CONFERENCE SERIES: BioPharma Strategy Series
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Digital Course: The Obama Administration Biofuels Interagency Working Group - Engineering a Coordinated Government Response

April 27, 2010

About this Product:
This digital course contains presentations by the key leaders in the Obama Administration with responsibility for leading the development of policies and programs within the key government departments, including the: U.S. Department of Energy, The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency, to support the development and commercialization of the Advanced Biofuels Industry in the U.S. and to fashion a coordinated government response to the mandate to supporting the industry;’s development. It includes discussion and commentary by key industry leaders from Advanced Biofuels Companies introduced and moderated by Brent Ericksson, Executive Vice President of the Industrial and Environmental Section of the Biotechnology Industry Organization and Michael McAdams, Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels Association.

About the Conference:
The Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference brings together the leaders guiding the development of advanced biofuels industry. The speakers at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference represent over 80 percent of global advanced biofuels production capacity as of 2009, plus leadership from USDA, DOE, and EPA. The conference focuses on the key drivers for biofuels commercialization – processing technologies, finance, policy, and feedstocks — from those in a unique position to know.

Agenda At A Glance: 

U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Biofuels R&D Programs – Outlook and Opportunities
 Valri Lightner, Biomass Deployment Team Leader, U.S. Department of Energy
The DOE Biomass Program partners with industry, academia, and national laboratory on research and development in biomass feedstocks and conversion technologies and deployment through integrated biorefineries.  The Biomass Program is helping transform the nation’s renewable and abundant biomass resources into cost competitive, high performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower.  The Biomass Program outlook and opportunities will be presented.

U.S.Department of Agriculture – Strategies for Promoting the Production of Advanced Biofuels
 Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Ph.D., Director. Office of the USDA Chief Scientist
The Department of Agriculture has a diverse portfolio of programs supporting the production of advanced biofuels.  These programs cover the breadth of the supply chain ranging from the support of fundamental research to the development, construction, and retrofitting of commercial-scale biorefineries.  We will review key aspects of these programs and the USDA strategy for meeting the Nation’s goals for the production of advanced biofuels.

Biography: Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young is the Director of the Office of the Chief Scientist in the United States Department of Agriculture.  In this role, Dr. Jacobs-Young is responsible for facilitating the coordination of scientific leadership across the Department to ensure that research supported by, and scientific advice provided to, the Department and external stakeholders is held to the highest standards of intellectual rigor and scientific integrity.

Dr. Jacobs-Young most recently served as a Senior Policy Analyst for Agriculture in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  In this role she supported the President’s Science Advisor and others within the Executive Office of the President on a variety of agricultural scientific activities.  She worked across the federal government to improve interagency cooperation and collaboration on high priority scientific issues. 

From 1995 to 2009, Dr. Jacobs-Young led competitive research programs as a National Program Leader in the USDA National Research Initiative, USDA’s largest competitive program.  She administered extramural funding programs in the areas of biobased products including non-food processing, biotechnology, metabolic engineering, bioenergy production, and forest products research.  Dr. Jacobs-Young was a member of the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1995 to 2002, where she was Assistant Professor of Paper Science and Engineering.  She was an active researcher and published in the area of biotechnology for the production of biobased products.  Dr. Jacobs-Young’s corporate experience involves working with various corporations including E.I. Dupont De Nemours, Kimberly-Clark Company, Federal Paper Board, Kraft General Foods, and the Weyerhaeuser Company.

Dr. Jacobs-Young holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Wood and Paper Science and a B.S. degree in Pulp and Paper Science and Technology from North Carolina State University.  She also is a graduate of American University’s Executive Leadership in Public Policy Implementation Program. 

“Legislative Round-Up” – New Legislation and Re-Authorizations
 Michael McAdams, Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels Association 

Biography: Mr. McAdams is a Policy Director in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Washington, DC office and a member of the firm’s Government Relations Department. Mr. McAdams has over 28 years of experience in government and public affairs in both the public and private sectors. He has also worked in both the federal legislative and regulatory areas with specific focuses on energy, climate change, air policy, fuels and tax policy.

In the private sector Mr. McAdams has worked for a number of advocacy organizations principally focused in the areas of fuels and air policy on behalf of his clients. He spent more than 14 years working for BP where he was the Associate Group Policy Advisor to then Chairman of BP, Lord John Browne. In addition, he served as the Vice President of the Eastern United States for Government Affairs as well as Vice President of Government Affairs and Environment. Across his span at BP, he was a major participant in the greening of the company, having been involved in their climate change efforts, clean fuels introductions and strategy for expansion in biofuels, solar and wind. He was a leader in the negotiations for the legal settlement concerning new source review over all nine of BP’s U.S. refineries.

