2021 | AUSTRIA
In 2021, the conference – the largest annual pellet event worldwide with more than 450 participants from over 50 countries each year – shows how we can make a green recovery happen in practice and how the pellet sector can profit.

Take the opportunity and share your work, projects, research results, achievements, ideas and insights with the worldwide sustainable energy community!
PAPER TOPICS ARE THEY LOOKING FOR

  • Energy efficiency 
  • Renewable energy sources 
  • Energy-efficient and sustainable solutions for buildings and industry
  • E-mobility 
  • Pellets 
  • Sustainable energy research, technologies, programs, markets and policies 
  • Products, services, business models
AUGUST SPOTLIGHT RESOURCES
Recorded Webinar:
How to Market Woody and Agricultural Residues Using an Internet Marketplace
David Newmann | Midwest Biomass Exchange
David Newmann
Millions of tons of wood residues are produced each year by sawmills, millwork and pallet shops, utility line maintenance and tree care companies. The same is true for Ag residues with millions of tons available from primary crops residues as well from other residues and processing wastes.

It all has to go somewhere – either pay for disposal, or sell them to defray costs and add to your revenue stream. Find out more in this free 48 min recorded webinar from Midwest Biomass Exchange.
Downloadable Presentation Demonstrating that Electricity Production from Solid Biomass is both Low-Carbon and Sustainable
Gordon Murray
Gordon Murray, executive director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada gave this presentation to an audience of coal power companies and regulators in Japan during the IEA Clean Coal Centre’s annual biomass co-firing workshop on February 26, 2020. 
PRESENTATION TOPICS
  • The importance of demonstrating that biomass production is sustainable
  • What opponents of biomass are saying
  • Defining forest sustainability
  • Examples of good and bad biomass
  • A simple discussion of the carbon cycle
  • A review of biomass certification programs
  • Case study: wood pellet production in Canada"
BIOMASS AND ECONOMY
New Plan Aims to Build Wood Pellet Mills in Northern Minnesota
Dan Wolfe
According to the DNR, in the last 15 years, more than 150 of the state's lumber mills have closed.

It is due to evolving technologies, new forms of energy and growing competition in other parts of the country. Most recently, the pandemic led to the shuttering of Verso in Duluth. However, there is a new proposal aiming to transform, and maybe even revive Minnesota's forest industry. Wood pellet plants.
$155K Grant Awarded to Blue Flint
Erin Voegele
Photo Source: Blue Flint
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission has awarded Blue Flint $155,000
to research and conduct a feasibility study on the utilization of biomass as a fuel and power source for its 70 MMgy ethanol plant located near Underwood, North Dakota.
Huge MDF Mill Coming to Alberta Will Use Straw
Rich Christianson
STETTLER, Alberta – Great Plains MDF announced plans to construct a $750 million straw fiber MDF mill near Stettler Airport.

When completed, the company said the plant will consist of a 1-million-square-foot factory capable of producing up to 500 million square feet of MDF on a ¾-inch basis per year on a pair of continuous press lines. At peak capacity, Great Plains MDF said the mill will utilize 2,500 metric tons of straw fiber a day and directly employ up to 700 workers.
BIOMASS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Biogenic Emissions: Credit Where It’s Due 
Luke Geiver
Photo Source: US Department of Agriculture
The push to alter biogenic emissions regulations could boost corn farming and ethanol production while cementing the role of biobased solutions in the fight against climate change.

Political inertia, however, remains the primary barrier to change.

An improved understanding of biogenic emissions from agricultural crops could change the economics of biobased product manufacturing and biofuel production. 
MORE WAYS TO GET BIOMASS NEWS
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news, events, and action team updates!
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Do you tweet? tag @HTM_BiomassHeat if you have Biomass news for us!
BiomassMagazine.com
  • Printed Magazine
  • Free digital Magazine
  • Free e-Newsletters
  • Free Webinars
Pellet Mill Magazine Free to U.S. Subscribers.
  • Printed Magazine
  • Free digital Magazine
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, Biomass Policy & Benefits, and Biomass Resources & Demographics. Is your time often stretched? No problem. Time committed to the HTM effort is volunteer time. Joint action team calls are held 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. 
 
Individuals with a passion for biomass thermal energy are being sought to lead the Biomass Resources & Demographics Action Team or the Biomass Combustion Technologies Action Team. This is a great opportunity to share your leadership skills in furthering the mission of HTM and to directly connect with the biomass industry sector and other agencies—all with a goal of growing market opportunities for biomass and specifically for biomass as a fuel for thermal heating and cooling, and combined heat and power. 
 
The work 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. 

WHEN:
HTM Joint Action Team calls are held, as needed,
the Third Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. CST
Additional action team calls are scheduled on demand.

*NOTE: ACTION TEAM CALLS ARE ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. STAY TUNED*
 
For more detailed information, feel free to contact Becky Philipp (bphilipp@auri.org), HTM Steering committee member. 
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