Technical, economic, regulatory and policy factors will be evaluated as a multi-disciplinary group.
The 2019 return to Austria developed because more than a dozen cooperating partners in the U.S. and overseas showed genuine interest and volunteered their help.
RPG's first led a successful group trip to Austria in June, 2008. Technical developments since then support adding a stop in Germany this time.
A group of 16
people, specialists in either forest
management and protection or energy
design and infrastructure, traveled to
Austrian forest properties and biomass
energy facilities during June, 2008.
to learn how the Austrian people were
shifting to renewable heat sources at
a dramatic, yet sustainable rate, with
woody biomass as the largest
contributor. The trip was
co-led by Resource Professionals
Group LLC and Mr. Lew McCreery,
forester and biomass
coordinator, with sponsorship from
Penn State University's Forestry
Extension program. Registrants were a
diverse group of business owners,
foresters and engineers. Some
were university faculty members, one a
sustainability coordinator, another a
land manager for a land conservation
trust. Others were employed by
federal or state agencies or private
companies, with one representing a
They wanted to find
out if Americans
could achieve the same
benefits as were being returned to people,
companies and the environment
from biothermal energy projects in
Austria. The consensus was that
conditions are also favorable in the
group members have stayed in
touch. Individually, or
in teams, awareness building
and project feasibility
activities were taken up, like
authoring this Policy Forum in
the March, 2009 issue of Science.
(Richter, et al. 2009).
In spite of their
best efforts, though, the wood
heat implementation rate in
America still lags far behind that
in Austria and other advanced
central European countries.
There is a reason. Real
energy as a
but they have
fuel supply or
the wood heat
methods and even better
equipment used in the Austrian
energy market can solve most of
these rejection-causing "true
barrier" problems in the U.S.
The first step
needs to be awareness building,
among Americans, that wood-to-heat
energy contracting businesses can be
profitable. The process must
be understood and successfully
Trip objectives for EBF19 go beyond repeating 2008's success.
The model remains the same - - multidisciplinary collaboration to evaluate value and feasibility; now building on a decade of experiences and frustrations among 2008's participants that feasible wood heat project proposals in the U.S. are so frequently rejected.
sponsors are working toward
more direct outcomes:
What is included in EBF19 registration cost:
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