Eighth Annual Forum: Biomass Energy in California: Where Do We Stand?

Eighth Annual Forum
Biomass Energy in California: Where Do We Stand?

 

April 5-6, 2011
University Conference Center
UC Davis, Davis, CA

 

 

The 8th Annual Forum of the California Biomass Collaborative was held April 5/6th, at the UC Davis Conference Center. The focus was on state regulations affecting the use of forested biomass for power and fuel, carbon accounting for forested biomass, new issues in the conversion of urban derived wastes, and potential opportunities to produce energy from California’s extensive food processing industry. Below are links to the PowerPoint and video recordings of most of the sessions.

Program and Proceedings

April 5, 2011
April 6, 2011

April 5, 2011 (Day One)

Session, Speaker

  • Opening and Welcome, James Boyd, California Energy Commission & Stephen Kaffka, California Biomass Collaborative – PDF, Video

 

CA Forest Resources and Their Uses
Moderator: Steve Kaffka, California Biomass Collaborative

Session, Speaker

  • Forest Biomass Resources in CA, Mark Rosenberg, Cal Fire – PDF, Video
  • Benefits and Risks of Wood Biomass for Energy, Bill Stewart, UC Berkeley – PDF, Video

 

Regulations Affecting the Use of Woody Biomass for Fuel and Power
Moderator: Doug Wickizer, Cal Fire

Session, Speaker

  • California’s Cap and Trade Policy and Woody Biomass, Ryan McCarthy, California Air Resources Board – PDF, Video
  • CPUC Programs and Regulations and Renewable Energy From Biomass, Judith Ikle, Califiornia Public  Utilities Commission – PDF, Video
  • EPA’s Regulatory Efforts for Biomass, Shaheerah Kelly, US Environmental Protection Agency – PDF, Video
  • Forest Service Perspective on Carbon Accounting, Ed Gee, US Forest Service – PDF, Video
  • National and International Policies and Biomass Use, Brent Sohngen, The Ohio State University – PDF, Video

 

Is the Use of Woody Biomass Carbon Neutral?
Moderator: Ken Skog, U.S. Forest Service

Session, Speaker

  • Carbon Accounting for Forestry and Wood Products, Dr. Elaine O’Neill, University of Washington/CORRIM Group – PDF, Video
  • Ecosystem Preservation and Carbon Accounting, Brian Nowicki, Center for Biological Diversity – PDF, Video
  • Accounting for Carbon in Electricity Production, David O’Connor, EPRI
  • Carbon Accounting, Western Forests and Energy Markets, John Kadyszewski, Winrock International – PDF, Video
  • Eastern Forests, Western Forests and Carbon Accounting, David Saah, Spacial Informatics Group, LLC/University of San Francisco – PDF, Video

 

Perspectives From Users of Woody Biomass
Moderator: Ken Skog, U.S. Forest Service

Session, Speaker

  • Feedstock Suppliers, Fred Tornatorre, TSS Consultants – Video
  • Industry Users, Greg Morris, Future Resources Association – Video
  • Carbon Registry, Derrick Broekhoff, California Carbon Registry – Video

 

April 6, 2011 (Day Two)

Session, Speaker

  • Opening and Welcome, Anthony Eggert, Cal EPA, Deputy Secretary for Energy Policy – Video

 

Advanced Waste management alternatives: Out of State Perspectives
Moderator: Rob Williams, California Biomass Collaborative

Session, Speaker

  • Alternative Waste Management Can Reduce GHG Emissions, Marlene Sieck, Federal EPA, Germany (UBA) – PDF, Video
  • Sustainable Practices for the Management of Organic Matter, Dr. Luis Diaz, CalRecovery – PDF, Video
  • Life Cycle Metrics for Waste Management Scenarios, Susan Thorneloe, US EPA Office of Research & Development – PDF, Video

 

Updates: Urban Biomass-Conversion Technology projects in California

Session, Speaker

  • Residuals to Renewables in California: An Update, Jacques Franco, CalRecycle – PDF, Video
  • Santa Barbara County Conversion Technology Program, Carlyle Johnston, County of Santa Barbara
  • Marin Food to Energy Program, Jason Dow, Central Marin Sanitation District / Patty Garbino, Marin Sanitary Service – PDF, Video

 

Panel: Urban Organic Residuals’ Place in California’s Low Carbon Fuel and Renewable Energy Standards
Introduction/Moderator: Bryan Jenkins, UC Davis

Panelists listed below responded to questions presented in advance about Conversion Technologies’ environmental performance, “renewability of energy product”, and effects on the existing recycling infrastructure.

 Panelists – PDF, Video

  • Scott Smithline, Californians Against Waste
  • John Shears, Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies
  • Chip Clements (in place of Alisdair McLean), Plasco Energy Group
  • Jeffrey Hahn*, Covanta Energy

*Note: Video clip edited to exclude Jeffrey Hahn at his request.

