Learn how renewable methane can help California:

  • Achieve GHG emissions reduction objectives in SB 32, AB 197, and SB 1383
  • Integrate sustainability goals for organic waste (ag, food, forestry, and wastewater)
  • Accelerate development of practical, large-scale storage for renewable power
  • Facilitate the creation of a low-carbon hydrogen supply for a fuel cell future
  • Create economic development opportunities for disadvantaged regions

2017 Featured Speakers

Jack Broadbent

Executive Officer/Air Pollution Control Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

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Mary Nichols

Chair, California Air Resources Board (CARB)

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Wayne Nastri

Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District

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Martha Guzman-Aceves

Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

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Kip Lipper

Chief Policy Advisor, Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment, Office of CA Senate Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon

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George Minter

Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, Southern California Gas Company

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Lorraine Paskett

Owner, Cambridge LCF Group

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Jack Brouwer

Associate Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center

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Julia Levin

Executive Director, Bioenergy Association of California

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William Zobel

Vice President of Market Development and Strategy, Trillium CNG

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Todd Campbell

Vice President of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Clean Energy Fuels

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Tina Andolina

Senior Policy Consultant, Office of State Senator Ben Allen

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Paul Relis

Senior Vice President, Director of Environmental Affairs, CR&R Incorporated

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Roberta Larson

Executive Director, California Association of Sanitation Agencies

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Johannes Escudero

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas

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Senator Henry Stern

Senate District 27, California State Senate

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Jonathan Parfrey

Executive Director, Climate Resolve

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Bryan Pivovar

Fuel Cell Group Manager, Chemistry and Nanosciences Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Jonathan Maurer

Managing Director, Fortistar

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Ryan McCarthy

Science and Technology Policy Advisor, California Air Resources Board

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N. Ross Buckenham

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, California Bioenergy, LLC

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Lawrence Lingbloom

Chief Consultant, Committee on Natural Resources, California State Assembly

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Michael Boccadoro

President, West Coast Advisors

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Jena Price

Legislative Affairs Manager, California League of Conservation Voters

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Cliff Gladstein

President, Gladstein Neandross & Associates

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2017 Agenda

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Day 1 – Continental Breakfast

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Lunch Sponsor

8:30 am - 8:45 am

Symposium Welcome

This year’s Symposium will take a fresh look at the important role that methane can play in our energy future, particularly in light of recently passed legislation. It will feature leaders from the bioenergy, fuel cell, and natural gas industries, as well as elected officials and government agencies, discussing opportunities to harness the state’s vast renewable methane feedstocks – including dairy manure, agriculture stubble, municipal food and green waste, forestry biomass, and power-to-gas.

Speaker

  • Cliff Gladstein, President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Introductory Keynote – Renewable Gas: A New Lawmaker’s Perspective

Speaker

  • Senator Henry Stern, Senate District 27, California State Senate

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Panel 1 – What do we do now? Policymaker Perspectives on the Legislative Success of 2016 and the Challenges of Implementation in 2017

Moderator

  • Jena Price, Legislative Affairs Manager, California League of Conservation Voters

Speakers

  • Kip Lipper, Chief Policy Advisor on Energy and Environment, Office of Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon
  • Tina Andolina, Senior Policy Consultant, Office of State Senator Ben Allen
  • Martha Guzman-Aceves, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

10:00 am - 10:30 am

The Path to a 50% RPS: Realizing a Renewable Energy Future through Power-to-Gas

Speaker

  • Jack Brouwer, Associate Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center/ Associate Professor, UC Irvine

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Panel 2 – Making Climate Progress through Renewable Gas at the Local Level: How California’s Air Districts Plan to Respond to New Climate Legislation

Moderator

  • George Minter, Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, Southern California Gas Company

Speakers

  • Ryan McCarthy, Science and Technology Policy Advisor, California Air Resources Board
  • Wayne Nastri, Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • Jack Broadbent, Chief Executive Officer/Air Pollution Control Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Networking Luncheon

Welcome

  • Bill Zobel, Vice President, Market Development and Strategy, Trillium CNG
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    Lunch Sponsor

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Panel 3 – Challenges: Addressing Regulatory Barriers to the Development of a Robust Market for Renewable Gas

Moderator

  • Julia Levin, Executive Director, Bioenergy Association of California

Speakers

  • Jon Maurer, Managing Director, Fortistar
  • Todd Campbell, Vice President of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Clean Energy Fuels
  • Roberta Larson, Executive Director, California Association of Sanitation Agencies

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Panel 4 – Achieving Deep Decarbonization with Renewable Hydrogen

Moderator

  • Lorraine Paskett, Owner, Cambridge LCF Group

Speakers

  • Jack Brouwer, Associate Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center/ Associate Professor, UC Irvine
  • Bryan Pivovar, Fuel Cell Group Manager, Chemistry and Nanosciences Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Panel 5 – Focus on Dairies: Implementing SB 1383 and the Strategy for Effective Methane Reductions

Moderator

  • Johannes Escudero, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas

Speakers

  • Ryan McCarthy, Science and Technology Policy Advisor, California Air Resources Board
  • Michael Boccadoro, President, West Coast Advisors
  • Ross Buckenham, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, California Bioenergy

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Panel 6 – Converting Policy in to Progress: Impacts of 2016 Legislation on Growing the California Renewable Gas Industry

Moderator

  • Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director, Climate Resolve

Speaker

  • Lawrence Lingbloom, Chief Consultant, Committee on Natural Resources, California State Assembly
  • Paul Relis, Senior Vice President, CR&R Waste and Recycling Services

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Where We Go From Here

Introduction

  • Mallik Angalakudati, Vice President Corporate Strategy, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Speaker

  • Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

Join us in the Grand Nave Foyer for Networking & Refreshments

Sponsored by:

Reception Sponsor Waste Management

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Day 2 – Rethink Methane Symposium Off-Site Tour

Van Steyn Dairy

California’s 1.7 million dairy cows produce >50% of the state’s methane emissions, a highly potent greenhouse gas. Join us for a tour on February 22 to learn how an anaerobic digester is helping Van Steyn Dairy tackle the carbon footprint created from their 700 cattle and ≈100,000 lbs. of daily manure output, as well as create renewable power for ≈125 homes.

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