5th Annual Heating the Midwest Conference & Expo, Oct 11-13th


Get involved - Attend, be a sponsor or vendor, and share your insight and energy!

(Minneapolis, MN) - The 5th annual Heating the Midwest Conference & Expo will be held from October 11th-13th near Escanaba, Michigan. Keynote speakers will include regional and national leaders in biomass energy. The annual conference and expo brings together a diverse group of biomass industry leaders as well as representatives from universities, tribes and government agencies. Heating the Midwest continues to seek involvement of sponsors and vendors as well as offering opportunities to get more involved in biomass thermal energy.

This event serves as an educational forum and venue for discussing opportunities and strategies to expand the use of biomass for heat and combined heat and power (CHP) in the Midwest. The theme of this year's Heating the Midwest Conference & Expo is, "Adopting Renewable Biomass Heat: Investing In Tomorrow's Sustainable Communities". 


Conference highlights:
Preconference tour on October 11 visiting a wood boiler manufacturer, three wood heating installations and a logging site to show how wood biomass is being harvested.

Exciting and informative topics to engage in such as market barriers, selling in a low cost energy market, advances in combustion technology, using financial incentive programs and more will be covered during the conference.


The Minnesota Statewide Wood Energy Team launched in 2014 and has been developed to help Minnesota facilities and businesses move toward realizing the opportunity to cut costs, support local economies, and advance clean energy development. The Minnesota Statewide Wood Energy Team is participating in the 2016 Heating the Midwest Conference & Expo.


The 2016 Heating the Midwest Conference & Expo will be held at the Island Resort & Casino, located 14 miles west of Escanaba, Michigan, from October 11th - 13th. For additional information, and to register, visit: http://heatingthemidwest.org/conferences/2016-conference-expo/attendee-registration-info-and-rates/



About Heating the Midwest
Heating the Midwest (HTM) is a group of volunteers with a serious interest in growing awareness and usage of biomass thermal fuel for heat in the Midwest. The HTM mission is: "To advance biomass thermal heating in the Midwest for a more sustainable future, while improving the economic, environmental and social well-being of the region."Driven and directed by a Steering Committee, Heating the Midwest includes industry, government, non-profit organizations, university representatives and tribal representatives. It is an efficient group of biomass advocates working to promote biomass to a larger constituency, including government policy makers and entities, consumers and businesses in the Midwest. Heating the Midwest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.


About the Minnesota Statewide Wood Energy Team
The Minnesota Statewide Wood Energy Team (MN SWET) consists of individuals and organizations that work together to advance woody biomass goals and recognize the need to promote woody biomass utilization as a strategy to accomplish: forest management, diversified markets for the existing forest products industry, forest wildfire risk reduction, economic development and localized wealth retention, and state renewable energy strategies. The core team includes representation from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Duluth, Natural Resources Research Institute, and the USDA Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center, the Clean Energy Resource Teams, Dovetail Partners, and the Headwaters and Arrowhead Regional Economic Development Commissions. Additional partners include the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, USDA Rural Development, Minnesota Forest Resources Council, Great Plains Institute, BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, FVB Energy, WoodMaster, Fond du Lac Band of Superior Chippewa, and the Agricultural Utilization and Research Institute. The project manager is the Minnesota DNR.