Professional research and trade associations can provide valuable contacts and information. Remember when reviewing their resources that they are advocates for a particular view and may not always present contrasting opinions or facts. These are listed in alphabetical order and state, national and international associations are intermixed.
American Biofuels Council (ABC)
Promotes the uses of alternative fuels and other products derived from biomass, conducts research on the accelerated use of all sustainable biofuels, and facilitates commercialization and market development of biomass to biofuels production and greenhouse gas abatement.
American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
PO Box 33518
Washington, DC 20033-3518 USA
Accelerates the adoption of renewable energy technologies into the mainstream of American society, promotes renewable energy options for the production of electricity, hydrogen, fuels and end-use energy, and promotes renewable energy solutions to the American public through outreach and education.
American Ecological Engineering Society
Promotes the development of sustainable ecosystems that integrate human society with its natural environment for the benefit of both, by fostering education and outreach, extending professional development and associations, raising public awareness, and encouraging original research.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
An educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
Engineers, architects, and other professionals with an interest in energy management and cogeneration; manufacturers and industries involved in energy.
Biomass Energy Research Association (BERA)
901 D St. SW, Ste. 100
Washington, DC 20024 USA
Corporations and individuals from universities, public utilities, industries, and research laboratories with a common interest in encouraging biomass and waste-to-energy and fuels research and commercialization. Facilitates technology transfer, information exchange, and education in biomass energy research; promotes international cooperation in biomass energy research.
BERC is an independent national, non-profit organization which strives to be the premier organization promoting sustainable biomass energy systems at the community scale.
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC)
Biomass Thermal Energy Council
BTEC is a nonprofit association dedicated to advancing the use of biomass for heat and other thermal energy applications. Established in January 2009, BTEC is an association of biomass fuel producers, appliance manufacturers and distributors, supply chain companies and non-profit organizations that view biomass thermal energy as a renewable, responsible, clean and energy-efficient pathway to meeting our energy needs.
Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA)
c/o Kory Teneycke, Exec. Dir.
PO Box 398
Toronto, ON, Canada M5C 2J8
A non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the use of renewable fuels for transportation through consumer awareness and government liaison activities.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Department of Energy
Mail Stop EE-1
Washington, DC 20585 USA
Provides information and technical assistance on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies; operated by NCI Information Systems, Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, under contract to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
The US DOE’s Great Lakes Biomass State-Regional Partnership states include:
The International Biochar Initiative (IBI)
IBI is a registered non-profit organization supporting researchers, commercial entities, policy makers, development agents, farmers and gardeners, and others committed to supporting sustainable biochar production and utilization systems that remove carbon from the atmosphere and enhance the earth’s soils.
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National Biodiesel Board
An excellent source of current information on the commercial biodiesel industry with a national and international focus; produces the Biodiesel Bulletin.
National Corn Growers Association
(636) 733-9004 fax:
Protects and advances corn growers’ interests.
The New York State Biomass Energy Alliance began operations on April 1, 2009 with the mission of increasing public understanding of the renewable energy value of biomass and facilitating communication among renewable energy industry pioneers. The Alliances office is co-located with the New York Farm Viability Institute,
Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI)
1901 N Moore St., Ste. 600
Arlington, VA 22209-1708
Pellet and briquette manufacturers; processors of wood, and agricultural fuels; pellet burner manufacturers and distributors; combustion and handling equipment manufacturers and distributors; industry suppliers; and companies and organizations that use wood, agricultural residues, and paper as fuel. Promotes the increased use of pellets, briquettes, chips, and other renewable fiber fuels. Supports lobbying efforts promoting fiber fuels. Acts as an information clearinghouse among members.
Renewable Fuels Association (RFA
One Massachusetts Ave. NW, Ste. 820
Washington, DC 20001 USA
As the national trade association for the U.S. ethanol industry, the RFA promotes policies, regulations and research and development initiatives that will lead to the increased production and use of fuel ethanol; the web site is excellent and includes policy issues, employments opportunities and a list US biorefinery locations.
USDA CREES Biobased Energy Research and Information Exchange Committee
Does not have a website or address; Google for more information