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BioCycle Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling Conference

Presentation Descriptions
Monday, October 29, 2012 — Track 1

Updated 10.12

 
Presentation previews:   Monday: Plenary | Track 1 | Track 2 | Track 3   Tuesday: Track 1 | Track 2 | Track 3


Monday, October 29, 2012 | | TRACK 1 || 11:00 AM — 12:15 PM

Emerging AD Industry

Bright Future: Overview of U.S. Anaerobic Digestion Market
Paul Greene, O'Brien & Gere
The anaerobic digestion market in the U.S. is dynamic. Presentation discusses the influx/exodus balance of European technology providers in the U.S. market and new facilities coming online (applications, providers, business models, as well as some case studies. Analysis of dry versus wet success in the marketplace, as well as some barriers for increased future success, will be provided.

Building An Anaerobic Digestion Industry
Mel Kurtz, quasar energy group
quasar energy group is an Ohio-based company with 8 existing complete mix anaerobic digestion facilities in Ohio and Massachusetts. The company recycles biomass (organic waste including food waste, FOG, municipal waste and wastewater, crop residuals, biobased oils) to produce electricity and natural gas, as well as vehicle fuel in the form of compressed natural gas (CNG). quasar's President Mel Kurtz offers comprehensive insight into waste stream management, government regulations, component design, development and manufacturing, CNG fuel and vehicle conversions, energy recovery and the place of anaerobic digestion in the expanding renewable energy landscape.

Organics Technology Investments
Susan Robinson, Waste Management
Waste Management's (WM) Organics approach to program development starts with our customers. Today, customers are demanding organics collection programs thus WM is investing in processing infrastructure. Local pricing and collection policies drive upstream investments. Political/social "will" plays an important role, and WM's size/geographic service areas require a varied approach and different types of technology investments versus a single solution. Composting has the broadest potential to meet customer needs today and in the near/midterm future. It balances volume and pricing in most parts of the country, given current market conditions. The cost of anaerobic digestion means back-end incentives (e.g., favorable renewable energy policies) are needed to make the economics work. Other WM investments mostly focus on conversion of wood waste and processed MSW residuals into ethanol, and combined heat and power

 

Monday, October 29, 2012 | | TRACK 1 || 1:45 PM — 3:30 PM

Biogas To Fleet Fuel

Organic Residuals To Renewable Fuels — Building The Infrastructure
Joanna Underwood, Energy Vision
A leading advocates for utilization of anaerobic digester biogas as a renewable fuel shares insights into building market share for renewable compressed natural gas (CNG). Presentation focuses on companies that are innovators and the projects in the organic waste to renewable fuels sector. Evaluation of incentives, state of the CNG fueling infrastructure and technology innovations will be discussed.

Small-Scale Biogas To CNG Opportunities
Chris Voell, BioCNG
An assessment of the opportunities and economics for small-scale fueling systems (50, 100, 200 cfm) that produce between 200 and 1,000 gasoline gallon equivalents/day will be presented. Potential installations include smaller landfills, wastewater treatment plants and manure digesters, with treated biogas utilized as fleet fuel. Case studies are provided, along with a review of the dominoes that need to line up to make projects feasible.

Fueling Dairy Fleet With Renewable Natural Gas
Bernie Sheff, UTS Residuals Processing, LLC

Biomethane Developments In European Union
Representative, Austep/Bioener
Assessment of market penetration for biogas to fleet fuel in the European Union is provided, including the pace of retrofits of natural gas installations to service biomethane demand.

Monday, October 29, 2012 | | TRACK 1 || 4:15 PM — 6:00 PM

Financing and Revenue Opportunities

 

What Deals Are Getting Done?
Mary Bacon, Ewing Bemis & Co.
From the perspective of an investment banker, this presentation reviews what deals — in terms of procuring financing — are getting done in the biogas space and why. Also, it will address what the finance community is looking for in terms of returns, structures and contracts in order to participate.

Biogas Financial Incentives Post Section 1603
Audrey Louison, Mintz, Levin
How has expiration of the U.S. Treasury's 1603 grants affected investments and project development in the biogas industry? This presentation assesses the impacts as well as discusses other incentive programs and incentives on the horizon that may open up project financing opportunities.

Raising Capital for Biogas Projects
Douglas Ross, Cleantech Law Partners
Presentation addresses two issues related to raising capital for biogas projects — deal structures that can accommodate various participants, and laws/regulations applicable to the issuance of securities. On the first issue, it will be useful for project developers and investors to receive a refresher on available deal structures due to both (i) the expiration of the 1603 grants-in-lieu-of-credits program and associated reemergence of tax equity investors, and (ii) legislation in the U.S. Senate that would allow developers of renewable energy projects to use certain other financing structures that are presently limited to use in developing traditional energy and resource projects. The second issue considered by entrepreneurs, project developers, and small-scale investors. In addition to discussing applicable laws/regulations and common means of compliance, this presentation will also address and clarify the role that "finders" may play in locating and arranging financing.

Market Drivers, Opportunties
Kelly Sarber, Strategic Management
A higher altitude overview of the structure of the biogas sector and how investors and strategics are approaching the anaerobic digester market will be provided. Discussion will address how to bridge the divide between the wastewater and solid waste industries — both players in the biogas industry — and what is driving interest in small to medium scale facilities.