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Workshop Agenda

Wednesday, November 28
10:00am – 8:00pm Conference Registration Open - Liberty Foyer
1:30pm – 5:30pm Tour of USDA Research Facility - Offsite Event (additional fee applies)
6:00pm – 8:00pm Grand Opening of the Trade Show and Welcome Reception - Freedom/Independence/Philadelphia Ballroom
Thursday, November 29

7:00am – 5:00pm Conference Registration Open - Liberty Foyer
7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast - Liberty Foyer
8:15am – 11:30am General Session - Liberty A-B Ballroom
8:15am – 8:25am Opening Remarks: Kathy Bryan, President, BBI International
8:25am – 9:00am Keynote Address: Kathleen McGinty, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection


9:00am – 9:50am Special Presentations on Cellulose Ethanol
  • Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies: The State-of-the-Art - Tom Richard, Director, Biomass Energy Center, Pennsylvania State University
  • Innovation in Support of Biofuels - William Provine, Global Technology Manager, DuPont Biofuels
9:50am – 10:10am Refreshment Break

10:10am – 11:00am



Update on Programs Supporting Biofuels

  • Matt HarwigCommunications Director, Renewable Fuels Association

11:00am – 11:30am The ARS/USDA Biofuels Research Program: From Farm to Fuel
  • Dr. Ghassem R. Asrar, Deputy Administrator, Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
11:30am – 1:30pm Lunch in the Trade Show - Freedom/Independence/Philadelphia Ballroom
1:30pm – 3:00pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS
ETHANOL TRACK - Liberty A Ballroom
Moderator: Rick Handley, Director, Coalition of Northeastern Governors Policy Research Center
  • Blending, Transport Loading and Measurement at the Ethanol Plant - Archie Hendrix, Vice President Sales, Honeywell Enraf
  • New Technical Breakthroughs in Fuel Ethanol Production from Hulled and Hull-less Barley - Kevin Hicks, Ph.D., Research Leader, Crop Conversion Science & Engineering Research, USDA
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Utility-Ethanol Facility Partnerships: A Win-Win Trend - Ted Bronson, President, Power Equipment Associates 
  • Increasing Efficiency and Lowering Costs through Cogeneration at Sterling Ethanol - Matt Haakenstad, Account Executive, US Energy Services, Inc.
BIODIESEL TRACK - Liberty B Ballroom
Moderator: Michael Cooper, Vice President, Ultra Green Energy 
  • The Viability of Glycerol Waste Combustion for Energy Recovery - David Weeks, Environmental Engineer, RME Ltd. and Rick Ulrich, Chemical Engineer, WastePro Engineering
  • In Situ Transesterification: The Direct Production of Biodiesel from Lipid-Bearing Materials - Michael Haas, Lead Scientist, USDA, ARS, Eastern Regional Research Center
  • Production of Biodiesel from High Fatty Acid-Containing Feedstocks with Heterogeneous Acid Catalysts - Helen Ngo, USDA, ARS, Eastern Regional Research Center
  • Highly Effective Solid Catalysts for Biodiesel Production - Dheeban Kannan, PhD Candidate, Penn State University and Frank Higdon, Project Manager, Matson and Associates, Inc.
3:00pm – 3:30pm Refreshment Break - Liberty Foyer
3:30pm – 5:00pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS
CELLULOSE ETHANOL AND TECHNICAL ADVANCEMENTS TRACK - Liberty A Ballroom
Moderator: David Bingaman, Division Chief, Conservation and Agriculture Technology, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
  • The Evolving Role of Landfill Gas in the Biofuels Industry - Rachel Goldstein, Territory Manager, U.S. EPA - Landfill Methane Outreach Program
  • Cellulosic and Grain Bioenergy Crops Reduce Net Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Transportation Fuels - Paul Adler, Research Agronomist, USDA-ARS
  • New York Cellulose Demonstration Programs - Thomas Lindberg, First Deputy Commissioner, New York State Agriculture and Markets (invited)
BIODIESEL TRACK - Liberty B Ballroom
Moderator: Michael Cooper, Vice President, Ultra Green Energy
  • Blending, Transport Loading and Measurement at the Biodiesel Plant - Archie Hendrix, Vice President Sales, Honeywell Enraf
  • Alternative Feedstocks and Biodiesel Production - Rudy Pruszko, Sr. Project Manager, Iowa State University Extension, Center for Industrial Research and Service
5:00pm – 7:00pm Networking Reception in the Trade Show - Freedom/Independence/Philadelphia Ballroom
Friday, November 30
7:00am – 3:30pm Conference Registration Open - Liberty Foyer
7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast in the Trade Show - Independence/Philadelphia Ballroom
8:00am – 9:30am BREAKOUT SESSIONS
BIOMASS UTILIZATION TRACK - Liberty A Ballroom
Moderator: Dave Specca, Acting Director, Rutgers EcoComplex
  • Biological Strategies for Biomass Pretreatment - Tom Richard, Director, Biomass Energy Center, Pennsylvania State University
  • Opportunities, Challenges and Considerations for Wood Fuel in Bio-Fuel Production - Eric Kingsley, Vice President, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC
  • Renewable Energy for the Production of Biofuels - Patrick Hirl, Renewable Energy Market Leader, Stanley Consultants, Inc.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT TRACK - Liberty B Ballroom
Moderator: Jamey Cline, Project Manager, BBI International
  • International Biofuels Feedstock Issues: If I Build It, Will It Come - John Pierce, Attorney, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Land Development Issues for Siting and Financing a Biofuels Refinery - Tom O’Donnell, Business Development Specialist, RETTEW and John Nikoloff, Partner, Energy Resources Group, LLC
  • TTB Permit and Compliance Regulations for the Fuel Ethanol Industry - Steven Simon, Program Manager, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
  • Good to Great Boards - Cindy Knutson, Vice President, Lead-Governance Practice, Summit Point Consulting


