Extension Programs: NEWBio Webinars
About our Webinars
Join us on the second Tuesday of each month for our "Northeast Bioenergy Webinar Series". These online, hour-long presentations are free to the public, and feature fascinating and important topics related to bioenergy in the northeast.
Attend the live webinars at https://meeting.psu.edu/bioenergy - sign in as a guest.
All webinars begin at 1:00 p.m., Eastern Time.
Spring 2016 Webinar Series: The Clean Power Plan and Biomass
This new series is a co-sponsored effort by the USDA NIFA AFRI Regional Bioenergy System Coordinated Agricultural Projects. NEWBio is one of seven such projects tasked with investigating regional potential in the bioeconomy, focusing on sustainable production of advanced biofuels, industrial chemicals, and biobased products to enhance existing agricultural systems, create rural jobs, and achieve other goals reltaed to energy security and sustainability.
Visit our Clean Power Plan (CPP) and Biomass page for a full description of upcoming webinars and other CPP information.
March 8, 2016
Incorporating Traditional Forest Product Markets in CPP Biomass Evaluation
Gregg Latta, University of Idaho
This presentation by Greg Latta of the University of Idaho focuses on the issue of baseline choice in evaluating the greenhouse gas (GHG) implications of biomass usage in energy generation. Baseline determination essentially involves some sort of modeling effort to establish a level of GHG emissions and sequestration over time against which an alternative future involving some level of biomass utilization for energy can be evaluated. In forestry, these models typically balance silviculture and harvesting activities with forest manufacturing and product demand through basic market mechanics. We will look across a range of forest market models in use today and discuss how geographic range, sectoral scope, and temporal dynamics can influence baseline and thus simulated response to additional biomass demand.
Recordings of Previous Webinars
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- February 23, 2016: CPP Webinar Series: Emissions Accounting for Biomass Under the Clean Power Plan. Presentation by Emily McGlynn, Senior Advisor at Forest Trends.
- February 9, 2016: CPP Webinar Series: Counting Carbon in Bioenergy Systems-Opportunities and Challenges. Presentations by Peter Woodbury, Soil and Crop Sciences Section, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University.
- January 12, 2016: CPP Webinar Series: U.S. Carbon Policy Trends and Implications for the Biomass Industry. Presentations by Jessie Stolark and Laura Small, Policy Associate with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute.
- January 5, 2016: Bioenergy on the Road: Experiences from Kenya and Germany. Presentations by Michael Jacobson, Clare Hinrichs, and Tom Richard, all from Penn State.
- November 10, 2015: Field Evaluations of Switchgrass Bedding under Commercial Broiler Conditions. Presentation by Bill Brown, University of Delaware.
- October 22, 2015: Biomass on the Farm: Staying Safe and Healthy. Presentation by Douglas Schaufler, Research Associate in the Department of Ag and Biological Engineering, Penn State College of Ag Sciences.
- October 13, 2015: Biomass Energy and Pennsylvania's Clean Power Plan. Presentation by Geoff Bristow, Northwest Regional Energy Manager for Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection. Bristow reviewed the CPP with a focus on EPA's guidance on the process and considerations for states proposing biomass strategies, potential pathways for use of biomass, and ways in which biomass advocates can become engaged in Pennsylvania's (and other states') CPP development.
- September 9, 2015: Biomass Crop Assistance Program Informational Webinar Presentations by Virginia Green (USDA Farm Services Agency), John Griswold Aloterra), Mike Buckley and Sarah Boggess (ReEnergy), and Nathan Sleight, SUNY-ESF Willow Program, about enrollment procedures and their companys' objectives and activities.
