updated: October 2013
Invite Your Members of Congress to the Wood Stove Decathlon!
The Wood Stove Decathlon is a perfect place for Members of Congress to learn more about the benefits of wood and pellet heating. They need to hear from you, their constituents.
- Get informed. Read about the Wood Stove Decathlon
- Find contact info for your congressmen and women here.
- Send them a letter. Here is a sample letter. Customize it to your Senator or Representative. If you are a business, talk about what it means for your business. If you heat with wood or pellets, talk about what it means for you and your family.
- Contact Renewable Energy Fellow, Maria Jensen, at firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of your outreach and we may be able to follow-up. But they are most responsive to their own constituents.
- If you don't hear back, or just get a form letter response, follow up and ask again. If you are coming to the Decathlon, tell them you will be there. You could also try to meet them in their office. If only one of their staff can come, don't be disappointed. It's also important for staff to come and learn and they are often are influential. If you have ever had any previous contact with your congressman/woman please mention this within the letter as well. We are happy to answer any questions you have, or you can click Here for tips about communicating with representatives. Also please do not forget to add your letterhead if you are a business or non-profit.
- Thank you! We appreciate your activism and support. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, email@example.com.
Support Biomass Thermal Energy!
Contact Your Senators and Urge Them to Vote!
Promote the use of residential and community-scale biomass thermal energy, a crucial element of the multipart solution to climate change and energy independence and security. The Biomass Thermal Utilization Act (BTU Act) has been introduced to the Senate and will provide an opportunity to strengthen clean energy policy. The Biomass Thermal Energy Council
(BTEC) is taking significant action to push this act forward.
The BTU Act adds biomass fuel to the list of existing technologies that qualify for the residential renewable energy investment tax credit in Section 25d of the Internal Revenue Code. The biomass fuel must have an efficiency rate of at least 75% to qualify, which will mean only the most efficient stoves and boilers will be eligible.
Industries will also benefit as they transition from other more costly and carbon-intensive fuel sources to biomass fuel. These businesses and institutions can save tens of thousands of dollars, keep their fuel dollars local and get off fossil fuels.
How can you help?
Your voice matters! Let your Senators know what their constituency wants.
Here's what you can do:
- Get informed. Read why biomass is so crucial.
- Find your congressmen and women here.
- Send them a letter. Here is an example letter. Customize it to your Senator or Representative. Encourage them to support tax parity for residential biomass thermal technologies and fuels.
Wood Heat Poster
The best photographs from the "Show Us Your Woodpile" contest are now in a poster! The Alliance is teaming up with Tarm USA based in Lyme, NH who ran the contest and produced the gorgeous 20 x 24 poster. It's
available for $10.00 through the Alliance, plus $3.50 for postage. All
sale proceeds are being donated to the Vermont based non-profit
organization Silent Heat, which distributes seasoned cord wood to
persons who would otherwise be left without any source of heat for the
winter. Please make checks payable to the Alliance for Green Heat and send to:
Alliance for Green Heat
6930 Carroll Ave, Suite 407
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.