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

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Fran Pavley

California Senator, 27th Senate District

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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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Michael Gatto

California State Assemblymember, District 43

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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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Mallik Angalakudati

Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Pacific Gas & Electric

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Seyed Sadredin

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

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Jeffrey Reed

Director, Emerging Technology, Southern California Gas Company

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Mike Levin

Director of Government Affairs, FuelCell Energy, Inc.

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Wayne Nastri

Acting Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District

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Kip Lipper

Chief Policy Advisor on Energy and Environment, Office of Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon

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William Zobel

Vice President of Market Development and Strategy, Trillium CNG

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Ryan McCarthy

Science and Technology Policy Advisor to the Chair, California Air Resources Board

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Stephen Jones

Managing Director, ITM Power Inc.

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Harrison Clay

President, Clean Energy Renewable Fuels

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Henry Hogo

Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District

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Paul Relis

Senior Vice President, CR&R Incorporated

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Michael Picker

President, California Public Utilities Commission

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George Minter

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

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Johannes Escudero

Executive Director, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas

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Tina Andolina

Senior Policy Consultant, Office of State Senator Ben Allen

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N. Ross Buckenham

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, California Bioenergy, LLC

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Bennett Horenstein

Director of Wastewater, East Bay Municipal Utility District

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Christian Kasper

Chief Executive Officer, Harvest Power, Inc.

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Erin Baum

Legislative Director, Office of Assemblyman Das Williams

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Greg Stangl

Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix Energy

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Grant Zimmerman

Chief Executive Officer, ampCNG

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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.

Speaker

  • Cliff Gladstein, President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Keynote Introduction – Enhancing California’s Energy Independence with Renewable Gas

Keynote Speaker

  • Michael Gatto, California State Assemblymember, 43rd District

9:00 am - 10:15 am

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

Moderator

  • Ryan McCarthy, Science and Technology Policy Advisor to the Chair, California Air Resources Board

Speakers

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

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Panel 2 – Power to Gas and the Role of Renewable Methane in Hydrogen Production

Moderator

  • Henry Hogo, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District

Speakers

  • Jeffrey Reed, Director, Emerging Technology, Southern California Gas Company
  • Mike Levin, Director of Government Affairs, FuelCell Energy, Inc.
  • Steve Jones, Managing Director, ITM Power, Inc.

11:15 am - 11:25 am

Break

11:25 am - 12:25 pm

Panel 3 – Integrating Renewable Gas into California’s Natural Gas Pipeline Infrastructure

Moderator

  • Paul Relis, Senior Vice President, CR&R Incorporated

Speakers

  • Michael Picker, President, California Public Utilities Commission
  • George Minter, Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, Southern California Gas Company
  • Mallik Angalakudati, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

12:25 pm - 1:30 pm

Keynote Luncheon – Perspectives from the Front Lines

Introduction

  • William Zobel, Vice President of Market Development and Strategy, Trillium CNG

Keynote Speaker

  • Fran Pavley, California Senator, 27th Senate District
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    Lunch Sponsor

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Panel 4 – Opportunities and Obstacles for Renewable Gas in California Legislature

Moderator

  • Julia Levin, Executive Director, Bioenergy Association of California

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
  • Erin Baum, Legislative Director, Office of Assemblyman Das Williams

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Break

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Panel 5 – Obstacles and Opportunities: Capturing and Harnessing Methane from California Agriculture

Moderator

  • Johannes Escudero, Executive Director, Renewable Natural Gas Coalition

Speakers

  • Stacey Sullivan, Policy Director, Sustainable Conservation
  • N. Ross Buckenham, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, California Bioenergy, LLC
  • Grant Zimmerman, Chief Executive Officer, ampCNG

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Panel 6 – Obstacles and Opportunities: Perspectives from the Developer Community

Moderator

  • Harrison Clay, President, Clean Energy Renewable Fuels

Speakers

  • Linda Nugent, Senior Project Developer, Ameresco
  • Greg Stangl, Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix Energy
  • Bennett Horenstein, Director of Wastewater, East Bay Municipal Utility District

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Where We Go From Here

Introduction

  • Christian Kasper, Chief Executive Officer, Harvest Power, Inc.

Speaker

  • Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board

5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Reception – Grand Nave Foyer

Sponsored by:

Reception Sponsor Waste Management

9:00 am - 11:00 am

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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