2008 ACEEE Forum on Energy Efficiency in Agriculture: Program & Presentations

2008 ACEEE Forum on Energy Efficiency in Agriculture: Program & Presentations

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Wednesday, February 20


Embassy Suites Hotel

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm




6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception


Plenary: Regional Round-Up: Energy Challenges and Opportunities for Agriculture

Perspectives from around the U.S. on the intersection of energy and agriculture will illuminate the work being done on a regional level to meet the challenges posed by increased demand for energy. Presenters will share their on-the-ground experiences with integrating the sometimes conflicting needs of the agricultural and energy communities.



John Bonitz, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Tom Potter, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
Dave Sjoding, Washington State University Energy Program

Moderator: Glee Murray, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)


Thursday, February 21


Embassy Suites Hotel

7:00 am to 8:30 am



7:30 am to 7:00 pm



8:30 am to 10:15 am

Welcome and Opening Plenary



Steve Nadel, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and

Chet Culve, Iowa Governor

Rich Hackner, Sector Lead - Agriculture and Rural Business, Focus on Energy
Mike Morris, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)


Mark Reisinger, State Director for Iowa, USDA, RD

Energy Efficiency through Rural Development

Sarah Murray, author of Moveable Feasts

The Footprint of Our Food: A Lifecycle Approach

Dennis Olson, National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture: What’s Energy Got to Do with It?

10:15 am to 10:45 am

Break & Info Fair


10:45 am to 12:15 pm

Breakout Sessions I


IaEnergy Efficiency and Biofuels: A National Policy that Makes Sense?

Peak oil is just around the corner and America needs to find an energy source that is efficiently produced and viable to meet its agricultural needs. Current state and federal policies have started a veritable bonanza in ethanol production.  However, the rush to ethanol has largely ignored questions such as whether biofuels can be produced efficiently, or is the net energy balance of biofuels at or near zero?  This panel will explore whether biofuels can produce an efficient alternative.


Dick Munson, Recycled Energy Development

How to Increase the Efficiency of Ethanol Production

Dulce Fernandes, Network for New Energy Choices

The Energy Bill of 2007: Effects and Consequences on Ethanol Policy

Moderator: Jack Sautter, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School
Ib- Successful 9006 Energy Efficiency Grant Applications

The 2002 Farm Bill created the Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program, also known as "Section 9006." This successful program provides grants and loan guarantees and has spurred hundreds of new clean energy projects in nearly every state. Expanded funding for 2008 provides new opportunities to directly implement clean energy technologies. Our panelists will provide an introduction and tips for successful applications.


Andy Olsen (moderator), Environmental Law and Policy Center

Overview and Introduction to Section 9006

Brad Oeltjenbruns, Ebenezer Management LLC

Proven Approaches for Successful 9006 Grant Writing

Mark Kingland, Alliant Energy

Implementing Ag Energy Efficiency with Section 9006

Organizers: Tony Harvey and Mark Kingland, Alliant Energy

IcFood Miles

How well does the concept of food miles capture the energy and carbon implications of U.S. food systems?  This session will explore the conceptual and methodological development of the concept of food miles and discuss what we've learned about the energy implications of local, organic, and conventional food systems.


Rich Pirog, Leopold Center, Iowa State University

The Evolution of Food Miles and its Limitations as an Indicator of Energy Use and Climate Impact

Sonja Brodt, University of California, Davis

Measuring Energy Intensity and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Food System Using a Life Cycle Assessment Approach

William Reinhardt, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Global Oil Depletion, Food Miles and Life Cycle Assessment for Several New York Grown and Imported Crops

Organizer: Therese Langer, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
Moderator: Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez , American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)


12:15 pm to 1:45 pm

Luncheon Plenary


Role of Agriculture in Achieving Energy Independence

Several states have recognized the increasing importance of energy use and supply to their economy. In particular, Iowa and Wisconsin, two states with few conventional energy sources, recently established Offices of Energy Independence that report to their respective governor's office. Representatives from these offices will outline key strategies to achieving greater energy

Speaker: Roya Stanley, Iowa Office of Energy Independence
David Jenkins, Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence
Moderator: Rich Hackner, GDS Associates

1:45 pm to 2:15 am

Break & Info Fair



1:30 to 3:00 pm

Breakout Sessions II


Session IIa—Best Utility Program Practices (Roundtable)
The past few years have seen a renewed interest in rural energy efficiency programs. This roundtable of experts will discuss challenges they have faced in this market and aspects of their programs that have contributed to their success.

