SWANA

2017 Conference Program

NAWTEC 25 — Growing Up and Growing Strong

Minneapolis, MN


2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Meet & Greet

Sponsored by Energy Recovery Council.

7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Registration Open

7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Facility Tour (requires separate registration)

Tour Option #1:
Hennepin Energy Recovery Center
Minneapolis, MN
(CHECK-IN TIME: 8:00 a.m.)

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Tour Option #2:
Olmsted County Waste-to-Energy Facility
Rochester, MN
(CHECK-IN TIME: 7:00 a.m.)

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1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Opening Plenary
Welcome and Overview

Ted Michaels, President, Energy Recovery Council

Keynote Address 1

Victoria Reinhardt, Chair, Ramsey County, Minnesota Board of Commissioners

Commissioner Reinhardt has a long history of environmental activism. She was a founding board member and was chairperson of the Recycling Association of Minnesota from 1989 to 1991 as well as chairperson of the City of White Bear Lake Recycling Advisory Committee. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Ramsey/Washington Resource Recovery Board and Chair of the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board for the Twin Cities region. She is also the Chair of the Energy, Environment and Land Use Steering Committee of the National Association of Counties.

Keynote Address 2: The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration and Beyond—What it Means for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Waste Management

Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council on Sustainable Energy

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is a coalition of companies and trade associations from the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors. Lisa Jacobson serves as the president of BCSE and manages the day-to-day operations of the organization. She has advised states and federal policymakers on energy, tax, air quality and climate change issues. She is a member of the Department of Energy’s State Energy Efficiency steering committee. She has testified before Congress and has represented clean energy industries before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

3:00 pm. – 3:30 p.m.

Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Keynote Address 3: The Future of Resource Recovery

An expert panel of professionals in the fields of resource recovery, sustainable waste management and renewable energy will share their insights on changes in sustainable waste management that will influence the course of resource recovery for the next decade and beyond. This panel will explore key present day events that are shaping the future and discuss how the resource recovery industry will adapt to future market realities. Attendees will learn how resource recovery will be tied to the future of energy, how government policies will affect the adoption of sustainable waste management practices, and how the market will ultimately value the resource recovery sector.

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

SWANA Waste-to-Energy Technical Division Meeting

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Trade Show and Reception in the Exhibit Hall

7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Session 1A: New Opportunities to Beneficially Reuse WTE Ash

Jeremy O’Brien, Director of Applied Research, SWANA
Jim Warner, CEO, LCSWMA
Brent DuBois, CEO, Lab USA

This session will focus on the new opportunities to manage residuals from the energy from waste process. While beneficial use of ash has long shown potential, exciting new projects are underway which seek to alter the historic paradigm of reusing ash and other residuals.

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Session 1B: Designing the WTE Facility of the Future

Artie Cole, Vice President, Maintenance and Technical Services, Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.
Steve Goff, Vice President of Research & Development, Covanta Energy

This session provides an integrated look from a technical perspective into how best practices can be incorporated in the “WTE Facility of the Future”. Every new project will learn from the successes and challenges of each past project and speakers will present technical aspects of how to successfully build incorporate the best thinking into a new facility by maximizing synergies.

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10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 2A: Enhancing Value through Front-End Mixed Waste Processing

Processing waste prior to energy recovery allows operators to recover valuable materials from the waste stream, as well as prepare the fuel for optimal energy recovery. The session will examine technologies and processes that are available to communities for front-end processing, as well the economics of pursuing these approaches.


Session 2B: Key Initiatives in Energy Recovery Research & Development

Mark Holt, Senior Engineer, Great River Energy
Frank Roethel, Research Professor, Stony Brook University
Scott Poeppel, Vice President, American Cladding Technologies

The development of WTE technologies and improvements has been impacted by applied and forward looking research during the past 25 years. Although WTE operations are mature and have proven performance and reliability records, efforts continue to ensure the industry is continually adapting and improving. The presentations in this session will provide a snapshot of current research being done to position the industry for success for the next 25 years.

