About the Biomass Power Association
The Biomass Power Association is the nation’s leading organization working to expand and advance the use of clean, renewable biomass power. Led by President and CEO Bob Cleaves, the Association represents 80 biomass power plants in 20 states across the U.S. Currently, the biomass power industry reduces carbon emissions by more than 30 million tons each year and provides 14,000 jobs nationwide, many of which are in rural areas.
BPA is a member-driven organization with the goal of increasing the use of biomass power and creating new jobs and opportunities in the biomass industry. BPA educates policymakers at the state and federal level about the benefits of biomass and provides regular briefings and research to keep members fully informed about public policy impacting the biomass industry. Members include local owners and operators of existing biomass facilities, suppliers, plant developers and others.
BPA is actively involved in the legislative process and supports policies that increase the use of biomass power and other renewable energy sources in America’s energy portfolio. As policymakers at every level explore ways to lower greenhouse gases and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil, BPA is the leading advocate for a strong commitment to clean, renewable biomass energy.
President & CEO
Biomass Portland, ME Office
Bob is President and CEO of the Biomass Power Association with offices in Washington D.C. and Portland, Maine. Founded in 1999, BPA is the nation’s leading voice for biomass as a means for generating electricity, representing over 2,000 MW of installed capacity. BPA members include independent power producers doing business in over 20 states and contributing nearly $1 billion to the national economy. BPA maintains an active lobbying presence in Washington, and concentrates on federal tax and energy policy to promote the use of woody biomass for electricity use.
Bob was formerly in business development with Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc., and practiced law in both the private and public sector, including three years as a federal prosecutor at the Department of Justice.
Phone: (207) 228-7376
Biomass Washington, DC Office
Carrie Annand is the Executive Director of the Biomass Power Association (BPA) based in Washington D.C. Carrie has worked with BPA since 2010, gradually expanding her role from outside PR consultant. Part of her portfolio is overseeing National Bioenergy Day, an annual nationwide educational event recognizing bioenergy’s contribution to heating and power in the United States. The annual event has doubled in size since its inception in 2013.
In addition to media relations and communications, Carrie serves as a resource in membership outreach and government affairs. Carrie has more than ten years of public affairs and communications experience across many issue areas. She previously served in the press office of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Biomass Portland, ME Office
Nick brings an entrepreneurial background to the BPA having worked in the solar energy and algal biomass industries before joining as VP of Operations. His experience includes business origination, development, operation, and fundraising as well as serving on several Congressional, Gubernatorial, and Presidential campaigns. At BPA, Nick manages daily operations and member engagement. Nick studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Oxford University, and earned his BA in Political Science from Bates College. He currently attends Maine Law as a part-time JD candidate.
Phone: (207) 228-7375
BPA Board of Directors