Tim Portz

Tim Portz is the Program Developer for BBI International Events. 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

May 16, 2023

Codifying Wood Pellet Heating’s Renewable Bona Fides

In the past year and a half, the Pellet Fuels Institute has found itself in the vexing position of testifying before two different committees within the International Code Council, defending the renewable nature of wood pellets for home heating. READ MORE

November 29, 2022

It’s the Weather, Silly

As the industry plunges headlong into the heart of the home heating season and consumers fire up their pellet appliances, we are being reminded that despite the year’s unique marketplace dynamics, it is the weather that drives demand. READ MORE

August 22, 2022

The BTU Act Breaks Out

A 30% tax credit on qualifying appliances is a tailwind for the wood pellet sector. Now, the work of maximizing its marketplace impact falls to industry participants. READ MORE

May 25, 2022

Filling a 2 Million-Ton Hole

The war in the Ukraine has disrupted commodity markets across the world, including wood pellets. READ MORE

March 03, 2022

Business in an Era of Mild Winters

If winter is to remain a shorter and milder affair, pellet producers will need more appliances to fuel if the market for wood pellets is to grow. READ MORE

December 02, 2021

The Table is Set

Winter’s chill and it’s staying power will determine whether this year’s home heating season will be a boom or a bust. READ MORE

August 20, 2021

The Fiber Takers

March 01, 2021

Window of Opportunity

As if to underscore that 2020 would go down as the most unpredictable year in all our lives, a long-sought tax credit for wood and pellet heating appliances was signed into law in the year’s final week. READ MORE

October 07, 2020

Our Strong First Half

EIA data shows wood pellet producers successfully managed challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic during the first half of the year. READ MORE

October 03, 2020

Virtually PFI A Review

While the COVID-19 pandemic doomed the Pellet Fuels Institute’s in-person annual conference, its web-based replacement found the sector cautiously optimistic about the year. READ MORE