June 22, 2010
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Eastern
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Central
10:00 am - 11:30 am Mountain
9:00 am - 10:30 am Pacific
8:00 am - 9:30 am Alaskan
In the 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama announced a National Export Initiative to double U.S. exports in five years with the goal of creating 2 million new jobs. In response, the U.S. Government is redoubling its efforts to work with U.S. companies to help promote U.S. exports, particularly in clean energy.
The biomass industry is expanding internationally, having grown 7% annually since 2005. Currently, the U.S. biomass industry is actively exporting feedstocks (wood pellets, etc), bio-products, and services to markets around the world. Key markets include Eastern Europe, the European Union, and Canada.
The industry's growth is likely to continue, as a result of more stringent carbon caps in the European Union, commitments made under the Copenhagen Accord, and a growing desire to produce carbon-free baseload electricity to balance the current fleet of coal-fired power plants. Export opportunities for the U.S. biomass industry will therefore be an important part of meeting the goal of doubling exports by 2015.
Responding to this opportunity, the Biomass Coordinating Council of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce have organized a webinar on federal government resources to help promote biomass export opportunities.
Speakers will outline and discuss the resources their agencies provide, an overview of key export markets, and contact information for interested companies. Speakers will also be able to answer questions regarding the National Export Initiative and the role of biomass in supporting the President's goal of doubling exports.
Ryan Mulholland, U.S. Department of Commerce
Taylor Marshall, Biomass Coordinating Council
Michael Zimmer, Thompson Hine LLP
Speakers:Q & A Submission:
Alexandra McCann, U.S. Export-Import Bank
Eric Benderson, Small Business Administration
Richard Stanbridge, U.S. Foreign Commercial Service London
Q & A session during the webinar will follow the speakers' presentations. Please use the ask questions button on your webinar screen to submit your questions.How to participate in this webinar
To participate in this webinar, please register online
. The webinar instructions will be emailed to you. There is a $30.00 administrative fee to participate. This webinar is free to government and academic participants, ACORE Member discount applies.