This is indeed an honor for Myriant. We have been invited to Washington to tell the Myriant story in front of hundreds of diverse stakeholders involved with various aspects of the bioenergy supply chain. The two-day event, being held at the Washington Convention Center July 31st through August 1st, is Biomass 2013. Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Advanced Biofuels USA, it is considered one of the most prestigious and important annual forums of its type held anywhere in the world. Advanced Biofuels USA, by the way, is a nonprofit organization focused on promoting public understanding, acceptance, and use of advanced biofuels. This year, marking the sixth annual conference, the focus is on the theme: How the Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy.
My presentation on behalf of Myriant will be one of four at an Opening Plenary Session, starting at 10:10am on the first day of the conference, on the topic of Celebrating Successes – The Foundation of An Advanced Bioindustry. To be moderated by Neil Rossmeissl, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy, the other presenters will be Bob Dinneen, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association; Thomas Foust, Director, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and, John Kasbaum, Senior Vice President of Commercial, KiOR, Inc.
As noted in the program preview provided by the DOE, this year’s conference will highlight the successes of the bioenergy industry over the past 20 years and provide a forum to exchange ideas, showcase new technologies, and discuss opportunities for the future. Also important to us is the fact that this year’s conference will also focus on new directions for BETO and possible future funding opportunities. My personal hope is that it fosters open dialogue among key bi-partisan constituents who can accelerate the growth trajectory of the industry.
Like previous BETO conferences, the event will feature speakers from Congress, federal agencies, industry, and environmental organizations. Among the most notable will be Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy; and, Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture.