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Anaerobic Digesters l Renewable Bio-Gas Symposium

October 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm



Join us as we explore opportunities and barriers to the utilization of renewable bio-gas in New York State, with particular emphasis on digester technology and its use in the State’s agricultural sector.

The symposium will be led by National Grid and the Advanced Energy Center at Stony Brook and hosted by the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environment and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE), as well as Cornell University PRO-DAIRY, Stony Brook University, Syracuse University, National Grid and Sustainable Dairy Technologies.

Presentations will be invited by New York State leaders, including the New York State Public Service Commission, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, NYSERDA, Empire State Development, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as industry and university thought leaders.

9:00 AM Welcome

Ed Bogucz, SyracuseCoE
Melanie Littlejohn, National Grid

9:15 An Overview of Renewable Bio-gas Opportunities in NYS

Bob Catell, Chairman, Advanced Energy Center at Stony Brook
Pat Hooker, Deputy Secretary for Food and Agriculture, New York State Governor’s Office (invited)

9:30 New York State Agency Panel on Bio-Gas Opportunities and Programs

Hon. Richard A. Ball, Commissioner, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Janet Joseph,  Senior Vice President, Strategy and Market Development, NYSERDA
Hon. Sam Hoyt, Regional President, Empire State Development (invited)
Jared Snyder, Deputy Commissioner of Air Resources, Climate Change & Energy

11:15 Manure-based Anaerobic Digestion in New York State: Where we were, Where we are, and Where we can be

Curt Gooch, Cornell University, PRO-DAIRY
Jon Patterson, Patterson Farms

Noon Luncheon
1:30 Panel One: Observations from the Field – Opportunities and Barriers

Prof. Devinder Mahajan, Stony Brook University & I-GIT/AERTC
Kevin Neumaier, Sustainable Dairy Technologies
Owen Brady and Mackenzie Schwartz, National Grid
Chris Noble, Noblehurst Farms

2:30 Break
2:45 Panel Two: Public Policy Road Map for Bio-Gas and Digesters

Curt Gooch, Cornell University PRO-DAIRY
Rick Zimmerman, New York Cow Power Coalition
Neil Rejman, Sunnyside Farm

3:45 Closing Comments

Bob Catell, Chairman, Advanced Energy Center at Stony Brook


October 23
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University


National Grid Auditorium
300 Erie Boulevard West
Syracuse, NY 13202 United States
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