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2016 Heating the Midwest Conference & Expo

Posted by Kelsey Loeffler on Mon,Jul 18,2016 @ 02:48 PM


The 5th annual Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass Conference and Expo is getting closer! The event will take place October 11 – 13 in Harris Michigan, at the Island Resort and Casino (14 miles west of Escanaba).  This year’s theme is “Adopting Renewable Biomass Heat: Investing In Tomorrow’s Sustainable Communities.” 

Did you know that every year, nearly 1.2 million households ‘export’ more than $2.2 billion energy dollars out of the United States? And, according to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) estimates, in the Midwest region alone, there is over TWO BILLION dollars exported for oil and propane and a lost job potential of 130,000+ jobs. This money does not circulate through the local and regional economies, does not generate commerce, and does not create or support jobs. Based on each state’s ability to sustainably produce biomass fuels, the conversion of those 1.2 million households would generate more than $419 million in new annual income.

Our goal for this conference is to provide you with the information needed to support local biomass for heat and combined heat and power applications to foster future sustainable communities in the Midwest! You will have the opportunity to join the pre-conference tour and visit locations that use a biomass system, manufacture biomass systems, and produce woody biomass.  Topics at the 2016 conference will include: investing in our communities with biomass, developing new markets for wood heating, biomass technologies, and much more! The event also offers a Biomass Heating Expo with indoor and outdoor exposition areas where 30+ vendors, businesses and organizations will demonstrate the latest in biomass technologies, information and support.

New to this year’s event is a two-part technical workshop, “In the Trenches with System Designers and Installers.” Members of AIA, AEE, and BPI will be eligible to receive up to 7 continuing education credits for attending the workshops at this conference. HVAC contractors will receive a certificate of course completion.

We hope you will come out and enjoy everything this great event has to offer! More information can be found at:http://heatingthemidwest.org/conferences/2016-conference-expo/

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