NewsSeptember 12, 2013
TTC Client Signs Wood-to-Energy MOU With USDA
Yesterday, representatives from TTC client the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, along with other strategic partners, entered into a partnership agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand wood energy use. Specifically, the MOU agreement focuses on promoting wood energy nationwide as a means to address fire risk, bolster rural economic development, improve air quality and help meet the Obama Administration's renewable energy and energy efficiency goals.
Although the MOU had been in development over the past year, BTEC and its partners, have been regularly meeting with the USDA to jump start the agreement and identify near-and-long-term goals.
During the signing, TTC staff member and BTEC Executive Director, Joseph Seymour, stressed the importance of establishing an MOU: "Using wood for heating gives businesses and homeowners the chance to cut their energy costs and support their local communities. Today, approximately 20 million American homes and businesses in the Northeast and Midwest alone don't have access to natural gas, and their options often include more expensive fuels like heating oil, propane, and electricity. Wood provides communities another option to stay warm and keep their hard earned dollars local."
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