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A Great Show in Denver

The only downside of the International Biomass Conference & Expo held this week in Denver, Colo., was trying to decide what to cover for Biomass Power & Thermal. Everything was deserving of mention.
By Lisa Gibson | April 20, 2012

The only downside of the International Biomass Conference & Expo held this week in Denver, Colo., was trying to decide what to cover for Biomass Power & Thermal. Everything was deserving of mention.

But if you look at the website this week, you’ll see we were able to pick out a few topics. It was a busy week, but we have very broad coverage for the newsletter, and even more for the June print issue of the magazine.

I love to see new faces at the shows, and especially new presenters, so I was pleased to see so many new speakers and topics at this event. One of the great things about getting more than a thousand industry professionals together is the knowledge that that group contains. Networking events, such as the baseball game Wednesday night at Coors Field, offer opportunities for discussions and debates, and I know I’m not the only one who learned something from talking to biomass industry players from other parts of the world.

The groundbreakers panel discussion on Wednesday was a highlight for many attendees, as it was an inspirational look at several projects that have overcome the development challenges addressed in multiple other presentations throughout the show. Josh Levine, vice president of project development for American Renewables and always a dynamic speaker, spoke about the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center in Florida, showing photos of construction progress at the site. The 100 MW project has been closely followed in the biomass industry.

Pete Nájera, vice president of operations at Enviva LP, not only talked about Enviva’s accomplishments, but told the crowd that a successful project for one company is a win for the entire industry; that we all benefit from the advancements that build up biomass. I love that mentality and Enviva emulates it, no matter who is speaking at what event. John Keppler, chairman and CEO, always delivers an upbeat and teamwork-focused address when he speaks at industry events, and I always find it inspirational.

I could go on forever about the highlights from this conference, but I’ll cut it short and give you a reason to read our online coverage and the conference review in the June issue of Biomass Power & Thermal. Suffice it to say I had a great time in Denver, taking in both the city and the conference.

But my sinuses are glad to be home in the Great Plains and free from the dry air of the Mile High City.   

 

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