 

Food & Beverage Industry Organic Residue Streams, Distributed Generation and Co-digestion Opportunities – PDF
Moderator: Rob Nennan, California League of Food Processors

Session, Speaker

  • Opening and Welcome, Prab Sethi, California Energy Commission – Video

Session, Speaker

  • CBC Research Report – Cannery Industry Residue Streams, Ricardo Amon, California Biomass Collaborative – PDF, Video
  • Wastewater Industry Update – Opportunities for Bioenergy Generation and Co-digestion, Greg Kester, California Association of Sanitation Agencies – PDF, Video
  • Municipal Utility Food Industry BioEnergy Project, Valentino Tiangco, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District – PDF, Video
  • Case Study: Food Residue to BioEnergy, Steven Gill, Gills Onions, Oxnard CA – 2011-cbc-forum-PDF, Video
  • Investor Owned Utility Efforts to Develop the BioEnergy Market, Jim Lucas, Southern California Gas Company
  • Renewable Auction Mechanism, Jaclyn Marks, California Public Utilities Commission – PDF, Video

 

Seventh Annual Forum

Seventh Annual Forum

 

May 10-13, 2010 (CBC sessions: May 10-11)
University Conference Center
UC-Davis
Davis, CA

 

 

The California Biomass Collaborative held its seventh annual forum on biomass, in conjunction with the UC-Davis Energy Institute’s UC Energy Week 2010, May 10-13, at the new UC-Davis university conference center. Concurrently, the California Renewable Energy Collaborative also held meetings of the wind, solar, and geothermal collaboratives. In addition to these sessions, there was also a clean tech summit, which covered issues of resource accessibility, science challenges, energy efficiency, and integration of alternative energy sources, and an event wrap-up by the California Integrated Renewable Energy Systems group.

The CBC forum sessions covered: new directives, state mandates, and the Bioenergy Interagency Working Group’s new Bioenergy Action Plan; sustainability standards for agricultural and forest biomass use; and best uses and appropriate policies and definitions for urban-derived biomass and food processing wastes. See the Forum Announcement, below, for more information.

Program and Proceedings

May 10, 2010
May 11, 2010

May 10th, 2010 (Day 1)
Planning for Biomass Energy Development

Session, Speaker

  • Opening and Welcome: Forum logistics, agenda, and survey, Stephen Kaffka, California Biomass Collaborative – PDF
  • Keynote Presentation: Developing Biomass Energy in California, James Boyd, California Energy Commission – PDF, Video

 

Session 1—Revisiting California’s Bioenergy Action Plan
Moderator: Bryan Jenkins

Session, Speaker

  • Programmatic EIR for Dairy Digester and Co-Digester Facilities, Clay Rodgers – PDF, Video
  • Permitting of Anaerobic Digesters in California, Ken Decio, CalRecycle – Video
  • Forest Practice and State Greenhouse Gas Goals, Bill Snyder – Video
  • Sustainable Sourcing for Biomass Fuels, Bill Kinney, California Energy Commission – Video
  • Panel Discussion – Video

 

Session 2—Sustainability Standards and Biomass Projects
Moderator: Stephen Kaffka

Session, Speaker

  • A Brief History of Sustainability, Stephen Kaffka, California Biomass Collaborative – Video
  • Life Cycle Assessment of Biofuels: Key Challenges, Alissa Kendall, UC Davis – PDF, Video
  • AB 118 Sustainability Program and Standards, Jim McKinney, California Energy Commission – PDF, Video
  • Sustainability Provisions for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Mike Waugh, California Air Resources Board – PDF, Video
  • Production Sustainability Standards, John Heissenbuttel, Council on Sustainable Biomass Production – PDF, Video
  • International Standards of Sustainability for Biofuels: Overview and Status Update, Sonia Yeh, UC Davis – PDF, Video
  • Sustainability Standards and Certification, Jeff Dlott, Protected Harvest – PDF, Video
  • Lodi Winegrape Commission’s Sustainable Winegrowing Program, Cliff Ohmart, Lodi-Woodbridge Wine Growers – PDF, Video
  • Specialty Crop Standards, Hank Giclas, Western Growers – PDF, Video
  • Organic Standards, Claudia Reid, California Coalition of Organic Farmers – PDF, Video
  • Sustainably Produced Bioenergy, Debbie Hammel, National Resources Defense Council – PDF, Video
  • Industry Perspectives: Western States Petroleum Association, Cathy Reheis-Boyd, Western States Petroleum Association – PDF, Video
  • Industry Perspectives: Community Fuels, Christopher Guay, Community Fuels – Video
  • Industry Perspectives: Pacific Ethanol, Neil Koehler, Pacific Ethanol – Video
  • Wrap-up, Stephen Kaffka, California Biomass Collaborative

May 11th, 2010 (Day 2)
Managing Urban-Derived Biomass

Session, Speaker

  • Opening and Welcome: Forum agenda, Stephen Kaffka, California Biomass Collaborative – PDF
Session 3—Alternative Uses for Urban-Derived Biomass
Moderator: Clark Williams

Session, Speaker

  • Urban Biomass Utilization, Howard Levenson (for Mark Leary), CalRecycle – Video
  • Biomass and the Renewable Portfolio Standard, Anthony Eggert, California Energy Commission – PDF, Video
  • Uses for Urban-Derived Biomass for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Mike Waugh (for Michelle Werner), California Air Resources Board – PDF, Video
  • AB 222: Needed Statutory Reforms, Kay Martin, BioEnergy Producers Association – PDF, Video

 

Session 4—Jurisdiction-Sponsored Deployment of Urban Biomass Conversion Technology
Moderator: Jacques Franco

Session, Speaker

  • City of San Jose Zero Waste Strategies and Case Studies, Michele Young, City of San Jose – PDF, Video
  • Refuse to Resource: A Municipal Framework for a Future without Landfills, Patrick Mathews, Salinas Valley Waste Management Authority – PDF, Video
  • Los Angeles County Conversion Technology Demonstration Project Update, Coby Skye, Los Angeles County – PDF, Video

 

Session 5—Private Deployment of Urban Biomass Conversion Technology
Moderator: Fernando Berton

