Check out some photo highlights from Day 1 of Biomass 2012!*
Acting Program Director Valerie Reed at Biomass 2012
Acting Program Director Valerie Reed took questions from conference attendees.
Senator Al Franken at Biomass 2012
Senator Al Franken stopped by for some brief comments on the abundance of the nation's renewable biomass resources.
Secretary Steven Chu & John Kneiss at Biomass 2012
Secretary Steven Chu talked everything from biofuels to his physics background in “A Conversation with Secretary Chu,” moderated by John Kneiss, Director, North America, Hart Energy Consulting.
Senator Chris Coons at Biomass 2012
Senator Chris Coons: “We can be safer, save more money & save lives with an investment in biofuels—that is an investment that I want to make.”
First-to-Market: Pioneering Advanced Biofuels Plenary Panel at Biomass 2012
Biofuels Digest editor Jim Lane moderated a session called "First-to-Market: Pioneering Advanced Biofuels" with Christopher G. Standlee, Executive Vice President, Abengoa; Peter Williams, Chief Executive Officer, INEOS; William (Bill) J. Brady, Chief Executive Officer, Mascoma Corporation; Christopher Ryan, President and Chief Operating Officer, Gevo; Theodora Retsina, Chief Executive Officer, American Process Inc.
Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn of ACORE at Biomass 2012
Vice Adm. Dennis McGinn talked about the importance of "all of the above" strategies for biofuels.
The Future of the Renewable Fuel Standard and Bioenergy Tax Policy Plenary Panel at Biomass 2012
Michael McAdams of the Advanced Biofuels Association moderated a panel on the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard with Ryan Abraham, Tax Counsel, Senate Finance Committee; Jonathan Black, Senior Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Energy Committee; J.W. Hackett, Republican Counsel, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works; R. Brooke Coleman, Executive Director, Advanced Ethanol Council; Jeremy I. Martin, Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists; James McVaney, Vice President, Government Affairs and Aerospace Business Development, Rentech Inc.
Attendees on Day 1 of Biomass 2012
Attendees in the packed Washington D.C. Convention Center Ballroom on Day 1 of Biomass 2012.

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us today for Day 1 of the conference! We look forward to another crowded ballroom and good discussions today. Feel free to share your favorite moments in the comments below and check back here later today for Day 2 photo highlights.

*All photos courtesy BCS, Incorporated.