BTEC: Emanuel Wagner, 202-596-3974 x 360 or [email protected]

PFI: Carrie Annand, 202-494-2493 or [email protected]

BTEC, PFI Applaud Executive Order for Recognizing Thermal Energy in Federal Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Goals

Washington, DC, March 23, 2015 – The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) commend President Obama’s commitment to expanding the use of renewable thermal energy with the issuance of Executive Order “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.”

The Executive Order calls for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across federal operations by at least 40 percent through 2025 through a broad host of measures, including building energy conservation, energy procurement inclusive of renewable thermal technology, and fleet management.

According to BTEC’s Executive Director Joseph Seymour, “The President’s Executive Order demonstrates strong and resourceful leadership in transforming federal operations through energy management. In particular, we applaud the President for creating new pathways for deploying safe, cost effective and innovative technologies, including biomass thermal energy, for heating and electricity, while reinforcing energy efficiency.”

“Promoting the use of proven renewable technologies like those that utilize pellet heat for federal buildings makes good sense,” said Jennifer Hedrick, Executive Director of the Pellet Fuels Institute. “Using wood pellets to heat buildings is cost effective and environmentally friendly – and is a method that more federal agencies are exploring.”

In the 2014 Green Proving Ground report, the General Services Administration (GSA) concluded that biomass heating systems could be deployed at facilities nationwide that currently rely on fuel oil for thermal energy needs. Last winter, the Ketchikan Federal Building in Ketchikan, Alaska, became the first federal building managed by GSA with a pellet boiler. Furthermore, in a February 2015 letter Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) requested of GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini that his agency should reconsider its procurement policies that limit federal facilities' use of biomass for heating. The Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has reported that in Fiscal Year 2013, federal buildings used approximately 143 million gallons of fuel oil and 19 million gallons of propane, for a total cost of nearly $534 million. 

The Executive Order was released March 19, 2015, with the text available online via:

A fact sheet is also available via:


The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) is an association of biomass fuel producers, appliance manufacturers and distributors, supply chain companies and non-profit organizations that view biomass thermal energy as a renewable, responsible, clean and energy-efficient pathway to meeting America's energy needs. BTEC engages in research, education, and public advocacy for the fast growing biomass thermal energy industry. For more information,


The Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) is a North American trade association based in Arlington, Virginia, that represents a range of contributors to the pellet industry, including companies that manufacture wood pellets and pellet manufacturing equipment, or provide other products and services to the densified biomass industry at large. To learn more, please visit PFI’s website at





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