Session, Speaker

  • Waste-to-Fuels: Advancing the Best Low Carbon Fuel Pathway for California, Ted Kneische, Fulcrum Bioenergy – PDF, Video
  • Anaerobic Digestion and the Path to Zero Waste, Paul Relis, UC Santa Barbara – Video
  • Extracting Value from Organics, Paul Sellew, Harvest Power – PDF, Video
  • In-City and On-Farm Projects, Kevin Best, Real Energy – PDF, Video

 

Session 6 — Financing Urban Biomass Conversion Technology
Moderator: Stephen Kaffka

Session, Speaker

  • AB 118: California’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Funding Program, Bill Kinney, California Energy Commission – PDF, Video
  • Project Funding Opportunies, Ari Elden, Kennedy Jenks, Consultants – Video
  • Tax Exempt Bond Project Financing, Michael Paparian, California Pollution Control Financing Authority – PDF, Video

Sixth Annual Forum: Considering the Net Environmental and Social Benefits of Biomass Energy

Sixth Annual Forum: Considering the Net Environmental and Social Benefits of Biomass Energy

 

May 12-13, 2009
Sher Auditorium
California Environmental Protection Building
1001 I St.
Sacramento, CA

 

The California Biomass Collaborative held its sixth annual forum in Sacramento May 12-13, 2009 at the Byron Sher auditorium in the California Environmental Protection Building. The Collaborative’s sixth annual forum provided over 170 attendees with the opportunity to learn about and discuss innovative ways to enhance the net environmental and social benefits from new greenhouse gas and bioenergy policies.

The two-day forum covered: an overview of current policy and regulatory issues, current and potential biomass use for energy in California, and some suggestions for using the concept of net benefit to harmonize diverse environmental and social goals while advancing the objectives defined in the biomass roadmap; existing and potential barriers to the use of forest, agricultural, municipal, and other forms of biomass for energy in California and elsewhere; current or possible future incentives for the use of biomass resources; and how the idea of sustainability influences the determination of net environmental and social benefits from the use of biomass.

Program and Proceedings

May 12, 2009
May 13, 2009

May 12, 2009 (Day One)
Net Environmental Benefit: Policies and Regulation

Session, Speaker

  • Opening and Welcome: Forum logistics, agenda, and forum survey, Stephen Kaffka, California Biomass Collaborative – PDF
  • Keynote Speaker: The LCFS and Net Environmental and Social Benefits, Daniel Sperling, University of California, Davis, and California Air Resources Board – PDF
  • Keynote Speaker: The Status of Bioenergy Policy in California, Susan Brown, California Energy Commission

 

Session 1—Overview of Different Ideas About Net Environmental Benefit: Discussion of policies and projects

Session, Speaker

  • What is Meant by Net Environmental Benefit? Stephen Kaffka, California Biomass Collaborative – PDF
  • Biomass Energy’s Benefits, Jim Brainard, US DOE-National Renewable Energy Laboratory –PDF
  • State Policies, Drivers, and Impediments, Gerry Braun, California Energy Commission – PDF
  • The Status of Bioenergy Technology in California, Bryan Jenkins, University of California, Davis – PDF

 

Session 2—Barriers to the Use of Forest, Agricultural, and Municipal Biomass for Energy

Session, Speaker

  • Legal and Siting Barriers to Forest Biomass, Mark Nechodon, US Forest Service – PDF
  • Overcoming Barriers to Biomass Projects, Tom Christofk, Placer County APCD – PDF
  • Regulatory Barriers and Definition of Transformation of MSW, Coby Skye, Los Angeles County – PDF
  • Case Study: Dairy Digester, Nettie R. Drake, B&N Enterprises  – PDF
  • Utility Interconnections, Fred Skillman, Pacific Gas & Electric – PDF
  • Ethanol from MSW, Necy Sumait, Bluefire Ethanol – PDF
  • Case Study: Farm Residual Gasifier, Russ Lester, Dixon Ridge Farms – PDF
  • Panel Discussion and Public Input, Moderator: Fernando Berton, CIWMB
  • Wrap-up, Bryan Jenkins, University of California, Davis

May 13, 2009 (Day Two)
Incentives and Sustainability

Session, Speaker

  • Opening—Forum logistics & agenda: Stephen Kaffka, California Biomass Collaborative
  • Keynote Speaker: A.G. Kawamura, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

 

Session 3—Incentives for Biomass Energy Use and Net Environmental Benefit

Session, Speaker

  • Carbon Cap and Trade Versus Carbon Tax, Gregg Morris, Future Resources – PDF
  • Market-Based Mechanisms, Chris Clavin, TSS Consultants – PDF
  • The Oil Industry and Carbon Sequestration Efforts, Giorgio Zoia, British Petroleum – PDF
  • The West Coast Biorefinery Project, Harrison Pettit, Pacific Ethanol – PDF
  • Case Study: Siting a Biofuel Facility in California, Rahul Iyer, Primafuel
  • Financing, Investment, and Permitting, Hanafi Fraval, Ag Biomass Alliance – PDF

 

Session 4 —Sustainable Use of Biomass for Energy and Net Environmental Benefit

Session, Speaker

  • Forestry Biomass and Net Environmental Benefit, Malcolm North, University of California, Berkeley – PDF
  • Waste Materials and Net Environmental Benefit: SB 1016, Howard Levenson, CIWMB – PDF
  • Conservation-Based Use of Forest Resources, Jocelyn Tutak, Conservation Biology Institute
  • Ethanol and Net Environmental Benefit, Doug Berven, POET Industries
  • Sustainability Standards, Certification, and Net Environmental Benefit, Matt Rudolph, Round Table on Sustainable Biofuels – PDF
  • Panel Discussion and Public Input, Moderator: Stephen Kaffka, California Biomass Collaborative
  • Wrap-up, Stephen Kaffka, California Biomass Collaborative

Fifth Annual Forum: Joint Forum on Bioenergy Sustainability and Lifecycle Analysis

Fifth Annual Forum
Joint Forum on Bioenergy Sustainability and Lifecycle Analysis

 

May 28-30, 2008
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J St.
Sacramento, CA

 

 

The California Biomass Collaborative held its fifth annual forum in Sacramento May 28-30 2008 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The event was jointly sponsored by the Collaborative along with the California Energy Commission, the California Institute for Food and Agricultural Research, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, the California Air Resources Board, and the University of California, Davis.

