Northwest Bioenergy Summit

The Northwest Bioenergy Summit will bring together diverse public and private interests for a comprehensive overview of the opportunities and challenges facing bioenergy development in the region. From new funding sources and cutting-edge research to project and market development, the Summit will explore how bioenergy is uniquely positioned to address the complex interplay between energy generation, waste management, transportation, soil health, rural economic development, and much more.

What Topics Will be Covered at the Summit?

  • Introductory sessions on feedstocks and process technologies for biogas, biofuels, and biomass energy and coproducts
  • Practical challenges of bringing bioenergy to market, including siting, permitting, and utility relations
  • Case studies of bioenergy projects in the state, from preliminary planning to lessons learned
  • Impact of state and federal carbon emission reduction policies on regulation and funding
  • Local government responses to new organic waste requirements
  • Status of sustainable aviation fuel R&D, and other biofuel opportunities
  • Methane reduction and nutrient recovery for dairies and other agricultural producers
  • Building a value chain for low-grade biomass through biochar
  • Innovative approaches to methane reduction at landfills and wastewater treatment

Who Should Attend?

  • Government policymakers and staff
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Agricultural producers
  • Forestland owners
  • Economic development agencies
  • Researchers
  • Students
  • Nonprofit organizations

Steering Committee

Conference Chair
Peter Moulton, Independent Consultant

Northwest Environmental Business Council
Tyler Cluverius, Program Director
Gregg Mindt, Executive Director

Washington Conservation Commission
Karen Hills, Sustainable Farms & Fields

Washington Department of Agriculture
Julia Terlinchamp, Special Assistant to Director

Washington Department of Commerce
Aaron Peterson, Rural Energy Policy

Washington Department of Ecology
Mary Harrington, Organics Lead
Jade Monroe, Food Waste Lead
Chery Sullivan, Solid Waste Policy Section

Washington State University – Energy Program
Jim Jensen, Bioenergy & Alternative Fuels
Jason Selwitz, Energy Systems Engineer
Dave van Holde, Director USDOE NW Combined Heat & Power TAP

Washington State University – Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources
Georgine Yorgey, Associate Director

If you are interested in participating in this year’s Summit, please contact Tyler Cluverius at