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Conference Agenda

 


The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, adjacent to the Grand Foyer exhibit hall, allows for ease of movement between spaces and guarantees you won’t miss a thing in the exhibit hall!


Monday | October 8, 2018

October 8, 2018



12:00PM
5:00PM

Registration Desk Opens

Promenade

Stop by the registration desk to pick up your name badge and giveaways. Name badges are required for entry into all conference panels and events.


5:30PM
7:00PM

Opening Networking Reception

Grand Foyer

Kick things off in our new location at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago for the industry’s best networking event with over 300 industry leaders and 40+ exhibitors. Enjoy specialty refreshments and snacks overlooking Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile.




Tuesday | October 9, 2018

October 9, 2018



8:00AM
5:00PM

Registration Desk Opens

Promenade

Stop by the registration desk to pick up your name badge and giveaways. Name badges are required for entry into all conference panels and events.


8:00AM
9:00AM

Networking Breakfast

Grand Foyer

Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet while networking attendees and exploring the exhibit hall.


9:00AM
9:15AM

Welcome Remarks

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom

  • • Seth Ginther, Executive Director, USIPA

9:15AM
10:30AM

State of the Industry

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom

John Keppler, a co-founder and Chairman and CEO of the Enviva family of companies, will provide a State of the Industry update and lead a moderated conversation with Eva Zlotnicka of ValueAct Capital on trends in sustainable investing. As European markets continue to grow, Asian markets come online, and the frontier for utilizing biorefinery-type technology applications with wood pellet supply chains creates greater and greater efficiencies for the use of wood, impact and ESG investors are beginning to turn their eyes to the supply chains the US industrial wood pellet industry has created over the past decade. Don’t miss this exciting discussion on impact and ESG investing and how sustainable industries like biomass can attract these investors.

  • • John Keppler, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Enviva


Sustainable Biomass Applications as an Asset Class in Today’s Impact Investing and “ESG” (Environment, Sustainability, and Governance) Landscape


  • • Eva Zlotnicka, Vice President, ValueAct Capital

10:30AM
11:30PM

Has Scalable Second Generation Technology for Pellet Supply Chains Finally Arrived?

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom

The potential of the pellet industry to supply additional markets beyond power production has been on the horizon for many years. With several second-generation projects in the pipeline, has the industry finally achieved this potential? Hear insight directly from developers of these projects.

  • • Arunas Chesonis, Chairman and CEO, Sweetwater Energy
  • • Morten Harlem, CEO, Borregaard

11:30AM
12:00PM

Keynote

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom

Join Ken Isley, Administrator for the US Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service, for a keynote address on US forestry, sustainability of natural resources, and the importance of strong export markets like wood pellets to the US economy.

  • • Ken Isley, Administrator, USDA Foreign Agriculture Service

12:15PM
1:30PM

Networking Lunch

Grand Foyer

Enjoy a hot lunch buffet while networking with attendees and exploring the exhibit hall.


1:30PM
2:00PM

The Impact of Lignin Sulfonate on Pelleting and Self-Heating

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom

One of the biggest safety and quality issues facing our industry today is self-heating and self-combustion of wood pellets during the production, storage, and transport processes. This panel will feature a discussion on lignin sulfonate, an anti-oxidant that can lower the heat release rate in pellets, and allow pellets to be produced with less water, reducing the occurrence of self-heating. Join Tom Winowiski for a presentation on the latest research and developments with lignin sulfonate and its impact on the pelleting process and potential mitigation of self-heating issues.

  • • Tom Winowiski, Technical Application Manager Americas, Borregaard LignoTech


AFTERNOON FOCUS: POLICY, MARKETS, AND OPPORTUNITIES

Join us for an afternoon of insight into market growth and policies driving demand. This is a great opportunity for potential developers, investors, and local governments to learn more about opportunities in the pellet market. Hear from economists and experts on the current and future state of pellet markets around the globe.


2:00PM
2:45PM

Europe

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom

An in-depth presentation on current and future demand for sustainable biomass energy across Europe.

  • • John Bingham, Director, Hawkins Wright

2:45PM
3:30PM

Asia

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom

A look at policies in the Asian markets driving demand as well as the potential for the US to supply these markets.

  • • Dr. William Strauss, President, FutureMetrics

3:30PM
4:00PM

Afternoon Networking Break

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom


4:00PM
4:45PM

New European Markets

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom

A discussion on trends and developments in additional European markets for pellets, including the Baltics, Italy, and more.

  • • Tiago Andrade, Director, Wood Pellet Services
  • • Simon Rodian Christiansen, Partner, CM Biomass
  • • Henry Pease, Biomass Trader, RWE Supply & Trading

4:45PM
5:30PM

Germany – Case Study in Potential New Market

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom

A look at Germany as a potential new market for biomass power. Germany has made a conscious decision to remove coal-fired power from the grid, but will face challenges in meeting their Paris Agreement targets and maintaining a stable power grid – can biomass play a role? Learn more about the German Coal Commission and USIPA’s work in this developing market, which has the potential to be larger than UK demand.

  • • Seth Ginther, Executive Director, US Industrial Pellet Association

5:30PM
7:00PM

Evening Reception with Exhibitors

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom

Enjoy light snacks and refreshments while networking with attendees and exploring the exhibit hall.




Wednesday | October 10, 2018

October 10, 2018



8:00AM
11:00AM

Registration Desk Opens

Promenade

Stop by the registration desk to pick up your name badge and giveaways. Name badges are required for entry into all conference panels and events.


8:00AM
8:45AM

USIPA Membership Meeting

Location TBD


8:00AM
9:00AM

Networking Breakfast

Grand Foyer

Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet while networking with attendees and exploring the exhibit hall.


9:00AM
10:00AM

Power Generation Users Panel

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom

Don’t miss our annual power generators panel! Join us for a discussion with biomass traders and executives from major biomass users. Get their thoughts on current market developments, sustainability, and what’s next.

  • • Thomas Meth, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Enviva [MODERATOR]
  • • Søren Alsing, Head of Fuel, Ørsted
  • • Martin deWolff, Head of Biofuel Trading, RWE Supply & Trading
  • • Nigel Hildyard, Director, Biomass Business Development, EP Invest UK
  • • Marco Kim, General Manager, Bio Power Business Division, Hanyang Corporation
  • • Executive Advisor and General manager, Fuel Procurement, Biomass Energy, Renova
  • • Fabien Mehu, Head of Biomass Trading, Engie
  • • Jens Price Wolf, Commercial Director, Drax

10:00AM
11:00AM

US Producers Panel

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom

Don’t miss our annual producers panel with executives from the leading US producers and exporters of industrial-grade wood pellets. Hear a moderated discussion on their thoughts on market growth and industry developments.

  • • Harold Arnold, President, Fram Renewable Fuels
  • • Thomas Meth, Co-Founder and Senior Vice President Marketing and Sales, Enviva
  • • Richard Peberdy, Vice President of Sustainability, Drax Biomass
  • • Tom Reilley, Chairman, Highland Pellets
  • • Mike Williams, Director Business Development, The Westervelt Company
  • • Georgia Biomass Representative

11:00AM
12:00PM

Japanese Trading, Transportation, and Logistics

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom

Join trading houses, bulk carriers, consultants, and market experts for a conversation on Japanese energy markets and potential for North American suppliers. Panel participants will discuss their viewpoint on the market potential, opportunities and challenges in shipping and logistics, and upcoming projects.