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October 21-23, 2013 • Columbus, Ohio

BioCycle Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling Conference

Presentation Descriptions
Monday, October 29, 2012 — Plenary Session

Updated 10.12

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

Monday, October 29, 2012 | | PLENARY SESSION || 9:00 AM — 10:15 PM

Accelerating The Pace

Renewable Energy And Organics Recycling — Making The Connections

Mark Hague, Acting Deputy Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA Region 7

Keynote presentation highlights how sustainable organic materials management is linked to our communities' health, protects our environment and is good for our economy. Organics recycling is an economic issue because throwing away organic materials is not only a loss of valuable resources, it wastes energy, money and time. Organics recycling is an environmental issue because organics in the nation's landfills account for more than a third of the U.S. municipal solid waste and food scraps account for more than 25 percent of the country's methane emissions. Finally, organics recycling is a social issue because if we could reduce food loss by 15 percent, we could feed more than 25 million Americans each year, which is critically important at a time when one out of six Americans don't have a steady supply of food at their table.

Biodigester Market Development — Next Steps
Allison Costa, U.S. EPA AgSTAR
Currently, digesters are implemented on a site-specific basis, usually where there is a specific driver, such as a business need, odor concern, nutrient management or other factors. In order to move digester development from site-specific cases to widespread deployment, a concerted effort needs to be made by government, the industry, the financial community and other interested organizations. Presentation discusses need to compile and analyze existing data for investors; continue researching advances that will make environmental improvements, improve process efficiencies and bring down costs; educate communities, regulators and policymakers on the benefits of AD and impacts of various policies; consider more cross-sector digester projects (e.g., agricultural, MSW organics, wastewater) for ultimate community benefits; and coordinate on projects that would benefit the entire industry and reduce project costs. Learn how EPA is stepping up to coordinate efforts across the Agency, other federal agencies, the industry, and supporting organizations to reach the next stage in biodigester market development and how you can be a part of this exciting movement.

The Missing Piece in America's Clean, Local Energy Transformation
John Farrell, Institute For Local Self-Reliance
How biogas from anaerobic digestion can complement variable wind and solar power in decentralized renewable energy systems. Presentation explores key concepts of clean, local energy systems. These include how to value local capacity, avoided transmission access and transmission loss, and steps to ensure adequate storage of generated energy.