This year’s forum brought together an international group of over two hundred researchers, policymakers, and industry leaders to share their work on sustainability criteria and lifecycle analysis methodologies for transportation fuels and bioenergy, and also highlighted industry efforts in the area of sustainability, incentives, and approaches to certification.

Program and Proceedings

May 28, 2008
May 29, 2008
May 30, 2008

May 28, 2008 ( Day One)
Producing Biomass and Bioenergy Sustainably

Speaker, Session

  • Opening and Welcome—Forum logistics, agenda, and forum survey, Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative
  • Overview of California Policy in the Context of Sustainability, Moderator: Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative
  • Bioenergy Action Plan, AB 1007, and AB 118, Commissioner Jim Boyd, California Energy Commission
  • AB 32 and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Chair Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board

 

Session 1—The Rationale for Sustainability: Why it’s needed, what it is, and the potential for practical application
Moderator: Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative

Session, Speaker

  • Principles of Sustainability, Dan Kammen, Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley – PDF
  • The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels: Ensuring that Biofuels Deliver on their Promise of Sustainability, Charlotte Opal, Roundtable on Sustainable Bioenergy – PDF
  • Sustainable Biofuel Production, A US-DOE Perspective, Alison Goss Eng, DOE Biomass Program – PDF

 

Session 2—International Panel on Sustainability Criteria and Standards
Moderator: Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative

Session, Speaker

  • The United Nations Environment Programme’s Approach to Bioenergy, Martina Otto, United Nations Environment Programme [Unable to attend and present] – PDF
  • Sustainability Criteria for Biofuels, Ariane de Dominicis, European Commission – PDF
  • Brazilian Ethanol Industry: Sugarcane’s Sustainability Today and Tomorrow, Joel Velasco, Unica – PDF
  • Lunch and Keynote Speaker—Sustainable Biomass in the European Union, Axel Friedrich, Umweltbundesamt Germany – PDF

 

Session 3—Domestic Panel on Sustainability Criteria and Standards
Moderator: John Shears, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies

Session, Speaker

  • Bioenergy Sustainability and Lifecycle Analysis, Alan Hecht, US EPA-Office of Research and Development – PDF
  • California Initiatives in Sustainability and Renewable Energy, Andrew Schwartz, California Public Utilities Commission [Presented without slides]
  • Sustainability Issues for Bioenergy in the Northeast, Michelle Manion, NESCAUM – PDF

 

Session 4—Domestic Panel on Sustainability Criteria and Standards (continued)

Session, Speaker

  • Sustainability Objectives of the NGOs, Danielle Fugere, Friends of the Earth – PDF
  • 25x’25 Sustainability Presentation, Nathan Rudgers, 25x’25 – PDF
  • Biomass Energy and Agricultural Sustainability, Steve Kaffka, California Biomass Collaborative
  • Wrap-up, Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative – PDF

 

May 29, 2008 (Day Two)
Lifecycle Analysis and Sustainability Implications

Session, Speaker

  • Opening—Forum logistics, agenda, Enrique Manzanilla, US EPA
  • Welcome and Keynote Speaker—Developing Sustainable Biorefineries, Robin Jenkins, DuPont

 

Session 5—Land Use Issues
Moderator: Rob Williams, California Biomass Collaborative

Session, Speaker

  • Global Land Use Issues, Keith Kline, DOE-Oakridge – PDF
  • Modeling Land Use Impacts on Greenhouse Gas Performance Thresholds, Robert Larson, US EPA-National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Lab – PDF
  • Food versus Fuel: When Scarcities Collide, Don Smith, McGill University
  • Lifecycle Analysis of Biofuels and Land Use Change, Bruce Dale, Michigan State University – PDF

 

Session 6—Lifecycle Analysis Methodologies: Scope and limitations, data needs, policy application
Moderator: Anil Prabhu, California Air Resources Board

Session, Speaker

  • Lifecycle Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Biofuels, Alissa Kendall, UC Davis – PDF
  • GREET Model and Applications to Bioenergy, Stefan Unnasch, Life Cycle Associates – PDF
  • Sustainable, Environmentally Friendly, and Cost-Effective Production of Biofuels in California, Johan Six, UC Davis – PDF
  • BESS Model: Biofuel Energy Systems Simulator, Ken Cassman, University of Nebraska – PDF
Session 6—Lifecycle Analysis Methodologies (continued)
Moderator: John Courtis, Air Resources Board

Session, Speaker

  • Fuels Lifecycle Issues in Generic Studies and Within a Regulatory Framework
  • Jean Francois Larive, CONCAWE
  • Technological, Climate Change, and Sustainability Aspects of Future Transportation Fuels, Sabrina Spatari, UC Berkeley – PDF
  • British Columbia: Climate Change and Energy Policy, Paul Wieringa, B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources – PDF
  • Lifecycle Management of Municipal Solid Waste: Perspectives and Tradeoffs, Keith Weitz, RTI International – PDF

 

Session 7—Moderated Discussion of Lifecycle Analysis Methodologies
Moderator: McKinley Addy, California Energy Commission

