NAWTEC 2019 Conference Program

April 1 – 2, 2019
Reston, Virginia

The 27th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference will deliver premier speakers and stimulating discussion as we examine the factors that make today's waste-to-energy so well operated and poised for growth. View our conference program below.

NAWTEC 2019 Program Agenda

Dates and times are subject to change.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SWANA Waste to Energy Technical Division Meeting

Lake Anne Meeting Room

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Exhibit set up

Exhibit Hall

Monday, April 1, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Plenary Session

Grand Ballroom

David Biderman, Executive Director and CEO, SWANA

Ted Michaels, President, Energy Recovery Council

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

How the U.S. Government Can Help Your Company in Foreign and Domestic Markets

Grand Ballroom

Glenn Harrington, International Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Amy Kreps, Senior Environmental Technology Trade Specialist, Office of Energy and Environmental Industries, U.S. Department of Commerce

Jonathan Male, Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Nathan Younge, Regional Director, Latin America and Caribbean, U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Our panel of federal agency representatives will provide you and your company with practical tips for marketing and selling environmental services solutions to foreign customers, and on current research activities. Each agency has programs and services that support your activities in these markets—come and learn about them at this session.

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


Grand Ballroom

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Investing in Refurbishing WTE Plants

Grand Ballroom

William Embree, Division Operations Manager, Pinellas County Solid Waste Department, Florida

Cristina Albunio, P.E., Agency Engineer, OCRRA, Onondaga County, New York

As the nation’s WTE facilities continue to mature, they require investment to ensure continued sound operation for years to come. This panel will explore several models of reinvestment in existing WTE facilities, including examination of mechanisms by which the investments were made and the projects on which funds were spent.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.


Hallway Outside Ballroom

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

International opportunities for WTE

Grand Ballroom

James D. Michelsen, Senior Industry Specialist, Waste, Climate Business Department, International Finance Corporation

Much of the growth for waste-to-energy is in Europe and other overseas markets. Hear from the experts about where the new projects and opportunities are, so you can position your company for success.

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Maquarie’s Investment in Wheelabrator

Grand Ballroom

Paul R. Mitchener, Macquarie

Paul Mitchener is the Managing Director at Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) based in New York. Mr Mitchener is responsible for the Company’s investments in Solid Waste Management Assets in the Americas. In February 2019, a MIRA Managed Fund (MIP4) acquired Wheelabrator Technologies Inc (Wheelabrator), a Waste-to-Energy company based in Portsmouth NH. The company was formerly owned by Waste Management and more recently ECP and has operations in the US and UK. Mr Mitchener will speak about this investment and why MIRA managed funds have been a significant investor in the Waste Industry over the last decade.

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Grand Ballroom

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Highlights in WTE Maintenance and Operations

Grand Ballroom

Charles (Chuck) Clarke, Vice President for Health and Safety, Covanta Projects, LLC

Ryan J. Fogelman, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Fire Rover

Damir Zibrat, Business Development Manager, Technikgruppe, Austria

Kay Jenkins, Director, AssetPoint and Activplant Product Lines, Aptean

U.S. WTE plants have earned an excellent reputation in the waste and power sectors for their efficiency, reliability, and availability. This reputation requires superior operations and maintenance over the life of a facility. Attend this session to learn about important developments in fire safety and plant operations from key people implementing solutions at WTE plants.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Opening Reception

Grand Ballroom

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.


Hallway Outside Ballroom

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

WTERT Session: Global Highlights in WTE Research and Development

Grand Ballroom

Marco Castaldi, Professor, City College, City University of New York

Qunxing Huang, Professor, Zhejiang University

Stuart Wagland, Professor, Cranfield University

Curated by the Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council (WTERT), this session will focus on highlights in R&D from around the world. Speakers from North America, China, Europe and more will share the work that is being done globally to ensure a bright future for WTE.

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

WTE and Zero Waste: Is There Common Ground?

Grand Ballroom

Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner, Department of Sanitation, New York City

Leslie Lukacs, S.C., Sustainable Material Management/Zero Waste Consultant, SCS Engineers

Many Zero Waste advocates claim Waste-to-Energy should play no part in communities with a zero waste goal, while others believe waste-to-energy and zero waste can be compatible. New York City has a Zero Waste goal but also relies on several WTE facilities, and a leading Zero Waste group has recently updated its definition of Zero Waste to allow for some WTE use. Hear from two well-known experts on this complex and important topic.

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


Grand Ballroom

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Innovative New Collection Programs for Recoverable Plastics

Grand Ballroom

Craig Cookson, Senior Director, Recycling and Recovery, American Chemistry Council

Dale Gubbels, President and CEO, Firstar Fiber, Inc.

Raj Bakaya, Head of Business Development and Finance, Renewlogy

The panel will explore short, medium and long-term issues, including changing consumer perceptions and preferences for plastics recovery, challenges facing local governments, municipal recycling facilities from collection to offtake, the Hefty Energy Bag™ Program and conversion to pyrolysis, and other energy creation and offtake opportunities. The increased recognition of the connection between recycling and marine litter makes this a very timely session.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Developments in WTE Conversion Technologies

Grand Ballroom

Mike Schmidt, Executive Vice President, BioHiTech Global, Inc.

Marc Bacon, P.E., Executive Vice-President of Engineering and Operations, Plasco Technologies

Abraham Haspel, Ph.D., CEO, Cogent Energy Systems, Inc.

While today’s fleet of WTE facilities are combustion-based, there are numerous companies engaged in converting waste to energy and valuable byproducts through other means. Hear from companies developing conversion technologies—including small-scale solutions—for municipal solid waste, and learn how those technologies can bring value to communities.

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tours: WTE Facility

Grand Ballroom

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