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

December 11, 2019

Rebooting Efforts in DC

At this summer’s Pellet Fuels Institute board meeting, a decision was made to host our fall meeting in Washington, D.C., and pair it with a day of policy advocacy on Capitol Hill. READ MORE

September 30, 2019

Bringing the Heat to Capitol Hill

The Pellet Fuels Institute board of directors will soon convene in Washington, D.C., for its fall meeting. Our board is excited about the opportunity to educate our elected policymakers about our industry. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

Hand in Glove

The health of the wood pellet industry will forever very tightly correlate with the passion and expertise in selling wood pellet appliances found within the retail segment. READ MORE

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