Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group

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The Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group (NEBTWG) is a coalition of biomass thermal advocates committed to working together to advance the use of biomass for heating and CHP (combined heat and power) in the northeastern United States.


The use of biomass in thermal and combined thermal/electric power applications is poised for significant growth across the northeastern US, if market forces, policy drivers, regulatory framework, and public relations align to allow this to happen.  NEBTWG was formed to accelerate these opportunities to the benefit of all involved.


  • Policy and regulatory advocacy at the local, state, and regional levels
  • Development, promotion,  and distribution of the Heating the Northeast with Renewable Biomass 2025 Vision
  • Outreach to allied groups and organizations to expand network of biomass thermal advocates in the Northeast
  • Identification and prioritization of key policy, regulatory and public relations issues facing biomass thermal industry
  • Information and data collection to assist/influence policy makers and regulators
  • Coordination of advocacy to federal delegations on key issues in Washington
  • “Best ideas” sharing across region

Steering Committee Members

NEBTWG activities are guided by a Steering Committee of biomass thermal leaders from the industry and nonprofit sectors.

NEBTWG Steering Committee

John Ackerly
Alliance for Green Heat (Takoma Park, MD)

Bill Bell
Maine Pellet Fuels Association (Portland, ME)

Marc Caluwe
Hydro-to-Heat-Convertor (Burlington, MA)

Charlie Cary
Biomass Combustion Systems (Worcester, MA)

Adam Sherman
Biomass Energy Resource Center (Montpelier, VT)

Matt McArdle
Mesa Reduction Engineering (NY)

David Dungate
ACT Bioenergy (Schenectady, NY)

Melissa Britcher/John Nikoloff
Energy Resources Group (Harrisburg, PA)

Rick Handley
Rick Handley & Associates (Ballston Lake, NY)

Bob Perschel
Forest Guild (Holden, MA)

Scott Nichols
TARM Biomass (Lyme, NH)

Charlie Niebling
New England Wood Pellet (Jaffrey, NH)

Bill Strauss
FutureMetrics and Maine Energy Systems (Bethel, ME)

Heidi Tarquinio
Fireside Supply Inc (Hebron, CT)


2025 Vision

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2025 Vision

NEBTWG is underwritten by proceeds from:



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