Craig Metz, EnSave

A Trans-Continental View of Ag Energy Efficiency Program Strategies

Patsy Dugger, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Ag Energy Efficiency Partnerships: A Utility Perspective

Jessica Zweig, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Effective State Ag Efficiency Programs

Moderator: R. Neal Elliott, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Session IIbManaging Energy in Crop Production Systems

Modern agriculture is heavily dependent on fossil fuels. This panel will explore innovative ways to manage energy on farms, including both energy efficiency measures and ways to incorporate renewable energy into farming operations.


Aaron Wolf Baum, consultant with the Land Institute

New Analysis of Data from the Sunshine Farm

David Granatstein, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University

Does Organic Farming Use Less Energy?

Steve Moore, Center for Environmental Farming Systems

Energy Efficiency in Small Scale Market Crop Production Systems

Moderator: Mike Morris, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)

Session IIcAnimal Waste to Biogas - Can this be a Significant Energy Resource for the Nation? (Panel Discussion)

A brief overview of animal waste-based biogas production using anaerobic digestion technologies will be followed by an open discussion with the moderator. Audience questions will be encouraged.  Topics of discussion will include technology, economics, environmental benefits, technical potential and policy support for converting agricultural waste products into various forms of useful energy while reducing odors and greenhouse gas emissions.


Jim Bodensteiner, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
John Cuttica, Midwest CHP Application Center, University of Illinois, Chicago
Mark Hall, Environmental Power
Moderator: Ricardo Amon, California Energy Commission

3:45 pm to 4:15 pm

Break & Info Fair



4:15 pm to 5:45 pm

Breakout Sessions III


Session IIIaEconomic Development: The Role of New Energy Sources and Efficiency

How do energy and the economy relate to one another? This session will explore the link between energy and the economy, the economics of new energy production, and a hopeful long-term path for energy and economic development.


William D. Walker (moderator), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Economic Development and Energy: What Role do Energy, Energy Efficiency, and New Energy Sources Play in the Economy?
David Swenson, Iowa State University
Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff: Identifying the Economic Gains and Offsets of Emerging Energy Developments
Norman K. Olson, Iowa Energy Center
Ammonia: Providing the Best Path to a Hydrogen Economy

Session IIIb—Carbon Markets for Agriculture

This session will provide an overview of potential revenue streams from agricultural carbon offsets including minimum till farming, managed rangeland, and methane trapping.  In addition, the session will provide details for trading credits today on the Chicago Climate Exchange and future tools being developed to support farmers with this emerging market opportunity.


Rich Conant, Colorado State Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
Greenhouse Gases and Agriculture: an Introduction to the Processes and Tools to Quantify Them
Dale Enerson, National Farmers Union Carbon Credit Program
Carbon Credits - Selling a New Crop from Your Farm or Ranch
Moderator: Tony Frank, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

Session IIIcOn-Farm Energy Strategies and Innovations: Growing Plants and Programs


Chad Kruger, Climate Friendly Farming Project
Energy Implications of Advanced Nutrient Management Tools in Small Grain Cropping Systems
Dorothy Landt, Alliant Energy
A Comprehensive Approach to Improving Agriculture Programs
Steve Moore, Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Low Tech Winter Greenhouse Food Production without Direct Fossil Fuel
Moderator: Stan Hitt, Natural Resources Conservation Service

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm



Recognition of ACEEE 2007 Exemplary Agricultural Program Award Winners

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Info Fair



Friday, February 22


Embassy Suites Hotel

7:00 am to 8:30 am



7:30 am to 4:30 pm



8:30 am to 10:00 am

Plenary Session


Public Policy Drivers for Energy Efficiency in Agriculture

Public policy both at the state and federal levels is critically important to the level of energy efficiency investments made in the agricultural sector.  This session will explore current as well as potentially new state and federal energy efficiency policies affecting American agriculture.


