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

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2018 Featured Speakers

Richard Corey

Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board Sacramento, California

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Autumn Burke

California State Assemblywoman, 63rd District

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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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Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

California State Assemblywoman, 4th District

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George Minter

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

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Julia Levin

Executive Director, Bioenergy Association of California

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Jack Brouwer

Associate Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center

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Jena Price

Legislative Affairs Manager, California League of Conservation Voters

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Jonathan Parfrey

Executive Director, Climate Resolve

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William Zobel

Vice President: Business Development, Marketing & Customer Care, Trillium CNG

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Paul Relis

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

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Johannes Escudero

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

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Mittal Monani

Senior Trader for North American Emissions, Direct Energy

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Kevin Hamilton

Chief Executive Officer, Central California Asthma Collaborative

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Floyd Vergara

Chief of Industrial Strategies Division, California Air Resources Board

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Sahar Kamali

Director of Business Development, Clean Energy Renewables

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Ryan McCarthy

Science and Technology Policy Advisor, California Air Resources Board

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Michael Boccadoro

President, West Coast Advisors

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Grant Zimmerman

Chief Executive Officer, ampCNG

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Cliff Gladstein

President, Gladstein Neandross & Associates

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2018 Agenda

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Day 1 – Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:45 am

Symposium Welcome

Speaker

  • Cliff Gladstein, President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

8:45 am - 9:10 am

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

Speaker

  • Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, Assembly District 56*

9:10 am - 9:40 am

Challenges to Renewable Hydrogen – Sacramento: Time for Deeds, Not Words

Speaker

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

9:40 am - 10:40 am

Panel 1 – Is it Time for a Renewable Gas Portfolio Standard?

Moderator

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

Speakers

  • George Minter, Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, Southern California Gas Company
  • Ryan McCarthy, Science and Technology Policy Advisor, California Air Resources Board
  • Kip Lipper, Chief Policy Advisor on Energy and Environment, Office of Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon

10:40 am - 10:50 am

Break

Recharge with a brief coffee and networking opportunity.

10:50 am - 11:15 am

Mid-Morning Keynote

Introduction

  • Sahar Kamali, Director, Business Development, Clean Energy Renewables

Keynote Speaker

  • Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, Assembly District 62

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Panel 2 – Focus on Dairies: Status of SB 1383 Implementation and Next Steps

Speakers

  • Floyd Vegara, Division Chief, Industrial Strategies Division, California Air Resources Board
  • Michael Boccadoro, President, West Coast Advisors

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Networking Luncheon

Welcome

  • Bill Zobel, Vice President: Business Development, Marketing & Customer Care, Trillium CNG
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    Lunch Sponsor

1:30 pm - 1:55 pm

Afternoon Keynote 1

Keynote Speaker

  • Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Assembly District 4

1:55 pm - 2:55 pm

Panel 3 – Encouraging Private Investment in RNG: What the State Can Do

Moderator

  • Greg Stangl, President, Phoenix Energy

Speakers

  • Mittal Monani, Senior Trader – Emissions, Direct Energy
  • Ben Vitale, Partner, Equilibrium

2:55 pm - 3:05 pm

Break

Recharge with a brief coffee and networking opportunity.

3:05 pm - 3:30 pm

Afternoon Keynote 2

Keynote Speaker

  • Assemblyman Jose Medina, Assembly District 61*

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Panel 4 – Environmental Stakeholders’ Perspectives on RNG

Moderator

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

Speakers

  • Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director, Climate Resolve
  • Kevin Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer, Central California Asthma Collaborative

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Perspectives on RNG From the ARB: Where We Go From Here

Introduction

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

Speaker

  • Richard Corey, Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board

5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

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Reception Sponsor Waste Management

9:15 am - 12:00 pm

Day 2 – Rethink Methane Symposium Off-Site Tour

Van Warmerdam Dairy Digester Project

Van Warmerdam Dairy, in partnership with Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and Maas Energy Works, has installed an on-site lagoon digester. The dairy has a 20-year power purchase agreement in place to sell the power it creates, along with its Renewable Energy Certificates, to the utility. Because it combusts the gas only when demand on the grid is highest, it allows the utility to balance the grid with consistent renewable power, whether or not the sun is shining or the wind blowing. The combined heat and power engine of the digester has a capacity of 600 kw and processes the waste from ~ 1000 dairy cattle.

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