Ethanol: Where is the industry heading?

What is the ethanol industry's financial future? This question plus an overview about the current financial state of the ethanol industry will be asked and answered by three of the most influential ethanol organizations in the United States during the 5th Annual Biofuels Financial Conference, which will be held in Minneapolis, Minn. on June 24 – 25, 2009.

The conference is being sponsored by Christianson & Associates, PLLP, certified public accountants and consultants for the biofuels industry.

The conference will focus on the financial challenges and opportunities for the biofuels industry. Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, Brian Jennings, Executive Director of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and Jim Redding, Vice President Industry Relations for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) will all take the stage and discuss how the current financial landscape is affecting the ethanol industry today and tomorrow.

Participants will also learn about commodity risk management, leadership best practices and hear technical and industry updates.

Wis. Biogas Development Group
to meet, April 16th, Madison

The Wisconsin Biogas Development Roundtable Group plans to meet Thursday, April 16, 2009, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., in the Board Room located at the Wis. Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison.

You can download a copy of the proposed agenda (including a link to directions) by going to:

Wis. Biogas Development Group

Bioenergy North America 2009
to be held in Chicago, April 17

This one-day conference will offer in-depth discussions about the future prospects of the US bioenergy market in light of the economic stimulus package.

Key topics to be addressed include:

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Wall Street Green Trading Summit
to be held April 1-2, Times Ctr., New York

The Wall Street Green Trading Summit is considered to be the longest running and most comprehensive environmental market event in the industry.

Launched in 2002, The Wall Street Green Trading Summit covers cutting edge content, industry developments and features the practitioners and the leaders of tomorrow in green trading.

The Wall Street Green Trading Summit VIII is the “one-stop shop” to come up to speed on the latest developments in Green Trading and Finance.

Topics covered will include:

Registration information can be found at:

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Forum on Energy Efficiency in Agriculture
to be held in Madison, Wis., Feb. 7-9, 2010

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has extended the early bird registration for the 2010 Forum on Energy Efficiency in Agriculture, February 7-9, 2010, and the Economics of Sustainability and the Dairy Industry, February 10, 2010, Monona Terrace, Madison, Wisconsin.

Early bird registration has been extended for the 2010 Ag Forum and associated events until December 18, 2009.

Simply go to: to get more information about registering, housing arrangements, and this year's exciting events. Follow the quick and easy steps to register to get the Early Bird rate of $275. Make your hotel reservations by January 8, 2010 to receive the discounted room rate of $125. A draft of the program is also now available.

The 2010 Ag Forum brings together a diverse group of participants to raise awareness, share information, form new collaborations, and establish new visions regarding energy efficiency in agriculture.

The 2010 Forum on Energy Efficiency in Agriculture will focus on the importance of energy efficiency as a "first fuel" not only on the farm or ranch but also in the wider rural community.

Presentations will discuss issues of climate change, on-farm energy efficiency, the human dimensions of agricultural and rural energy efficiency, and efficiency in the dairy industry among other topics.

As a part of this year's Ag Forum there will be a one-day conference on Wednesday, February 10th, "The Economics of Sustainability and the Dairy Industry." This event is hosted by the Madison, Wisconsin-based Dairy Business Innovation Center.

Bioenergy engineering, design conference
expected to spur industry advancements

St. Joseph, MI — The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and 25x’25, in partnership with peer engineering and professional organizations, announce BIOENERGY ENGINEERING ’09, the first comprehensive multi-disciplinary international bioenergy engineering conference October 11-14, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Washington.
There are many engineering and design principles that apply across the spectrum of bioenergy equipment, systems, and facilities.

“I look forward to three days of intense discussion with my peers from around the world to solidify our understanding of how best to provide engineering and design professional services to the emerging bioenergy industry,” says ASABE president and conference co-chair Jim Dooley.
Participants in this conference will choose from a variety of educational opportunities, including intensive institutes – sharply focused mini-conferences within the main conference – and a wide range of technical sessions at which invited speakers and others will present the most up-to-date research and industry developments available.

In addition, panels will address hot topics related to emerging technologies and the future of biofuel production, as well as the political influences and impacts on bioenergy engineering.  Workshops will provide professional education for all aspects of engineering in the biofuels and bioenergy systems, from genetics through production, distribution, and use.

A trade exhibit will showcase the latest in suppliers’ services and products. Mobile workshops are planned to provide a view into actual working environments to further enhance the learning opportunities and provide vision for implementing new techniques and processes.
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The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering and technology for agricultural, food, and biological systems. Members are consultants, educators, executives and others who thoroughly and uniquely understand the interrelationships between technology and living systems.

Founded in 1907 and headquartered in St Joseph, Michigan, ASABE comprises 9,000 members from more than 100 countries. For further information, contact ASABE, 2950 Niles Rd, St Joseph, Michigan, 49085; 269-429-0300; web site: ASABE


25x’25 is a diverse alliance of agricultural, forestry, environmental, conservation and other organizations and businesses that are working collaboratively to advance the goal of securing 25 percent of the nation’s energy needs from renewable sources by the year 2025.

25x’25 is led by a national steering committee composed of volunteer leaders.  The 25x’25 goal has been endorsed by over 850 partners, 30 governors, 14 state legislatures and the U.S. Congress through The Energy Independence and Security Act, which was signed into law by President Bush on December 19, 2007.

Energy and Climate Change Conference
to be held in Washington, D.C., Nov. 15-18, 2009

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency (PIEE), and the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE) are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference (BECC).

This year's conference will be held in Washington, D.C., November 15–18, 2009 (Sunday evening–Wednesday afternoon) at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel near the National Zoo and accessible via Metro's red line.

This year's conference will bring together people from across the nation and around the world to share the latest insights, research, and experiences pertaining to behavior, energy and climate change.

The 2009 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference is the 3rd annual conference focused on accelerating our transition to an energy-efficient and low carbon economy through an improved understanding and application of social and behavioral mechanisms of change.

This year’s conference will build on the overwhelming success of the 2008 BECC Conference in which nearly 700 participants discussed successful program strategies, shared innovative research findings, and built dynamic new networks and means of collaboration.

This pre-eminent conference will bring together a diverse group of energy experts, social scientists, and policymakers to discuss the social and behavioral basis for, and practical implementation of, reducing energy use through the adoption and application of more energy-efficient technologies, energy conservation activities, and lifestyle changes.

The conference is intended to catalyze collaboration across government, utility, business, and research sectors and to share recent research and program information with the goal of achieving viable solutions for meeting long-term energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets.

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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection.ACEEE fulfills its mission by:

  • Conducting in-depth technical and policy assessments
  • Advising policymakers and program managers
  • Working collaboratively with businesses, public interest groups, and other organizations
  • Organizing conferences and workshops
  • Publishing books, conference proceedings, and reports
  • Educating consumers and businesses         

European Renewable Energy Policy Conference
to be held Nov. 16 - 17, 2009

The 3rd European Renewable Energy Policy Conference will be held in the framework of the Swedish EU Presidency on November 16 - 17, 2009 in Brussels.

The EREC (European Renewable Energy Council) is organizing this high-level conference which is the most important information exchange platform for the renewable energy sector.

More informaton can be found at (pdf download): European Renewable Energy Policy Conference