Roya Stanley, Iowa Office of Energy Independence

Reaping the Benefits of A New Energy Economy – Why Capitalizing On Key Policy Drivers at both the State and National Level Is Critical To Continued Momentum for Agriculture in the New Energy Economy

Ellen Huntoon, Senior Agriculture Aide, Senator Harkin

Overview of Chairman Harkin’s Work Building upon the Successes of the 2002 Farm Bill within the Framework of Today’s New Energy Challenges and Opportunities

John Moore, Environmental Law and Policy Center

Discussion of Major Federal Policy Initiatives for Ag-Based Energy Efficiency, Including the Farm Bill, Energy Bill, and Other Recent or Pending Legislation

R. Neal Elliott, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

A Look Ahead at Possible New Federal Ag-Sector Energy Efficiency Policy Initiatives, and the Prospects for Future Legislation to Affect the Ag Sector


Lloyd Ritter, Green Capitol

10:00 am to 10:30 am

Break & Info Fair


10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions IV


Session IVaProducing On-Site Biofuels Efficiently: How to Produce Biofuels on the Farm for On-Site Consumption


John Williamson, State Line Farm

The On-Farm Process of Producing Biodiesel from Oil Seeds Trials to Retrofitting Tractors

Jamie Derr, Great Lakes Biofuels

Current Feedstock Economics and Producing Usable Co-Products from Oilseeds

John Bonitz, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Comments on the Small Scale Biodiesel Industry in General and Techniques for Saving Energy in the Production Processes

Organizer/Moderator: Laura Furrey (moderator) and Sara Kelly, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School

Session IVb—Farm Energy Audits

This session will explain what farm energy audits are, define some challenges to implementing energy audits, and discuss some tools and funding opportunities to help more farmers benefit from energy efficiency audits.


Amelia Gulkis, EnSave
Farm Energy Audits: Challenges and Opportunities
Jennifer Brinker, GDS Associates
On-Line Farm Energy Assessment * additional handout
Teresa Bomhoff, Iowa Rural Development
Section 9006 Energy Program
Organizer/Moderator: Amelia Gulkis and Craig Metz (moderator), EnSave

Session IVc—Produce Local, Consume Local

When we speak of local ownership or buying local, what do we really mean and in what ways does localness matter—and not matter—to the public and to policy makers? This session will address concerns about the implications of the local food movement, where we are lacking in infrastructure and how we can grow this movement sustainably.


Neil Hamilton, Drake Law School
What is Local?
Patrick Garrity, Floyd Boulevard Local Foods Market
Local Food Systems - The Production Side of Local
Mallory Smith, Buy Fresh Buy Local
The Economics of Localness - The Consumption Side of Local
Moderator: Tara Rainstrom, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority


12:00 pm to 1:15 pm



1:15 am to 2:45 pm

Breakout Sessions V


VaRural Cooperatives and Agricultural Energy Efficiency

Rural Electric Cooperatives (RECs) provide power to agricultural members across America, serving 75% of the land mass. As not-for-profit, member-owned organizations, RECs are guided by core values that include a commitment to service, and have a long history of assisting their members in electrical energy efficiency. This session will features tools and programs being used by RECs at the national, regional and local level.


Tim Sullivan, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Touchstone Energy Cooperative's Energy Efficiency Edge
Paul Gillis, GEN~SYS Energy
Rural Cooperatives and Agricultural Energy Efficiency
Regi Goodale, Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives
Efficiency Investment and Opportunities for Iowa's Electric Cooperatives
Moderator: Claudia Smith, Central Iowa Power Cooperative

Session Vb—Energy Crops: Environmental and Ethical Limits
To what extent can new forms of bioenergy meet US and world energy needs?  This session will explore the possible environmental and social limits we will encounter as we begin exploiting the full bioenergy potential of our agricultural lands.


Tim Kautza, National Catholic Rural Life Conference
Fueling the Future through Energy Crops: What are the costs?  Who pays?  Do we care?
Doug Karlen, USDA-ARS, National Soil Tilth Laboratory and Iowa State University
Balancing Bioenergy Opportunities on our Natural Resource Base
Brendan Jordan, Great Plains Institute
Building a Sustainable Bioeconomy - A Path Forward for our Existing Industries, and for Emerging Approaches


2:45 to 4:15 pm

Closing Plenary


Next Steps: Ideas for a More Energy-Efficient Food System

The closing session will feature feedback and discussion by conference participants regarding what they have learned during the conference and ideas for future action in the following six areas: farming, on-farm energy production, carbon sequestration, food processing, food transportation, and consumer behavior.


Tony Frank, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

Glee Murray, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Andy Olsen, Environmental Law and Policy Center


Rich Hackner, GDS Associates and Wisconsin Focus on Energy, and Mike Morris, National Center for Appropriate Technology


End of Forum