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

March 27, 2017

Sizing Them Up

A close look at export data for wood pellets, fuel ethanol and biodiesel reveals a varying reliance on export markets for U.S. producers. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

A West Coast Rebound

Unfortunately, the wet and cold conditions that delivered good, or by some accounts, even great, years in the U.S. West weren’t experienced all across North America, particularly in the Northeast, which experienced another soft winter. READ MORE

March 14, 2017

A Mixed Bag

As the 2016-’17 heating season winds down, producers across the country once again confirm that, in the pellet business, Old Man Winter determines the haves and the have nots. READ MORE

February 24, 2017

A Matter of Scale

Though the completion dates of two projects featured in the March issue of Biomass Magazine were critical for vastly different reasons, despite the massive difference in scale, the construction approaches to hit each deadline had a lot in common. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

North Central Area’s Biomass Reboot

After 30-plus years of operation, a biomass heating system at a school in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was replaced by the company that originally built it. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

Going Vertical

The biogas sector has built itself a wide base. Now, it’s time for the industry to build upon these successes, share them broadly with the investment community, find and win new industry champions, and go vertical. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Industry’s Adolescence is Behind Us

The wood pellet industry has doubled in the past five years, and Pellet Mill Magazine's executive editor, Tim Portz, says the next five years will be defined by the industry's ability to grasp the global opportunity that lies in front of it. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

Denmark's Biomass Reboot

The smallest Nordic country is having a big impact on European pellet demand as DONG Energy, the country’s largest energy company, pivots away from coal and toward woody biomass. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Thanks Charlie

Charlie Niebling, one of the more steadfast proponents of woody biomass, joined a New Hampshire Public Radio program to make an argument that woody biomass is an alternative energy source worth supporting. READ MORE

January 04, 2017

Strong O&M Programs Scale

Ours is an industry that scales well. Large or small, biomass operations must make a commitment to sound operations and maintenance fundamentals if they are to be successful. READ MORE