Need: After helping form a national trade association for the biomass thermal industry, advocates across New England and New York saw a need for a regional advocate for the development of the biomass thermal industry in the northeastern United States. They were looking for a small, low-cost, informal committee—not an official trade association or nonprofit—dedicated to influencing policy, regulatory affairs and public relations for the biomass thermal industry in the Northeast.
Solution: TTC assisted these advocates in forming the Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group (NEBTWG). NEBTWG aims to accelerate the adoption of biomass thermal technologies in the Northeast through grassroots-led advocacy and education efforts. Activities in this area are targeted towards state legislatures, government agencies, members of Congress, and other key leaders in the Northeastern U.S. TTC provides key staff to provide leadership, policy, and administrative expertise to NEBTWG's efforts.
- Gained hundreds of industry signatures to regional advocacy sign-on letters and action alerts
- Secured a meeting with Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to discuss USDA's biofuels strategy
- Helped create a regional vision for the Northeast, Heating the Northeast With Renewable Biomass: A Vision for 2025
Need: Since its inception, the most consistent priority of the National Hydrogen Association (NHA) was hydrogen appropriations in the Department of Energy's (DOE) budget.
Solution: TTC helped foster a congenial dialogue between DOE and Congress on the subject of hydrogen and fuel cells, culminating in the 2003 State of the Union message from President George W. Bush which elevated hydrogen and fuel cells to a Presidential initiative. Under TTC's guidance, the NHA was highly influential in getting legislation passed to benefit hydrogen and fuel cells, as well as funding the hydrogen and fuel cell program in DOE to the fullest extent possible. Staff was often asked by Congressional staff to assist in putting hydrogen-related subcommittee and committee hearings together. Staff also identified witnesses and helped in prepare testimony (live and for the record).
- From 1992 to 2003, helped grow the hydrogen budget from approximately $5 million to $174 million
- Worked to restore funding in Department of Defense and Department of Transportation appropriations
- Helped coordinate a cross-country Hydrogen Road Tour in 2008, with stops designed to acquaint the public with the progress in hydrogen vehicles, particularly in influential Congressional districts, to strengthen interest in fuel cells and hydrogen