MGA Announces America’s Smartland Series on Maximizing Bioenergy Resources in the Midwest
The Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) will host an America’s Smartland Series focusing on maximizing bioenergy resources in the Midwest. This intensive discussion will bring together governors’ offices and state agency staff, as well as academia, NGOs, and industry leaders from across the region for a series of webinars, culminating in an in-person meeting.
A variety of biomass to energy opportunities exist throughout the Midwest, with feedstocks ranging from energy crops to food waste to manure. Many of these biomass resources are currently not fully developed or utilized and state-led programming or incentives can help grow the industry. Biomass can be converted to electricity and/or heat, used as a source of renewable natural gas, or provide a variety of vehicle fuels. A strong bioenergy market could result in local economic development as well as provide a range of potential environmental benefits.
The MGA Smartland Series will discuss strategies related to:
- securing a sustainable biomass supply,
- improving the efficiency of biomass processing and conversion,
- expanding the bioenergy market, and
- creating inclusive biomass business models capturing the ag/energy/water nexus.
We invite you register for the meetings listed below. Please note that advanced registration is required for each.
You can also visit www.midwesterngovernors.org/biomass.htm for more information about this effort.
September 14, 2017
Biomass Webinar #3
October 11-12, 2017
The meeting, in Coralville, Iowa, will be a combination of selected high-level speakers and attendee discussion to synthesize lessons learned. We are tentatively planning two biomass related tours.
Draft agenda (PDF)
Are you or your organization interested in sponsoring this effort and meeting? The generous support of our sponsors allow us to not only hold this webinar series and meeting.
For more information on sponsoring, please contact Jeff Ewart with the MGA at 202-367-2372.