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Bioenergy 2015: Opportunities in a Changing Energy Landscape

Jim Spaeth, Program Manager and Conference Chair of the Bioenergy Technologies Office, invites you to attend Bioenergy 2015 in Washington, D.C., June 23-24.

June 23–24, 2015Bioenergy 2015 Logo
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

On June 23–24, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host its eighth annual conference—Bioenergy 2015: Opportunities in a Changing Energy Landscape. Co-hosted with the Clean Energy Research and Education Foundation (CEREF), this year's conference will focus on opportunities and challenges in our current highly dynamic energy ecosystem.

Each year, approximately 600 participants attend the conference, including key stakeholders from the bioenergy industry, Congress, national laboratories, academia, and the financial community.


Attendees will discuss critical bioenergy issues such as the following:

  • Impact of changing oil prices
  • Vehicle/fuels co-optimization
  • Future of the Renewable Fuel Standard
  • Environmental benefits of biofuels
  • Innovative technologies and emerging pathways
  • U.S. manufacturing in a global marketplace.

Bioenergy 2015 Presentations

Available speaker presentations are now posted and can be viewed on the Presentations Web page. Please note that not all presentations from the conference are available on this site at the request of certain speakers. Presenters retain full copyrights to the information contained in their presentations.

Bioenergy 2015 Conference Agenda 

Additional information on the schedule and specific plenary and breakout sessions is available on the Bioenergy 2015 Agenda Web page.

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Bioenergy 2015 Confirmed Speakers

View the Bioenergy 2015 Speakers Web page for a full list of confirmed speakers for Bioenergy 2015. To learn more about our speakers, download the Speaker Biographies file.

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Attend Sustainable Transportation Day

Join us on the eve of Bioenergy 2015 for Sustainable Transportation Day, an afternoon on the grounds of the U.S. Department of Energy with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, and Vehicle Technologies Office. Register to attend this free event!

Mingle with federal staff, EERE leadership, and stakeholders from the public sector and private industry. Enjoy exhibits such as the Green Racing Simulator, the SuperTruck, a 3-D printed Shelby Cobra car, and some of the world’s first soon-to-be available commercial fuel cell electric vehicles.

June 22, 2015; 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
West Forrestal Plaza and Median
1000 Independence Avenue Southwest
Washington, D.C. 20585

11 a.m.–2 p.m. Open exhibitions
3 p.m.–5 p.m. Open exhibitions, networking, and remarks

Register for Sustainable Transportation Day.

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Bioenergy 2015 Attendee Networking Tool

The Attendee Networking Tool provided information on attendee backgrounds, areas of expertise, and business contact details to help attendees network and identify potential partners working in the bioeconomy. For questions about the tool, please contact

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Bioenergy 2015 Exhibiting and Support Opportunities

Please visit CEREF’s Web page if you are interested in exhibiting or providing other support. For more information, please contact CEREF at or 202-640-6599 extension 317.

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Bioenergy 2015 Call for Posters

BETO invites students, researchers, public and private organizations, and members of the general public to submit poster abstracts by Friday, May 15, 2015, for the Bioenergy 2015 Poster Session. 

Selected applicants will have their posters on display during the conference, including the conference breaks, so that they can meet with attendees and informally present their posters.These posters will also be on display and can be informally presented at the Bioenergy 2015 Poster Reception, held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

For more information on poster abstract guidelines, submission, and due dates, visit the Bioenergy Poster Session Web Page

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Bioenergy 2015 Hotel Room Block

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A room block is available for conference attendees at two nearby hotels for the nights of June 22, 23, and 24, 2015: the Hampton Inn Washington-Downtown-Convention Center and the Cambria Suites Rooms are available to all attendees at the discounted government rate of $229 per night

The Hampton Inn is at 901 6th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. It is 0.2 miles from the Convention Center. To book your room at the Hampton Inn, please call 1-800-426-7866 and ask for the “B15 Conference Rate.” The cut-off date to book a room in the Hampton Inn room block is Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

The Cambria Suites is at 899 O St, NW, Washington, DC 20001. It is 0.5 miles from the Convention Center. To book a room at the Cambria Suites, guests should contact Jeffery Hariston by calling 1-202-552-5427 or emailing For after-hours reservation requests please call 202-299-1188. When calling to make a reservation, please reference “DOE Bioenergy Conference.” The cut-off date to book a room in the Cambria Suites room block is Friday, June 5, 2015.

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Bioenergy meets “Shark Tank” at Bioenergy 2015

What does a bioenergy startup need to succeed? Find out on June 23 at Bioenergy 2015. Inspired by ABC’s television series “Shark Tank,” where entrepreneurs pitch their business plans to potential investors called “sharks,” BETO’s eighth annual conference will feature a special session called “The Pitch” where bioenergy startups pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of bioenergy experts.

The experts:

  • Geoffrey Duyk M.D., Ph.D., Managing Director and Partner, TPG Alternative and Renewable Technologies/TPG Biotechnology
  • Mark J. Riedy, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Brian Baynes, Partner, Flagship Ventures
  • Bill Crump, Senior Project Manager, Leidos Engineering.

Register for Bioenergy 2015 to see “The Pitch” and other great sessions!

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Contact Us

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