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October 10-12, 2005

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265 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Current Events:

Biofuels Workshop & Trade Show 2006
Eastern Region:
Nashville, TN
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2006

Biofuels Workshop & Trade Show 2006
Western Region:
San Diego, California
Grand Hyatt
Nov. 27-30, 2006

Previous Events:

Biofuels Workshop & Trade Show - Western & Pacific Region
October 25-27, 2004
Sacramento, California

Biofuels Workshop & Trade Show -
Eastern Region
October 10-12, 2005
Atlanta, Georgia


Biofuels Workshop & Trade Show
Eastern Region

"Building an Industry"

(current as of October 10, 2005)

Monday, October 10, 2005
12:00-8:00 PM Conference Registration Open
6:00-8:00 PM Grand Opening of the Trade Show & Welcoming Reception

This is an excellent opportunity to meet industry vendors and organizations to learn about products, services, technology and equipment for the biofuels industry.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005
7:00 AM-6:00 PM Conference Registration Open
7:30–8:30 AM Breakfast in the Trade Show

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8:30-8:50 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Mike Bryan, CEO, BBI International
9:00-9:40 AM Setting the Stage: National Overview
Representatives from the ethanol and biodiesel industry trade associations will review and discuss the impact of the federal Energy Policy, the marketplace nationwide, opportunities for industry growth, and other important factors that will set the stage for biofuels development around the country and region.
  • Bob Dinneen, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
  • Leland Tong, National Biodiesel Board
9:40-10:20 AM Setting the Stage: Update on Federal Government Programs Supporting Biofuels
A full update on the latest programs that support technology and research for improved biofuels production and use.
  • Doug Kaempf, Manager, Office of Biomass Program, U.S. Department of Energy
  • USDA Programs - Roger Conway, Director, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, U.S. Department of Agriculture
10:20-10:40 AM Refreshment Break

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10:40 AM-12:00 PM Setting the Stage: Eastern Regional Overview

Learn about the experiences, insight, and recommendations of people who have successfully organized biodiesel and ethanol projects in the East. Learn how their projects differ from the projects in the Midwest, including both the challenges and opportunities and how the playing field looks now.
  • Biodiesel Northeast Perspective – Brian Gerhart, Vice President, Worley & Obetz, Inc.
  • Biodiesel Southeast Perspective – Eugene Holmes, Delta Biofuels LLC
  • Ethanol Northeast Perspective – Lynne Hoot, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic BioFuels
  • Ethanol Southeast Perspective – Mick Henderson, General Manager, Commonwealth Agri-Energy
12:00-1:30 PM Lunch in the Trade Show

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1:45-5:00 PM Concurrent Breakout Workshops
  1. Biodiesel Production
  2. Ethanol Production
  1. Factors to Consider When Building a Biodiesel Plant: – Pat Lappe, Sales and Production Manager, Renewable Energy Group

  2. Evaluation of the Feasibility and Potential Synergy of Integrating Corn Oil Extraction and Biodiesel Production at a Dry Mill Fuel Ethanol Plant: Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) commissioned a feasibility study to determine the potential benefits and synergy of integrating fuel ethanol production and biodiesel production at a single biofuels production plant or “biorefinery”. Rafael Nieves, Senior Project Leader, BBI International
  3. Risk Management: Managing supply and price risk of biodiesel feedstocks – Peter Nessler, Director, Renewable Fuels, FCStone LLC


  1. Points to Consider: A discussion on points to consider when building an ethanol plant such as feedstock availability, local infrastructure, energy costs, area markets for fuel and co-products, and other important criteria for building an ethanol plant in the East – Mark Yancey, Vice President, BBI International
  2. Cellulosic Feedstocks Options: From stover to energy crops, eastern opportunities, challenges and solutions will be discussed – Jim Hettenhaus, President and CEO, cea, Inc.
  3. Ethanol Production and the Community: Learn about the resulting economic development impact on a community when an ethanol plant comes to town. Ralph Groschen, Sr Ag Marketing Specialist, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
3:15-3:30 PM Refreshment Break

