Anaerobic Digestion • Biogas • Composting • Food Waste • Manure • Renewable Natural Gas
18th Annual Conference
BioCycle REFOR17

Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling

Oct. 15, 16, 17, 18, 2018
Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley
Conference Of
The American
Biogas Council

Agenda/Events Pages: Monday ABC Workshop | Tuesday & Wednesday Conference Sessions | Thursday Site Tours
Event Schedule | Think Tank Session: Catalyzing The Biogas Economy | Networking Events
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Agenda: Tuesday, October 16

Updated 11.27

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | | 9:00 AM — 10:15 AM
WELCOME   Opening PLENARY Think Tank
Sushma Masemore
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
  Catalyzing The Biogas Economy
Think Tank Panelists:
Tanja Vujic
Director of Biogas Strategy
Duke University

Charles E. Love Jr.
Renewable Energy Acquisition


Brian Paganini Vice President & Managing Director
Quantum Biopower


Robert Bonnie

Rubenstein Fellow
Duke University's
Nicholas Institute

And Former USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | | 11:00 AM — 12:15 PM
Track 1
Feedstock Sourcing
Distributed Feedstock Sourcing Through Public/Private Partnership

David McNeil, BlueBridge Cooperative

U.S. National Standards For Biomass Supply Chain Risk

Jordan Solomon, Ecostrat

Shyam Nair, Idaho National Laboratory

Track 2
State Permitting Of Anaerobic Digestion Infrastructure

Christine Lawson and Donna Wilson, North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Quality

Kathryn Perszyk, Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality

Robert Wadley, Tennessee Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Track 3
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Federal Biogas Policies

Maureen Walsh, American Biogas Council

Cheryl Coleman, Director, Resource Conservation & Sustainability Division, ORCR/OLEM/EPA

Robert Bonnie, Duke University and former Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Track 4
Microgrids And Battery Storage
Farm-Based Microgrid Supplements Rural Electricity Demand

Tom Butler, Butler Farms

Debbie Britt, North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives

Teaming For Profits: Utility Scale Battery Projects Powered By Renewables

Kelly Sarber, Strategic Management Group

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | | 1:45 PM — 3:30 PM
Track 1
Water Resource Recovery Facilities (WRRFs) — Codigestion, Energy Recovery
Food Waste Codigestion At WRRFs: Building A Business Case

Carol A. Jones, Environmental Law Institute

Codigestion Of Biosolids To Energy Enhancement: Project Update

Jim Meehan, Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority

Rick Sapir, Hawkins Delafield & Wood

Anaerobic Digester Gas Utilization At North Carolina WRRF

Kurtis Proffit, Black & Veatch

Energy Recovery Using Microbial Electrolysis Coupled With AD

Abhijeet Borole, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Track 2
Farm Digester Economics
National Trends In Livestock Manure Digestion

Chris Voell, U.S. EPA AgSTAR

Aggregation Of Farms Provides Optimization Of Biogas

Gus Simmons, Cavanaugh & Associates, P.A.

Multifarm AD Economics For Dairy Production

Mahmoud Sharara, North Carolina State University

Evaluating Opportunities For Dairy Digesters: Codigestion Or RNG?

Dana Kirk, Michigan State University

Track 3
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Financing: Lessons Of Success And Failure, 2017-2018

William Jorgenson, Vanguard Renewables,


Thomas Emmons, Pegasus Capital Advisors

Lex Heslin, GPB Capital

Dave Kirkpatrick, SJF Ventures

Rob Van Es, Vision Ridge Partners, LLC

Track 4
The Global Picture
New Perspectives On Biowaste Treatment In Italy

Massimo Centemero and Michele Giavini, Italian Composting and Biogas Association

AD Policy In U.S. And Germany: Trends And Opportunities

Stephanie Lansing, University of Maryland

Lessons Learned From The French Biogas Market

Rex Parappilly, Xebec

Dutch Transition: Biomass And Food Moving Towards Circular Economy

Martin van Nieuwenhoven, Ministry Environment / Netherlands

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | | 4:15 PM — 6:00 PM
Track 1
Anaerobic Digester Research Updates
Incorporating Biochar To Manage Hydrogen Sulfide

Rebecca A. Larson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Evaluating Feedstocks For Lignocellulosic Content, Tracking Conversion During AD

Dana Kirk, Michigan State University

Biomethane Potential Testing — Understanding The Results, Utilizing The Data

Brian Langolf, University Of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Impact of Hydrolytic Enzymes On Anaerobic Digestion

Rebecca Hobden, Novozymes Biologicals

Track 2
Anaerobic Digestion, Composting Infrastructure Assessment
Anaerobic Digestion Facilities Processing Food Waste in the U.S.

Melissa Pennington, EPA Region III, Philadelphia

U.S. EPA Excess Food Opportunities Map

Claudia Fabiano, U.S. EPA

North Carolina's Organics Processing Capacity Assessment

Bruce Fulford, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality


Track 3
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"Show Me The Money" … Tapping Lucrative RIN And LCFS Credits

Paul Greene, CDM Smith

• Status and future trends in the RFS RIN market

• Status and future trends in the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard market

• Content of a good offtake agreement

• Using RIN and LCFS credits as secure revenue to finance a project


Craig Murphy, Brightmark Energy

Paul Niznik, Argus Consulting Services

John Haeckel, Clean Fuel Partners

Brad Pleima, EcoEngineers

Track 4
Mortality, Poultry Litter Composting
Mortality Composting Trends And Insights

Bob Peer, Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality

Standard And Catastrophic Animal Mortality Management In North Carolina

Henrietta Holbrooks, NCDA&CS Veterinary Division and Joseph Hudyncia, NCDA&CS

Joseph Stuckey, NCSU Animal Poultry Waste Management Center

Using Southern Yellow Pine Biochar And Wood Vinegar To Remediate Poultry Litter Compost

Maryam Mohammadi-Aragh, Mississippi State University