BTEC webinar to examine wood heat in the Midwest

By Anna Austin | November 14, 2011

Marking the final installment of a three-part webinar mini-series on region-specific biomass heating, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council will hold a Nov. 21 webinar focused on the U.S. Midwest.

Prior BTEC webinars covered the Northeast and West regions. During this webinar, three speakers will discuss the development of biomass heat in the Midwest, including a current overview of the region’s biomass heating use, discussion on barriers and opportunities for market development and an examination of successful biomass policies.

Webinar speakers will be Indeck Energy Business Development Manager Michael Curci, Agricultural Utilization Research Center Project Development Coordinator Becky Philipp, and Biomass Energy Resource Center Midwest Office Director Pamela Porter. The panel will be moderated by Gregg Mast, vice president of the Agriculture & Biomass Business Cluster at the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota.

Participants can expect to learn how the Midwest can sustainably manage private and public forests for biomass heat, how wood heat can create jobs in the Midwest, ways to overcome technical and logistical challenges, as well as successful policies on the state level and how they may be implemented regionally.

This is the 12th webinar in a 14-part series hosted by BTEC and funded in part by the U.S. Forest Service's Wood Education and Resource Center.

The free webinar will be held at 2 p.m. ET, and participants must register in advance. To register, visit