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Heading to San Francisco

As I drove through blowing snow and over a small but growing snow bank in the spot where I parked my car this morning, I happily reminded myself that I’ll be in sunny San Francisco, Calif., next week.
By Lisa Gibson | January 13, 2012

As I drove through blowing snow and over a small but growing snow bank in the spot where I parked my car this morning, I happily reminded myself that I’ll be in sunny San Francisco, Calif., next week.

The Pacific West Biomass Conference & Trade Show, a Biomass Power & Thermal and Biorefining Magazine event, kicks of Monday with biomass industry tours and the California Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Conference. The Pacific West event continues with panel discussions and networking opportunities until Wednesday at noon.

True, this winter has been surprisingly mild for North Dakota, but I still don’t mind escaping during the few cold days we have had to endure so far. But besides the weather improvement, I’m excited to attend the conference and greet familiar and new faces in our industry.

The biomass tours at BBI International events are always educational and next week will feature a dairy digester and an aquatic biomass project. Tour attendees will even get to take part in a cheese tasting that will also feature local wine and beer. The event’s keynote, Mike Hart, is the president and CEO of Davis, Calif.-based Sierra Energy, a company specializing in waste gasification.

The entire event is packed with knowledgeable speakers and intriguing topics that are relevant in the industry today, including financing, feedstock procurement and handling, conversion technology advancements and more.

I hope to see you there.

 

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