October 2

Field Tours – 9am-5pm
*Field tours require separate registration ($40 includes transportation and lunch)

Evening Reception – 6-8pm
PBEA will host a Welcome Reception on Oct 2. Conference goers are welcome to peruse the exhibit hall and share in networking opportunities.


October 3

Registration – 6:45-11:30am
VIP Registration for sponsors, exhibitors and speakers – 6:30-11:30am

Opening Session – 8-9am
• Welcome Remarks from PBEA
• Keynote Speaker
• PBEA Industry Report Review Panel

Breakout Session 1 – 9:15am – 10:15am

Building on Each Other’s Successes
Whether your personal philosophy falls under “there is strength in numbers” or “no reason to reinvent the wheel,” there are lessons to be learned from other successful organizations and outreach campaigns. There will always be a need for associations with a strong national presence, but more specialized, regional groups have been gaining steam as well. From Maryland to Maine and beyond, learn more about how organizations and individuals are networking within the region and getting their message heard.

  • Moderator – Melissa Britcher, PA Biomass Energy Association
  • Biomass Development in Maryland – Angela Visintainer, Cambridge Environmental Technology
  • Maryland Wood Change Out Program and Wood Stove Deign Challenge – John Ackerly, Alliance for Green Heat
  • Working with State, Regional, and National Organizations – Charlie Niebling, NY Biomass Energy Alliance

Biomass & the Environment
Pennsylvania’s Biomass Industry presents abundant opportunity to improve the environment. This session will include information on one school district’s hybrid willow plantation that will fuel their high school’s woodchip boiler. Pennsylvania is already a leader in sustainable management of its forest resources. This session also highlights Pennsylvania’s Biomass Harvesting Guidelines. These harvesting guidelines support the biomass industry while providing sustainability measures through Best Management Practices.

  • Moderator – Mike Palko, PA Bureau of Forestry
  • Energy Crops: Hybrid Willow Planting at East Lycoming High School – Dave Maciejewski, East Lycoming School District; and Richard Skinner, McClure Energy Services
  • Sustainable Forest Practices: PA’s Biomass Harvesting Guidelines & Best Management Practices – Paul Roth, PA Bureau of Forestry

Understanding Pennsylvania's Biomass Feedstocks
Pennsylvania has abundant biomass resources. This session is the equivalent of Biomass Feedstocks 101, and provides an introduction to the types, amounts, and geographic distribution of biomass in Pennsylvania. Also part of the session will be a primer on how biomass is characterized for combustion applications. Innovation characterization methods use by The Pennsylvania State University will also be discussed.

  • Moderator – John Costlow, Sustainable Energy Fund
  • Pennsylvania Biomass: An Overview of Type and Distribution – Joel Morrison, Penn State, EMS Energy Institute
  • Characterization of Biomass Feedstocks for Combustion Applications – Bruce Miller, Penn State, EMS Energy Institute

Break [in Exhibit Hall] – 10:15-10:30am

Breakout Session 2 – 10:30am – Noon

Biomass Thermal Policy Considerations and Updates
Government policies, legislation and regulations have had both positive and negative impacts on development of the US biomass energy industry. Funding programs can help increase the potential of success for projects, and regulations can adversely impact both costs and interest in biomass energy. This session will feature three speakers who will address the federal, state and regional government policies and programs which may determine the future of the industry and adoption of biomass thermal energy projects.

  • Moderator – Jennifer Hedrick, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • National Policies and Future Directions – Joseph Seymour, Biomass Thermal Energy Council
  • Northeast Regional Efforts – Charlie Niebling, Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group
  • Pennsylvania Biomass Policies and Priorities – John Nikoloff, PBEA Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Energy Resources Group

Air Quality
Air quality is a broad and often cumbersome term. This session will provide basic understanding of air emissions associated with biomass combustion, the importance and means for addressing these emissions. This panel will explore the biomass combustion process and typical air emission profile; the potential human health impacts from emission constituents; best practices for biomass system design to minimize air emissions, and the difference between advanced combustion systems and poor performers.

  • Moderator – Dan Ciolkosz, Penn State University
  • Biomass Thermal and Air Quality Concerns – Jeff Yanoski, PSU College of Medicine
  • Overview of Biomass Emissions and Permitting in the Northeast – Steve Snook, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Air Pollution Control Division
  • Biomass Combustion Technologies and Emission Controls: Best Practices to Minimize Air Quality Impacts – Simon Kob, Viessmann Manufacturing.

All About Biogas
Pennsylvania is the second largest producer of biogas in the country. Unlike wood or crop-based forms of biomass, it is easy to misunderstand how biogas falls into the biomass family. Methane captured at landfills, manure to energy projects, and anaerobic digestion on farms, are all examples of biogas energy sources. Learn more about biogas and how it is working in Pennsylvania.

  • Moderator – Mike McCaskey, EnergyWorks BioPower
  • Improving Water Quality in the Chesapeake Bay Through Biomass Utilization – Marel Raub, Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • Multiple Benefits of Anaerobic Digestion: Generation of Energy, Fuel & Nutrient Management - Keith Henn, Tetra Tech
  • Pennsylvania: A Long Time Leader in Landfill Methane Capture – Steve Gabrielle, PPL Renewable Energy

Networking Luncheon – 12:15-1:15pm

Breakout Session 3 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Biomass Financing
Finding financing can be a long and difficult process. But through much ingenuity and persistence, Pennsylvania is one of the leaders in the country in biomass thermal and power development. Learn how successful projects were financed, from speakers with experience in the commercial, governmental, and private financial sectors.

  • Moderator – John Nikoloff, PA Energy Resources Group
  • State Investment in Biomass: State support for biomass energy crops; overview of loan and grant programs – Jared Grissinger, PA Department of Agriculture
  • Federal Investment in Biomass: REAP Program, Farm Bill and Budget – Dr. Amanda Krugh, USDA Pennsylvania Energy Coordinator
  • Federal Investment in Biomass: Loan Guarantee Programs – Shaun Stehr, Business & Industry Program Specialist, USDA Rural Development
  • Overview of the state’s Electric Utilities’ Sustainable Energy Funds’ Investment in Biomass – Jennifer Hopkins, Sustainable Energy Fund

Evaluating if Biomass is Right for You
There are several biomass options when it comes to heating, cooling, and powering your home or business. But which one is right for you? Learn about guidelines for evaluating potential biomass projects; the owner’s decision process, provided from an owner’s perspective; and multiple project examples, including cost, annual savings, and net CO2 emission reductions.

  • Moderator – Dan Wilson, Wilson Engineering
  • Biomass Project Case Studies – Lew McCreery, U.S. Forest Service Wood Education Resource Center
  • Owners Prospective on Project Evaluation and Development – Greg Chanis, County Administrator for Sullivan County, New Hampshire
  • Biomass Thermal: Guidelines for Evaluating Potential Sites – Paul Lewandowski, AFS Energy

Pellet Delivery and Appliances
The Pellet Delivery and Appliance session will focus on the benefits of wood pellet heat in residential, commercial and institutional settings. This session will provide experts who will provide the latest information available on pellet production, delivery, storage options, as well as the various sizes and technologies of pellet burning appliances.

  • Moderator – Karen Smeltz, Harman Home Heating
  • Bulk Pellet Fuel Delivery in Pennsylvania – Ryan Russler, Energex Pellet Fuel
  • Residential and Small Commercial Pellet Heating – Bruce Lisle, Biofuel Boiler Technology

Break [in Exhibit Hall] – 3-3:15pm

Closing Remarks – 3:15-3:45pm

PBEA Members Session – 3:45pm – 4:15pm