- July 14, 2015: High-Density Baling of Biomass – Applications in Urban Woody Biomass, Switchgrass, and Forest Biomass,
Jim Dooley, PhD, P.E., Chief Technology Officer of Forest Concepts
- June 9, 2015: The University of Iowa Biomass Fuel Project: Co-Firing Biomass in Solid Fuel Boilers Ingrid Gronstal ANderson, University of Iowa
- May 12, 2015: An Overview of U.S. Law & Policy Affecting Second Generation Biofuels Lara B. Fowler, Penn State University
- April 14, 2015: Potential Economic Impact of Renewable Fuels and Sustainable Biomass Feedstock in Pennsylvania Timothy W. Kelsey, Penn State University
- March 10, 2015: Can cover crops play a role in shrub willow establishment for weed and nutrient management? Eric Fabio, Doctoral Candidate, Cornell University
- February 10, 2015: EcoWillow 2.0 - Updated Economic Analysis of Shrub Willow Crops Justin Heavey, Senior Research Support Specialist, Forest & Natural Resources Management, SUNY ESF; Timothy Volk, Senior Research Associate, Forest & Natural Resources Management, SUNY ESF
- January 13, 2015: Torrefaction - Production, Technology, and Co-firing Economics Tom Causer, President and COO, Terra Green Energy, LLC
- December 9, 2014: Biochar: Low-Tech, Small-Scale Production Methods and Pathways to Larger-Scale Commercialization Gary Gilmore, PA Bureau of Forestry and David Laird, Iowa State University
- November 11, 2014: Marginal Lands and Bioenergy Brian Richards, Cornell University; Peter Woodbury, Cornell University; Julie Hansen, Cornell University
- October 14, 2014: Willow Biomass Harvest and Quality Tim Volk, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; Mark Eisenbies, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
- September 16, 2014:
Alternate Market Opportunities for Bioenergy Feedstocks Evelyn Thomchick, Penn State Smeal College of Business; Sarah Wurzbacher, Penn State Extension
- July 8, 2014: Legislative and Regulatory Policy Impacts on Bioenergy Opportunities Ed Johnstonbaugh, Penn State Extension
June 10, 2014: Pyrolysis of Biomass for Fuels and Chemicals A.A. Kwesi Boateng, Lead Scientist, USDA-ARS, Eastern Regional Research Center, Wyndmoor, PA
May 13, 2014: Pennsylvania’s Wood Energy Initiative Michael Palko, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
April 8, 2014: On-Farm Oilseed Pressing for Fuel and Food Chris Callahan, Extension Agricultural Engineer, University of Vermont,
Douglas Schaufler, Research Associate, Ag Bio Engineering, Penn State
- March 11, 2014: Developments in Switchgrass Production for Bioenergy Stacy Bonos, Rutgers University
- February 11, 2014, 1pm Eastern Time:
The Status and Potential Future of Biomass Harvesting Guidelines Alexander Evans, The Forest Guild
- January 14, 2014: Biofuel Industry Economic Impacts and Analysis: Reporting the Facts in an Environment of Hype David Swenson - Iowa State University
- December 10,2013: Wood and Biomass Pellets for Regional and Global Energy David DeValance - University of West Virginia
- October 8,2013: Renewable Energy from Woody Biomass and Shrub Willow Mike Buckley and Sara Boggess – ReEnergy Holdings; Tim Volk – SUNY ESF; Robert McDonough – Celtic Energy Farm
- September 10, 2013: Is Ethanol Ruining My Engine? Andre Boehman, University of Michigan
- July 9,2013: Health Impacts of Wood Combustion: State of the Science and Policy Opportunities Polly Hoppin and Molly Jacobs, University of Massachussets, Lowell.
- June 11, 2013: The Future of Residential Wood Heating: Growth or Collapse? John Ackerly, President, Alliance for Green Heat
- May 14, 2013: Process Pathways from Wood to Transportation Fuels: Seeking Suitable Scale Peter Van Walsum, University of Maine
- April 9, 2013: Biomass Feedstock Production in the Northeast: Land Use, Yields, and Sustainability - Peter Woodbury, Cornell University
- March 12, 2013: Add Some Heat: Building Support for Biomass Thermal in the Northeast - Charlie Niebling, Raleigh Hill Strategies
- February 12, 2013:Switchgrass, Miscanthus, and Arundo growth on Surface Mines in West Virginia - Jeff Skousen, University of West Virginia
- January 29, 2013: Miscanthus and Energy - Scott Coye-Huhn, Aloterra Energy
- November 27, 2012: Social versus Biophysical Availability of Wood - Brett Butler, USDA Forest Service
- September 12, 2012: Wood and Coal Energy Opportunities -
Shawn Grushecky, University of West Virginia Appalachian Hardwood Center
- April 26, 2012: The Bumpy Road From Coal to Wood -
Ed Johnstonbaugh, Penn State Extension
- March 29, 2012: Heating the Northeast - Reflections from the Conference -
Jonathan Kays, University of Maryland Extension
- Decembebr 5, 2011: Biomass Harvesting Guidelines: Forest Management Issues - Alexander Evans and Bob Perschel, Forest Guild
- September 30, 2011: Forest Biomass and Bioenergy: Opportunities and Constraints in the Northeastern United States - Charles Canham, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Thomas Buchholz, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont
- August 26, 2011: Short Rotation Woody Crops in the Northeast - Tim Volk, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
- May 27, 2011: Wood Chip and Pellet Supply and Trends in the Market: Thoughts from Vermont - Paul Frederick, VT Department of Forestry
- April 29, 2011: Woody Biomass in Minnesota; Opportunities for Income and Environmental Benefits - Dean Current, University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources
- March 25, 2011: Biomass Carbon Accounting: Implications for Policy and Climate - Brian Kittler, Pinchot Institute
- February 25, 2011: Green Buildings and Wood Energy - Dan Ciolkosz, Penn State Extension, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
- February 4, 2011: Why Wood Energy? - Chuck Ray, Penn State School of Forest Resources
- July 12-14, 2016
Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation
More info and registration
- July 17-20, 2016
ASABE Annual International Meeting
- July 19, 2016
Clean Power Plan Webinar:
The Legal Landscape for the CPP"
Lara Fowler, Penn State
1 pm Eastern
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July 26-28, 2016
NEWBio* Annual Meeting
Penn State University
University Park, PA
Agenda and Registration
*Not public; for Project Team and Invited Guests Only
- August 6-9, 2016
Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting
- October 11-13, 2016
Short Rotation Woody Crops Operations Working Group 11th Biennial Conference
Fort Pierce, PL