The South Carolina Bioenergy Summit will be held Oct. 7, at Clemson University’s Pee Dee Agricultural Research and Education Center near Florence, S.C.

The day-long event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 6:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Summit Coordinator and Clemson University Professor Jim Frederick urges those planning to attend to pre-register for the meeting by Oct. 1.

Included on the program will be presentations on state, local, national and international programs geared toward production and use of bioenergy.

Among the topics to be discussed are: “International Export Opportunities for Alternative Energy,” presented by Peter D. Beattie, former Australian premier of the State of Queensland in northern Australia.

Growing feedstocks for biofuel will be discussed by a trio of well-known Southeast researchers. Dewey Lee, with the University of Georgia, Mike Hensen with Clemson University and Keri Cantrell, a USDA researcher will all talk about production and utilization of bio feedstocks.

Representatives from four different utility companies will talk about their respective company’s production and use of bioenergy. Included in this group will be Harold James, Progress Energy; Tracy Beer, Duke Energy; Steve Spivey, Santee-Cooper Electric and Bob Long, SCE&G will make presentations at the meeting.

Technical issues facing bioenergy development in South Carolina and throughout the upper Southeast region will be discussed by a panel of energy experts. Included on the panel are Tom Syfert, University of South Carolina; Nicole Bulgarino, Ameresco Federal Solutions and Ross McRoy, Perigon Engineering.

To register e-mail Jim Frederick at with your name, title, organization and e-mail address.