High in Benefits, Low in Emissions.

Join stakeholders from the bioengery, solar, wind, hydrogen, fuel cell and natural gas industries to gain insight into how renewable methane can help California immediately and cost effectively meet its air quality, climate protection, and economic development objectives:

GHG/SLCP Reduction

Sustainable Waste Management

Vehicle Emission Reduction & diesel Displacement

Economic Growth in Disadvantaged Communities

Wildfire Prevention

Surplus Renewable Energy Storage/Transport

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2019 Agenda

Day 1 - Tuesday, February 26, 2019

8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Symposium Welcome

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome Keynote

9:05 AM - 10:00 AM

Panel 1 – Can 2019 be a Year of Progress on Progressive Renewable Gas Policy

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Break

10:10 AM - 10:35 AM

Stalled on the Hydrogen Highway

10:35 AM - 11:25 AM

Panel 2 – Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Hydrogen Projects in California

11:25 AM - 12:25 PM

Panel 3 – Lessons to be Learned from European Leadership on Renewable Hydrogen

12:25 PM - 1:15 PM

Networking Luncheon

1:15 PM - 1:35 PM

Luncheon Keynote

1:35 PM - 2:25 PM

Panel 4 – Encouraging Private Investments

2:25 PM - 2:35 PM

Break

2:35 PM - 2:55 PM

Afternoon Keynote

2:55 PM - 3:45 PM

Panel 5 – Status of AB 1826 Implementation

3:45 PM - 4:35 PM

Panel 6 – Status of SB 1383 Implementation

4:35 PM - 5:15 PM

ARB Closing Keynote

5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Networking Reception

2019 Featured Speakers

Michael Boccadoro

President, West Coast Advisors

see full bio

Michael Boccadoro is president of West Coast Advisors, a Sacramento-based government affairs consulting firm whose clients include California’s dairy industry.

Jack Brouwer

Associate Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center

see full bio

Through Dr. Brouwer’s leadership, NFCRC and APEP are focusing research, education, beta testing, and outreach on high-efficiency, environmentally preferred energy conversion and power generation technology advancement with fuel cell and gas turbine systems as the principal targets.

Current research projects address ultra-high efficiency and ultra-low emissions high temperature fuel cell systems, integrated hybrid fuel cell gas turbine systems, renewable power intermittency and integration, battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle evaluation and infrastructure development, advanced fuel cell and gas turbine dynamic operations, hydrogen and electricity infrastructure development, and power electronics and energy conversion devices for the smart grid.

Prior to joining UCI, Dr. Brouwer was on the faculty at theUniversityofUtah, a senior engineer at Reaction Engineering International, and a staff scientist at Sandia National Laboratories.

George Minter

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

see full bio

George Minter is regional vice president of external affairs and environmental strategy for SoCalGas. He leads the company’s public affairs, environmental and energy policy, community relations, and media and employee communications efforts.

Mr. Minter is a long-time public policy professional specializing in energy and environmental affairs, policy development, communications and political advocacy. Before re-joining SoCalGas in 2013, Mr. Minter was managing principal for L.A.-based public affairs firms Greer/Dailey/Minter and GM/Public Affairs. There he managed strategic communications programs and public policy initiatives to approve large land use and energy projects. Prior to that, he was the director of public affairs for SoCalGas.

Mr. Minter has served as a board member of numerous civic associations and community organizations, including the Central City Assoc., Valley Industry and Commerce Assoc., L.A. Family Housing Corp. (as board chair), Coro Foundation, Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal-State L.A., Center for the Study of L.A. at Loyola Marymount University, Campaign to Clear the Air and the California League of Conservation Voters. He was one of the founders of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a federal energy trade association and of the California CCS Coalition, a statewide energy advocacy organization.

Michael Silva

Project Manager & Civil Engineer, CR&R

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Michael Silva is a project manager and civil engineer for CR&R. He has more than thirty years of senior-level solid waste management experience with responsibility for increasing revenues, efficiencies, and profits while maximizing customer service, safety, and employee morale. His expertise is in technology development and construction management. His team developed the three-cart fully automated collection system for the City of Temecula, which has since become the “gold standard.” He also helped design and construct the first solid waste processing facility in the country in 1992, and has since built several transfer stations and material recovery facilities.