Session, Speaker

  • A Framework for Defining, Measuring, and Certifying Sustainability for an Energy System, McKinley Addy, California Energy Commission – PDF
  • How to Best Assess Sustainability Within the Framework of LCA, Panel of the day’s speakers
  • Wrap-up, Diana Schwyzer, California Energy Commission

 

May 30, 2008 (Day Three)
Standards, Industry Certification, and Policy Implications

Session, Speaker

  • Opening—Forum logistics & agenda: Sharon Shoemaker, CIFAR
  • Welcome and Keynote Speaker: Secretary AG Kawamura, California Department of Food & Agriculture
Session 8—Certification
Moderator: Val Tiangco, California Energy Commission

Session, Speaker

  • Overview of Sustainability Certification, Barbara Bramble, National Wildlife Federation [Presented without slides]
  • Sustainability of Sustainability Policy—Low Carbon Fuels, Rahul Iyer, Prima Fuel
  • The Process of Independent Certification, Susan Harris, GreenTick [Presented by Martha Gildart, California Biomass Collaborative] – PDF
  • The Market Value of Sustainability and Certification, Harry Simpson, Crimson Renewable Bioenergy – PDF

 

Session 9—Current Industry Practices
Moderator: Sharon Shoemaker, CIFAR

Session, Speaker

  • Sustainable Practices and Feedstock Production, Ralph Sims, IEA & Massey University – PDF
  • Growing a Robust Biofuels Economy, Mark Downing, DOE-Oakridge – PDF
  • Biotechnology: New Tools for Sustainable Biofuels Production, Brent Erickson, BIO – PDF
  • Lunch and Keynote Speaker, Commissioner Karen Douglas, California Energy Commission

 

Session 10—Shaping State Policy for Sustainable Energy
Moderator: Tim Olson, California Energy Commission

 

Session 10—Shaping State Policy (continued)

Session, Speaker

  • Moderated Panel Discussion, Conclusions and Recommendations for State Actions, Panel of the above speakers
  • Forum wrap-up, Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative

Fourth Annual Forum

Fourth Annual Forum

 

March 27-29, 2007
Cal-EPA Building
1001 I St.
Sacramento, CA

 

 

The California Biomass Collaborative held its fourth annual Forum in Sacramento March 27-28, 2007, followed by facilities tours on March 29. The Forum provided an opportunity to discuss issues critical to the sustainable development and enhanced utilization of biomass for fuel, power, heat, and fuels in California, including:

Program and Proceedings

March 27, 2007
March 28, 2007
March 29, 2007

March 27, 2007
Advanced Bioenergy Technologies

Topics Discussed:
  • Climate change, carbon policies, renewable energy and the role of biomass
  • Technology and standards for sustainable bioenergy
  • Industry integration and advanced bioenergy systems commercialization
  • Biorefineries: resources and technologies

Session, Speaker

  • Opening: Forum Logistics, Agenda, and Introductions, Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative
  • Keynote Speaker: Jim Boyd, California Energy Commission
  • Keynote Speaker: Nathan Dietrich, Representative Matsui’s Office
Session I: Climate Change, Carbon Policies, Renewable Energy, and the Role of Biomass
Moderator: John Shears, The Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies

Session, Speaker

  • State Policies and Initiatives for Bioenergy Development and Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Steve Shaffer, California Department of Food and Agriculture – PDF
  • Climate Change Scenarios for California, Amy Luers, Union of Concerned Scientists – PDF
  • Overview of European Policies and Technologies for Bioenergy Development and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation, Sven Sommer, University of Aarhus, Denmark – PDF
  • Utility Perspectives on Bioenergy for California, Hal LaFlash, Pacific Gas and Electric – PDF

 

Session II: Technology and Standards for Sustainable Bioenergy
Moderator: Ken Krich, California Institute for Energy and Environment

Session, Speaker

  • Research, Development, and Demonstration of Advanced Bioenergy Concepts in California, Val Tiangco, California Energy Commission – PDF
  • Alternative Transportation Fuel and Technology Plan for California (AB 1007), Tim Olson, California Energy Commission – PDF
  • California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard: Implications for Biofuel Development, Mark Melaina, Institute of Transportation Studies – PDF
  • Forestry and Sustainable Bioenergy, Jim Pena, United States Forest Service – PDF

 

Session III: Industry Integration and Advanced Bioenergy Systems Commercialization
Moderator: George Simons, Itron

Session, Speaker

  • Integrating Biofuels into the Energy Industry, Rick Zalesky, Chevron – PDF
  • GM and Biofuels, Mary Beth Stanek, General Motors – PDF
  • Potential Impact of California’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Performance Standard on Electricity from Bioenergy, Judith Ikle, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Biofuels Initiatives in the Philippines, Raphael Lotilla, Philippine Department of Energy – PDF

 

Session IV: Biorefineries: Resources and Technologies
Moderator: Martha Gildart

Session, Speaker

  • Advanced Gasification-Based System Concepts for Biorefining, Eric Larson, Princeton University – PDF
  • Research and Development Needs for Biorefineries: The 30 x 30 Vision, David Dayton, National Renewable Energy Laboratory – PDF
  • Demonstrating Commercial Scale Biorefineries, John Ferrell, United States Department of Energy
  • Bio-Renewable Fuels: Green Diesel, Amar Anumakonda, UOP LLC – PDF

 

Wrap-up
  • Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative

March 28, 2007
Producing Biofuels from Waste. Program Forum, with Proceedings

Topics Discussed:
  • Policies affecting use of biomass in municipal wastes
  • Biofuel production from municipal wastes
  • Breakout sessions: pathways to commercialization
  • Breakout sessions: research needs

