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Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy Agenda

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
8:00 a.m.–8:20 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
  • Jonathan Male, Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
8:20 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Morning Keynotes

  • David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Byron Paez, Deputy Director for Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, U.S. Navy 
  • Captain James C. Goudreau, Director, Navy Energy Coordination Office
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Plenary I: Progress in Advanced Biofuels

This session will celebrate the journey and recent successes from commercial scale-up for first-of-a-kind, advanced, integrated biorefineries from the Bioenergy Technology Office project portfolio.

Moderator: Valerie Reed, Deputy Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Morning Break with Posters and Exhibitors

10:30 a.m.–10:50 a.m.

Policy Keynote

  • Kate Brandt, Federal Environmental Executive; Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
10:50 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Plenary II: Policy Challenges and Opportunities for Growing the Bioeconomy

This session will be a frank discussion on approaches to meeting the challenges and leveraging available opportunities that will fuel the impact, growth, and expansion of the bioeconomy.

Moderator: Jim Lane, Editor, Biofuels Digest

  • Michael McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association
  • Matt Carr, Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization
  • Tara Billingsley, Senior Energy Advisor for Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • Bob Dinneen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Renewable Fuels Association
  • Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Industrial and Environmental Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization
  • Todd Foley, Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations, American Council On Renewable Energy
12:00 p.m.–1:20 p.m.

Lunch

  • Imagine Tomorrow Student Poster Competition Recognition and Award
1:20 p.m.–1:40 p.m.

Technology Keynote

  • Jennifer Holmgren, Chief Executive Officer, LanzaTech
1:40 p.m.–3:10 p.m. Breakout Session I
  • Supply—Developing Bioproducts
    • Conversion Technologies I: Industrial Perspectives on Pathways to Advanced Biofuels

    This session will provide an outlook for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office Conversion Research & Development technology area, including the importance of partnering with industry and an emphasis on the validation of pathways.

    Moderator: Kevin Craig, Program Manager–Conversion, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy and Leslie Pezzullo, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

3:10 p.m.–3:20 p.m.

Afternoon Break with Posters and Exhibitors

3:20 p.m.–3:40 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote

  • Paul Woods, Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Office and President, Algenol Biofuels Inc.
3:40 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Plenary III: Project Finance and Investment

This session will explore recent, successful investment rounds, practical avenues, and mechanisms to securing adequate project financing for advanced bioenergy applications and refineries. Conversation will include perspectives of the current financial and investment market environment from experts representing traditional and innovative funding sources.

Moderator: Jim Spaeth, Program Manager–Demonstration and Deployment, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy and Matt Ferguson, Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

5:00 p.m.–5:20 p.m. Day 1 Closing and Preface Day 2
  • Jonathan Male, Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
5:20 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Evening Reception
  • Biomass 2014 Poster Session
Day 2: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
8:00 a.m.–8:40 a.m.

Morning Keynotes

  • Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Senate (D-MI)
  • Reuben Sarkar, Deputy Assistant Secretary,  Office of Transportation, U.S. Department of Energy
8:40 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Biomass Feedstock Keynote

  • Dr. Cathie Woteki, Undersecretary for Research, Education, & Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Plenary IV: Advances in Bioenergy Feedstocks—From Field to Fuel

This session will focus on the critical importance of feedstocks and their impact on the bioenergy supply chain. A diverse set of panelists will provide their perspectives on barriers and key opportunities for new feedstock technologies.

Moderator: Alison Goss Eng, Acting Program Manager, Feedstock Supply and Logistics, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Morning Break with Posters and Exhibitors
10:30 a.m.–10:50 a.m.

Deployment Markets Keynote

10:50 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Breakout Session II
  • Demand—Developing Biomarkets
    • Fostering Technology Adoption II: Expanding the Pathway to Market

    Higher blends of biofuels are experiencing a range of barriers limiting their success in the market place.  Competition with existing fuel is tough, and there is major litigation underway which will impact the ability of franchised fuel stations to provide blended biofuels. Are the barriers for higher blends of biofuels too great to overcome?  Where are the opportunities, and what can be done to address the market barriers? 

    Moderator: Travis Tempel, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

12:20 p.m.–1:20 p.m. Lunch
1:20 p.m.–1:40 p.m.

Screening of Biofuels: America’s Energy Future

Join us for the premiere of Bioenergy: America's Energy Future---a short documentary film showcasing examples of bioenergy innovations across the biomass supply chain and the United States. The film highlights a few stories of individuals and companies who are passionate about achieving the promise of biofuels and addressing the challenges of developing a thriving bioeconomy. This outreach product supports media initiatives to expand the public’s understanding of the bioenergy industry and sustainable transportation and was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Green Focus Films, and BCS, Incorporated.

1:40 p.m.–3:10 p.m. Breakout Session III
3:10 p.m.–3:40 p.m. Afternoon Break with Posters and Exhibitors
3:40 p.m.–4:40 p.m.

Plenary V: Federal Activities in the Bioeconomy

This session will discuss how the Bioenergy Technologies Office is work cooperatively to establish sustainable domestic, renewable fuels and products within the federal government—specifically, integrating the efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Defense (including the Navy), and U.S. Department of Energy to create jobs, foster innovation, and increase energy security, while supporting the President’s Climate Action Plan.

Moderator: Zia Haq, Senior Analyst, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

4:40 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Conference Close