The Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association (PBEA) is the non-profit trade association representing the use of biomass to produce clean heat, power, fuels and soil amendments in the Keystone state and around the Mid-Atlantic region. We educate and advocate for the use of biomass for all kinds of energy in the residential, small business, commercial, institutional, agricultural, and industrial sectors.
Where it All Started
In 2011, the PBEA formed as an outgrowth of the PA Biomass Working Group and the PA Fuels for Schools programs. Both of these programs were informal coalitions of businesses, organizations, and individuals that shared a common vision that biomass is an abundant, affordable natural resource that should be used in an environmental responsible manner for thermal applications. As the number and type of biomass projects in Pennsylvania was expanding, so did the need to establish a formal organization to support the growth of the industry.
With support from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund the PA Biomass Working Group began laying the organizational framework of a formal association – the PA Biomass Energy Association (PBEA). By November 2011, PBEA incorporated, elected its first Board of Directors and started to plan its 2012 activities. PBEA held its inaugural member meeting on February 2, 2012, at Harman Stoves manufacturing plant in Halifax.