Check out what is happening in Maine! ReEnergy Ashland is hosting three tours of the 39 megawatt facility, as well as honoring Aroostook Country’s legislative delegates for the support of bioenergy. Contact Kelly for addition information!
We are pleased to announce the Bioenergy Day 2016 Steering Committee, which includes representatives of many bioenergy technologies and suppliers, as well as federal and state government bioenergy supporters.
Thank you to the following members of the steering committee, who will be sharing their expertise, advising us on outreach, materials, and other aspects of Bioenergy Day 2016:
Ben Bell-Walker, Biomass Thermal Energy Council
Sarah Boggess, ReEnergy
Brent Boyko, Ontario Power Generation
Bob Cleaves, Biomass Power Association
Tim Hughes, State of Kentucky
Kent Jenkins, Enviva
Paul Lewandowski, Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association
David Malkin, Drax
Tim Portz, Biomass Magazine
Patrick Serfass, American Biogas Council
Kate Tate, Weyerhaeuser
Julie Tucker, U.S. Forest Service
If you are interested in serving on the Bioenergy Day Steering Committee, for this year or in the future, please contact Carrie Annand at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to announce that the Fourth Annual Bioenergy Day will take place October 19, 2016!
As in years past, Bioenergy Day 2016 aims to enable all organizations with a stake in bioenergy – business, academia, government and non-profit – communicate its many benefits.
Next month, on May 17, at 2pm ET/11am PT we will begin to hold monthly planning calls for the Fourth Annual Bioenergy Day. These calls, held the third Tuesday of each month, are designed to focus on the many elements needed to hold a successful Bioenergy Day event. To join the call, dial 207-805-8183.
Last year, the U.S. House of Representatives Biomass Caucus held its kickoff event on bioenergy day, with a panel discussion on Capitol Hill about the issues facing bioenergy. Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli recognized the benefits of biomass. Sixty organizations across the country, including the State of Kentucky and Louisiana State University, held major events to spotlight their involvement in bioenergy.
This year, we have a few changes in store. We’re forming the Bioenergy Day Steering Committee to help advise us in growing this important annual event. We’ll be announcing the members of this committee soon.
We’re also seeking input on the focus of our 2016 Bioenergy Day video. In 2014, we explored the partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and Eagle Valley Clean Energy in using for biomass the dead and damaged trees around Vail, Colorado, that have been infected by the pine beetle blight. Last year, we documented the role of biomass power and pellets in the forest products industry of Northern Maine. Together, these videos have received nearly 3,000 views.
This year, we’re hoping to engage with sponsors to help us update this website and hire a part-time organizational assistant. If you are interested in playing a leadership role in the growth of Bioenergy Day, or seeing your organization’s logo on the Bioenergy Day materials that will be seen by thousands of biomass supporters, please contact me, Carrie Annand, at email@example.com.
We look forward to working with all of you, and here’s to a successful Bioenergy Day 2016!
Thank you to all who worked hard to participate in the Third Annual National Bioenergy Day! We counted more than 60 groups participating – about a 30% increase over 2014.
This year, in addition to the dozens of great events held across the United States and Canada, we saw significant support on the federal level. The U.S. Forest Service served as a partner for the second year, and the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office also provided support.
The newly formed Congressional Biomass Caucus held a kickoff event on Capitol Hill with a panel discussion on bioenergy. (Please see a recent column by Bob Cleaves in Biomass Magazine.) The discussion encompassed many aspects of the complex bioenergy industry – forest management, power, thermal and pellets. Now counting 17 bipartisan Caucus members, co-chairs Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) and Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH) intend to shed more light on bioenergy issues.
Canadian officials also got in on National Bioenergy Day activities, with Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli making a statement and the British Columbia Government officially marking the day.
Social media mentions of #bioenergyday numbered well into the hundreds, especially with the Department of Energy tweeting 8 times throughout the day to its more than 250,000 followers. New participant Abengoa also tweeted several times to its 15,000 followers. The buzz contributed to the 2015 video surpassing 1350 views in just over a month.
