William Strauss, better known as Bill, is the President and founder of FutureMetrics, LLC. Bill is globally recognized as a leading expert in the wood pellet sector. Bill continues to be a thought leader in the sector and has published numerous papers on a variety of subjects relevant to the wood pellet sector. He is also a founder and a Director of Maine Energy Systems, the largest manufacturer of European style automatic pellet fueled central heating systems in North America. Bill is the chief economist for the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (Washington, DC). He served as the chief economist on the Maine Governor’s Wood-to-Energy Task force in 2008. Bill is the 2012 recipient of the International Excellence in Bioenergy award. Bill has almost forty years of strategic and policy planning, project management, data analysis, and modeling experience in the renewable energy sector. He has an MBA (specializing in Finance) and a PhD (Economics, Earth Systems Science).