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Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Conference and Expo: Building the Bioeconomy — September 12-14, 2017 — State College, PA

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Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Conference and Expo: Building the Bioeconomy   —   September 12-14, 2017   —   State College, PA

The Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association (PBEA) is proud to present the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Biomass Conference and Expo, taking place September 12-14, 2017, at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

This event will bring together attendees from across industry and the general public, from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Visit the program page to view the developing conference topics, or the exhibitor/sponsor page for opportunities to showcase your brand.

PBEA is the non-profit trade association representing the use of biomass to produce clean heat, power, biogas and soil amendments in Pennsylvania and around the Mid-Atlantic region, representing businesses, organizations, and individuals that share a common vision that biomass is an abundant, affordable natural resource that should be used in an environmental responsible manner for thermal applications.  READ MORE

Wednesday, September 13

8:00am-9:00am – Expo and Morning Refreshments

9:00am-10:15am – Keynote Session

10:15am-11:00am – Expo and Morning Snack

11:00am-12:15pm – Parallel I

  • Track A: National Bioenergy Trends and their Impact on the Mid-Atlantic Markets

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    • Format: Panel discussion

  • Track B: Successful Biomass Projects

    • Moderator: Paul Lewandowski, PA Biomass Energy Association

  • Track C: Advanced Biofuels

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12:15pm-1:45pm – Expo and Lunch

1:45pm-3:00pm – Parallel II

  • Track A: State Policies Influence Biogas/Biomass Projects in the Mid-Atlantic

    • Moderator: Geoff Bristow, PA Department of Environmental Protection

  • Track B: Keys to Developing Successful Mid-Atlantic Biogas Projects

    • Moderator: Paul Kohl, Philadelphia Water Department

  • Track C: Aviation Biofuels

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3:00pm-3:45pm – Expo and Afternoon Snack

3:45pm-5:00pm – Parallel III

  • Track A: Incentive Programs That Support Biogas/Biomass Projects

    • Moderator: Dan Rider, Maryland Department of Natural Resources – Forest Service

  • Track B: Innovations for Developing Woody Biomass Fuel Markets

    • Moderator: Mike Palko, Biomass Renewable Energy, LLC

  • Track C: Bioproducts, Biochemical and The Bioeconomy

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5:00pm-6:30pm – Evening Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres

Thursday, September 14

8:00am-9:00am – Expo and Morning Refreshments

9:00am-10:15am – Parallel IV

  • Track A: Federal Biomass/Biogas Policy Outlook

    • Moderator: Tom Wilson, PA Biomass Energy Association

  • Track B: New Innovations for Residential Biomass Equipment

    • Moderator: Karen Smeltz, Harman Home Heating and Andrew Kreider, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 3

  • Track C: Biomass Crops and Water Quality

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10:15am-11:00am – Expo and Morning Snack

11:00am-12:15pm – Parallel V (tracks A&B combined)

  • Tracks A&B: Discussion: Strategies to Grow Bioenergy Businesses in the Mid-Atlantic

    • Moderator: Paul Lewandowski, PA Biomass Energy Association

  • Track C: Northeast Sun Grant

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12:15pm-1:45pm  – Lunch and Closing Keynote


The NEWBio Consortium will hold a final, capstone meeting in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Conference and Expo: Building the Bioeconomy (MABEx) on September 12-14, 2017 in State College, PA.

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association (PBEA) and the US Forest Service, NEWBio presents a program that addresses policy issues and practical applications related to sustainable biomass feedstocks, providing an opportunity to benefit from five years of NEWBio’s research and activities on building the Northeast U.S. bioeconomy.  This conference offers field tours, multiple session tracks, and an exposition hall housing both industry vendors and a NEWBio research poster session covering all aspects of the project: our human systems work, feedstock improvement and development, harvesting processing and logistics, and the role biomass feedstocks play in promoting environmental health.

After a day of field tours providing a firsthand look at real-world applications and issues, days 2 and 3 of the program offer participants a choice of several session tracks:

  • Track A:  Policy Issues, with session topics including: national bioenergy trends and their impact on Mid-Atlantic markets; state policies influencing biogas/biomass projects in the Mid-Atlantic; incentive programs that support biogas/biomass projects; and a Federal biomass/biogas policy outlook.
  • Track B:  Practical Biomass Applications, with session topics including: successful biomass projects; keys to developing successful Mid-Atlantic biogas projects; innovations for developing woody biomass fuel markets; and innovations for residential biomass equipment.
  • Track C:  NEWBio Proceedings – Five Years of Building the Bioeconomy, with topics including:  biomass crops and water quality; assessment of ecosystem services,; building the bioeconomy: bioproducts, biomaterials and rural development; advanced biofuels and biochemicals; and new feedstock strategies.

In addition to these sessions, attendees will enjoy two keynote addresses and ample opportunity for networking and collaboration during session breaks, meals, and an evening reception on Day 2.

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