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POET to discuss ethanol improvements, future growth


Vice President of Corporate Affairs Doug Berven to speak at RETECH

Producers continued to improve the process of making ethanol as production ramped up over the last decade. That trend bodes well for the industry’s future as new market opportunities arise.

POET Vice President of Corporate Affairs Doug Berven will discuss how changes in ethanol production throughout the 2000’s have put the industry on strong footing for future growth at the 3rd annual Renewable Energy Technology Conference & Exhibition (RETECH) next week in Washington, D.C.

Berven will be a panelist in a session titled “Conventional Biofuels -- Where do we go from here?” on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 8:30-10 a.m. EST at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Berven will give a short presentation and answer questions. He will join David Vander Griend, President & CEO, ICM; David Kolsrud, President, DAK Renewable Energy; and Phil Madson, President & CEO, KATZEN International, Inc. in the session.

About POET
POET, the largest ethanol producer in the world, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 23-year-old company produces more than 1.7 billion gallons of ethanol and 10 billion pounds of high-protein animal feed annually from 27 production facilities nationwide. POET also operates a pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol plant, which uses corn cobs, leaves, husk and some stalk as feedstock, and will commercialize the process in Emmetsburg, Iowa. For more information, visit


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