Media Stories across North America
- British Columbia Legislature
- Clarkson University (New York) News & Events
- Craven County Wood Energy (New Bern, North Carolina) on WCTI-TV
- Greenwood Clean Energy (Washington State) in the Digital Journal
- Koda Energy (Shakopee, MN) in Biomass Magazine
- Louisiana State University AgCenter in the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
- Minnesota Power in the Grand Rapids Herald Review
- Mt. Poso (California) Press Release
- Nebraska Forest Service in the Sioux City Journal
- Ontario Power Generation in the Northwest Chronicle Journal
- ReEnergy Stratton Maine in the Daily Bulldog
- Renewable Energy Vermont in the Vermont Digger:
- State of Kentucky and Cox Interior in the Central Kentucky News Journal
Kentucky Farm Bureau interviewed State of Kentucky Biofuels Director Tim D. Hughes on the state’s plans for National Bioenergy Day this year.
A Campbellsville manufacturing company and a Taylor County poultry farm are on the program for a celebration of National Bio-energy Day, Oct 21. Tim Hughes with the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence discusses the program and relative to the farm set, a successful effort at turning animal waste into an economic plus.
Listen to the full interview here: https://www.kyfb.com/media/files/fed/radio/2014/AK_Oct_16_2015_mixdown.mp3
For this year’s National Bioenergy Day, the Washington State University Extension is hosting a full week of webinars on a range of topics relating to biofuels production. The week’s webinars will include the following topics:
- Characterization of forest residuals for bio-jet fuel production
- The Renewable Fuel Standard 2: Updates, Threats, and Opportunities
- The 2016 Billion-ton Report: Towards Commercialization
- Converting hybrid poplar to biofuels: feedstock properties and conversion techniques
- ‘Woods-to-Wake’ Life Cycle Assessment of Residual Woody Biomass Based Jet-Fuel
- Developing the U.S. Bioeconomy within a global context
- Using science to promote sustainable biofuels production in the southeastern United States
Please download the PDF linked below to see the full schedule.
It is already time to start thinking about National Bioenergy Day 2015, which will be held Wed., October 21 (in the middle of Forest Products Week)! Last year, bioenergy supporters across United States and Canada showcased how their involvement in bioenergy helps their communities. Private sector, non-profit organizations, academic institutions and federal and state government offices contributed to nearly 50 events – doubling the size of NBD 2013.
We are excited about NBD this year and look forward to expanding participation even more than last year! This year, we encourage National Bioenergy Day participants to emphasize the economics of bioenergy, especially the many jobs created and supported by the making energy from organic materials.
Below is this year’s official Participation Guide, which we created in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service. This guide contains planning checklists and timelines, as well as template materials. It is intended to help National Bioenergy Day participants brainstorm and plan for involvement in NBD. Simply click the link below to download the guide.
NBD 2015 Participation Guide (Click this link to download)
We look forward to working with everyone! As always, please be in touch with questions and keep us posted on your plans.
November 4, 2014
Athens, Ga. – More than 400 Athens seventh-graders will experience firsthand how wood and other plant biomass generate energy at the second annual Bioenergy Day @ UGA on Nov. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the State Botanical Garden.
UGA faculty and students will be on hand to guide students from Hilsman and Coile middle schools through the hands-on displays about producing renewable energy from biological sources.
UGA’s Bioenergy Systems Research Institute is organizing the event with collaboration from the UGA Office of Service-Learning, Office of Sustainability and State Botanical Garden.
November 05, 2014
Murray State University unveiled its state-of-the-art bio-burner which utilizes bio-fuels, even some waste products, in a heating system for its equine training center. Dean of MSU’s Hutson School of Agriculture, Dr. Tony Brannon, discusses the features of the system and its potential uses in many other applications.
Listen at the Kentucky Farm Bureau.
A new bio-energy project being installed at UNBC is the first of its kind in North America.
Assistant Director of The University’s Facilities – David Claus says the third phase of their project will connect the campus’ day care and residences heating system, aiming to increase warmth and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
“What that will allow us to do is, the hot water heat, that we use to heat the buildings, we can use that same heat, to heat the residences and day care ,” he says.
Claus says it uses both waste wood from saw mills and a pellet boiler and this is the first time a twin-pipe system has been used for a project like this in North America.