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Conference Agenda

Monday | October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017



12:00PM

Registration Desk Opens

Castellena Commons

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.


12:00PM
4:00PM

Exhibitor Setup

Brera Ballroom


5:00PM
7:00PM

Opening Networking Reception

Brera Ballrooom

Kick things off in our new location at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Hotel and join us for the industry’s best networking event with over 300 industry leaders and 40+ exhibitors. Enjoy specialty refreshments and snacks, and more.

COCKTAIL SPONSOR

Astec





Tuesday | October 10, 2017

October 10, 2017



8:00AM

Registration Desk Opens

Castellena Commons

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 in Exhibit Hall

Brera Ballroom

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

BREAKFAST SPONSOR




9:00AM
9:15AM

Opening Remarks

Castellana Ballroom

- Thomas Meth, Co-Founder and EVP Sales & Marketing for Enviva and Chairman of USIPA Board
- Seth Ginther, Executive Director of USIPA

9:15AM
10:00AM

Global Market Outlook for Wood Pellets

Castellena Ballroom

To open the conference, John Bingham of Hawkins Wright, preeminent strategic consultant, will provide his annual in-depth presentation on current and future demand for sustainable biomass energy on a global scale.

John’s presentation will include analyses of the global marketplace for industrial wood pellets including an overview of what is driving demand in the various markets, estimates on tonnages necessary to fulfill those demands, and timelines for various power generation, steam, and other industrial projects and markets to come online.

John’s in depth presentation will be made available to all conference attendees, filled with statistics, data, and other informative material so that conference attendees can fully understand the intricacies of the wood pellet market and potential developments for the next twelve months.

- John Bingham, Director, Hawkins Wright

10:00AM
10:45AM

Understanding the Asian Markets

Castellena Ballroom

This presentation will provide attendees with a concrete understanding and overview of the various subsidy schemes driving the Japanese and South Korean markets, project approval timelines, contract requirements, and the current and future status of sustainability criteria in Japan.

- William Strauss, President, FutureMetrics

10:45AM
11:15AM

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

Brera Ballroom

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


BREAK SPONSORS


Andritz Arbaflame Bliss BRUKS Rockwood CPM Dansons Group Dryer One IMAL/PAL Kahl MoistTech Process Barron Prodesa Shell Stela TSI


11:15AM
12:00PM

Secure, Sustainable Wood Fiber from the US to Global Markets

Castellena Ballroom

How do we ensure forest sustainability while supplying multiple markets? Hear from leading expert, Pete Stewart, on available sustainable feedstock in the US as compared to other countries. Mr. Stewart’s presentation will provide data and statistical information on the US’ ability to serve markets around the globe sustainably.

- Pete Stewart, Founder, President & CEO, Forest2Market

12:00PM
1:15PM

Asian Markets: Panel Discussion

Castellena Ballroom

Join Asian power generators, trading houses, consultants, and other leading experts for a conversation on the full potential of the Asian market for power generation. Panel participants will discuss their viewpoint on subsidies, projects, and various contract requirements that Asian customers may be looking for in the Asian market.

- Bill Strauss, President, FutureMetrics [moderator]
- Go Fukushima, Manager, Mitsubishi Corporation
- Brodie Govan, Biomass Broker, Voyage Power Ltd.
- Yoshinobu Kusano, Renova
- Cathleen Barber Moran, Senior Chartering Manager, NYK Bulkship
- Steve Rzehak, Partner, Mid-Ship

1:15PM
2:15PM

Networking Buffet Lunch in Exhibit Hall

Brera Ballroom

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

LUNCH SPONSOR

Astec



2:15PM
2:45PM

Keynote Address

Castellena Ballroom

Keynote address by the Rt. Honorable Nigel Adams, Member of UK Parliament for Selby and Ainsty

- Nigel Adams MP, Conservative Member of UK Parliament for Selby and Ainsty

2:45PM
3:15PM

Special Presentation: Delivering on the Promise of a Globally Traded Renewable Commodity

Castellena Ballroom

- John Keppler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Enviva

3:15PM
3:45PM

Understanding the Renewable Energy Directive II – Policy and Process

Castellena Ballroom

The EU is currently debating how member states will meet their renewable energy targets to 2030 under the Paris Agreement. The policy driver for this takes the form of the Renewable Energy Directive (“RED II”) which was promulgated by the European Commission as part of its “Winter Package” at the end of 2016.

