Consultant Resume

Alan Jacobson

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  • Mr. Jacobson offers extensive biomass-to-energy expertise. During the past twenty- five years, Mr. Jacobson has specialized in biomass availability and cost studies of agricultural residues, urban wood residues, forest residues, and sawmill and remanufacturing residues for financial institutions and project developers. These studies have been conducted in the states of California, Montana, Oregon, New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Maine, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Hawaii, Florida, Washington, Alaska, Arkansas, the Provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta, and in Italy. Mr. Jacobson has extensive experience developing the infrastructure required to collect, process and transport all types of biomass, in negotiating long-term biomass fuel supply contracts, and in biomass fuel handling and inventory management. During the previous five - year period, Mr. Jacobson was responsible for the procurement of wood fuel for the first stand – alone biomass power plants in northern California.  Mr. Jacobson has also prepared biomass feedstock supply plans and negotiated contracts for delivery of rice straw and wood waste to potential ethanol projects. Mr. Jacobson has qualified as an expert witness in litigation of biomass facilities. Mr. Jacobson has a diverse professional forestry background in California, Oregon and Idaho spanning sixteen years of managing timberlands and procuring raw materials for sawmills.  

    Professional Experience

    ·        As Owner of Alan Jacobson & Associates, Mr. Jacobson is prepared and qualified to conduct biomass fuel availability and cost studies for financial institutions and project developers throughout the world.  

    ·        Senior Biomass Consultant for HDR Engineering, conducted biomass fuel availability and cost studies for financial institutions and project developers.  

    ·        Vice President for TSS, conducted biomass fuel availability and cost studies for biomass power plants and biomass to ethanol facilities. These analyses have also assessed the infrastructure required to provide the required biomass fuel or feedstock to these facilities.  These studies have assessed agricultural residues, forest residues, sawmill and remanufacturing residues, and urban wood residues for financial institutions and project developers in the states of California, Montana, Oregon, New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Maine, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Hawaii, Washington, Alaska, Arkansas, the Provinces of British Columbia and Alberta and in Italy.

    ·        Senior Associate for Brown, Vence & Associates conducting numerous due diligence reviews of proposed biomass power plants, sawmills and cogeneration plants for financial institutions, developers and potential buyers. Conducted performance tests and appraisal of a major urban wood waste processing facility in Sacramento, California.

    ·        Senior Fuel Procurement Manager for Ultrapower Services in California. Managed fuel procurement for wood-fired power plants located in Burney and Westwood. Provided overall procurement management for additional operating power plants located in Blue Lake and Chinese Station and directed fuel development for power plants in Fresno and Rocklin, California. Mr. Jacobson was the local interface with county planning departments in obtaining Conditional Use Permits for three power plant facilities.  

    ·        Timber Manager for Sierra Pacific Industries, Redding, California, with responsibility for timber harvest and timber harvest planning, road construction, precommercial thinning and reforestation on 85,000 acres of timberland in northern California.

    ·        Division Forester for Publishers Forest Products Company, Burney, California where he had the responsibility for the overall management of 69,000 acres of timberland in northern California, supplying two sawmills with 100 million board feet (MMBF) of logs per year from these timberlands as well as from Public and Private sources. Obtained all permits for siting two Class II solid waste disposal sites.  

    ·        Forester for Publishers Paper Company in Estacada, Oregon where he managed private timberland and managed the timber sale contracts with the U.S. Forest Service on the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon.  

    ·        Intensive Management Technician with the U.S. Forest Service on the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon where he had responsibilities for timber sale preparation and timber sale administration in an area that included Mt. Hood and the Bull Run Watershed.  He designed and administered sensitive timber sales that utilized specialized logging systems ranging from using horses, long span skylines and helicopters.  He also held a variety of timber management positions on the Clearwater and Nez Perce National Forests in Idaho.  

    Education
    ·        University of Idaho, Agriculture
    Other
    ·        Has conducted studies for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board.
    ·        Grew up on an Idaho ranch that grew hay, grain and timber.  
    ·        Member of the American Quarter Horse Association, the National Cutting Horse Association and the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association.
    ·        Member of the Society of American Foresters.