Created June 2016

Produced for Rethink Methane Symposium

Webinar Description:

This one hour webinar highlights two agricultural operations that are pioneering renewable gas development in California, including how the projects were funded, the technology evaluation and development process, key lessons learned, and future plans. Both biogas ventures represent the kinds of renewable gas projects that will be discussed at the Rethink Methane Symposium this June 29-30 in Sacramento, with emphasis on breaking down economic/regulatory barriers and implementing policies/incentive to encourage such strategies.


MODERATOR: Cliff Gladstein, President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA)
Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) is a leading North American consulting firm specializing in market development for low emission and alternative fuel vehicle technologies, infrastructure, and fuels for both on- and off-road applications. GNA organizes the annual Rethink Methane Symposium.

Russ Lester, Co-Owner, Dixon Ridge Farms
Dixon Ridge Farms utilizes walnut shells as feedstock for their on-site energy production facilities, BioMax 100kW Systems. This produces about 1,500,000 kWh annually which is $226,000 worth of electricity a year used to fuel their drying facility in the fall, generate electricity, and heat their buildings during the winter.

Daryl Maas, President, Maas Energy Works
Maas Energy Works developed a lagoon digester on the Van Warmerdam Dairy that processes the manure from milking cows to power a 600 kW “peaking” generator. The engine runs during periods of highest demand to sell power to Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), while storing biogas during periods of low demand.