February 21-22, 2017
Sacramento, CA

The 3rd annual Rethink Methane Symposium gathered more than 300 stakeholders from the bioenergy, dairy, hydrogen, electric, natural gas and fuel cell industries to continue the important discussion about the role renewable gas can and should play in achieving California’s air quality, climate protection and economic development goals.

The speakers shared insight on how harnessing California’s vast organic waste streams to produce RNG (e.g., food and green waste, livestock manure, wastewater, forest biomass) would allow the state to capture fugitive methane emissions, immediately and cost-effectively mitigate harmful and potent short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), dramatically reduce smog and emissions of toxic air pollutants, and spur economic development and job creation.

California has an exciting opportunity to successfully develop its renewable gas market following the passage of new, RNG-friendly legislation in 2016. Panelists discussed why it’s critical for regulatory agencies to now effectively implement standards, requirements, incentives, and regulations to realize the ambitious agenda established by the legislature and Governor. If successful, these policies will lay a strong and sustainable foundation for California’s energy future; an established renewable methane supply can help ensure the state meets its renewable electricity mandates (50% of electricity sourced from renewable fuels by 2030) and pave the way for a carbon-free, hydrogen supply for transportation that doesn’t rely on fossil fuels.

Featured speakers included:

  • Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board (CARB)
  • Henry Stern, Senate District 27, California State Senate
  • Kip Lipper, Chief Policy Advisor, Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment, Office of CA Senate Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon
  • Lawrence Lingbloom, Chief Consultant, Committee on Natural Resources, California State Assembly
  • Martha Guzman-Aceves, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Jack Brouwer, Associate Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center
  • Tina Andolina, Senior Policy Consultant, Office of State Senator Ben Allen
  • Roberta Larson, Executive Director, California Association of Sanitation Agencies
  • Wayne Nastri, Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • Jack Broadbent, Executive Officer/Air Pollution Control Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  • Julia Levin, Executive Director, Bioenergy Association of California
  • George Minter, Regional VP, External Affairs & Environmental Strategy, Southern California Gas Company

The 2017 symposium was supported by a number of leading energy, government, and industry associations, including the Southern California Gas Company, Pacific Gas & Electric, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, Trillium CNG, the American Gas Association, Waste Management, Redeem by Clean Energy, Applied LNG, Grind2Energy, Harvest, Puregas Solutions, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, TruStar Energy, CR&R, FuelCell Energy, the Bioenergy Association of California, CASA, the California Hydrogen Business Council, the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, Climate Resolve, the Coalition for Clean Air, the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, Young Professional in Energy, and the Sacramento US DOE Clean Cities Coalition.


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