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

February 02, 2016

Please Help: Important Industry Survey

Pellet Mill Magazine has launched its first survey of 2016. The survey, open to producers only, will seek to illuminate the impact of low fuel oil prices on production, feedstock procurement and plant staffing across teh industry. READ MORE

January 29, 2016

Bullish on the Baltics

Pellet Mill Magazine's first issue of 2016 takes a deep dive into pellet markets ascending in eastern Europe. The Baltic States and Russia are increasing pellet production and exports to surrounding European countries. READ MORE

January 27, 2016

Pass Me Along

Threaded throughout this issue, in which Biomass Magazine once again turns it editorial gaze to dust management and plant safety, is a continued call for greater education, regardless of an employee’s position within a facility. READ MORE

January 27, 2016

Waking Up the Bear

As demand for wood pellets continues to grow across Europe, Russia’s wood pellet industry asserts itself to earn its fair market share, constrained only by a lack of adequate infrastructure. READ MORE

January 25, 2016

Lynemouth’s Long and Winding Road

Built to support a shuttered aluminum smelter, the U.K. power station on the shores of the North Sea in Northumberland County has a new owner and a new shot at a complete transition to biomass. READ MORE

January 19, 2016

EPH Is on Our Radar

After a purchase and convert strategy for Eggborough failed for Czech utility EPH, the company tries the strategy again at Lynemouth and has the full attention of the wood pellet industry as a result, or should. READ MORE

January 05, 2016

Five Questions for 2016

In the first installment of Ash Content in 2016, Executive Editor Tim Portz offers a short list of the developments he'll be watching closely in the year to come. READ MORE

December 30, 2015

Maintaining Profitability

Energy markets have always been a low-margin game, but current conditions leave producers little margin for error. Thoughtful, well considered operations and maintenance strategies may well be the surest path to profitability. READ MORE

December 21, 2015

DuPont’s Turn at Center Stage

In October, probiofuel dignitaries celebrated the grand opening of DuPont’s Nevada, Iowa, cellulosic ethanol plant, closing the first chapter of the industry’s second-generation build-out story. READ MORE

December 15, 2015

Best Print Stories of 2015

Executive Editor Tim Portz offers his picks of the best print stories from 2015 in the title's most ambitious and successful year. READ MORE