Currently in charge of CR&R’s anaerobic digestion projects, he is overseeing the building of the largest anaerobic digestion plant in the country, which will handle some 335,000 tons per year and generate in excess of 4 million gallons of renewable carbon-negative fuel. He earned BS degrees (cum laude) in both civil engineering and engineering management from the University of the Pacific, and earned an MS in civil engineering (construction management / geotechnical) from Stanford University.

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Rethink Methane Symposium 2019 Speakers:

Michael Boccadoro, President, West Coast Advisors

Michael Boccadoro is president of West Coast Advisors, a Sacramento-based government affairs consulting firm whose clients include California’s dairy industry.

Jack Brouwer, Associate Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center

Through Dr. Brouwer’s leadership, NFCRC and APEP are focusing research, education, beta testing, and outreach on high-efficiency, environmentally preferred energy conversion and power generation technology advancement with fuel cell and gas turbine systems as the principal targets.

Current research projects address ultra-high efficiency and ultra-low emissions high temperature fuel cell systems, integrated hybrid fuel cell gas turbine systems, renewable power intermittency and integration, battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle evaluation and infrastructure development, advanced fuel cell and gas turbine dynamic operations, hydrogen and electricity infrastructure development, and power electronics and energy conversion devices for the smart grid.

Prior to joining UCI, Dr. Brouwer was on the faculty at theUniversityofUtah, a senior engineer at Reaction Engineering International, and a staff scientist at Sandia National Laboratories.

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

George Minter is regional vice president of external affairs and environmental strategy for SoCalGas. He leads the company’s public affairs, environmental and energy policy, community relations, and media and employee communications efforts.

Mr. Minter is a long-time public policy professional specializing in energy and environmental affairs, policy development, communications and political advocacy. Before re-joining SoCalGas in 2013, Mr. Minter was managing principal for L.A.-based public affairs firms Greer/Dailey/Minter and GM/Public Affairs. There he managed strategic communications programs and public policy initiatives to approve large land use and energy projects. Prior to that, he was the director of public affairs for SoCalGas.

Mr. Minter has served as a board member of numerous civic associations and community organizations, including the Central City Assoc., Valley Industry and Commerce Assoc., L.A. Family Housing Corp. (as board chair), Coro Foundation, Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal-State L.A., Center for the Study of L.A. at Loyola Marymount University, Campaign to Clear the Air and the California League of Conservation Voters. He was one of the founders of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a federal energy trade association and of the California CCS Coalition, a statewide energy advocacy organization.

Michael Silva, Project Manager & Civil Engineer, CR&R

Michael Silva is a project manager and civil engineer for CR&R. He has more than thirty years of senior-level solid waste management experience with responsibility for increasing revenues, efficiencies, and profits while maximizing customer service, safety, and employee morale. His expertise is in technology development and construction management. His team developed the three-cart fully automated collection system for the City of Temecula, which has since become the “gold standard.” He also helped design and construct the first solid waste processing facility in the country in 1992, and has since built several transfer stations and material recovery facilities.

Currently in charge of CR&R’s anaerobic digestion projects, he is overseeing the building of the largest anaerobic digestion plant in the country, which will handle some 335,000 tons per year and generate in excess of 4 million gallons of renewable carbon-negative fuel. He earned BS degrees (cum laude) in both civil engineering and engineering management from the University of the Pacific, and earned an MS in civil engineering (construction management / geotechnical) from Stanford University.

2019 Sponsors

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Venue

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Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Room 202, located on the second floor through the West Lobby entrance on 13th & K Street

Parking: 1056 13th St.
(between J & K Streets)
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Hotel

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Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J Street, 13th and J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Reservations: Book Online or Call 800-325-3535
Discounted Rate: $256/night (not including taxes & fees), includes complimentary guest room internet.
Discounted rates are available until March 3, 2019 or until block is sold out, whichever comes first.

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Transportation

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Sacramento Airport
6900 Airport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95837

Ground transportation options