Tim Portz

Tim Portz is the Vice President of Content for BBI International and the Executive Editor of Ethanol Producer Magazine,
Biodiesel Magazine and Biomass Magazine. In this role, Tim is responsible for the agenda development process for all of BBI International’s conferences including organizing the call for abstracts, forming review committees, working with the review committees to rate all received abstracts and finally establishing the program agenda. He also works closely with the editorial teams at BBI International to determine the content of the online and print outlets of BBI’s media products. Prior to beginning his career in renewable energy with BBI International Tim worked both as an educator and selling professional. Tim was born and raised in central Iowa and holds a BFA from the University of Iowa.

Latest Posts by Tim Portz

May 24, 2018

Mathematics of Demand

The most obvious challenge the pellet industry will confront as we work to turn demand around is our lack of touchpoints with consumers when they are making home and space heating decisions. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

Introducing Operation 100k

Severity of winters and the price of heating oil are impossible to predict, but it is vital we plan based on the trends we are seeing now—shorter heating seasons and low-priced alternatives—as we look into the future of our industry. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

Not Only, But Also

The team at Biomass Magazine is closing out the year with an issue dedicated to installations that produce and use biomass energy on-site. We’ve included this theme for many years, and we’re always struck by the way that biomass scales so easily. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

The Missing Link

What this industry needs is more retailers like Coastal Farm & Ranch, who ably carry the value proposition of pellet heating forward to customers, winning them over one by one. READ MORE

September 11, 2017

California’s Best Bet

The correlation between forest health and strong markets for forest products is crystal clear to stakeholders but is it for policymakers in California trying to manage the specter of massive wildfires? READ MORE

September 01, 2017

Fire and Ice

As temperatures fall and the demand for fuel increases, the challenges for biomass aggregators increase. Two industry veterans talk about what it takes to keep material moving, and fires burning. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Self-Reflection and Realities

Producers who have embraced safety and are aggressively pursuing best practices in dust management are finding that, in addition to increased employee safety and retention, these measures are introducing new efficiencies into plants and increasing pr READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Powering Up New Feedstock Demand

On-site biomass power production is the latest chapter in a decades-long story of the Linkletter family adding value to Maine’s robust wood fiber resource. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Our Ever-Present Danger

As the biomass and wood pellet industries grow, so too must our commitment to better understand and manage combustible dust hazards. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

The Standard in Risk Abatement

The National Fire Protection Association has advised facilities about the risks associated with combustible dust for nearly 100 years. NFPA 652 is its latest effort to mitigate risks and prevent catastrophe. READ MORE