Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Welcome and Opening Remarks from Senator Jeff Merkeley
Keynote: The Evolution of Statewide Wood Energy Teams
Julie Tucker, US Forest Service National Biomass Lead
Learn about why SWET’s were created and the importance of their continued existence. Participants will hear about SWET accomplishments, how influential they can be, and the Forest Service’s continued commitment of support for these valuable teams.
Statewide Wood Energy Teams
Wood Energy Team Profiles
Statewide Wood Energy Teams (SWET) use a collaborative model to foster biomass energy markets. In this session, team leaders will highlight project development successes, and ongoing challenges.
Chuck Hersey, Washington Department of Natural Resources: WA Forest Biomass Coordination Group
Devany Plentovich, Alaska Energy Authority: Alaska Wood Energy Team Profile
Marcus Kauffman, Oregon Department of Forestry: Oregon SWET
Martin Twer, Montana Department of Natural Resources: Montana Wood Energy Team
Panel: Walking the Talk – Converting Federal Facilities to Bioenergy
The panelists will discuss how wood energy can help their agencies meet the renewable energy Executive Order at both the facility and national level. Lastly, the panelists will discuss how the SWETs can partner effectively with federal agencies to promote wood energy systems at the state, regional and national levels.
Bob Deering, US Coast Guard: Implementing Biomass in Federal Facilities
George Northcroft, General Services Administration: Wood to Energy 2015
Chris Tremper, Federal Energy Management Program: Federal Clean Energy/Renewable Requirements and Biomass
Craig Volz, Oregon National Guard: Converting Federal Facilities to Biomass
Panel: Tall Wooden Buildings – Developments in Cross-Laminated Timber Speakers will provide an overview of CLT industrial and research developments in the Pacific Northwest and what steps are needed to ensure CLT becomes a viable component of our forest products economy. The panel will offer valuable insights you can take home to help jumpstart CLT efforts in your state.
Ethan Martin, WoodWorks: The Case for Cross-Laminated Timber
Todd Beyreuther, WSU Integrated Design Lab: WSU Mass Timber Research
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
Keynote: What New England Can Teach the Northwest
Through many ups and downs, market adoption of modern wood heat has lurched forward in the heavily heating oil dependent NE United States. Messaging, marketing and policies can work to gain broader awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of wood heating. While the western states have challenges unique to this region, the lessons learned in the NE can help to chart a course for future commercial success of modern wood heat, and the healthy forests and rural communities that will result.
Charlie Niebling, Innovative NR Solutions: Advanced Modern Wood Heating
Panel: Catching Fire – Biomass Success Stories from the Pacific Northwest
This session will celebrate biomass heating projects that have successfully integrated into the culture of a community. Because we all understand that biomass is not an easy energy solution, there will be frank discussions about the lessons learned during the project development and implementation.
Andrew Haden, Wisewood: Harney Community Energy, An Update
Jonathan Kusel, Sierra Institute for Community & Environment: Plumas Energy Efficiency and Renewables Management Action Plan (PEER MAP)
Karen Petersen, University of Alaska: Biomass Heating Systems in Remote Alaska
Panel: Show Me the Money! – Financing Innovations
This panel will focus on what’s new in the world of financing biomass projects and provide some tips, tricks, and lessons learned from those who have been there, done that.
Andrew Haden, Wisewood: Financing Innovations, The Harney Community Energy Example
Kyle Petrocine, Wallowa Resources: 3rd Party Financing Overview
Debbie Schmidt, Mooretown Holdings: Mooretown Economic Development Corp
Dave Sjoding, Washington State University Energy Program: CHP Project Development [PRESENTATION FORTHCOMING]
Panel: From the Ash Up – The Emerging Biochar Industry
The biochar industry continues to grow! Researchers report new findings that provide solid science on what char can and cannot do. Manufacturers are moving their “bench and Beta” gasifier/pyrolyser models towards advanced degrees of commercialization. The Emerging Biochar panel features four industry leaders who will provide up-to-the-minute reports on the nascent char industry.
Phil Appel, Ag Energy Solutions: Ag Energy Introduction
Tom Miles, TR Miles Technical Consultants: Advances in Biochar and Energy Conversions
Dusty Moller, Washington State University Energy Program: From the Ash Up: The Emerging Biochar Industry
Panel: A Complicated Game – Carbon Policy Trends and Opportunities
Gain an understanding of state and federal legislative and regulatory policies that address climate change and carbon emission reductions. In addition to an overview of these frameworks and policies, this session will focus on the implications and opportunities for woody biomass under each approach.
Charlie Niebling, Innovative NR Solutions LLC: Adding Biomass Thermal to State RPS Programs
Sara Bushey Ohrel, Environmental Protection Agency: Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources
Jessie Stolark, Environmental and Energy Study Institute: Biomass and Carbon Policy Trends
Thursday, October 29th, 2015
Panel: A Tree in Your Tank – Liquid Fuel Development and Opportunities
Forest biomass is the preferred feedstock for next generation biofuels in the West. Join us for answers to the following questions: What does the latest research tell us about economic and environmental sustainability? Who’s deploying these new biochemical and thermochemical technologies? What is needed to foster marketplace success?
Daren Daugaard, Cool Planet Energy Systems: Cool Planet Wood to Energy
Rick Gustafson, UW-Advanced Hardwood Biofuels: Advanced Hardwood Biofuels NW- Laying the foundation for PNW biofuels and bio-based chemicals industry
Jeff Manternach, Red Rock Biofuels: Company Overview
Martin Twer, UM-Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies: A Tree in Your Tank
Mike Wolcott, WSU-NW Advanced Renewables Alliance: Envisioning Alternative Aviation Fuel Supply Chains for the Northwest