Join Dovetail Partners at Power Pairings Breakfast on October 15th to Learn About Biomass for Energy

Discuss the use of sustainably harvested woody biomass for electricity and combined heating and cooling throughout Minnesota‚Äč


(Minneapolis, MN) - Join Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think tank, at a Power Pairings Breakfast Series event titled, 'Heating and Cooling From Sustainable Forestry'. The Fresh Energy hosted event series serves as an opportunity for leaders in the energy, innovation and policy fields to come together for lively discussions surrounding our energy future. At each Power Pairings Breakfast, two leaders of varying backgrounds lead a discussion that tackles questions facing businesses, utilities and policy makers throughout Minnesota.


On October 15th, Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail's Executive Director and forestry expert, will be joined by Ken Smith, President and CEO of Ever-Green Energy for a discussion regarding utilizing sustainably harvested woody biomass to provide clean, efficient electric, heating and cooling generation. The question to be addressed - "How can sustainable forestry power healthier energy - and what should we do, and not do, to achieve a 'win-win' for our environment?"


"Responsibly produced biomass energy is an important part of Minnesota's renewable energy portfolio, and we have systems in place to ensure it is done right - including best management practices, third-party certification, statewide monitoring systems and ongoing research," says Fernholz.  "These systems complement the use of advanced technologies that ensure less waste and greater energy efficiency from our biomass resources."


Ever-Green Energy has been burning wood waste to provide electricity, heat, and cooling to Downtown Saint Paul for more than 20 years and is the operator and manager of District Energy St. Paul, a combined heat and power facility located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. A handful of other Minnesota communities and industries have similar programs, and have found the strategy to be clean and efficient. Expanding combined heat and power has the potential to improve our energy system - but we must act with care to ensure that wood waste is sourced sustainably and helps, not harms, Minnesota's rich forestlands.


Fernholz is a forester by training and has worked on development and forest management issues in a range of roles for more than 17 years. In her role at Dovetail Partners, she has written, researched and presented on the topics of woody biomass utilization, forest certification standards, sustainable forest management and best practices. Kathryn is also an experienced forest certification lead auditor, having worked on FSC and SFI audits throughout the United States. Her former positions include chairing the Minnesota Society of American Foresters, membership in the Minnesota Forest Resources Council, and serving on the Boards of Directors for the Minnesota Environmental Partnership and the Sustainable Furnishings Council.


The 'Heating and Cooling From Sustainable Forestry' Power Pairings Breakfast event will take place from 7:00-8:30am on Thursday October 15th, 2015 at the Town & Country Club in Saint Paul, MN.


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