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Internationally Recognized Bioenergy Experts Convene in Sacramento

Thursday, October 15, 2009 General News J E 4
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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 14 -- The inaugural Advanced Bioenergy Conference and Expo, scheduled for November 11-13, 2009 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, Calif. will feature a number of internationally recognized experts representing all sectors of the bioenergy value chain.

During the opening plenary session, Doug Cameron, managing director and chief science advisor at Piper Jaffray & Co., will present The Investment Climate for Bioenergy: Current Weather and Future Forecast. Cameron was recently awarded the Raphael Katzen Award for distinguished contributions in the deployment and commercialization of biotechnology to produce fuels and chemicals. In addition to his current role at Piper Jaffray, he has held senior positions at Khosla Ventures and Cargill and was a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A discussion on Emerging Value Chains for Large-scale Bioenergy Production will be another feature of the opening session. Randal Goodfellow, senior vice president of corporate relations at Ensyn Technologies will moderate the three-speaker panel that will include Clark Binkley, managing director, International Forestry Investment Advisors (IFIA); Don Roberts, managing director, CIBC World Markets; and Andrew Lear, manager of partnerships, planning and analysis, at Catchlight Energy LLC - A Chevron and Weyerhaeuser Joint Venture.

Some of the accomplishments of this panel include the following: Dr. Binkley founded IFIA in 2005, a firm that currently co-manages more than a half billion dollars of assets in the timberland investment industry; Forbes Magazine rated Roberts as one of the top two forestry sector analysts in the World; and Lear is on the management team of a company that unites Weyerhaeuser’s expertise in resource management and logistics and Chevron’s experience in advanced fuel manufacturing and distribution.

Treadlite Group, an “eco-conscience” marketing and conference planning company in Salida, Colo. is organizing the event, which has gained support from a number of companies and organizations including NEAtech, LLC; TSS Consultants; the University of California, Davis, Energy Institute; the California Biomass Collaborative; the Sacramento Municipal Utility District; and the California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research.

“With the help of our supporting companies and organizations, we have confirmed some of the most innovative bioenergy experts to speak at this cutting-edge conference,” Dave Blazer, CEO of Treadlite Group said. “This includes representatives from industry, government and academia – providing participants a broad range of perspectives and a rich environment to learn, network and develop new business.”

The three-day event will start with an industry tour followed by two days of educational sessions and multiple networking opportunities. Topics will include national and California policies, renewable hydrocarbons, electrical generation from woody biomass, MSW-to-energy, alcohol fuels, advances in anaerobic digestion, dedicated energy crops, aviation fuels, biomass as a commodity, integrated biorefining, small-scale bio-power, algae biomass production and project development.

Information on the conference program, registration, sponsorships and booth sales is available at www.advancedbioenergyconference.com.

SOURCE Treadlite Group

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