Biogas: Developing a Statewide Plan for Wisconsin's Opportunity Fuel
Free on-demand webcast (originally broadcast Wednesday, October 20, 2010)
Wisconsin has nearly 13,000 licensed dairy herds in the state but only 22 dairy farms with operating methane digesters. We also have abundant biomass resources from agriculture and forestry. How can we encourage the development of these renewable energy options and create a national model for locally produced, distributed energy?
In this webinar we'll discuss strategies and potential goals for statewide biogas development and public policy programs to capitalize on biogas opportunities.
Learn more about the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative, a public-private partnership in bioenergy research, outreach, training and economic development based in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Also visit the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Biomass Energy Basics for a thorough introduction to the concept of bioenergy.
About the presenters
Gary Radloff is the Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis at the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative. Previously he worked at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, overseeing department-wide policy initiatives and communication strategies. His areas of expertise include energy policies and incentive programs, climate change policy, and land use policy as related to energy policy. He also served as staff liaison to the North Central Bioeconomy Consortium (NCBC), a 12-state partnership of Agriculture departments, University Extension offices and Agriculture Research Stations.
Gary served on the Steering Committee for the Midwest Agriculture Energy Network (MAEN), and as staff to the Agriculture and Forestry Work Group of the Governor's Task Force on Global Warming. He also assisted with policy planning and platform development for the Midwest Governor's Association, Energy Security and Climate Stewardship. Previously, he served as a policy staff for two major Wisconsin policy projects: The Governor's Consortium on the Biobased Industry and the Working Lands Initiative.
Troy Runge is the director of the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative, a public-private partnership in bioenergy research, outreach, training and economic development based in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also an assistant professor in the Biological Systems Engineering department in CALS and holds a Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Prior to coming to UW-Madison, Troy spent 15 years working at Kimberly-Clark Corporation in a variety of research and engineering roles for pulp, tissue, nonwoven and hygiene product production. He left the company as a research director and has been involved in commercialization of new products, product improvements, and commercial expansions around the world. Currently, he works in several aspects of bioenergy, with an emphasis on biomass composition impact on thermochemical processing systems. As the director of the WBI, he is concentrating on creating collaborative research with industry, renewable energy curriculum development, public outreach and enhancement of UW capabilities for this field.
Who should watch?
This webinar is designed for policymakers, renewable energy program managers, waste managers and engineers, legislators and regulators, and advocates and professionals in the fields of energy, agricultural and community sustainability.