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Updated Agenda for Wood and Grass Energy Conference at Longwood! Register Now for September 10,11 Event

Virginia Bioenergy Network Fall Conference Agenda

Updated 8/21/2013

Biomass for Energy, Economy, and Nature

Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Longwood University, Farmville, Va

Target Audience: Biomass end users (facility managers, school superintendents, economic development officers and local elected officials) and biomass and bioenergy feedstock, technology and service providers

Monday, September 9

  1. 5:00 – 7:00 Reception at Hampton Inn for Speakers and Attendees

Tuesday, September 10

  1. 7:30 – 8:00 Registration and Refreshments
  2. 3.      8:00 – 8:30 Opening comments
    1. Organizers Welcome – Al Weed – Fmr. Executive Director, Public Policy Virginia and Board Member, Center for Natural Capital
    2. Energy to Ecosystem Services – a Systems Approach – Chandler Van Voorhis – Managing Partner, GreenTrees and Board Member, Center for Natural Capital
    3. Host’s Welcome – Richard Bratcher – Longwood VP Facilities & Real Property Management
    4. 8:30 – 10:00 – 1st Morning Session – Biomass Energy Markets Session 1
      1. Feedstocks – Grass/woody biomass, manures and food waste – John Ignosh
      2. Conversion Technologies – scale-appropriate combustion, gasification, anaerobic digestion and combined heat & power – Jactone Arogo Ogejo (anaerobic digestion of wet feedstocks), Steve Langseth (thermal conversion of dry feedstocks).
      3. 10:00 – 10:30 Morning Break and Sponsor/Exhibitors
      4. 10:30 to 12:00 2nd Morning Session – Biomass Energy Markets Session 2
        1. Project Development – Neil Clinebell
        2. Financing – Laurette Tucker (USDA), Steve Versen (VDACS)
        3. 7.      12:00 to 1:00 – Lunch** – Speaker – Mayor George Fitch, Warrenton, Va
        4. 1:00 – 2:00 1st Afternoon Session – Emerging Biomass Markets – Ecosystem Services
          1. Water quality – Glen Stevens, Ferrum College
          2. Water supply – grey & green infrastructure optimization – Michael Collins
          3. Wildlife – Wildlife and biomass feedstocks from perennial landscapes
          4. 2:00 – 2:30 – State and National Legislative Roundup – Mitch King, Old Mill Power Company – (State) & Joseph Seymour, BTEC -  (Fed)
          5. 2:30 – 3:00 – Afternoon Break and Sponsor/Exhibitors
          6. 3:30 – 4:30 – Afternoon Breakout Sessions
            1. Longwood heating plant tour – Ben Meyers
            2. Biomass/Bioenergy Market Development Roundtable – Larry Cummings
            3. Biomass/Bioenergy Policy Strategy Roundtable – Eldon James
            4. Biomass/Bioenergy State and Regional Networking Strategy Roundtable – John Bonitz, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
            5. 4:30 – 5:00 Conference Findings and Discussion – Michael Collins
            6. 5:30 – 8:30 VBN Networking and Biomass for the Bay Social (oyster and crab gathering at Charley’s Waterfront Café)

** Lunch – Virginia BBQ: Choice of Virginia Style Pork BBQ or BBQ Chicken Breast, Rolls, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Watermelon, Choice of Cookies or Brownies, Water and Lemonade.  Vegetarian Option Available

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  1. 8:00 – 11:00 Optional Tour: Piedmont Geriatric Hospital, Burkeville VA and the FDC Warm Season Grass aggregation and processing center, Blackstone, Va
    1. 8:00 Depart Farmville, Travel to Piedmont Geriatric Hospital, Burkeville, VA
    2. 8:30 Tour Piedmont Geriatric Hospital, Burkeville, VA
    3. 9:30 Depart Piedmont Geriatric Hospital, Travel to Blackstone, VA
    4. 10:00 Tour Blackstone Methodist Assembly Center
    5. 11:00 Depart Blackstone Methodist, Travel to FDC
    6. 11:30 FDC Warm Season Grass aggregation and processing center
    7. 12:30 Tour finished

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