MABEC Priorities

Long-term priorities supporting MABEC's mission:

  1. Promote and support the use of sustainable biomass feedstocks for heat and/or combined heat and power (CHP) applications;
  2. Promote and provide guidance on clean, efficient, biomass heat and power (CHP) technologies and installations; and
  3. Educate end users and policy makers how biomass can be used to meet the heat and power needs of the Mid-Atlantic region in a cost-effective, environmentally responsible manner;
  4. Continue to consider support of innovative biomass energy technologies that can help grow the industry (e.g., ORC, nanotechnology); and
  5. Improve recycling of organic material co-products, including nutrients.

Outreach to Build the Bioenergy Market

  • Produce the premier biomass-energy event for the Mid-Atlantic region: MABEX-The Mid-Atlantic BioEnergy Conference and Expo
    • 200+ attendees
    • $100,000 in total revenue, $15,000 surplus to fund MABEC programs
    • 10 sponsors, 30 exhibitors
    • Seek out partners to build on the event, like SunGrant and others
    • Follow-up with non-member MABEX attendees to encourage membership
    • Add at least 10 new members related to MABEX
  • Organize the following workshops to build bioenergy awareness and help to cultivate new potential customers and supporters of biomass energy systems. (Goal attendance: 20+ attendees/workshop)
    • Biogas:
      • Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant
      • TBD
    • Biomass
      • Kane?
      • TBD
    • Produce at least 4 biomass energy webinars
    • Distribute “Did You Know?” series of facts and figures about biomass energy to raise the level of education about our industry
    • Coordinate activities among the SWETs and other wood energy groups in the Mid-Atlantic

Policy

  • Advocate for favorable state-level biomass policy
  • Work with allied organizations to introduce legislation that requires organics recycling in PA, MD, NJ and/or NY
  • Leverage the activities of national trade association members like the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Biomass Power Association and the American Biogas Council to advocate for favorable biomass policy in the Mid-Atlantic states
  • Develop stronger relationships with allied organizations who can support MABEC’s mission

 

Management

  • Issue a press release and other marketing to support the change of the organization from PBEA to MABEC
  • Submit proposal for a Forest Service grant to support MABEC programs
  • Grow membership to 60 members
  • Improve the MABEC website with more content, information about members and to position it as the go-to resource for biomass energy information for the Mid-Atlantic region.