Program Agenda

NEBHX 2017 included the most important topics facing the modern wood heating industry. View the conference presentations below!

Tuesday, April 25
Biomass Boiler Bus Tour
1. Champlain Valley Union High School (Messersmith)
2. Middlebury College (Chiptec)
3. Mulcahy Drive Apartments (ÖkoFEN)
4. Lothrup Elementary School (Froling)
5. Otter Valley High School (Viessmann)
6. Gagnon Lumber, Pittsford, VT (sawmill)
Biomass 101 Workshop 
Session 1. How do biomass boilers and furnaces work and how clean are they?
a. Chips
b. Pellets, top fed, horizontally fed, underfed burners
Scott Nichols, Tarm Biomass – Basics of Wood Chip and Wood Pellet Boiler Design
Session 2. What is appropriate fuel?
a. Chip grading, variability
b. Pellet manufacture and standards
Mark Froling, Froling Energy – Biomass Solid Fuels
Session 3.  What types of equipment are available in the Northeast?
a. Cordwood
b. Chips

c. Pellets
Rick Grondin, Integrated Energy Systems – What types of equipment are available in the Northeast?
Session 4.  How do you decide what is best for you?
a. Chips or pellets
b. Decisions among pellet boilers
Dutch Dresser, Maine Energy Systems – How do you decide which system is best for you?
Wednesday, April 26
Keynote – The “Local Fuel” Movement
Phil Scott, Governor of Vermont
Opportunities and Challenges Facing Our Industry
State of the Industry Keynote
Steve Walker, Co-founder and CEO, IMBY Energy
Forest Health and Vitality and the Biomass Thermal Industry
Michael Snyder, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Business Owner’s Perspective Keynote
Dane Floyd, Biomass Engineering & Equipment
Perspectives on Thermal Storage – Technical and Policy Perspectives
Plenary Session
Moderator: Val Stori, Clean Energy States Alliance
Neil Veilleux, Meister Consultants – Biomass Pellet Heating and Thermal Storage
Dan Wilson, Wilson Engineering Services – Thermal Storage
Stefan Ortner, ÖkoFEN – Direct Connection vs. Buffer Tank
Technical Perspective Keynote
Dan Wilson, Wilson Engineering Services
What is a Successful Project?
Technical and Project Development Breakout Session 1
Moderator: David Bancroft, BTEC Technical Engagement Manager
Air Quality and Emissions
Policy Breakout Session 1
Moderator: Rob Rizzo, University of Massachusetts
John Hinckley, Resource Systems Group- Air Quality Progress Update for the Biomass Sector
Dr. Richard Peltier, University of Massachusetts- Up in the Air
Ray Albrecht, Consulting Engineer – BTEC Commercial Thermal Efficiency Protocol
Forest Owners’ Perspective Keynote
David Tenny, National Alliance of Forest Owners
Emerging Biomass Technologies
Technical and Project Development Breakout Session 2
Moderator: Dan Wilson, Wilson Engineering Services
Ilaria Peretti, Turboden – ORC Turbogenerators
Marc Caluwe, Caluwe, Inc. – Spanner Re2 – Wood Chip CHP System
Northeast State Policy Panel – Regulatory Decisions and the Impacts on the Industry
Policy Breakout Session 2
Moderator: Dutch Dresser, Maine Energy Systems
Andy Perchlik, Vermont Department of Public Service – State Policy in Vermont
Peter McPhee, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center – Massachusetts Biomass Heating Insights: Today and Tomorrow
Barbara Bernstein, NH Public Utilities Commission – Regulatory Decisions & Impacts on Industry
Bill Bell, Maine Pellet Fuels Association
Tools for and Perspectives on Feasibility Studies
Business Development Breakout Session 1
Moderator: Norm Etkind, Vermont Superintendents Association
Juliette Juillerat, Biomass Energy Resource Center – Wood Heat Pre-Feasibility Studies
Jeff Forward, Richmond Energy Associates – How to Use a Pre-Feasibility Study
The Northeast’s Wood Pellet Sector: At a Crossroads
Plenary Session
Moderator: Christine Donovan, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Pat Curran, Curran Renewable Energy
Bob Sourek, Lignetics
Morton Bailey, Lyme Green Heat
Bill Bell, Maine Pellet Fuels Association
Andy Boutin, Pellergy
Thursday, April 27
Regional Updates Roundtable
Plenary Session
Moderator: David Bancroft, BTEC Technical Engagement Manager
Northeast – Maura Adams, Northern Forest Center
Midwest – TJ Morice, TNT Ventures
Northwest – Bob Sourek, Bear Mountain Forest Products
Mid-Atlantic – Paul Lewandowski, AFS Energy
Woodchip Outlook: Green Chips, Dry Chips, and the US Woodchip Standard
Technical and Project Development Breakout Session 3
Moderator: Adam Sherman, Biomass Energy Resource Center
Charlie Niebling, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions – Developing a Woodchip Heating Fuel Quality Standard for the U.S.
Mark Froling, Froling Energy
Local and Municipal Innovations and Shared Successes
Policy Breakout Session 3
Moderator: Todd Eastman, Ontario Ministry of Northern Dev. & Mines
Brian Becker, Center for Natural Capital – Statewide Wood Energy Teams
Susan McMahon, Windham Regional Commission – Windham Wood Heat Initiative
William Fraser, City Manager of Montpelier, Vermont – District Heat Montpelier: An Energy Independent Downtown
Performance Contracting and Financing Biomass Projects
Business Development Breakout Session 2
Moderator: Christine Donovan, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Ned Raynolds, Johnson Controls – ESPC: Potential solution a common problem
Brian Pine, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation – Introduction to a Public Purpose ESCO
Contractors Conversation: Lessons Learned from Contractors in the Northeast
Plenary Session
Moderator: Bede Wellford, Viessmann
David Frank, Sunwood
Mark Froling, Froling Energy
Bill Overbaugh, Ehrhart Energy
Morton Bailey, Lyme Green Heat
Cordwood Technology Outlook – The 2020 Threshold and Emerging Technologies
Technical and Project Development Breakout Session 4
Moderator: Kelli O’Brien, Clearstak
John Ackerly, Alliance for Green Heat – Solutions to the 2020 emission standards
Scott Nichols, Tarm Biomass – The 2020 Threshold and Emerging Technologies
Chris Tureson, Central Boiler – Challenges for 2020
Telling Our Story – How We Talk About Biomass
Policy Breakout Session 4
Moderator: Beth Scott, North American Forest Partnership
Maura Adams, Northern Forest Center – Telling Our Story: How we talk about biomass
Charlie Thompson, Massachusetts Forest Alliance – Telling the “Modern Wood Heat Story” in Massachusetts
Mike Porter, Uzelac Industries
Sustainable Forest Management and the Biomass Thermal Energy Industry
Business Development Session 3
Moderator: Paul Frederick, VT Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Charlie Levesque, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions – Low Grade Markets in the Northeast US
Kelli Curran, Curran Renewable Energy – Wood Pellets – Raw Material Quality Control & Sustainability