2015 REW Conference Agenda

Monday, November 16, 2015
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration Open
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Pre-conference Workshop: Planning for success - Public Sector Planning and Implementation of Waste Conversion Projects (separate fee required)
This half day workshop provides an in-depth discussion and exchange on how to approach new projects to maximize return and address the many risks that need to be considered in structuring project agreements.

Speaker: Harvey Gershman, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc.
Speaker: Rick Sapir, Hawkins, Delafield & Wood LLC
Speaker: Mark Hammond, Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Progress Report - Waste Conversion
An update on waste conversion technologies being brought to commercial scale in North America, including updates and outlooks from representatives from various waste-to-energy sectors on their specific areas of expertise.

Moderator: Harvey Gershman, President, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc.
Speaker: Ted Michaels, Energy Recovery Council
Speaker: Norma McDonald, Organic Waste Systems
Speaker: Alison Kerester, Gasification Technologies Council
Speaker: Marco Castaldi, Associate Professor, The City College of New York, Chair WTERT-CCNY

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Waste Not - Processing for Maximum Energy Recovery
Mixed waste processing facilities are being developed to maximize value of recyclables and produce high-calorific-value feedstock for waste-to-energy and fuel applications.

Moderator: Bob Brickner, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
Speaker: Jacobo Moreno, Valoriza Environmental Services
Speaker: Craig Cookson, American Chemistry Council
Speaker: Steve Miller, Bulk Handling Systems

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch 
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Smart Business - A Look at Industrial Applications for RDF and Waste Conversion
Businesses that can use the waste they generate as a resource are leading the sustainability movement in the U.S. You'll get to hear the unique ways some of the top companies in the country are using waste conversion technologies to power their operations and reduce their environmental footprint.

Moderator: Kristin Smith, Editor, Renewable Energy from Waste magazine
Speaker: Audrey Templeton, Corporate Environmental Manager, MillerCoors
Speaker: Aaron Garcia, Director of Alternative Fuels and Operations Support, CEMEX
Speaker: Jeff Wooster, Global Sustainability Director, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

An Optimal Environment - Why Waste-to-Energy Works in Florida
Waste-to-energy, anaerobic digestion, gasification and landfill gas projects in the Sunshine State are abundant. Those operating and permitting these projects discuss market conditions and the regulatory climate that make waste-to-energy projects work.

Moderator: Ted Michaels, Energy Recovery Council
Speaker: Mark Hammond, Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County
Speaker: Thomas Yonge, Golder Associates
Speaker: Jeff Koerner, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Financing in the Real World
Panelists share real-life examples of financing waste conversion and waste-to-energy investments.

Moderator/Speaker: Mona Dajani, Baker & McKenzie
Speaker: Jandra Lubovich, Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc.
Speaker: Chris Cassidy, National Renewable Energy Advisor, USDA
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Networking Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Status Update - Waste Conversion Projects
Speakers provide updates on progress being made on high-profile waste conversion projects that are in the various stages of development, construction and commissioning.

Moderator: Nat Egosi, RRT Design & Construction
Speaker: Russell Cooper, Vice President Business Development, Vadxx
Speaker: Tom Smith, Prince William County Public Works
David McConnell, Vice President of Business Development, North America, Enerkem

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Gasification and Advanced Biofuels are the Future
Transportation fuels and chemicals production are becoming more attractive options for waste conversion, but developing technologies and market factors play into their success. This panel will discuss how their business models are working in this growing industry.

Moderator: Kristin Smith, Editor, Renewable Energy from Waste magazine
Speaker: Gerson Santos-Leon, Abengoa Bioenergy
Speaker: Dave Robau, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Energy Network

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Part of the Magic - How an Anaerobic Digestion Public-Private Partnership is Powering Orlando's Tourist Attractions
Through a public-private partnership, Harvest Power is working with local businesses to codigest food waste with biosolids to provide power to the area's major attractions.

Moderator: Ljupka Arsova, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
Speaker: Brandon Moffatt, Harvest Power
Speaker: Ted McKim, Principal Civil Engineer, Reedy Creek Energy Services
Speaker: Jamie Bohan, Republic Services

5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Conference Takeaways

Speaker: Harvey Gershman, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
Speaker: Kristin Smith, Renewable Energy from Waste magazine

Thursday, November 19, 2015
 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. REW Conference Facilities Tour 1: Harvest Power Energy Garden Tour (additional fee required)