Session, Speaker

  • Opening: Forum Logistics, Agenda, and Introductions, Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative
  • Keynote Speaker: Margo Brown, California Integrated Waste Management Board

 

Session I: Policies Affecting Use of Biomass in Municipal Wastes
Moderator: Fernando Berton, California Integrated Waste Management Board

Session, Speaker

  • Overview of Waste Management Techniques for Fuels and Power in Europe and in the USA, Luis Diaz, CalRecovery Inc. – PDF
  • Bioenergy and Waste Policies in Europe and Britain – Lessons Learned and Prospects for Future Development, Kit Strange, Resource Recovery Forum, United Kingdom
  • Climate Change, Biomass, and Waste Management, Chuck White, Waste Management Inc. – PDF

 

Session II: Biofuel Production from Municipal Wastes
Moderator: Rob Williams, California Biomass Collaborative

Session, Speaker

  • Ethanol from California’s Municipal Wastes, Necy Sumait, BlueFire Ethanol – PDF
  • Advancing Cellulosic Ethanol Technology, Bin Yang, Center for Environmental Research and Technology, UC Riverside – PDF
  • Advanced Biogas Production and Upgrading in Europe, Peter Knecht, Kompogas, Switzerland –PDF
  • CNG, LNG, and Other Fuels from Landfill Gas: Prospects for Future Development, Patrick Sullivan, SCS Engineers – PDF

 

Sessions III and IV: Pathways to Commercialization and Research Needs

Session, Speaker

  • Breakout Sessions: Background and Purpose
  • Howard Levenson, California Integrated Waste Management Board
  • Group Discussions (not recorded in Transcript)
  • Summary: Next Steps in RD&D Planning for Bioenergy from Municipal Wastes, Howard Levenson, California Integrated Waste Management Board
  • Wrap-up, Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative

March 29, 2007
Facilities Tour

Topics Discussed:
  • UC Davis: APS Pilot Bio-Digester, Long Term Research in Agricultural Systems sustainable production systems
  • US EPA Clean Diesel projects
  • Yolo County Bioreactor Landfill Project
  • Woodland Biomass Power

Third Annual Forum: Joint Forum on Biomass, Biofuels, and Bioproducts

Third Annual Forum
Joint Forum on Biomass, Biofuels, and Bioproducts

 

January 25-26, 2006
Radisson Hotel
Fresno, CA

 

 

The Joint Forum on Biomass, Biofuels, and Bioproducts was a combined event, comprised of the California Biomass Collaborative’s third annual Forum, the California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research’s Research Conference XXI, and the UC Merced Small Business Development Center’s second annual Biofuels Conference. January 25th included a tour of Pacific Ethanol, with the main Forum taking place on the 26th in Radisson Hotel. Topics discussed during the Forum included:

  • Biofuels and bioproducts: status of commercialization and future direction
  • Biomass and biofuels: environmental issues
  • Developing markets for renewable energy credits in California
  • Status of state legislation on conversion technologies for municipal solid waste
  • Update on the action plan for biomass in California
  • Business development workshop

 

Opening and Welcome – Forum Logistics, Agenda and Introductions
  • Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative; Sharon Shoemaker, California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research; Chris Rosander, UC Merced Small Business Development Center

 

Morning Keynotes: Federal and State Research Objectives for Biomass
  • Lawrence J. Russo, Office of the Biomass Program, US Department of Energy
  • Biomass R&D: An Important Part of California’s Energy Investments Martha Krebs, Energy R&D Division, California Energy Commission

 

Session I: Biofuels and Bioproducts: Status of Commercialization and Future Direction
Moderator: Sharon Shoemaker, California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research

Session, Speaker

  • Fuel Ethanol: Technology and Markets Beyond the Renewable Fuel Standard, Luca Zullo, Cargill, Inc. – PDF
  • Enzymes for Ethanol from Lignocellulosic Feedstocks, Part 1, Colin Mitchinson, Genencor International – PDF
  • Enzymes for Ethanol from Lignocellulosic Feedstocks, Part 2, Joel Cherry, Novozymes – PDF
  • Rice Straw to Ethanol, Dennis Schuetzle, TSS Consultants/REI International – PDF

 

Session II: Biomass and Biofuels: Environmental Issues
Moderator: Martha Gildart, California Biomass Collaborative

Session, Speaker

  • Results from Collaborative’s November 2005 Environmental Workshop, Rob Williams, California Biomass Collaborative – PDF
  • Animal Waste Management and Environmental Quality, James Liebman, Environmental Protection Agency – PDF
  • Biofuels and the Environment, John Shears, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies – PDF
  • Developing Markets for Renewable Energy Credits in California, Lenny Hochschild, Evolution Markets – PDF

 

Afternoon Keynote John Geesman, California Energy Commission

 

Session III: State Policy and Initiatives Panel
Moderator: Gary Matteson, California Biomass Collaborative

Session,  Speaker

  • Status of State Legislation on Conversion Technologies for Municipal Solid Waste, Fernando Berton, California Integrated Waste Management Board – PDF
  • Results of California’s Biomass R&D Initiatives, Val Tiangco, California Energy Commission – PDF
  • Climate Change Actions and Opportunities for Biomass Management and Use, Sam Hitz, California Climate Action Registry
  • Update on State Policy Initiatives and Action Plan for Biomass, Susan Brown, California Energy Commission – PDF

 

Technical Session Wrap-up
  • Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative

 

Session IV: Biomass and Biofuels: Business Development Workshop
Moderator: Chris Rosander, UC Merced Small Business Development Center

Sessoion, Speaker

  • Biomass Project Development, Loyd Forrest, TSS Consultants – PDF
  • Biofuels Project Development, Mark Yancey, BBI Biofuels International – PDF
  • Project Financing, Jeff Kistner, BBI Biofuels International – PDF
  • Project Update, Ryan Turner, Pacific Ethanol
 

 

Workshop on Environmental Regulations and Implications for Biomass Management in California

Workshop on Environmental Regulations and Implications for Biomass Management in California

 

November 9, 2005
Cal-EPA Building
1001 I St.
Sacramento, CA

 

 

 

The California Biomass Collaborative hosted a one day workshop on environmental regulations and implications for biomass management in California in the Byron Sher auditorium of the Cal-EPA building.

