U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Bioenergy Technologies Office
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- Paul F. Bryan, Program Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Opening Keynotes - "Federal Perspectives on Bioenergy"
- Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy
- Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
- Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy Installations and Environment)
Opening Plenary Session: "Broadening the Bioenergy Horizon"
A discussion on the bioenergy technologies of the future, and the role of industry, government, and financiers in realizing that vision.
- Michael McAdams (Moderator), President, Advanced Biofuels Association
- David Berry, Partner, Flagship Ventures
- Eric Toone, Deputy Director, ARPA-e
- Harrison Dillon*, President and Chief Technology Officer, Solazyme, Inc.
- Mark Iden, Deputy Director of Operations, Defense Logistics Agency Energy
Platinum Sponsor Presentation: Novozymes
- Chuck Leavell, Musician/Author/Environmental Activist, Co-Founder of the Mother Nature Network
General Session Debate: "What is the Best Use of Biomass?"
(No PowerPoints were used during the General Session Debate.)
- Jim Lane (Moderator), Editor and Publisher, Biofuels Digest
Limited biomass resources should be used to produce fuels and products, rather than to generate electricity.
- Michael McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association
- Bob Cleaves, Chief Executive Officer, Biomass Power Association
Federal funding for biofuels should focus primarily on the development of infrastructure-compatible, hydrocarbon fuels.
- Rick Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Cobalt Technologies
- Wes Bolsen, Chief Marketing Officer, Coskata
More environmental regulations are needed to prevent unsustainable agricultural practices or deforestation resulting from an expanding bioenergy industry.
- Brooke Coleman, Executive Director, Advanced Ethanol Council
- Nathanael Greene, Director of Renewable Energy Policy, National Resources Defense Council
Technical Breakout Session 1
Track 1: Conversion Pathways for Bioenergy: Cellulosic Bioproducts
This session highlighted discussions on emerging biomass conversion technologies that target value-added chemicals and how these "bioproducts" help diversify the biorefining value chain and enable market-readiness.
- Joyce Yang (Moderator), Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
- Gary Diamond, Vice President of Product Development, Rennovia, Inc.
- David Anton*, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Process Development and Manufacturing, Codexis, Inc.
- Oliver Peoples*, Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of Research, Metabolix, Inc.
- Andrew Held, Director of Feedstock Development, Virent Energy Systems, Inc.
Track 2: Competing Uses for a Constrained Feedstock Supply: Risks and Opportunities
This session addressed ways in which the development of seemingly competing uses of feedstock resources can promote partnerships and novel strategies. The impacts of existing and potential future policy drivers were also considered.
- John Ferrell (Moderator), Feedstock Platform Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
- William "Butch" Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Flambeau River BioFuels, Inc.
- Doug Freeman*, Investment and Information Technology Manager, NewPage Corporation
- Mike Edgerton, Ethanol and Quality Traits Technical Lead, Monsanto
- Greg Letarte, Director of Engineering, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
- Mike Cecava, Director of Feed Technology, Research Division, Archer Daniels Midland Company
Track 3: Applications of Efficient Use of Biomass for Heat and Power
This session explored the opportunities for biomass in heat and power applications. The speakers spanned the industrial spectrum of this topic area; presentations ranged from technology and applications to the consideration of industry impacts through Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS).
- Elliott Levine (Moderator), Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
- Dave O'Conner, Biomass Projects Manager, Electric Power Research Institute
- Benjamin Thorp, Chairman, Biorefinery Deployment Consortium
- Phil McKenzie, Business Development Manager, Babcock & Wilcox Generation Group
- John Saintcross, Program Manager, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Track 4: Beyond EISA: Policy and Regulatory Mechanisms to Expand the Bioeconomy
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 addresses the need to replace fossil fuels with clean and renewable sources and achieve a sustainable bioeconomy. This discussion focused on regulations and incentives for biomass-derived energy and products.
- Peter Whitman (Moderator), Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy
- Kate Lewis, Deputy Program Manager, BioPreferred Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Greg Dierkers, Senior Energy Policy Analyst, National Governors Association
- Harrison Pittman, Research Assistant Professor of Law, Center Director, National Agricultural Law Center, University of Arkansas
- Jeremy I. Martin, Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists' Clean Vehicles Program
Track 5: Strategic Approaches to an International Bioenergy Industry
This session explored the unique benefits and drawbacks of implementing international biomass and bioenergy business strategies, as well as the potential impacts of an expanded bioenergy industry on economic development and environmental sustainability.
- Sheila Moynihan (Moderator), Presidential Management Fellow, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
- Richard Simmons, Energy and Biofuels Officer, U.S. Department of State
- Chris Dragisic, Director, Agriculture, Biofuels, and Forestry, The Center for Environmental Leadership in Business, Conservation International
- Mark Fraser*, Chief Technolgy Officer – North America, EADS North America
- Steve Bobzin*, Director of Technology Planning, Ceres
- Craig Evans, Executive Director, American Biomass Trade Cooperative