USIPA 2019 Exporting Pellets Conference

October 6-8, 2019

Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel


Details

Registration

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Registration pricing for 2019:

  • Regular Registration: $1,595 (August 31-October 5)
  • On-Site Registration: $1,895 (October 6-October 8)


Venue

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USIPA's 9th Annual Conference returns to the iconic Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.


Book in USIPA's discounted room block for a rate of just $259.00 per night!


2019 Sponsors

Platinum

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Gold

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Silver

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Supporting Partners

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Media Partners

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Agenda

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6

12:00PM

Registration Desk Opens

Outside Glimmer Ballroom


3:30PM - 5:00PM

Opening Session: State of the Industry

Conference Hall


John Keppler, President and CEO of Enviva, will provide his annual State of the Industry Update to kick off USIPA's 2019 Conference.


Following John's presentation, hear from Nigel Adams, UK Minister for Culture and MP for Selby and Ainsty, on trans-Atlantic pellet trade and the important role biomass plays in decarbonisation across the UK and Europe.


Moderated Q&A with John and Nigel will follow.


  • Moderator - Seth Ginther, Executive Director, USIPA
  • John Keppler, President and CEO, Enviva
  • Nigel Adams, UK Minister for Culture and MP for Selby and Ainsty


5:00PM - 7:00PM

Opening Reception

Glimmer Terrace


Join over 300 industry leaders for the best networking reception in the business!  Enjoy Latin-inspired cocktails, music, and hors d'eouvres, all set against a backdrop of stunning ocean views.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 7

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Networking Breakfast

Exhibit Hall and Glimmer Terrace


Enjoy a hot, buffet breakfast while exploring the exhibit hall.


9:00AM - 9:15AM

Opening Remarks

Conference Hall


  • Seth Ginther, Executive Director, USIPA


9:15AM - 10:30AM

Power Generators Panel

Conference Hall


Don't miss our annual power generators panel.  Hear from the major players in the biomass market on market trends, developments, and future goals of the industry.


  • Moderator - Thomas Meth, Executive VP Sales & Marketing, Enviva
  • Soren Alsing, Head of Fuel, Orsted
  • Martin deWolff, Head of Biofuel Trading, RWE Supply & Trading
  • Christian Joore, Lead Trader,  Vattenfall
  • Fabien Mehu, Head of Biomass Trading, Engie
  • Rick Taylor, Head of Fuel, Drax


10:30AM - 11:00AM

Networking Break

Exhibit Hall



MIDDAY SESSION: 

EUROPEAN MARKETS & POLICY

Session Chair: John Bingham, Director, Hawkins Wright


11:00AM - 11:45AM

European Pellet Market Overview

Conference Hall


John Bingham, pre-eminent economist and biomass market expert, will provide an overview of predicted market demand for wood pellets across Europe.


  • John Bingham, Director, Hawkins Wright


11:45AM - 11:55AM

EEX Bioenergy Initiatives

Conference Hall


  • Robert Seehawer, Senior Business Developer, EEX


11:55AM - 12:45PM

European Trade Panel

Conference Hall


  • Moderator - John Bingham, Director, Hawkins Wright
  • Tiago Andrade, Director, Wood Pellet Services
  • Simon Christensen, Partner, CM Biomass
  • Brodie Govan, Biomass Broker, Voyage Power
  • Henry Pease, Biofuels Trader, RWE Supply & Trading
  • Robert Seehawer, Senior Business Developer, EEX


12:45PM - 1:00PM

Biomass With Carbon Capture and Storage Update

Conference Hall


  • Matt Willey, External Affairs Director, Drax


1:00PM - 2:00PM

Networking Lunch

Exhibit Hall and Glimmer Terrace


Enjoy a hot, buffet lunch while exploring the exhibit hall.


2:00PM - 2:30PM

Safety Session: Advancing Isothermal Calorimetry As A Tool to Examine Self-heating of Wood Pellets 

Conference Hall


  • Robert Narron, PhD, Research Scientist, LignoTech USA


2:30 PM- 3:00PM

Special Session

Conference Hall



AFTERNOON SESSION:

ASIAN MARKETS & POLICY

Session Chair: Tiago Andrade, Director, Wood Pellet Services


3:00PM - 3:30PM

Asian Pellet Market Overview

Conference Hall


Dr. Bill Strauss, leading market expert on wood pellet demand and trade flows will provide an outlook on biomass demand across Japan, South Korea, and Southeast Asia.


