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HPBA Partners with Biomass Power Association to Participate in National Bioenergy Day

(October 13, 2016) Arlington, VA––As part of its broader commitment to promote clean-burning wood and pellet appliances, HPBA is pleased to co-sponsor the Fourth Annual Bioenergy Day on October 19. In partnership with its members, HPBA has organized one facility tour and open house and three Clean Burning Workshops throughout the U.S.

HPBA's members will open their factory and specialty retail store doors to educate consumers on how to properly store and prepare firewood and use a moisture meter. Workshops will also include an overview on managing air quality, efficiency, and safety tips for operating fireplaces, stoves, and/or central heaters.

"As the oldest renewable fuel, firewood has been an energy staple in households for years, especially in rural and suburban areas," said John Crouch, Director - Public Affairs of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. "HPBA has members across North America––from Georgia to Alaska and Maine to California––so we know just how important it can be to have a wood heater for warmth and energy security."

“The continuation of Bioenergy Day into a fourth year is truly exciting. We are grateful to our sponsors, particularly the U.S. Forest Service, for their dedication to raising awareness about the role of bioenergy in communities across the nation,” said Bob Cleaves, President and CEO of Biomass Power Association.“ All across the country, people are learning about bioenergy and how it helps local economies and forests.”

HPBA has helped to organize the following four events:

Monday, October 17 9:00 am to 12:00 pm HY-C Company LLC Factory 10950 Linpage Place, St. Louis, MO 63132 Contact: David Walters; (314) 241-1214 Ask to see clean-burning wood furnaces on a plant tour! Wednesday, October 19 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Craft Stoves 17675 WA-536, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 Contact: Ben Sousa; (360) 336-2532

Wednesday, October 19 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Custom Hearth 3301 W. Hwy 16; Port Orchard, WA 98367 Contact: Wendy Lee; (360) 373-1332 Saturday, October 29 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Ace Chimney Sweeps Inc. 804 E Pulaski Hwy, Elkton, MD 21921 Contact: Frank Tokash; 410-392-4596

Bioenergy refers to the generation of electricity and heat from wood and other organic materials. In 2013, approximately 23% of all renewable energy consumed was from wood (EIA, 2013) – more than wind and solar combined and second only to hydroelectric energy.

Aside from HPBA, Bioenergy Day sponsors include Biomass Power Association, U.S. Forest Service, Pellet Fuels Institute, U.S. Industrial Pellet Association, Biomass Thermal Energy Council and Biomass Magazine. Visit for a complete list of Bioenergy Day activities and more information.

The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), based in Arlington, Va., is the North American industry association for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, representatives, service firms, and allied associates for all types of barbecue, patio and hearth appliances, fuels, and accessories. The association provides professional member services and industry support in education, statistics, government relations, marketing, advertising, and consumer education.


Media Contact: Carrie deGuzman, Senior Manager – Communications,, 703-522-0086

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