Biofuels and the New Energy Economy

2006 BIOFUELS CONFERENCE

Biotech Symposium 2006On Monday, February 10, 2006, The Conference addressed the role of bioenergy in the new emerging energy economy by first presenting broad public policy issues related to energy and then the role of bioenergy in the utilities and transportation sectors. The first half of the Conference dealt with the traditional petroleum economy, energy policy, the 2005 Energy Act, and the impetus, or lack thereof, from Global Climate change on public perception and policy makers.  The second half of the conference largely dealt with the emergence of biodiesel and ethanol in the transportation market, as well as the potential to use biofuels as replacements for the coal infrastructure in the utilities sector. The conference analyzed the role of biofuels as a supplement to the petroleum-based economy in both the utility and transportation sectors.

PANELS

  • The Traditional Energy Economy, Energy Policy: A Human Rights Perspective
  • Global Climate Change and Energy Policy
  • National Security, Cost and Environmental Analysis of Bioenergy
  • A Strategy for Developling Stationary Biodiesel Electric Generation
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Bioenergy Alternatives

BIOFUELS CONFERENCE SPEAKERS & ARTICLES

John R. Christy

Symposium Article

The Ever-Changing Climate System: Adapting to Challenges

Education

B.A., Mathematics, California State University, M.S., Atmospheric Sciences, , University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Experience

John Christy is a professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  He has served as a contributor and lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.  Dr. Christy’s scientific research on global climate change has focused on developing a global temperature set from microwave data observed from satellites.  His articles have appeared in Nature, Science, the Journal of Climate and the Journal of Geophysical Research.

Michael Dworkin

Education

B.A. Middlebury College, J.D., Harvard Law School

Experience

Micheal Dworkin is director of Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment.  He has served as general counsel and chair of the Vermont Public Service Board; president of the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners; chairman of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment; senior vice president and managing partner in Riser Management Systems, an engineering and consulting firm; director of the Electricity Innovation Institute; and an attorney in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of General Counsel.

Karl R. Rábago

Symposium Article

A Strategy For Developing Stationary Biodiesel Generation

Experience

Karl Rábago is group director, Clean and Renewable Energy, for the Houston Advanced Research Center, and president of Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association.  He has served as sustainable alliances leader for Cargill Dow, LLC; managing director/principal for the Rocky Mountain Institute; vice president, new energy markets, for Planergy; energy program manager, Environmental Defense Fund; deputy assistant secretary, Utility Technologies, United States Department of Energy; commissioner, Public Utility Commission of Texas; associate professor of law; University of Houston Law Center; assistant professor, United States Military Academy; and trial defense attorney and prosecutor, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

 

David Smolin

Education

B.A. from New College of the University of South Florida and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati School of Law.

Experience

David Smolin is a professor of family law and constitutional law at Cumberland School of Law, and director for the Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics.  Professor Smolin has written on a variety of bioethical, constitutional and international children’s issues.  Professor Smolin received his B.A. from New College of the University of South Florida and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati School of Law.  He has testified before legislative committees in the U.S. Congress and five states on constitutional issues.

Michael Smolin

Symposium Article

Challenges and Opportunities for Energy Alternatives for Transportation in the United States

Education

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the College of the City of New York, School of Technology

Experience

Micheal Smolin is principal of the EXL Group, LLC a process, energy and environmental consulting firm, and was adjunct assistant professor, University of Cincinnati, Department of Chemical Engineering.  He was recently a process engineer for Vermont’s Alternative Energy Corporation.  He has worked as a chemical/process/engineer/ project manager for a variety of companies for more than 50 years, with extensive experience in the biotech, pharmaceutical, specialty chemicals, fats and oils, personal care products and food processing industries.  His recent experience includes process development for the production of alternative fuels and the development of bio-refinery processes for alternative energy for transportation.

Joseph P. Tomain

Symposium Article

Smart Energy Path: How Willie Nelson Saved The Planet

Education

A.B. University of Notre Dame, J.D., George Washington University National Law Center

Experience

Joseph Tomain is the Dean & Nippert Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law. Tomain is a coauthor for Energy Law in a Nutshell (West Group, 2004) (with Richard Cudahy), Regulatory Law and Policy (LexisNexis Group, 3d ed. 2003) (with Sidney Shapiro), and Energy Law and Policy for the 21st Century (Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute 2000) (with Hicky, Kelly, Mansfield, and Zillman). Tomain is on numerous committees, bar associations, and commissions. Professor Tomain serves on a number of civic organizations. He is Chair of the Board of the KnowledgeWorks Education Foundation. He serves on the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Judicial Independence Commission on State Judicial Selection Standards. Professor Tomain is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment, the Black Lawyers Association/Cincinnati Bar Association Round Table, and the Cincinnati Bar Association. Professor Tomain is a delegate to the Ohio State Bar Association Joint Commission on Education for the Legal Profession and he served as a Commissioner on the Ohio Supreme Court Futures Commission.

Jacqueline Lang Weaver

Symposium Article

The Traditional Petroleum-Based Economy: An “Eventful” Future

Education

B.A., Harvard University; Ph.C., University of California at Los Angeles; J.D., University of Houston

Experience

Jacqueline Weaver is the A.A. White professor of law, University of Houston Law Center.  Professor Weaver is coauthor of Energy, Economics and the Environment: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 2nd ed. 2006) and Texas Law of Oil and Gas (Lexis Law Pub., 2nd ed. 1998, updated annually).  She is the author of Unitization of Oil and Gas Fields in Texas: A Study of Legislative, Administrative and Judicial Policies and editor of The Case for Natural Gas: Gas and Electricity, as well as numerous articles.   Professor Weaver served as executive director of the Russian Petroleum Legislation Project, which drafted a model petroleum code for the Russian Federation, with the participation of the European Union, World Bank, major oil companies, and Russian academics and other officials.



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