Learn how renewable methane can help California:

  • Meet its climate protection and air quality improvement goals
  • Serve as a practical storage medium for renewable power-to-gas
  • Create a near-zero-emission hydrogen energy infrastructure
  • Strengthen the state’s economic future

2016 Featured Speakers


Fran Pavley

California Senator, 27th Senate District

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Jack P. Broadbent

Executive Officer/APCO, BAAQMD

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Mary Nichols

Chair, California Air Resources Board (CARB)

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Anthony Rendon

California State Assembly Speaker, 63rd District

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Julia Levin

Executive Director, Bioenergy Association of California

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Cliff Gladstein

President, Gladstein Neandross & Associates

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Dr. Matt Miyasato

Deputy Executive Officer for Science & Technology Advancement, SCAQMD

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Malik Angalakudati

Vice President, Gas Operations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company


Seyed Sadredin

Executive Director/APCO, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

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2016 Agenda

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:45 am

Symposium Welcome

This year’s theme is recognizing and overcoming barriers to RNG. The speakers have all been asked to identify impediments to developing RNG in California and proposing solutions to these hurdles.


  • Cliff Gladstein, President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Introduction – Renewable Methane and California’s Energy Future

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Panel 1 – Using Renewable Gas to Improve Air Quality & Climate Protection


  • Ryan McCarthy, Science and Technology Policy Advisor to the Chair


  • Jack Broadbent, Executive Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  • Wayne Nastri, Acting Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • Seyed Sadredin, Executive Director/APCO, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Power to Gas and the Role of Renewable Methane in Hydrogen Production


  • Jack Brouwer, Associate Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center

10:45 am - 11:00 am


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Panel 2 – Integrating Renewable Gas into California’s Natural Gas Pipeline Infrastructure


  • Paul Relis, Executive Vice President, CR&R Waste and Recycling Services


  • George Minter, Vice President, Southern California Gas Company
  • Malik Angalakudati, Vice President Gas Operations, PG&E

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Keynote – Enhancing California’s Energy Independence with Renewable Gas

Keynote Speaker

  • Anthony Rendon, California State Assembly Speaker, 63rd District

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm


1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Keynote – Perspectives from the Front Lines

Keynote Speaker

  • Fran Pavley, California Senator, 27th Senate District

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Panel 3 – Opportunities and Obstacles for Renewable Gas in California Legislature


  • Julia Levin, Executive Director, Bioenergy Association of California


  • Tina Andolina, Office of State Senator Ben Allen

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm


2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Panel 4 – Obstacles and Opportunities: Capturing and Harnessing Methane from California Agriculture


  • Johannes Escudero, Executive Director, Renewable Natural Gas Coalition


  • N. Ross Buckenham, CEO, California Bioenergy

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Panel 5 – Obstacles and Opportunities: Perspectives from the Developer Community


  • Harrison Clay, President, Clean Energy Renewable Fuels


  • Linda Nugent, Ameresco
  • Greg Stangl, CEO, Phoenix Energy

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Closing Comments


  • Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board

5:15 pm - 7:00 pm


8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Day 2 – Rethink Methane Symposium Off-Site Tour

Sacramento BioDigester

Rethink Methane Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Sacramento BioDigester, the largest anaerobic digestion system of its kind in North America. Join us the morning of June 30 to learn the history of the facility, the feedstocks and regulations involved, and see how the organic waste is processed—from its arrival at the transfer station to its fueling of the haul trucks

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