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Virginia Biomass Solutions Fall Conference Date and Draft Agenda Set

Biomass for Energy, Economy, and the Environment

Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia

Monday, September 9

5:00 – 7:00 Reception at Hampton Inn for Speakers and Attendees

Tuesday, September 10

7:30 – 8:00 Registration and Refreshments

8:00 – 8:30 Opening comments

  • Organizers Welcome – Al Weed – Fmr. Executive Director, Public Policy Virginia and Board Member, Center for Natural Capital
  • Energy to Ecosystem Services – a Systems Approach – Chandler Van Voorhis – Managing Partner, GreenTrees and Board Member, Center for Natural Capital
  • Host’s Welcome – Richard Bratcher – Longwood VP Facilities & Real Property Management

8:30 – 10:00 – 1st Morning Session – Biomass Energy Markets Session 1

  • Feedstocks – Grass, herbaceous/woody biomass, manures, biosolids and food waste – John Ignosh, Virginia Tech Extension
  • Technologies – scale-appropriate combustion, gasification, anaerobic digestion and combined heat & power – Jactone Arogo Ogejo, Virginia Tech (anaerobic digestion of wet feedstocks), Steve Langseth (thermal conversion of dry feedstocks)

10:00 – 10:30 Morning Break and Sponsor/Vendors

10:30 to 12:00 2nd Morning Session – Biomass Energy Markets Session 2

  • Project Development – Neil Clinebell, Trane
  • Financing – Taynette Tucker (USDA), Steve Versen (VDACS)

12:00 to 1:00 – Lunch – Speaker (TBD)

1:00 – 2:00 1st Afternoon Session – Emerging Biomass Markets – Ecosystem Services

  • Water quality – Verl Emrick, Virginia Tech
  • Water supply – grey & green infrastructure optimization – Michael Collins, Center for Natural Capital
  • Wildlife – pollinators, fee hunting, and tourism – Marc Puckett, VDGIF

2:00 – 2:30 – State and National Legislative Roundup – BTEC (Federal) & Mitch KIng, Old Mill Power (State)

2:30 – 3:00 – Afternoon Break and Sponsor/Vendors

3:30 – 4:30 – Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Longwood heating plant tour – Ben Meyers
  • Biomass/Bioenergy Market Development Roundtable – Larry Cummings
  • Biomass/Bioenergy Policy Strategy Roundtable – Eldon James, Eldon James & Associates
  • Biomass/Bioenergy State and Regional Networking Strategy Roundtable – John Ackerly

4:30 – 5:00 Conference Findings and Discussion – Michael Collins, Center for Natural Capital

5:30 – 8:30 VBN Networking and Biomass for the Bay Social (oyster and crab gathering at Charley’s Waterfront Café)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

8:00 – 11:00 Piedmont Geriatric Hospital and FDC Enterprises Tour

***Confirmed Speakers

***Suggested/Tentative Speakers

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