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How Should it Grow?
Biofuels in the Finger Lakes Region




               Presentation for
      Finger Lakes Bioneers Co...
How can we best make incremental
progress on a regional, state and national
level toward some practical, workable
biomass ...
Socio-economic innovation to spur
development/transition

• effective community development and
  community organizing—loc...
In many counties in NYS, a significant portion
 of the acreage is under no discernible
 management plan currently– landown...
Current land use, rural Tompkins
                              County (self-reported)
                                    ...
Income realized from property, rural
       Question 3- Income Realized from Property

  Tompkins County (self-reported)
 ...
Anticipated future land use, rural
Tompkins County (self-reported)
                        Campground, 12

               ...
Land, labor and capital in a bi-annual
cycle of biomass production and use

                                         Begin...
Design Goals
              Common Sense Energy Future
                    Do No Harm

A system that is at least 85% effici...
Pelleting Press-- EnviroEnergy
Grass Pellets-- EnviroEnergy
Grass Briquette Press- BHS Slugger
Wood Chip Boiler– ACTBioenergy
Tub Grinder for Turning Waste Wood
or Logs Into Wood Chips for Fuel




            McDonald Contracting
            Elmir...
Trucking Grass Pellets Home




―They burn
grass pellets
in Danby,
don’t they?‖
CENTRAL NY REAL-TIME NEWS
Breaking Local News from Syracuse & Central New York

    Gov. David Paterson signs
"Green Jobs"...
―The electric industry is poised




           SMART
                                   to make the transformation from
 ...
Distributed generation is the use of
               small-scale power generation
               technologies located close...
EFFICIENCY: If the
     grid were just 5%
     more efficient, the
     energy savings                                    ...
Monsanto Under Investigation For Antitrust Abuses


                                           by   The Associated Press

...
From Elinor Ostrom, first woman to
win the Nobel Prize in Economics:



    ―When local users of a forest have a
     long...
For more info:




