June 29-30, 2016
More than 250 policymakers, clean energy advocates, and industry stakeholders gathered for the second-annual Rethink Methane Symposium to examine how harnessing methane from organic and other renewable sources can help us mitigate fugitive methane emissions in California, while advancing the state’s air quality, climate protection, economic development, and energy diversification objectives.
Recognizing that collaboration is the key to progress, the Symposium brought together stakeholders from bioenergy, hydrogen, fuel cell, solar, wind, and natural gas industries to discuss barriers and identify solutions 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.
Presenters offered ideas on policies, programs and incentives that can be implemented to dramatically increase the production and consumption of this ultra-low-carbon fuel in California. Notable speakers included:
- Michael Gatto, California State Assemblymember, 43rd District
- Fran Pavley, California Senator, 27th Senate District
- Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board
- Michael Picker, President, California Public Utilities Commission
The 2016 symposium was supported by a number of leading energy, government, and industry associations, including the Southern California Gas Company, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, Pacific Gas & Electric, Clean Energy, Waste Management, Bioenergy Association of California, California Hydrogen Business Council, Climate Action Reserve, Climate Resolve, Coalition for Clean Air, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, Gas Technology Institute, Young Professional in Energy, the California Association of Sanitation Agencies, and the Sacramento US DOE Clean Cities Coalition.