Rep. Tonko to deliver Northeast Biomass Heating Expo keynote

By Erin Voegele | April 02, 2013

The 2013 Northeast Biomass Heating Expo kicks off this week in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. This year’s annual event will feature a keynote address from Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. on April 4, the first day of the expo.

Tonko is a third-term congressman who represents New York’s 20th Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was named as a member of the House and Commerce Committee. He also serves as the ranking member of the Economy and Environment Subcommittee, and as a member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee.

 In addition to Tonko’s keynote address, the opening plenary session of the conference will include comments from Charles Levesque, master of ceremonies and president of Innovative Natural Resources Solution LLC; Joseph Seymour, conference chair and executive director of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council; and Charlie Neibling, program committee chair and general manager of New England Wood Pellet LLC.

The two-day event also includes workshops, technical sessions, plenaries and a trade show. The conference includes sessions designed specifically for engineers, architects and HVAC professionals that offer professional continuing education credits. The event’s breakout sessions address a wide range of issues, including thermal energy in state renewable portfolio standards, bulk pellet delivery and storage, and a comparison of pellets and chips. In addition, the conference will feature panel discussions addressing biomass emissions, finance innovations, and the future of biomass heating.

Pre-conference events will be held on April 3, including a tour of three biomass heating projects and a biomass heating seminar. The full-day Northeast Agricultural Biomass Heating Seminar features presentations, panels and guided discussions led by state officials, business leaders and others. An ASTM E44.25 task group session is also scheduled for April 3.

According to information released by the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, registration is required to access the conference’s sessions and side events. However, the public is welcome to access the indoor and outdoor vendor fair free of charge on April 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Approximately 50 companies and organizations will be onsite to discuss biomass heating technologies, fuels and services. Light refreshments will be available in the outdoor vendor fair area.