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Biomass Heat and Power in the Twin Cities

Thursday, April 13 (8:30 am – 3:15 pm)
Biomass heat and power abounds in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. This year’s industry tour features two of the metro areas most sterling example of biomass energy. Each tour stop will offer attendees an opportunity to see not only the heat-and-power plant, but also the source of the facility’s feedstock.
Bus boards Hilton Minneapolis 8:00 am and Hyatt Regency Minneapolis 8:20 am

Koda Energy/Rahr Malting

Commissioned in 2009 Koda Energy is among the country’s most unique biomass heat-and-power facilities. Built adjacent to Rahr Malting, the world’s largest single-site producers of malt and a major distributor of other brewing ingredients. Rahr has been manufacturing malt since 1847. Koda Energy utilizes waste streams from the Rahr facility and urban wood waste to produce both process heat for the malting process and electricity. Attendees will tour both the Koda Energy facility and the Rahr Malting facility to gain a complete understanding of the unique relationship between these two impressive operations.



District Energy St. Paul/Environmental Wood Supply

District Energy St. Paul provides heating and cooling to nearly 200 buildings in downtown St. Paul, making it the largest district energy system in all of North America. This state-of-the-art facility is a model of continual improvement and refinement, first converting from steam to hot water production in 1983, adding a cooling service in 1993 and most recently committing to move away from any coal use by the 2020-21 heating season. Attendees will also see Environmental Wood Supply, a unique operation that converts urban wood waste into a fuel source suitable for use in the district energy facility.


Cost: $150.00 - Limited Seating
Registration Deadline: March 28, 2017
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Industry Tour Schedule

Thursday, April 13

8:30 am – 9:00 am Travel from Conference Hotel to Koda Energy – Shakopee, Minnesota
9:00 am – 10:30 am Tour Koda Energy
10:30 am – 11:30 am Tour Rahr Malting
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Travel from Rahr Malting to Environmental Wood Supply – St. Paul, Minnesota
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Bus/Walking Tour of Environmental Wood Supply
1:00 pm - 1:15 pmm Travel to Ever-Green Energy – Downtown St. Paul
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Tour of Ever-Green Energy
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Travel to Conference Hotels


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Registration Deadline: March 28, 2017

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