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  1. Purification of Biodiesel: A novel technology replaces the water washing step with an effective filtration step – Brian Cooke, Product Development Specialist, The Dallas Group
  2. Producing Renewable Fuels from Pig Manure: A video presentation and discussion about Smithfield Bioenergy's novel idea to process pig manure into methanol, which is then used to produce biodiesel from animal oils
  3. New Methods for Improving Biodiesel Quality: Leland Tong, Business Specialist, MARC-IV Consulting


  1. Cellulose: Feedstock of the Future: Progress in technological advancements at the TVA pilot plant – Jacqueline Broder, Project Engineer, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
  2. Direct, High Efficiency Conversion of the Oil in DDGS to Fatty Acid Esters for Use in Biodiesel: An important development for both the ethanol and biodiesel industries. - Kevin Hicks, Research Leade, USDA-ARS
  3. Renewable Fuels for Process Energy: Reducing energy costs through the use of renewable fuel feedstocks, such as tires, turkey litter, carpeting residuals and more - Bert Bock, President, BR Bock Consulting
5:00-7:00 PM Networking Reception in the Trade Show
This is a great opportunity to check out the latest ethanol and biodiesel powered vehicles on display in the Trade Show.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM Conference Registration Open
7:30 - 8:30 AM Breakfast in the Trade Show

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8:30 - 10:00 AM Concurrent Breakout Workshops
  1. Biodiesel Products
  2. Ethanol Products


  1. Drivability, Operability and Handling of Biodiesel: Characteristics of biodiesel in various applications – Martin Beirne, Director, Southeast Region, World Energy Alternatives LLC
  2. Biodiesel for Home Heating Oil: A burgeoning market that is gaining real strength – Paul Nazzaro, President, Advanced Fuel Solutions, Inc.
  3. Glycerin: New Value-Added Uses for this Coproduct – Galen Suppes, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia


  1. Distillers Grains: New Feed For Poultry Feeding distillers grains to monogastric livestock – Nick Dale, Professor, University of Georgia
  2. Growing Demand for Carbon Dioxide: What’s the market like in the East? – Bruce Woerner, VP Marketing, Airgas CO2
  3. New Uses: Ethanol for Waste Water Treatment Facilities – Dimitrios Katehis, Metcalf & Eddy.
10:00 - 10:30 AM Refreshment Break

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10:30 AM - 11:45 PM Concurrent Round-Robin Discussions: “Fostering a Biofuels Industry in the East”
The question of “What is needed to foster the development of a full-scale, commercial-level biofuels industry in the Eastern region?” will be tackled. In this interactive discussion, conference delegates will divide into the groups below and address industry barriers, drivers and opportunities and report on their conclusions in the General Session after Lunch in the Trade Show.
  • Biodiesel in the Northeast - discussion leader to be announced
  • Biodiesel in the Southeast - Sumesh Arora, Director, Strategic Biomass Initiative, Mississippi Technology Alliance
  • Ethanol in the Northeast - Scott Welsh
  • Ethanol in the Southeast - Phillip Badger, DOE/SSEB Southeast Biomass State/Reg'l Partnership
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Lunch in Trade Show

Last hour of the Trade Show! Trade Show will close at 1:15pm

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1:15 - 1:45 PM Biofuels Incentives: State and Regional Programs
A comprehensive review of existing State incentives for biodiesel and ethanol production and use. This overview will be followed by a discussion of how it may be possible to regionally coordinate the incentives for greater effectiveness.
  • State-Level Programs – Jim Easterly, Principal, Easterly Consulting
  • Regional-Level Programs: Biofuels Incentives in the Southwest - Kathy Baskin, Managing Director, Southern States Energy Board

1:45 - 3:00 PM FINAL FORUM – Recommendations Reported to the Policymakers
Representatives from each of the previous 10:30 a.m. Round Robin discussions will present the summary and recommendations to a panel of policymakers, who will then have the opportunity to respond with their own views.
  • Rick Handley, Northeast Regional Biomass Energy Program
  • Kathy Baskin, Southern States Energy Board
  • Gene Quick, Forest Energy Associates
  • Russ Montgomery, Regional Economic Development District Initiatives
3:00 - 3:15 PM
Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

For more information, contact Anne Wester:

BBI International Conference & Event Planning
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