Southeast Biomass: Project Development

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The Georgia Tech Clean Energy Speaker Series welcomes four guest speakers to discuss the best practices for improving regional energy efficiency. The goal of the Series is to provide an objective, factual and comprehensive analysis of the Southeast’s energy and power requirements to 2030 and to examine the extent to which clean energy technologies can meet some of these demands.

Marvin Burchfield, Decker Energy International
Mr. Burchfield has held roles in construction, sales, engineering,research, operations, development, acquisitions and executive management. He has been personally involved in the development,ownership and operation of energy assets for nearly 20 years. He currently serves as a vice president of Decker Energy International (DEI) and serves on the Board of Managers for Biomass EnergyResources. Mr. Burchfield earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from Clemson University in 1987.

Since 1982, DEI has developed or acquired fourteen diverse energy projects totaling nearly 1,000 megawatts of generating capacity and $700 million in total investment, including six renewable energy biomass fueled facilities. With a current total installed wood fired capacity of 88 megawatts, prior involvement with other biomass projects in excess of 200 megawatts, a current late stage development of a 40 megawatts facility in Connecticut, a 60 megawatts facility in northeastern North Carolina, a 55 megawatts facility in southeast Georgia, a 50megawatts facility in eastern Texas, DEI is one of the most experienced independent developer / owners of wood residue fueled electric generation in North America.

Amish Shah, Sutherland
A member of Sutherland’s Tax Practice Group, Shah handles matters involving domestic and international tax planning and tax controversy. He has significant experience advising clients regarding incentives for investments in, and production of, renewable and alternative energy, including nonconventional fuels tax credits,alcohol fuels credits, biodiesel credits, production tax credits, and investment tax credits, as well as excise tax credits for alcohol fuels, biodiesel and alternative fuels.

Amish also advises clients with respect to the U.S. Department of the Treasury grant for renewable energy projects and has been involved in obtaining IRS rulings on energy tax credit matters. B.S., University of Maryland,1993 J.D., with honors, George Washington University Law School, 1999.



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  • Created By:Michael Hagearty
  • Created:03/23/2010
  • Modified By:Fletcher Moore
  • Modified:10/07/2016