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Pellet Supply Chain Summit

Wood pellet exports are achieving record levels on a quarterly basis and as new production capacity comes online and conversions overseas accelerate, this trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. To meet this growing demand investment continues to be made all along the supply chain, beginning with landowners and local foresters and ending with robust investment at destination ports in Europe and the United Kingdom.

As the pellet export production capacity is set to more than double in the next 18-24 months, this summit will investigate the contributions of each stakeholder group along the supply chain and the challenges they’ll have to overcome as production and export capacity ramps up. Designed to investigate this unique opportunity in the forest products segment, the Sustainable Pellet Supply Chain Summit is a must attend event for landowners, local and regional economic development officers, loggers, logistics providers, pellet manufacturers, commodity brokers, shipping companies and port professionals.

Co-located with the 2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo, being held in Orlando, Florida the Pellet Supply Chain Summit is a compelling combination of the right topics being discussed at the right place, at the right time.

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General Registration

This rate applies to all individuals interested in attending the summit. If you have any questions on registration or rates please give us a call at 866-746-8385.

 Through 2/10/2014After 2/10/2014
Registration Rates  
Pellet Producer Rate2 FREE/$95.002 FREE/$95.00
Summit Registration$395.00$495.00

Program Agenda

Monday, March 24

7:30 am – 8:30 amContinental Breakfast
8:30 am – 8:45 amWelcome & Opening Remarks
Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Pellet Mill Magazine
8:45 am – 10:00 amReviewing the Current Ownership, Inventory and Market Trends of North American Wood Fiber
This panel will provide attendees with a comprehensive snapshot of woody biomass inventories in the pellet producing regions of North America. Where does the demand for fiber from pellet producers rank with other demands for wood fiber? What are the trends for forest products in the other sectors that rely on these inputs? What is the outlook for fiber demand in the region and what are experts suggesting this will mean for pellet producers?
  • Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Pellet Mill Magazine
  • Scott Jones, CEO, Forest Landowners Association
    Demonstrating Sustainability of U.S. Private Forests
  • William Perritt, Senior Editor, Wood Biomass Market Report
    Woodfiber Market Dynamic Review: Pulp vs. Pellets
  • Risher Willard, Chief of Marketing & Utilization, Georgia Forestry Commission
    Pellet Development in the South-A Foresters Perspective
10:00 am – 10:45 amBest Practices for Implementing and Documenting Sustainable Forest Management
In September of 2013, the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change affirmed its position that biomass would deliver the greenhouse gas reductions it was seeking. That said, the DECC also established that every producer generating Renewable Energy Credits via biomass derived power would be required to prove that its wood supply chain was sustainable, beginning in April of 2015. This panel will not only serve as a platform to dig into what exactly will be required of producers from a chain of custody perspective, but also the tools and services available to them to prove the sustainable nature of their supply chain.
  • Moderator: Anna Simet, Managing Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Adam Wiskind, Director, Chain of Custody Certification Services, SCS Global Services
    How Forest Product Certification can Open Markets for the U.S. Wood Pellet Industry
  • Thomas Trembath, Southern Operations Manager, Forest Investment Associates
    Responsible Forest Management: One Landowner’s Perspective
10:45 am – 11:15 amNetworking Session Break
11:15 am – 12:15 pmEmerging Design and Siting Strategies for the New Class of Pellet Production Facilities
The market signal being generated in the United Kingdom, and increasingly beyond into the interior of the European Union, has driven pellet production facilities into new territories. The average plant size for the facilities currently under construction in North America is nearly six times larger than the average size of the existing pellet fleet. This panel will investigate the latest thinking in both plant design and plant siting.
  • Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Pellet Mill Magazine
  • Jose Ignacio Pedrajas, Business Development Manager & Co-Owner, Prodesa
    Design of Large Scale Pellet Facilities up to 500,000 tpy
  • Malcolm Swanson, President, ASTEC Inc.
    A Modular Pellet Plant Concept
  • William Strauss, Founder & President, FutureMetrics
    Industrial Pellet Production: Optimal Project Analysis
12:15-1:15 Networking Lunch
1:15 – 2:45 Getting From A to B: Following North American Wood Pellets on their Journey to Waiting Markets
Pellet demand in the United Kingdom and Europe is creating new business and increased opportunities for ports throughout the pellet producing regions in North America. That said ports, port owners and state governments are working to make the necessary adjustments at their ports to accommodate this increased demand and unique product. Pellets create unique storage and handling challenges for ports and as shipments increase and more ports are brought into the supply chain, investment will have to continue. This panel will be populated by senior managers from individual ports and state level port authorities.
  • Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Jason Birnbaum, Technical Sales Manager, Aumund Corporation
    Port Design Concepts for Exporting Biomass
  • Frank Vannelli, Senior Vice President, Commercial & Business Development, Logistec USA Inc.
    Logistec and Biomass: Positioning for Growth in the North American Port System
  • Brendan Collins, Chartering Manager, d'Amico Shipping USA
    Ocean Transportation of Wood Pellets
2:45 pm – 3:15 pmNetworking Session Break
3:15pm – 4:45 pm The Road Ahead: Gauging the Potential and Kinetic Market Energies for Industrial Wood Pellets
The demand created by the marquee facilities in the UK is enough to generate investment all along the supply chain, but what does demand look like after these first facilities come online? How much coal power is currently generated in the UK? How much of that is likely to be converted? What other countries in Europe are eyeing the UK’s biomass strategy for their own greenhouse gas reduction goals? What policy debates are currently underway in the European Union that could generate more demand for wood pellets? Looking beyond Europe, are there other countries that are considering increased usage of wood pellets? Finally, are there other countries that are seeing the same market signal investors and producers in the US are seeing that North American producers would be wise to keep an eye on?
  • Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Pellet Mill Magazine
  • Seth Ginther, Executive Director, U.S. Industrial Pellet Association
    Overview of Policies Driving Industrial Markets
  • Michele Rebiere, Chief Financial Officer & COO, Viridis Energy Inc.
    Managing the Supply Chain: From Fiber to Freight
  • Richard Peberdy, Vice President of Sustainability, Drax Biomass International
    Sustainable Today, Sustainable Tomorrow
  • Ben Conte, Renewable Energy Sales Manager, Bridgewell Renewables
    The European Market for North American Residential Wood Pellets
4:45 – 5:00 pmFinal Thoughts
Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Pellet Mill Magazine
5:00 pm - 6:30 pmInternational Biomass Conference & Expo Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
Registered attendees to the Pellet Supply Chain Summit receive a complimentary pass to the Grand Opening & Welcome Reception

For more information, please contact Kolby Hoagland, Program Manager, BBI International

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