NOVEMBER 2020 | NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER 2020 | A NOTE FROM BRIAN BRASHAW

WARM HEARTS: A NOTE OF THANKS
 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR ENGAGEMENT!
November is rolling to a close, and this gives us an opportunity to give thanks this month. 

Heating the Midwest has been working to promote biomass thermal and CHP in the Midwest since 2011, supporting education, networking and engagement.

It’s been an effective platform, but that would absolutely not be possible without the consistent leadership from our steering committee, supporters and partners.

I’ve been honored to work with Bruno Zagar, T.J. Morice, and Becky Philipp as original and ongoing members of the steering committee since HTM was formed. They have served as the backbone of this organization, and continue to provide new ideas, leadership and energy to support our mission.

They’ve been joined by other leaders in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, who are bringing new ideas and passion to support our efforts to expand markets and use of biomass for energy.

Thank you! Please join in the rest of this month’s newsletter, and we’re thankful for your support of this organization.


AUTHOR:
Brian Brashaw
US Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
Liaison to the HTM Steering Committee

LOCAL BIOMASS
  • Locally Sourced Biomass Producer Searching for Employees to Expand Their Operation
  • How Does MBioEx Work?
CURRENT EVENTS
  • Wood Pellets Can Help Biden Administration Reach Climate Goals
  • Alliance for Green Heat Urges Biden to Support Wood Heating
NOVEMBER SPOTLIGHT RESOURCES
  • Downloadable Infographic: How Some Pellet Stoves Work
  • Streamable Video: How to Install a Pellet Stove
  • Streamable Video: Why Biomass
BIOMASS AND ECONOMY
  • Don't Miss the December 10th Deadline: Funding Still Available
  • January and February Deadline Grants
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
LOCAL BIOMASS
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Locally Sourced Biomass Producer Searching for Employees to Expand Their Operation
Nov 2020 | Green Friendly Pellets, LLC
Green Friendly Pellets, LLC started in 2008 Balsam Lake WI grew to New Richmond WI and now resides in Bagley, MN. Green Friendly Pellets, LLC is producing pellets on-site from locally sourced biomass material. Starting with 1 shift we hope to be able to find employees to expand 24 x 7 operation. The area holds an abundance of biomass material and will be expanding in the 36K sq foot building. The building was the previous home of Bagley Hardwoods. Beauty of the building is it has an abundance of power allowing us to expand and multiple buildings to store in doors. We look forward to serving our area locally and have been receiving calls from all over the nation. As every year sounds like there is a supply demand for heating pellets once again. To find out more, please contact us at 651-210-7717 or email us!
How Does MBioEx Work?
It's your local biomass marketplace. Check out this video to see how it works!
CURRENT EVENTS
Wood Pellets Can Help Biden Administration Reach Climate Goals
ERIN VOGEL | BIOMASS MAGAZINE

FutureMetrics LLC published a white paper in mid-November describing how co-firing sustainably produced wood pellets at existing power stations can help the Biden administration meet its climate goals.
Alliance for Green Heat Urges Biden to Support Wood Heating
STAFF WRITER | ALLIANCE FOR GREEN HEAT

The Alliance for Green Heat congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their 2020 presidential victory and welcomes their commitment to scale up renewable energy and energy efficiency.
NOVEMBER SPOTLIGHT RESOURCES
DOWNLOADABLE INFOGRAPHIC:
HOW SOME PELLET STOVES WORK
PELLET STOVE TECHNOLOGY | ALLIANCE FOR GREEN HEAT
STREAMABLE VIDEO: HOW TO INSTALL A PELLET STOVE
THIS OLD HOUSE
STREAMABLE VIDEO – Why Biomass?
BIOTHERMIC.CA
BIOMASS AND ECONOMY
Don't Miss the December 10th Deadline: Funding Still Available
MN DEPT OF AGRICULTURE

$200,000 in grants available for farmers to test new ideas St. Paul, MN — Farmers and Minnesota nonprofit and educational organizations focused on testing new ideas in sustainable agriculture are encouraged to apply for a Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration (SustAg) Grant.

All applications must be received by 4:00 Central Time on Thursday, December 10, 2020.
January and February Deadline Grants
USDA FOREST SERVICE
MORE WAYS TO GET BIOMASS NEWS
Find Heating the Midwest on
your favorite online platform
Follow Heating the Midwest to find out about the latest
news, events, and action team updates!
Facebook
LinkedIn
Twitter
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.

 
For more detailed information, feel free to contact Becky Philipp (bphilipp@auri.org), HTM Steering committee member. 
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