 

Workshop Program and Proceedings
  • Welcome and Introduction – Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative
  • Morning Keynote – Joe Desmond, California Energy Commission

 

Session I : Key Environmental Challenges – Programs and Strategies to Reduce Impacts in Meeting Environmental Goals
Moderator – Rob Williams, California Biomass Collaborative

Session, Speaker

  • Powerplant Permitting, Paul Richins, California Energy Commission – PDF
  • Air Quality Regulations, Dean Simeroth, California Air Resources Board – PDF
  • Air Quality Regulations and Permitting, Beverly Werner, California Air Resources Board – PDF
  • Water Board Regulations, Policies, and Incentives, John Menke, State Water Resources Control Board – PDF
  • Solid Waste Disposal Practices and Opportunities, Fernando Berton, California Integrated Waste Management Board – PDF
  • The Bio-Energy Interagency Working Group, Susan Brown, California Energy Commission – PDF

 

Session II : Perspectives from Industry, Local Agencies, and the Environmental Community

Session, Speaker

  • Moderator – Pat Sullivan, SCS Engineers, Phil Reese, California Biomass Energy Alliance
  • Biofuels: Regulatory and Environmental Issues, Necy Sumait, Arkenol – PDF
  • Conversion Technologies, Kay Martin, BioEnergy Producers Association – PDF
  • Biomass to Biogas, Ed Wheless, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts – PDf
  • Biofuels – Why Now, Allen Dusault, Sustainable Conservation – PDF
  • Cellulosic Ethanol in Transportation, Luke Tonachel, Natural Resources Defense Council – PDF
  • Afternoon Keynote – Winston Hickox, CalPERS

 

Breakout Sessions (not recorded in Transcript)

Session, Speaker

  • Introduction to Breakout Sessions: Scope and Direction, Rob Williams, California Biomass Collaborative – PDF
  • Forestry Session discussion facilitators: Mark Nechodom, United States Forest Service, and Doug Wickizer, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
  • Agriculture Session discussion facilitators: Steve Shaffer, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Cynthia Cory, California Farm Bureau Federation
  • Municipal Waste Residue discussion facilitators: Ruth MacDougall, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Brenda Smyth, California Integrated Waste Management Board
  • Wrap-Up: Rob Williams and Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative

Second Annual Forum: Sustainable Management and Development of Biomass in California

Second Annual Forum: Sustainable Management and Development of Biomass in California

 

March 1, 2005
Cal-EPA Building
1001 I St.
Sacramento, CA

 

 

The California Biomass Collaborative held its second annual Forum in Sacramento on March 1, 2005. The Forum included a review of the Collaborative’s activities over the last year and provided a venue for experts to discuss important issues in biomass management and development for both energy and products, including:

  • Accelerating renewable energy development
  • Emerging technologies
  • Biopower, Biofuels, and Bioproducts
  • Lifecycle and environmental impacts
  • Financing and incentives
  • Needs for comprehensive biomass policy in the state

 

Opening – Forum Logistics, Agenda and Introductions
  • Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative – PDF

 

Welcome and Keynote Speakers
  • Accelerating renewable energy development in California and the role of biomass, Jim Boyd, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
  • Federal Goals for Biorefinery Development and Implications for Fuel and Power in California, John Ferrell, US Department of Energy – PDF

 

Concurrent Sessions: Biopower and Bioproducts

 

Session I: Biopower
Moderator: Val Tiangco, California Energy Commission

Session, Speaker

  • Integrated Gasification Combined Cycles and other Advanced Concepts for Biomass, Francis Lau, Gas Technology Institute – PDF
  • Small-modular and Distributed Power Systems: Applications & Demonstration in California, Rick Bergman, US Forest Service – PDF
  • Emerging Technologies for Landfill Gas-to-Energy, Rachel Goldstein, US Environmental Protection Agency – PDF
  • Power Generation from Dairy Manure & Other Wastes: Role of the Municipal Utility, Ruth MacDougall, Sacramento Municipal Utility District – PDF
  • Results of the Renewable Energy and Agricultural Biomass to Energy Programs, Tony Goncalves, California Energy Commission – PDF

 

Session II: Biofuels and Bioproducts
Moderator: Hugo Von Bernath, California Biomass Collaborative

Session, Speaker

  • Potential for Hydrogen Production from Biomass, Joan Ogden, University of California, Davis – PDF
  • Future Development of Ethanol in California: Resources and Technology, Neil Koehler, Pacific Ethanol, Inc. – PDF
  • Biodiesel, SunDiesel, Compressed Biogas and Other Transportation Fuels From Biomass in California (Joint presentation with Brian Appel), Gary Yowell, California Energy Commission & Appel Joint Presentation – PDF
  • Biodiesel, SunDiesel, Compressed Biogas and Other Transportation Fuels From Biomass in California (Joint presentation with Gary Yowell), Brian Appel, Changing the World Technologies – PDF
  • Prospects for Increased Bioproduct Manufacturing in California, Kim Kristoff, Biobased Manufacturers Association – PDF
  • Air Quality Issues in Biofuel Development, Dean Simeroth, California Air Resources Board

