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DOE Ethanol Workshop Series

California Ethanol Workshop
Developing Ethanol's Role in California's Energy, Economic & Environmental Future

Embassy Suites Hotel
100 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, California

Monday, April 14 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15 - 8:00 a.m. to Noon

Over 200 people attended the workshop in Sacramento.

Bryan Jenkins has written an excellent summary of the cellulosic biomass-to-ethanol portion of the workshop.

Fuel ethanol production in America has reached historic levels. It has supported rural economies in some states, reduced air pollution and preserved ground water in others. Across the U.S., it reduces dependence on imported oil and provides consumers with energy diversification and added fuel choice. Could California tap its resources to produce an in-state transportation fuel utilizing agriculture, forestry and other biomass resources? What would it take? What would be the environmental, economic and fuel market impacts? What are the costs and benefits? This Workshop will cover technical and policy issues to address these questions.

Workshop fee: $25 (includes meals and materials)


Who Should Attend:

The workshop will provide information of interest to public officials; regulators; agricultural community; financiers; potential and current fuel producers; distributors, retailers, and consumers; transportation and automobile industry; media; and other interested stakeholders.


Embassy Suites Hotel
100 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
Reservations: (916) 326-5000

Workshop Sponsors

Sponsored by:
  • U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Biomass Programs and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

With Support from:
  • California Energy Commission
  • California Department of Food & Agriculture
  • California Renewable Fuel Partnership
  • California State University – Fresno

Sincere thanks for additional sponsorship from:

Great Valley Center
Genencor International
Novozymes North America
Benchmark Ethanol

For program information, contact:
Anne Wester
Conference Planning Assistant
BBI International
PO Box 1146
Salida, Colorado 81201
Phone: 719-539-0300
Fax: 719-539-0301


April 14, 2003
7:00-8:00 a.m. - Registration

8:00-8:15 a.m. - Welcoming Remarks/Overview of Program
Workshop Emcee: Steve Shaffer, Director, Office of Agriculture & Environmental Stewardship, California Department of Food & Agriculture

Kim Penfold, Project Manager, Seattle Regional Office, U.S. Department of Energy

8:15-8:30 a.m. - Keynote Address: Ethanol’s Role in Supporting State Agriculture
Tad Bell, Undersecretary, Seattle Regional Office, U.S. Department of Energy

8:30-8:55 a.m. - Environmental Perspective: Framework for a California Renewable Fuels Policy
Fred Keeley, Executive Director, Planning and Conservation League

Legislative Update: Policy Efforts Supporting Ethanol Industry Development in California
Bill Jones, Former Secretary of State

8:55-10:45 a.m. - Ethanol in California’s Transportation Energy Markets: Today and Tomorrow
  • California’s Transition from MTBE to Ethanol and Beyond
    Mike McCormack, Office of Transportation Fuel Supply & Demand, California Energy Commission

  • Future of Ethanol Use in California’s Gasoline Under Different Scenarios/Fuel Blends
    Dave Smith, Directory, Regulatory Fuel Issues, BP

  • Outlook for E85, Fuel Cells and Other Ethanol Markets in California
    Jerry Esper, Senior Manager, Fuel Economy Planning, Daimler Chrysler Corporation

  • Energy & Carbon Emission Balance of Ethanol
    Michael Wang, Environmental Analyst, Argonne National Laboratory

10:45-11:00 a.m. - Refreshment Break
Sponsored by: Great Valley Center

11:00-12:30 p.m. - Ethanol Supply Outlook for California and Potential for In-State Production
  • California’s Ethanol Supply Options
    William Maloney, Director of Business Development, ED&F; MAN Alcohol

  • Status Report on Opportunities Fostering a California Ethanol Industry
    Neil Koehler, Director, California Renewable Fuels Partnership

  • The Investment Climate for Ethanol Production in California
    Mark Yancey, Director of Consulting Services, BBI International

12:30-1:30 p.m. - Networking Lunch
Sponsored by: Fagen, Inc.

