Over the last couple of years, a number of individuals and companies from across the wood-to-energy sector have been considering and discussing ways that we might better address challenges to our sector and seek opportunities for growth.
A group of volunteers from three primary segments of the sector – domestic pellets; export pellets; and biomass power producers – has developed an ad hoc process to study the potential of the USDA Research and Promotion Program (commonly called “check-off”) to aid the sector. That group, working with matching financial support from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, has formed the “Wood-to-Energy Check-off Work Group.”
The Work Group is comprised of nine individuals, with three representing each segment of the sector. Our group is truly ad hoc in that we are not formally representative of any trade association or group. That said, we are committed to transparency and open communication as we explore the potential of a check-off program.
We have set as our primary purpose looking for ways to “expand markets for sustainable, renewable energy from wood”.
We collectively believe that we can do greater things if we collaborate and consider new tools to help ensure a brighter future.
Tom Beck – ReEnergy Holdings
Alicia Cramer – The Westervelt Company
Rob Davis – Forest Energy Holdings
Joe Dalton – GDFSuez Energy, NA
Bruce Lisle – Energex Corp.
Thomas Meth – Enviva Biomass LLC
T.J. Morice – Marth Companies
Richard Peberdy – Drax Biomass
Hugh Smith – Green Leaf Energy