2014 Conference Program

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Link to PDFs of conference presentations below.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

8:00 AM          Optional Pre-Conference Tour (separate $50 registration fee applies)

Greenwood Energy, Green Bay, WI, (biomass fuel manufacturer)

Schroeder Floral Inc., Green Bay, WI (greenhouse facility heated with woody biomass)

Krueger Lumber, Valders, WI, (hardwood sawmill and dry-kiln

operation with wood chip boiler system)

Marth Companies, Peshtigo, WI, (biomass pellet producer and boiler system)

Return to Radisson Hotel and Conference Center by 5:00 PM

12:00 PM        Vendors begin setup in Expo Hall 

5:00 PM          Registration Opens in Expo Lobby

6:00 PM          Vendor’s Reception

A vendor’s reception will be held for all sponsors, exhibitors, conference registrants and invited guests in the Expo Hall.

Concludes at 8:00 PM

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

 7:30 AM          Registration opens with continental breakfast in Expo hall

8:45 AM          Opening Plenary Session


Mike Troge, Conference Co-Chair and Environmental Project Manager, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Oneida, WI and John Katers, Conference Co-Chair and Director, Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI), University of Wisconsin-Green Bay


Greg Matson, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Oneida, WI

Troy Streckenbach, Brown County Executive Director, Green Bay, WI

 9:15 AM          Opening Remarks

Kevin Vesperman, Administrator, Wisconsin Division of Energy Services, Madison, WI

9:35 AM          Keynote Address Options

Midwest Biomass Thermal Energy:  Opportunities and Challenges Ahead!

Scott Nichols, President, Tarm USA, Inc., Lyme, NH

10:20 AM        Refreshment and Networking Break

Effective Strategies to Increase Biomass Thermal in the Midwest

Dan Wilson, Chairman, Biomass Thermal Energy Council and Vice-President, Wilson Engineering Service, Meadville, PA

Biomass Energy Assessment and Integration Opportunities

Josh Kaurich, Division Manager, H & H Energy Management, Madison, WI

12:00 PM        Lunch in Open Expo Hall

1:00 PM          Break Out Sessions 1 and 2 (Concurrent)

Session 1  – Biomass Technologies and Implementation- CE Track (105 minutes)

Biomass Heating Opportunities for Architects and Heating Professionals, Daryl Dean, US Forest Service Rhinelander, WI

Technology Overview for Small Heating Systems, Mark Knaebe, USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI

Biomass Fuel Products:  Overview of Pellets, Chips, and Residues, Don Peterson, President, Renewable Resource Solutions, LLC, Crystal Falls, MI

What is Energy Costing You?  Jessica Simons, Natural Resources Specialist
SE Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council, Ann Arbor, MI

Session 2 – Wood Products Industry Real World Projects – Success Stories (105 minutes)

We Energy/Domtar Rothschild Biomass Cogeneration Plant, Jeff Plunkett, Fiber Procurement Manager, Domtar Corporation and Terry Carroll, Plant Manager, WE Energies, Rothchild, WI

Appleton Coated Paper, David Wardecke, Utilities Manager, Combined Locks, WI

Granite Valley Forest Products, Mark Christopher, New London, WI

Biomass boiler feasibility study and Shooting Star Casino Biomass Boiler, Mike Triplett, Planner and Michael Neusser, Economic Development Director, White Earth Nation, White Earth, MN

1:30 PM          Thermal Heating Fair, Expo Hall (Open to General Public and Regional Businesses).  Speakers start at 6 PM (see information below).  Ends at 8:30 PM.

2:45 PM          Refreshment and Networking Break (Expo Hall open to General Public)

3:15 PM          Break Out Sessions 3 and 4 (Concurrent)

Session 3 – Biomass Environmental and Regulatory Considerations

Air Quality and Biomass Heating Emission Regulations, Laurel Sukup, Environmental Assistance Coordinator

EPA Performance Standards for Residential Wood Heaters, Joseph Seymour, Executive Director, Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Washington, DC

BioEnergy Learning and Research Centre, Brian Kurikka, Manager, Applied Research, Confederation College, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Benefits and opportunities: Integrating Biomass Grasslands Into The NE Wisconsin Landscape, Matthew Dornbush, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

Session 4 – Biomass Heating Real World Projects – Success Stories (105 minutes)

Academic Institutions, Gerry Guard, Sales, Messersmith Manufacturing, Inc., Bark River, MI

Northern Michigan University Ripley Heating Plant, Gisele Duehring, Associate Director, Facilities/Heating Plant, Marquette, MI

Northeast Regional Corrections Center, Tony Mancuso, Director of Property Management, St. Louis County, Minnesota

St. Louis County Schools (Babbit, Cherry) Biomass Boiler Heat System Conversion, Per Carlsson, CEO, ABioNova

Sessions 3 and 4 conclude at 5:00 PM

6:00 PM          Thermal Heating Fair Speakers, Session 5 – Expo Hall

Heating the Midwest – Growing Biomass Thermal in Wisconsin, Brian Brashaw, Steering Committee Chair, Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass and Program Director, University of Minnesota Duluth

Cleaner Burning, Cleaner Air: Improving Air Quality in Wisconsin through the Wisconsin Woodstove Exchange Program, Dona Wininsky, Director of Public Policy and Communications, American Lung Association of Wisconsin

Factors to Consider When Selecting a Wood Burning Appliance, Scott Sanford, Senior Outreach Specialist, Rural Energy Program, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

How Can My Business/Facility Determine if Wood Energy Makes Economic Sense? Dennis Becker, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Thermal Heating Fair Closes at 8:30 PM

Thursday, May 1, 2014

7:30 AM          Expo Hall opens with continental breakfast in Expo Hall

8:15 AM          General Session:

When Energy Markets Go Crazy!  Holly O’Higgins, Energy Analyst, Wisconsin State Energy Office

9:00 AM          Session 6: Regional Biomass Thermal Energy Efforts

Minnesota State Wood Energy Team, Mark Lindquist, Biofuels Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul, MN

Illinois Biomass Working Group, Fred Iutzi, Manager, Value-Added Sustainable Development Center, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

10:00 AM        Refreshment and Networking Break                      

10:20 AM        RENEW Wisconsin, Tyler Huebner, Executive Director

Michigan Biomass Thermal Energy Organizations, Bill Cook, Extension Forester/Biologist, Michigan State University

Indiana Biomass Energy Working Group, Chad Martin, Renewable Energy Extension Specialist, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

11:45 AM        Closing Session

Final Remarks, Brian Brashaw, Steering Committee Chair, Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass and Program Director, University of Minnesota Duluth

Conference Closes at 12:00 PM