www.tclocal.org
―Burning Transitions‖


                    Krys.Cail@gmail.com
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  1. 1. How Should it Grow? Biofuels in the Finger Lakes Region Presentation for Finger Lakes Bioneers Conference October 16, 2009 Krys Cail
  2. 2. How can we best make incremental progress on a regional, state and national level toward some practical, workable biomass utilization? Can we begin substituting some biomass use for some fossil fuel use, without triggering other unsustainable practices that will lead to future problems?
  3. 3. Socio-economic innovation to spur development/transition • effective community development and community organizing—localized approach • serious consideration of landowner preferences • instituting and promoting different approaches to land management – landowner cooperatives or management consortia – biomass companies contracting to manage land for individuals under individual contracts – CSE (Community Supported Energy-- something of a consumer coop)
  4. 4. In many counties in NYS, a significant portion of the acreage is under no discernible management plan currently– landowners lack time or money to do anything in particular to manage the resource. Will emerging biomass markets change that? How? Who will decide, and on what basis? Are there potential risks as well as potential gains?
  5. 5. Current land use, rural Tompkins County (self-reported) C u r r e n t L a n d U s e A c tiv itie s O t h e r e n t e rp ris e , 4 A g ro -t o u ris m , 8 N u rs e ry / G re e n h s e , 1 1 Agricultural D e ve lo p m e n t , 1 6 C a m p in g / C a m p s it e s , 2 5 Development / non-ag commercial V in e y a rd / o rc h a rd , 2 6 P o u lt ry , 2 7 Private enjoyment / conservation D a iry , 3 0 L a n d U s e A c ti v i ty Xm a s t re e s / M a p le , 3 7 V e g e t a b le p ro d u c t io n , 6 0 In ve s t m e n t , 6 2 H o rs e s / s t a b le s , 6 2 L ive s t o c k , 6 5 In c o m e , 6 8 R e fu g e , 1 1 5 F o re s t ry , 1 2 4 L e a s e t o fa rm e r, 1 4 6 F ie ld c ro p s , 1 6 7 H ik in g / R e c re a t io n , 1 8 7 F ire w o o d , 1 9 7 R e s id e n c e , 1 9 7 O pen S pac e, 197 H u n t in g / F is h in g , 2 0 2 P riva c y , 2 1 0 W ild life , 2 2 4 A p p re c ia t in g N a t u re , 2 2 4 0 50 100 150 200 250 R e sp o n se s
  6. 6. Income realized from property, rural Question 3- Income Realized from Property Tompkins County (self-reported) primary income no income 7% 7% partial income 14% enough to pay property taxes 15% negligible income 57%
  7. 7. Anticipated future land use, rural Tompkins County (self-reported) Campground, 12 Nursery/Greenhse, 14 Xmas tree, 16 Agroforestry, 18 Agricultural Donate easement, 22 Development / non-ag commercial Maple, 34 Private enjoyment / conservation Land Use Activity Green enterprise, 36 Energy production, 42 Sell lots, 48 Build a house, 55 Sell entire parcel, 64 Forestry, 119 Hiking/recreation, 156 Conservation, 188 Agriculture, 192 Hunting/fishing, 199 0 50 100 150 200 250 Responses
  8. 8. Land, labor and capital in a bi-annual cycle of biomass production and use Begin 2- First Winter year Cycle Labor Land Capital Second Winter
  9. 9. Design Goals Common Sense Energy Future Do No Harm A system that is at least 85% efficient end to end; A robust and resilient network with no single points of failure; Based on demand management, conservation and efficiency first, and then on renewable, carbon neutral fuels with no contribution to global climate change; Requires full life cycle accounting from construction to decommissioning, and including all waste disposal and handling; Creates and strengthens opportunities for local and regional workforce development and increases the base of sustainable jobs with livable wages within the local community. Imposes no environmental or economic burdens or risks on future generations. jock@jockgill.com (802) 613-1444 P.O. Box 3 / Peacham / Vermont / 05862
  10. 10. Pelleting Press-- EnviroEnergy
  11. 11. Grass Pellets-- EnviroEnergy
  12. 12. Grass Briquette Press- BHS Slugger
  13. 13. Wood Chip Boiler– ACTBioenergy
  14. 14. Tub Grinder for Turning Waste Wood or Logs Into Wood Chips for Fuel McDonald Contracting Elmira, NY
  15. 15. Trucking Grass Pellets Home ―They burn grass pellets in Danby, don’t they?‖
  16. 16. CENTRAL NY REAL-TIME NEWS Breaking Local News from Syracuse & Central New York Gov. David Paterson signs "Green Jobs" bill in North Syracuse By Delen Goldberg / The Post-Standard October 13, 2009, 1:09PM
  17. 17. ―The electric industry is poised SMART to make the transformation from a centralized, producer- controlled network to one that is less centralized and more consumer-interactive. The move to a smarter grid promises to change the industry’s entire business model and its GRID relationship with all stakeholders, involving and affecting utilities, regulators, energy service providers, technology and automation vendors and all consumers of electric power.‖ http://www.oe.energy.gov/DocumentsandMedia/DOE_SG_Book_Single_Pages(1).pdf
  18. 18. Distributed generation is the use of small-scale power generation technologies located close to the load being served, capable of lowering costs, improving reliability, reducing emissions and expanding energy options. http://www.oe.energy.gov/DocumentsandMedia/DOE_SG_Book_Single_Pages(1).pdf
  19. 19. EFFICIENCY: If the grid were just 5% more efficient, the energy savings GLOBAL would equate to COMPETITIVENESS: permanently eliminating the fuel The European Union has an and greenhouse even more aggressive ―Smart gas emissions from Grids‖ agenda, a major 53 million cars. component of which has buildings functioning as power plants. Generally, however, these countries don’t have a ―legacy system‖ on the order of the grid to consider or grapple with. http://www.oe.energy.gov/DocumentsandMedia/DOE_SG_Book_Single_Pages(1).pdf
  20. 20. Monsanto Under Investigation For Antitrust Abuses by The Associated Press October 8, 2009 James A. Finley/AP Critics say St. Louis-based Monsanto has used its market clout to squeeze competitors. The Justice Department is investigating whether Monsanto Co.violated antitrust rules in trying to expand its dominance of the market for genetically engineered crops. Monsanto has provided interviews and documents to the Justice Department over the past two months, company spokesman Lee Quarles said. He said the department has questioned Monsanto about its marketing tactics in the biotech seed industry, which have become a target of criticism.
  21. 21. From Elinor Ostrom, first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economics: ―When local users of a forest have a long-term perspective, they are more likely to monitor each other’s use of the land, developing rules for behavior,‖ Ms. Ostrom said in an interview. ―It is an area that standard market theory does not touch.‖ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/13/business/economy/13nobel.html?_r=2&scp=2&sq=Elinor%20Ostrom&st=cse
  22. 22. For more info: www.tclocal.org ―Burning Transitions‖ Krys.Cail@gmail.com

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