Energy from Waste: Many Types, Many Challenges, Future Strategies

Broadcast live from ACE 2017, national executives from the energy-from-waste (EFW) sector will provide timely and knowledgeable perspectives on the major issues currently affecting development of EFW projects (economics, public policy, environmental regulations, siting), as well as on the current market drivers and strategies for market growth. The experts represent a cross section of the various types of EFW, from traditional combustion waste-to-energy (WTE) and landfill gas-to-energy, to the emerging types of EFW: waste gasification to liquid fuels, biodiesel, and anaerobic digestion biogas.

Some key topics the expert panelists will address: Where is the market headed for development of new EFW projects and how does this vary with the type of EFW technology? How will upcoming changes in federal energy policy, tax incentives, and environmental regulations play out for EFW? Will the market for new EFW projects now be driven even more by policies set at the state/provincial level for waste management, carbon abatement, and tax incentives?

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Ted Michaels, President, Energy Recovery Council (ERC)
Ted Michaels is President of the Energy Recovery Council (ERC), the national trade association representing companies and local governments engaged in the waste-to-energy sector. He has more than 20 years of experience in federal and state government affairs during which time he has represented public officials, private companies, and non-profit organizations, focusing primarily on energy and environmental issues. In addition to serving as President of the Energy Recovery Council, Mr. Michaels serves as Partner at AJW, Inc., a public policy and business development consulting firm focused on enhancing opportunities and removing barriers for innovative technologies.
Brian Bahor, Vice President for Environmental, Sustainability, and Environmental at Covanta Energy
Brian Bahor, QEP, is Vice President of Environmental, Sustainability and Permitting at Covanta. Covanta is the world’s largest operator of modern energy from waste facilities with operations in North America, Europe and China. Over the past 37 years, Brian has worked on the design, permitting and operations of dozens of energy from waste facilities with projects ranging from R&D to compliance. Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University and completed graduate studies at The Stevens Institute of Technology in management and engineering.
James Connolly, Vice President for Environmental Health & Safety at Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.
Jim Connolly is the Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety for Wheelabrator Technologies, which operates 15 waste-to-energy facilities in the U.S. and U.K., as well as four other power plants fueled with biomass, coal, or natural gas. Jim has over 30 years of professional experience in environmental permitting and compliance for solid waste management facilities, including both traditional and emerging technologies for energy recovery, materials recovery, and landfilling. Jim has also provided his environmental management expertise in support of business mergers and acquisitions within the industry. Jim Connolly holds a Master’s Degree in Energy and Environmental Studies from Boston University and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University. In his community of residence, Jim has served as a citizen advisor on local solid waste issues.
David McConnell, Vice President for Business Development at Enerkem
David McConnell joined Enerkem’s management team as Vice President, Business Development, North America, in 2015. He has over 25 years of experience in operations, sales and procurement in the solid and hazardous waste industry across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. Mr. McConnell was most recently Vice President of Supply Chain at Waste Management, where he was responsible for the alignment between corporate functions and field operations in order to achieve Waste Management’s transformation goals. In his prior position, Mr. McConnell was Area Vice President overseeing the financial and operations of Waste Management in North Florida and Puerto Rico.

Stephen Zemba, Ph.D., P.E. Ph.D., P.E., Project Director, Sanborn Head and Associates

Stephen Zemba, Ph.D., P.E., has over three decades experience nationally as an environmental consulting specialist in the waste-to-energy (WTE) sector, including both traditional WTE projects as well as landfill-gas-to-energy (LFGTE). He has served extensively as an expert witness and has made numerous conference presentations on issues related to WTE and LFGTE. His recent projects have included examination of a number of issues that have challenged permitting of biogas projects, and he has co-authored a recent article in the March 2017 issue of EM that explores pros and cons of LFTGE. Dr. Zemba specializes in assessing the transport and risks of environmental chemicals, and he has extensive experience in performing both human health and ecological risk assessments for WTE projects. Dr. Zemba holds a B.S. from Carnegie?Mellon University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in the field of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Zemba also teaches university?level courses on air quality management and air pollution control.

David Minott, QEP, CCM, President, Arc5 Environmental Consulting LLC
David Minott, QEP, CCM, is President of Arc5 Environmental Consulting, a specialist environmental consultancy that implements effective environmental permitting and compliance strategies for waste-to-energy and bioenergy projects. Over the past 35 years, Dave has worked with more than 90 projects in the U.S. and abroad for conventional waste-to-energy, gasification conversion technologies, anaerobic digestion, landfill biogas, biomass power, and biosolids beneficial use. He is Board-Certified as both a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) and a Certified Consulting Air-Quality Meteorologist (CCM).