2018 Agenda

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Day 1 – Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:45 am

Symposium Welcome


  • Cliff Gladstein, President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

8:45 am - 9:10 am

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


  • Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, Assembly District 56*

9:10 am - 9:40 am

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


  • 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?


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


  • 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


Recharge with a brief coffee and networking opportunity.

10:50 am - 11:15 am

Mid-Morning Keynote


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Greg Stangl, President, Phoenix Energy


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

2:55 pm - 3:05 pm


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


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


  • 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


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


  • Richard Corey, Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board

5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

Sponsored by:

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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* Invited Speaker