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Biomass Feasibility and Project Development Assessment

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.


  • Development Applications
    • Distributed generation and co-generation
    • Municipalities and other government agencies
    • Industrial projects
    • Rural development
  • Technologies and Cost/Benefit Analyses
    • Co-firing and conversions
      • Methods considered - direct co-firing vs. indirect co-firing
      • Capital costs associated with co-firing
      • Challenges of relating to co-firing/re-powering of power plants
  • Feasibility components
    • Business formation, planning and modeling, marketing strategy and strategic planning
      • Preliminary engineering
      • Power and thermal energy purchase agreements
      • Biomass resource analysis
      • Financial due diligence
    • Project analysis and development and barriers to entry
    • Capital budgeting, financial analysis, pricing

Brent Boyko, Senior Manager-Business Development, Ontario Power Generation

Tim Rooney, Project Manager, ANTARES Group Inc

Christopher Lindsey, Associate Principal, ANTARES Group Inc


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