The European Commission’s proposal is currently making its way through the EU legislative process and is being debated separately in the European Parliament and within the European Council. This presentation will provide attendees with a fundamental understanding of the role biomass will play in helping Europe meet its 2030 targets as well as the complicated ongoing legislative process at play while the RED II is debated.

- Matt Willey, Head of External Affairs, Drax Group

3:45PM
4:15PM

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

Brera Ballroom

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


BREAK SPONSORS


Andritz Arbaflame Bliss BRUKS Rockwood CPM Dansons Group Dryer One IMAL/PAL Kahl MoistTech Process Barron Prodesa Shell Stela TSI


4:15PM
5:30PM

European Demand Panel

Castellena Ballroom

Don’t miss our annual European demand panel where representatives from the major European users of biomass for energy (and potential users) will discuss their viewpoints on the market. How are customers working to develop and sustain these markets over the long-term? What is the current status of existing and prospective projects and what is and will be the specific demand for each? How will traditional European customers adapt to Asian demand for wood pellets? Will they themselves participate in the Asian market to achieve optimization and leverage various supply chains?

- Thomas Meth, Co-Founder and EVP Sales and Marketing, Enviva
- Soren Alsing, Head of Fuel, DONG Energy
- Nigel Hildyard, Director, Business Biomass Development, EP Invest UK
- Thomas Lyse, Fuel & Logistics Director, Bioenergy and Thermal Power, DONG Energy
- Fabien Mehu, Head of Biomass Trading, Engie
- Henry Pease, Biofuels Trading, RWE Supply and Trading
- Rick Taylor, Senior Commercial Manager, Drax Power
- Alfons van Weereld, Head of Biomass, Uniper Energy

5:30PM
7:30PM

Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall

Brera Ballroom

Join us in the exhibit hall for networking, hors d’eouvres, specialty drinks, and music.

COCKTAIL SPONSOR

Astec





Wednesday | October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017



8:00AM

Registration Desk Opens

Castellena Commons

Market manager


8:00AM
9:00AM

Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

Brera Ballroom

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

BREAKFAST SPONSOR

Astec

9:00AM
9:30AM

The Netherlands: The Dutch SDE+ Scheme and Sustainability Criteria for Biomass Power Generation and Steam Markets

Castellena Ballroom

The Dutch SDE+ subsidy scheme will drive pellet demand in the Netherlands for the next several years for both power and steam generation. This presentation will provide attendees with a fundamental understanding of how the SDE+ scheme works, how funding has been allocated, and the sustainability criteria that will allow producers to participate in these markets.

- Patrick Todd, Director of Energy at Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands

9:30AM
10:15AM

New European Markets Panel

Castellana Ballroom

Join leading industry traders for a discussion on additional European markets for pellets for power and heat, including the Baltics, Germany, Italy, and others. Hear about trends, suppliers, and market developments in these regions and what we can expect to see over the next 12-18 months.

- Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine [moderator]
- Tiago Andrade, Director, Wood Pellet Services
- Todd Bush, CM Biomass
- Johan Granath, head of bioenergy, Eckman & Co.

10:15AM
10:45AM

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

Brera Ballroom

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


BREAK SPONSORS


Andritz Arbaflame Bliss BRUKS Rockwood CPM Dansons Group Dryer One IMAL/PAL Kahl MoistTech Process Barron Prodesa Shell Stela TSI


10:45AM
11:45AM

The Bioeconomy: Wood Pellets as Feedstock for Bio-Based Plastics and Chemicals

Castellena Ballroom

Over the last few years, many governments have begun to support and promote the idea of a bioeconomy. Industrial wood pellets can play a major role as sustainable feedstock for multiple industries, including bioplastics and biochemicals. These presentations will cover the latest research, market potential, and how woody biomass feedstocks can potentially be used in these new markets.


Overview of US Department of Energy Bioeconomy Program and Associated Research

- Quang Nguyen, Director for the National Biomass User Facility, Idaho National Laboratory


Advances in Biomass Preprocessing to Address Biobased Industry Challenges

- Dr. Jaya Tumuluru, Biofuels Department, Idaho National Laboratory

11:45AM
1:00PM

US Pellet Producers Panel

Castellena Ballroom

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

- Senior exectuives from leading US pellet procucers

1:00PM

Lunch Available in Exhibit Hall

Brera Ballroom

Grab a boxed lunch on your way out!

LUNCH SPONSOR