In the last two years, Mr. McAdams has been engaged in the formation of a group of advanced biofuels companies representing some 18 second generation technologies before the Congress. He has testified several times before Congress and has spoken and been interviewed in national and international publications and forums on the subject of advanced biofuels.

In 2008, Mr. McAdams was invited and participated as an energy and climate facilitator for the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting.

Prior to moving to the private sector, Mr. McAdams served as Legislative Director to Congressman Ralph Hall (R-TX) from 1981-1985, where he was responsible for Energy and Commerce Committee issues. In 1980, he was a field coordinator for President Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign. Prior to that, he was a Legislative Correspondent for Congressman Ray Roberts (D-TX).

Regulating Green House Gases – Challenges and Opportunities for Advanced Biofuels in the U.S.
 Rick Gilmore, President & Chief Executive Officer, The GIC Group
This session will provide an update on the current and future status and trends in the U.S. commitment to a national carbon cap and trade system in a  Post-Copenhagen environment. We will examine the role of carbon mitigation strategies, regulatory issues and the development of carbon credit markets and their impact on the Advanced Biofuels industry and companies strategies within the industry.

Biography: Richard Gilmore is the founder of The GIC Group, an integrated agribusiness company offering consulting, trusteeship, carbon credit, and financial services to global corporate and public institutional clients.  He has also established partner offices in Beijing, Moscow, and Sao Paulo.  In addition to his responsibilities as CEO, Mr. Gilmore is currently serving as Private Sector Adviser to the White House, State Department, and USDA for the Global Food Security Initiative, He has served as a commodity commentator for CNN and CNBC, public speaker, author of books and articles, advisor to U.S. federal and state institutions on agribusiness, ag carbon, food safety, and biofuel issues, and Board Member and Advisory Council Member for several well-known biotechnology companies, non-profit organizations, and academic and think tank institutions.  He has a PhD in Trade Economics and was previously a Fulbright and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow.

How EPA’s RFS2 Mandate for Low Greenhouse Gas Advanced Biofuels Is Steering the Biofuel Market
 Paul Machiele, Fuels Center Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Karl Simon, Director, Compliance and Innovative Strategies Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Recent advancements in advanced biofuel technology and growing investment in them are already changing the biofuel marketplace.  EPA’s new RFS2 mandates for cellulosic and other advanced biofuels are expected to accelerate this transformation.  Fuels that can meet the lifecycle GHG emission performance thresholds, while still satisfying market needs, will hold the upper hand as the value of the “RIN” associated with their production will provide investment certainty and spur their growth. We examine these issues and their impacts on the current and future advanced biofuels market.

Biography: Paul Machiele is the Center Director for Fuel Programs in the Assessment and Standards Division of EPA in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Throughout his 20 year career at EPA he has been responsible for a wide range of regulations and initiatives covering gasoline, diesel fuel, and alternative fuels, as well as nonroad engines and heavy-duty highway engines.  He recently led the development of the ultra-low sulfur diesel regulations and is currently responsible for implementing the Renewable Fuels Standard provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  Prior to working at EPA, he received his bachelors and masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Policy Makers and Support to Accelerate Advanced Biofuels Commercialization– A Panel Discussion
The United States has been working on non-grain based biofuels for more than 20 years, and there are scalable and sustainable technologies ready today for large scale commercialization. However, planning future projects remains difficult for biofuels producers because of the lack of a consistent, transparent and fair government policy toward biofuels.  This panel will discuss what an enduring government policy should look like, including:

  • How to ensure consistent, transparent and fair regulatory regimes governing our industry
  • Establishing alternative financing mechanisms for the impending technology roll out
  • Ensuring the entire supply chain is ready for scale up


Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Industrial and Environmental Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization 

Wes Bolsen, Chief Marketing Officer & Vice President, Government Affairs, Coskata, Inc
Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Ph.D., Director, Office of the USDA Chief Scientist
Paul Machiele, Fuels Center Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Rick Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Cobalt Biofuels
Rick Gilmore, President & Chief Executive Officer, The GIC Group
Michael McAdams, Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels Association

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5 Presentations
Over 68 slides
99 minutes
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