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12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session 3A: Managing Source Separated Organics

Thomas Gratz, Director of Sales, Hitachi Zosen Inova U.S.A. LLC

This session will consider a range of economically feasible technologies and practices designed to manage a community’s source separated organic waste stream.

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Session 3B: Structuring Offtake Initiatives for Maximum Value

Paolo Carollo, Vice President of Operations North America, Entsorga USA Inc.
Steven White, President and Chairman, Detroit Renewable Energy
David M. Beavens, Operating Partner, Detroit Renewable Energy

Markets and technologies drive the demand and availability of different offtake products from energy-from-waste facilities, such as electricity, steam, syngas, fuels, or chemicals. This session will focus on the way facilities are working to provide the highest-value offtake commodities to benefit from various marketplace dynamics and public policies.

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3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 pm.

Session 4A: Advances in Waste Conversion Technologies

David McConnell, Vice President, Enerkem

As communities continue to pursue different technologies that can handle a multitude of feedstocks while producing a variety of offtake products, this session will highlight projects that are setting the trends and delivering innovative new waste conversion technologies.

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Session 4B: Best Practices in WTE Operations

Mark C. Maritato, Environmental, Health & Safety Specialist, Ecomaine
Didier Fontaine, Deputy General Manager, CNIM Environmental Division

Many factors go into running a successful energy recovery operation. This session will examine key areas, such as operator training, emissions control and implementing the commitment to health and safety.

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5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

General Session

Ron Schara, Host, Minnesota Bound, and Owner, Ron Schara Productions

Ron Schara Productions creates outdoor television programs for channels such as ESPN, The Versus Network, The Outdoor Channel and, most recently, The Fox Sports Network. Ron will share his efforts to get conservation groups to support resource recovery, with a goal of preserving land for outdoor activities rather than using it for landfilling waste.

5:30 p.m.

Reception hosted by Minnesota Resource Recovery Association

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Session 5A: Minnesota Policy Success

John Linc Stine, Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Kirk Koudelka, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

This panel will feature Minnesota state regulatory officials and WTE officials, who will discuss how and why Minnesota has been successful at developing WTE facilities.

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Session 5B: How to Optimize the Production and Utilization of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF)

Paula A. Calabrese, Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder, Accordant Energy, LLC

Significant interest and experience exist in the market in making fuel from waste, but it also comes with challenges of handling and preparing the fuel, as well as ensuring that there are sufficient markets for the material. This session will examine how to optimize both the production and utilization of RDF for maximum efficiency in the energy recovery and solid waste marketplace.

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10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 6A: The Benefits and Challenges of Developing Small Facilities

Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO, Fiberight
Jean Lucas, Executive Vice President, Eco Waste Solutions
John Helmers, P. E., Director, Olmsted County Department of Environmental Resources

Many large communities already use waste-to-energy, but thousands of small communities can (and a smaller number do) rely on small facilities to ensure their waste is not buried. This session will explore how development of economically feasible small facilities can change the landscape for recovering energy from waste.

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Session 6B: Maintaining Mature Facilities

Amy Miller, Engineer, Onondago County Resource Recovery Facility

Waste-to-energy facilities in the United States are mature and require special considerations. As the industry becomes adept at maintaining mature facilities to ensure a long lifespan, this session will consider the best practices in the industry related to maintaining an aging fleet of facilities, as well as an aging workforce.

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1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CHECK-IN TIME: 1:00 p.m.)

Facility Tour (requires separate registration)

Tour Option #1:
Hennepin Energy Recovery Center
Minneapolis, MN

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Tour Option #2:
Ramsey/Washington County Recycling & Energy Center
Newport, MN

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Hotel Info

Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown
35 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 339-4900

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If calling the hotel directly, ask for the Conference for Solid Waste Association room block and use promotional code SWANA7.

Guests must make reservations by April 7, 2017.