9:30am – 10:00am Refreshment Break - Liberty Foyer
10:00am – 11:30am BREAKOUT SESSIONS
GREENHOUSE GASES AND ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP - Liberty A Ballroom
Moderator:  Joe Sherick, Energy and Climate Program Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Energy and Technology Deployment
  • Bringing GHG Credits to Ethanol Producers - Jim Murphy, President, Carbon Green LLC
  • Successful Application of Renewable Biofuels Production and Environmental Stewardship - Micahel Coia, CEO, Applied Reclamation Techniques, LLC
  • Manufacturing Strategies to meet the Global Demand for Renewable Energy Components - Russ Montgomery, President, Regional Economic Development District Initiative
  • Greenhouse Gases and E85 - Robert White, Operations Manager, Ethanol Promotion and Information Council
PROJECT FINANCE TRACK - Liberty B Ballroom
Moderator: Kyle Althoff, Project Analyst, BBI International
  • Financing Biofuels Projects: Supply, Offtake and Hedging Agreements - Julia Pettit, Attorney, Stoel Rives LLP
  • Fatal Flaws Analyses - Troy Enright, Project Manager, Natural Resource Group, LLC
  • Commercialization of New Biofuel Technologies: Bridging the Funding and Development Gap - Peter Mostow, Attorney, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Insuring Biofuel Production Facilities –The Importance of a Well Thought Out, Proactively Managed Insurance Program - Jeff Grace, CPCU, Sales Executvie IMA Biofuels Practice Group, IMA Kansas
11:30am – 1:00pm Lunch in the Trade Show - Freedom/Independence/Philadelphia Ballroom
1:00pm – 3:00pm Biofuels and America's Energy Future - Liberty A-B Ballroom
Master of Ceromonies: Russ Montgomery
  • Market Expectations and Analysis of the U.S. Fuel Ethanol Industry - Kyle Althoff, Project Analyst, BBI International

  • Analysis of the U.S. Biodiesel Industry - Michael Cooper, Vice President, Ultra Green Energy

  • Prospects for New Feedstocks to Support an Expanding Biofuels Industry - John Urbanchuck, Director, LECG, LLC

  • Biomass Program Integrated Biorefinery Deployment: Working Towards 20 in 10 - Melissa Klembara, Technical Manager, Deployment and Budget, U.S. Department of Energy, Biomass Program
3:00pm Conference Adjourns