1:30-3:30 p.m. - Ethanol’s Potential Role in California’s Agricultural Industry
  • Overview of Ethanol Production Opportunities in California
    Matt Summers, Air Resources Engineer, California Dept. of Food & Agriculture

  • Perspectives on Ethanol’s Future Contribution to California Agriculture
    Jack King, Director of National Affairs, California Farm Bureau Federation

    Lee Swenson, Executive Director, Community Alliance with Family Farmers

  • Farm Bill Programs That Support Fuel Ethanol Production
    Charles Clendenin, Program Director, Rural Business Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development

Ethanol Development Case Studies in Three California Regions
  • Corn-to-Ethanol Project in Colusa County
    Phil Cherry, Harvest Biofuels

  • Sweet Sorghum and Sugar Cane to Ethanol in Imperial County
    Carson Kalin, Partner, Imperial Bioresources

  • Project Developments in San Joaquin Valley
    Ellen Burnes, Professor, California State University, Fresno

3:30-3:45 p.m. - Refreshment Break
Sponsored By: Genencor International

3:45-5:15 p.m. - Moving Towards a California Public Policy Decision-Making Framework for Ethanol

This session will be an interactive discussion among a selected panelists from state government, policy makers, officials representing the energy, agricultural and environmental sectors, and other stakeholders and decision makers. Panelists will discuss what steps California needs to consider to sustain ethanol markets and foster ethanol production.

Discussion Leader: Dennis Schuetzle, Vice President of Technology & Business Development, Technikon LLC & Retired from Ford Motor Company
  • Scott Matthews, Director, Transportation Energy Division, California Energy

  • Steve Shaffer, Director, Office of Agriculture & Environmental Stewardship, California Department of Food & Agriculture

  • Dean Simeroth, Chief, Criteria Pollutants Branch, California Air Resources Board

5:30-6:30 p.m. - Networking Reception
Sponsored by:

Novozymes North America

Benchmark Ethanol

April 15, 2003

7:30-8:00 - Registration

8:00-12:00 - Special Session on Biomass Ethanol Potential in California

Biomass-To-Ethanol Technology Development Status and Outlook
This additional special-focus session is designed to enlighten and update those in California with a particular interest in the pursuit of ethanol from cellulosic wastes and residues on the status of potential process technologies and continuing development paths. The intent is to help facilitate well-informed choices by California with respect to the state’s further role in support of commercial biomass-to-ethanol production processes.

8:00-8:20 a.m. - Opening Remarks and Hard Realities of Commercializing Biomass to Ethanol in California
Workshop Emcee: George Simons, PIER Renewable Program Manager, California Energy Commission

8:20-8:45 a.m. - Biomass-to-Ethanol Process Technology Options
Jim McMillan, Senior Biochemical Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

8:45-9:05 a.m. - History and Results of California’s State-Sponsored Biomass-to-Ethanol R&D; Projects
Loyd Forrest, President, TSS Consultants

9:05-9:15 a.m. - Biomass Ethanol as a Potential Tool for Forest Fire Hazard Reduction
Doug Wickizer, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

9:15-11:15 a.m. - Active Process Developers’ Approaches and Progress to Date
  1. Bob Walker, SWAN Biomass

  2. Michael Fatigati, Arkenol

  3. Gene Jackson, Power Energy Fuels Inc.

  4. Don Brelsford, Brelsford Engineering, Inc.

  5. Greg Shipley, Genahol, Inc.

  6. Dr. Laszlo Paszner, Paszner Technologies, Inc.

  7. Lee MacLean, HFTA, University of California Forest Products Lab

  8. Daniel Musgrove, Universal Entech

11:15-11:20 am - Case Studies on Lignocellulosic Feedstocks and Technological Developments and Options for Ethanol Production
Fran Ferraro, Senior Technical Specialist, Merrick and Company

11:20-noon - Remaining Steps to Achieving Commercial Biomass-to-Ethanol Process Technology
Bryan Jenkins, Professor, University of California, Davis and Executive Director, California Biomass Collaboration

About the Programs

Renewable Diesel Workshops:
NREL Goals: ..."to educate key public officials and the general public about biodiesel as a transportation fuel" and ..."to build state and local coalitions that would form the nuclei of a support group that would promote and eventually lead to local biodiesel production and use."

Ethanol Producers' Technical Workshops:
Perspectives from ethanol producers, production technology providers, and government researchers. Those in attendance were given the task of exploring the challenges and opportunities presented by combining cellulosic ethanol streams with existing grain streams.

US DOE Ethanol Workshop Series:
A series of one-day, state-level workshops to educate key public officials and the general public about ethanol as a transportation fuel.

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