  • Dr. Bill Strauss, President, FutureMetrics


3:30PM - 3:50PM

Korean Market Potential for North American Biomass Imports

Conference Hall


  • Marco Kim, Global Cooperation Advisor, Korea Forest Biomass Energy Association


3:50PM - 4:15PM

Financing Biomass and Renewables Projects for Japanese Markets

Conference Hall


  • Mr. Aki Mori, CFO, Renova


4:15PM - 5:30PM

Asian Market Trading and Logistics

Conference Hall


This panel discussion will feature traders, exporters, and importers sharing their expert views on trade flows from North America to Asia and what developments we can expect to see as the Asian market for wood pellets grows.


  

  • Moderator - Yoshi Kusano, Executive Advisor & General Manager, Fuel Procurement, Biomass Energy, Renova
  • Fumie Akiyama, Biomass Team, Sumitomo Corporation
  • Tiago Andrade, Director, Wood Pellet Services 
  • Shuji Aoki, Manager, NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers 
  • Fred Miyata, General Manager, Business Development Asia-Pacific, Enviva
  • Michael Paulsen, General Manager, Ultrabulk
  • Steve Rzehak, Partner, MIDSHIP Group


5:30PM - 7:30PM

Networking Reception

Exhibit Hall and Glimmer Terrace


Enjoy networking, drinks, and snacks while exploring the exhibit hall.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Networking Breakfast

Exhibit Hall and Glimmer Terrace


Enjoy a hot, buffet breakfast while exploring the exhibit hall. 


9:00AM - 9:20AM

Sector Communications Update

Conference Hall


Communicating our industry story has never been more important.  Learn more about the steps USIPA and the industry have undertaken to enhance our communications efforts.


  • Seth Ginther, Executive Director, USIPA
  • Taylor Fitts, VP Communications, USIPA
  • Tim Punke, Partner, Monument Advocacy


9:20AM - 10:00AM

Re-Imagine. Re-Think. Re-Connect. Re-Positioning the #forestproud Sector.

Conference Hall


Will Novy-Hildesley, Executive Director of the North American Forest Partnership, will present on the importance of effectively communicating our forest sustainability story, and the work #forestproud has done across forestry sectors.


  • Will Novy-Hildesley, Executive Director, North American Forest Partnership


10:00AM - 11:00AM

Producers Panel

Conference Hall


Don't miss the annual producers panel featuring major exporters of wood pellets from the US providing their perspective on current trends and what the next 12-18 months hold.


  • Moderator - Seth Ginther, Executive Director, USIPA
  • Harold Arnold, President, Fram Renewable Fuels
  • Thomas Meth, Executive VP Sales and Marketing, Enviva
  • Barry Parrish, Director of Sustainability and Fiber Procurement, Georgia Biomass
  • Richard Peberdy, Vice President of Sustainability, Drax Biomass
  • Tom Reilley, Chairman, Highland Pellets
  • Mike Williams, Project Director, Business Development, The Westervelt Company



MIDDAY SESSION:

SUSTAINABILITY & CARBON

Session Chair: Dr. Bob Malmsheimer, Professor, State University of New York


11:00AM - 11:15AM

Sustainable Biomass Program Update

Conference Hall


Take a look at SBP's new, multi-stakeholder governance system and hear what's next for the program in 2020 and beyond.


  • Carsten Huljus, CEO, Sustainable Biomass Program


11:15AM - 11:30AM

Enviva Sustainable Sourcing Policy

Conference Hall


In Summer 2019, Enviva unveiled a new sustainable sourcing policy.  Join Enviva's Chief Sustainability Officer for an in-depth look at this policy, and what is driving enhanced sustainability reporting and visibility within the industry.


  • Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Chief Sustainability Officer, Enviva


11:30AM - 1:00PM

Biomass Sustainability Tools - Collaborating and Communicating on Sustainability

Conference Hall


Join academics and industry experts for an update on the latest sustainability research and a panel discussion on available tools to communicate and demonstrate biomass sustainability, and improve supply chain transparency.


  • Moderator - Elizabeth Woodworth, Founder and Principal, Wood & Co. Consulting
  • Dr. Puneet Dwivedi, Associate Professor of Forest Sustainability Sciences, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia
  • Blake Hudson, A. L. O'Quinn Chair and Professor of Law, University of Houston
  • Keith Kline, Senior Researcher, Climate Change Science Institute and Center for Bioenergy Sustainability, Oak Ridge National Lab
  • Dr. Bob Malmsheimer, Professor,  College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York


1:00PM

Conference Adjourns

Boxed Lunches Available

Exhibit Hall


Grab a boxed lunch on your way out!