Wednesday, March 7, 2012

BioEnergy Symposium 2012 - Transportation Biofuels

If you are looking to increase your knowledge of the renewable energy industry or to make some contacts in the field, we suggest you attend the Second Annual BioEnergy Symposium, held on Mar. 13-14 at UNC Charlotte. Hosted by the UNC Charlotte IDEAS Center and its Environmental Assistance Office, as well as local firm Calor Energy, this year’s conference will focus on the area of transportation biofuels.

The two-day summit is the brainchild of Dr. Helene Hilger, director of the UNC Charlotte IDEAS Center and Regina Guyer, director of the Environmental Assistance Office. Both will be on hand at the conference alongside colleagues and industry professionals from across the Tar Heel State and Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Roberts from the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners will kick off the events on Tuesday morning with a welcome address before morning discussions begin. Steven Burke from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina will deliver the keynote address at noon in addition to making a presentation on NC Policy vs. Reality earlier in the morning. The afternoon will consist of breakout sessions covering topics ranging from technology and feedstocks to policy and finance.

Wednesday will begin with an introduction by Jason Wagner of the Centralina COG/Clean Fuels Coalition, followed by a presentation by Kelly Reagan from the City of Columbus (Ohio). The final breakout sessions and lunch will end the conference.

Registration is just $150 for the two-day event and information can be found on the UNC Charlotte Environmental Assistance Office website. For those who can’t afford the fee, scholarship money is available and an evening session on Food vs. Fuel will be open to the public at UNC Charlotte Center City on 320 E. 9th Street from 7-8:30 p.m.

One or more members from Better BTU will be at the symposium so tune into our blog next week for updates from the conference. Follow us on Twitter @betterbtu for live updates as well. 

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