Appalachian Wood Energy Innovations Conference

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AGENDA WITH PRESENTATION LINKS

Thursday, August 25th, 2016 – The What and the Why of Bioenergy

7:30-8:30

Registration and breakfast

8:30-8:45

Opening welcome and conference introductions
Daniel Len, Regional Woody Biomass Coordinator, USDA Forest Service

8:45-9:30

Evolving policies and energy technologies influence on local energy production projects
Al Steele, Physical Scientist, US Forest Service

9:30-10:00

Refreshment break

10:00-10:30

Biomass projects that work and opportunities for utilizing this fuel
Dan Wilson, Vice President at Wilson Engineering Services & BTEC Chairman

10:30-11:15

Procuring biomass from federal & private forestlands in the Appalachian region
John Hancock, Operation Manager/Forest Resources, WestRock Covington Mill

11:15 –12:00

Social perspectives from private landowners and rural communities on wood energy
John Schelhas, Research Forester, USFS Southern Research Station

12:00-12:20

Keynote speaker
US Congressman Mark Meadows of the 11th District of North Carolina

12:20-1:30

Networking lunch

1:30-2:00

Procuring biomass in a challenging landscape: harvesting realities
Dana Mitchell, Project Leader/Research Engineer, USFS Southern Research Station

2:00-2:30

Equipment and credit access
Rick Larson, Senior Vice President & Director of Strategic Initiatives, Natural Capital Investment Fund

2:30-3:00

Maintaining timber stand age variability
Dr. Bob Abt, Professor & Co-Director of SOFAC, North Carolina State University

3:00-3:30

Refreshment Break

3:30-4:15

Preliminary Results from WERC grant, “Appalachian and Foothills Energy Markets”

4:15-4:30

Recap and adjourn

5:00-7:30

Networking social (Crown Plaza hotel)

Friday, August 26, 2016 – Market Opportunities

7:30-8:00

Registration and breakfast

8:00-8:15

Welcome and recap of day 1

8:15-8:45

From residential heating stoves to much more!  Staying innovative in an ever changing industry
Claudia Honeycutt, Sales & Marketing Director, Buck Stove

8:45-9:15

Local government & capital improvement plans
Brian Becker, Program Manager for the Virginia Community Wood Energy Program, Center for Natural Capital

9:15-10:00

Dominion Power Electricity Generation from Biomass (website)
Rick D. Boyd, Manager Fuel Origination & Operations, Dominion Energy

10:00-10:30

Refreshment Break

10:30-11:00

Wood energy market opportunities: pellets for pullets
Melissa Patton, Executive Director, Carolina Land and Lakes RC&D

11:00-11:30

Short rotation woody crops for phytoremediation and bioenergy
Dr. Dennis Hazel, Extension Specialist and Associate Professor, NCSU

11:30-11:45

Conference adjourns