 

Keynote Speaker
  • The Need for a Comprehensive Biomass Policy in California, Joe Desmond, Deputy Secretary for Energy, California Resources Agency

 

Session III: Resources and Environment, Moderator: Rob Williams, California Biomass Collaborative

Session, Speaker

  • Strategies for Zero Waste in California: Paradigm Shifts in Resource Management, Fernando Berton, California Integrated Waste Management Board – PDF
  • Building a Sustainable Vision for Biomass Derived Fuels – Lifecycle Assessment in Planning and Development, John Sheehan, National Renewable Energy Laboratory – PDF
  • Impacts of Regulation on the Environmental Performance of California Dairies, Ken Krich, Sustainable Conservation – PDF
  • Environmental Impacts of Woody Biomass Utilization, Mark Nechodom, US Forest Service – PDF
  • Regional Cooperation for Energy and Environmental Management, Doug Wickizer, California Department of Forestry – PDF

 

Session IV: Financing and Economics of Biomass Projects
Moderator: Gary Matteson, California Biomass Collaborative
  • State Incentives for Biomass Products and Power, Martha Gildart, California Biomass Collaborative – PDF
  • Federal Financing for Biomass Development through the US Department of Agriculture Rural Cooperatives Program, Bill Hagy, US Department of Agriculture – PDF
  • Entrepreneurial Approaches to Biomass Development and Financing, Anna Halpern-Lande, Environmental Entrepreneurs- PDF
  • Climate Action Registry: Implications for Biomass Management and Use, Pierre Duvair, California Energy Commission – PDF

 

Session V: Summary and Wrap-up

Session, Speaker

  • Summary, George Simons, California Energy Commission – PDF
  • Wrap-up, Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative

 

First Annual Forum

First Annual Forum

 

January 8, 2004
Cal-EPA Building
1001 I St.
Sacramento, CA

The California Biomass Collaborative held its first annual forum in Sacramento on January 8, 2004. The forum provided an opportunity to hear about the current activities of the Collaborative and to provide recommendations for future directions and actions. Nearly two hundred people attended the forum, including representatives from industry, government, academia, environmental organizations, and other sectors. The first forum covered a variety of topics of importance to biomass resource development in California, including:

  • Renewable energy, biomass, and the role of the California Biomass Collaborative
  • California’s biomass resources: an assessment of current and future potential for fuel and electricity production
  • Bioenergy and biopower in California: an inventory of the state’s biomass facilities
  • Environmental, regulatory, and permitting issues in biomass development
  • Research and innovation, and global perspectives

 

Program and Proceedings
  • Welcome and Introduction – Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative
  • Morning Keynote – Joe Desmond, California Energy Commission

 

Welcome
  • Terry Tamminen, Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency
  • Renewable Energy, Biomass, and the California Biomass Collaborative, James Boyd, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

 

Session 1: California Biomass Resources
Moderator: John Shelly, University of California

Session, Speaker

  • Statewide Biomass Assessment—Current inventory and future potentials, Bryan Jenkins, Executive Director, California Biomass Collaborative – PDF
  • Statewide Biomass Future Potentials for Electricity Generation, Val Tiangco, California Energy Commission – PDF
  • Biomass Fuel Supply and Resource Development, Tony Wetzel, Energy Projects Consultant – PDF
  • Natural Resources and Biomass Policies, William Craven, Principal Consultant, California State Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee

 

Session 2: Bioenergy and Biopower in California
Moderator: Gregg Morris, Future Resources Associates

Session, Speaker

  • Survey of State Biomass Facilities for the California Biomass Facilities Reporting System, Randy Bates, Bates Consulting – PDF
  • Legislation and Policy Relating to Biomass Power Generation, Lawrence Lingbloom, Consultant, California State Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee
  • European Technology Overview and Relevance to California, Ted Atwood, Global Greenlife Institute – PDF
  • Landfill Gas to Energy in California, Patrick Sullivan, SCS Engineers – PDF
  • Agriculture and Biomass Production in California, A.G. Kawamura, Secretary, Food and Agriculture

 

Session 3: Environmental, Regulatory, and Permitting Issues in Biomass Development
Moderator: Loyd Forrest, TSS Consultants

Session, Speaker

  • Regulation, Permitting, and Biomass Policy, Phil Reese, California Biomass Energy Alliance
  • Biomass Energy–Air Permitting Issues, Dave Warner, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District – PDF
  • Potential Impacts of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act on Biomass in California, Paul Mason, Sierra Club

 

Session 4: Research and Innovation in Biomass Development
Moderator: Toni Symonds, AgWorks California

Session, Speaker

  • Global (International) Perspectives in Biomass Policy and Research, Ralph Overend, National Renewable Energy Laboratory – PDF
  • Federal Research Agenda for Biomass, John Ferrel, US Department of Energy – PDF
  • Developing Collaborative Objectives for Biomass Policy in California, Kay Martin, Environmental and Energy Resources Department, Ventura County; Gregg Morris, Future Resources Associates – PDF
  • Prospective Research Agenda for the California Biomass Collaborative, Linda Blevins, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore – PDF

 

Session 5: Discussion and Wrap-up
Moderator: Gary Matteson, California Biomass Collaborative

Session, Speaker

  • Preliminary Summary of Forum Surveys, Martha Gildart, California Biomass Collaborative
  • Questions and Comments from the Floor
  • Forum summary, George Simons, California Energy Commission
  • Concluding remarks, Bryan Jenkins, California Biomass Collaborative