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Biomass Growth Potential in the U.S -- Why the Future Looks Bright

Event Description and Agenda:

Biomass power is showing greater promise as a growing part of the international supply mix based on several drivers: strong government incentives for renewables in the power industry, more strenuous emissions and environmental regulations, technical innovations and enhancements. This webinar series will feature expert assessments of domestic growth trends and export opportunities for biomass power in the U.S. and global market.

The first webinar will identify growth drivers for U.S. biomass generation. Although the U.S. biomass energy industry hit a lull due to inexpensive natural gas prices and lack of government incentives, recent stricter government regulation for carbon triggers greater potential for domestic biomass industry growth. This discussion will present an overview of relevant and changing regulation favoring biomass, biomass power-plant case studies, co-firing and conversions, and issues affecting the feasibility of biomass conversions.

The second webinar will examine the various fuel sources traditional, torrefied, and steam exploded pellets -- within the context of the global market and export opportunities. Each fuel source will be analyzed and compared to the others with regard to future market potential, thermal efficiency, and transport feasibility. An overview on the global supply chain, market dynamics and opportunities will also be discussed.

The third webinar will review biomass development applications (municipal, industrial, and rural), technologies and cost/benefit analyses. It will also provide an overview on how to get started for biomass project developing, feasibility assessment, and budgeting.

Individuals can register for a single, multiple or all three webinars.

  • Growth Drivers
    • Tax policies
      • Federal
      • State
    • RPS
      • States with RPS allowances and carve-outs
    • EPA Compliance
      • Implications of EPA ruling on biogenic carbon/recognition of carbon neutrality
      • New US EPA Ruling 111D -- cut carbon emissions from power sector by 30%
  • Growth Opportunities
    • Conversion of North American pulverized coal power plants
      • Lowest cost renewable power for RPS and EPA compliance
      • Dispatchable
        • Baseload to support other renewable energy generation
      • Case studies
        • Drax in the UK (650 MWs per unit)
        • Ontario Power Generations' 240 MW Atikokan and Thunder Bay plants in Ontario
    • Co-Firing and conversions
      • Untapped market for industrial wood pellets
      • Demand for domestic heating pellet trends
  • Issues Affecting the Feasibility of Biomass Conversions
    • Price of gas
    • Cost vs. energy yield
    • Fuel accessibility and transportation
    • Reliability of fuel supply
    • Seasonal impact
  • The Value Proposition
    • Renewable energy credits
    • Tax offsets
    • Improvements in emission performance/reduction

William Strauss, Ph.D., President, FutureMetrics

Albert Rettenmaier, Executive Director, E3 Consulting

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