REFOR13 Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling Conference


October 20, 21, 22, 23, 2013 • Columbus, Ohio • Hyatt Regency Columbus

American Biogas Council Events Within REFOR13

This year, REFOR13 is the official conference of the American Biogas Council and the ABC and BioCycle teams have been working for months to create some special parts of the event especially for you, stakeholders in the biogas industry.

All events are OPEN TO ALL except the Annual All Member Meeting and Working Group/ Committee Meetings. Click here to join the ABC, visit or call 202.640.6595.


Sunday, October 20, 2013
Preconference WorkshopHow To Avoid Digester Failures, Operating Errors —
And Find Financial Success
(12:30–5:30 PM)
Whether you want to hear some horror stories or need to learn how to avoid common digester pitfalls, you don't want to miss this unique, 4-hour, ABC-organized workshop. The stories and case studies have been hand picked and each of our experts have promised an open, candid, energetic discussion based on actual experiences with biogas systems.
Learn more and register

Monday, October 21, 2013
Keynote And ABC Award
(9:00–10:15 AM)
Massachusetts' Plan to Tap the Hidden Energy Value of Organic Waste, Kenneth L. Kimmell, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  Parallel Session
Federal Biogas Policies
(11:00 AM—12:15 PM)
Douglas Ross, Green Ground Law pllc/American Biogas Council; Maureen Walsh, Dynamic Change Group/American Biogas Council; Shashi Menon, EcoEngineers

ABC Annual All Member Meeting And Board Elections
(4:15– 6:00 PM) ABC Members Only
As the name implies, this is the one time when we bring all ABC Members together face to face for you to meet and network with each other and give us your guidance on the future of the organization. Staff and the Board will offer a summary of the past year and a sneak peek of 2014. We'll also ask for you to vote for the 5 of the 9 elected positions open on the Board of Directors. Any employee of an organization who is a member of the ABC and has paid their dues (we take credit cards online) is welcome.

ABC Reception And Biogas Industry Awards
(6:00–8:00 PM)
After the sessions, wind down with the ABC's first-ever reception and Biogas Industry Awards. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres while networking with your fellow industry representatives and learning about this year's surprise award winners.>

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Parallel Session
Public-Private Partnerships (P3): The Future for Public Procurement
Of AD Projects?
10:15 AM–12:00PM
Tim Raibley, HDR, Inc.; Ben Vitale, Equilibrium Capital Management; Rick Cisterna, Natural Systems Utilities
  Parallel Session
Breaking Through Cost Barriers
Of U.S. AD System Development
1:30–3:15 PM
Larry Persinger, Industrial Projects Consulting; Paul Greene, O'Brien & Gere; Michael Schuppenhauer, Farmatic Inc.; Trevor Nickel, Himark BioGas
To be scheduled

ABC Working Group/Committee Meetings


Learn more about the
American Biogas Council
by visiting their Web site: www.americanbiogascouncil.org