Previous BIOGAS AMERICAS Sessions

BIOGAS AMERICAS has had four virtual conference occurrences since September 2020. To get a quick view of the type of high quality content you can expect at all BIOGAS AMERICAS events, see our archived sessions below. Have a speaker you want to submit for our next conference? Submit here.

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Shift to Green with Biogas

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020 Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Each year, the number of companies and industries that recognize the benefits of biogas increases. Today, we feature two prominent ones: Anheuser-Busch and IndyCar’s Steinbrenner Andretti Racing. Anheuser-Busch just made a major announcement to fuel their fleet with renewable natural gas made from biogas and will discuss how they decided biogas and RNG needed to be a key part of their corporate strategy. Last year, ABC introduced Steinbrenner Andretti Racing to the high octane and wide-reaching benefits of biogas. They won’t switch the race cars yet, but enormous opportunities exist to power the venues, camps, and hospitality areas with renewable, biogas power, plus recycling food waste and fueling the heavy duty transports that move the race circuit around the country. In both cases, shifting to green energy helps to attract new customers and fans, and that means new revenue. Register: https://ttc.swoogo.com/biogasamericaslive/begin Already registered? Join here: https://ttc.swoogo.com/BIOGASAMERICASLIVE/v/s-305798 Login required Is your device compatible? Check now: https://geartest.remo.co/ (Computer recommended) Learn more

  • Mark Young, Anheuser-Busch
  • George Steinbrenner IV, Steinbrenner-Andretti Racing
  • Bernard Sheff, Montrose Environmental Group and Chairman, American Biogas Council
  • Bryan Nudelbacher, U.S. Gain

Corporate Carbon Challenge: How to buy renewable thermal energy

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

As a recent reporter put it, “this carbon challenge is bigger than cars, aviation and shipping combined.” Companies need to make their thermal energy needs low or zero carbon and one of the only solutions is biogas or RNG. More and more companies today realize that they need biogas or RNG to lower their carbon footprint and keep customers satisfied? This panel will reveal what that market looks like today and how industry has organized to make biogas/RNG purchases for thermal energy easier, auditable, and trackable. Learn more Corporate Carbon Challenge: How to buy renewable thermal energy Sept. 15 | 11 AM – 1 PM ET Register: https://ttc.swoogo.com/biogasamericaslive/begin  Already registered? Join here: https://ttc.swoogo.com/BIOGASAMERICASLIVE/v/s-305799 Login required Is your device compatible? Check now: https://geartest.remo.co/ (Computer recommended)  

  • Ben Gerber, M-RETS
  • Rachael Terada, Center for Resource Solutions
  • Mittal Monani, Direct Energy
  • Stephanie Meyn, Port of Seattle
  • Peter Weisberg, 3Degrees

The Next Growth Opportunities in the RNG Market (presented by AGA)

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020 Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

Thanks to lucrative policies, the RNG market is booming. But how long will that boom last and where will the growth be next? Importantly, what is the role of gas utilities for RNG? Are the purchasing the gas directly or just providing delivery to gas customers? Learn more The Next Growth Opportunities in the RNG Market Sept. 17 | 11 AM – 1 PM ET Register: https://ttc.swoogo.com/biogasamericaslive/begin  Already registered? Join here: https://ttc.swoogo.com/BIOGASAMERICASLIVE/v/s-305806 Login required Is your device compatible? Check now: https://geartest.remo.co/ (Computer recommended)

  • Thomas Murray, VGS
  • Emily O'Connell, American Gas Association
  • Erica Larson, Centerpoint
  • Angus King, Summit Utilities
  • Mary Moerlins, NW Natural
  • Bryan Nudelbacher, US Gain

Achieving Routine RNG Interconnection Processes for Utilities (presented by AGA)

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020 Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

RNG interconnection started in 1982, but has experienced a strong acceleration in the last couple years mostly thanks to policy.  Still, only 100 projects have connected to the natural gas grid.  What can be done to make interconnection more routine for utilities and what can the utilities with little experience with RNG learn from those who do? Learn more Achieving Routine RNG Interconnection Processes for Utilities (presented by AGA) Sept. 17 | 2 – 4 PM ET Register: https://ttc.swoogo.com/biogasamericaslive/begin  Already registered? Join here: https://ttc.swoogo.com/BIOGASAMERICASLIVE/v/s-305807 Login required Is your device compatible? Check now: https://geartest.remo.co/ (Computer recommended)

  • Don Chahbazpour, National Grid
  • Robin Lanier, Southern Company
  • Brad Huxter, Greenlane Biogas
  • Bill Jorgenson, Vanguard Renewables
  • Heather Dziedzic, Consumers Energy

Managing Animals & Energy: Swine, Dairy, Poultry & Beef

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

Dairy farms aren’t the only agricultural operations clambering to turn their manure into biogas. The hog and poultry industries are beginning to see a boom in biogas system development.  What’s driving this renaissance and what are the biggest challenges for farmers to manage both their animal operations and renewable energy production? Learn more Managing Animals & Energy: Swine, Dairy, Poultry & Beef Sept. 22 | 11 AM – 1 PM ET Register: https://ttc.swoogo.com/biogasamericaslive/begin  Already registered? Join here: https://ttc.swoogo.com/BIOGASAMERICASLIVE/v/s-305809 Login required Is your device compatible? Check now: https://geartest.remo.co/ (Computer recommended)

  • Bryan Sievers, AgriReNew
  • Steve Dvorak, DVO
  • Kraig Westerbek, Smithfield
  • Alex Ringler, Ringler Energy/Renergy
  • Garth Boyd, The Context Network

Healthy Soil, Healthy Business

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

The digested material from anaerobic digesters is the industry’s most undervalued asset. But nutrient runoff, converting brownfield sites, and burgeoning markets for organically produced soil products is changing that. Learn from the companies who are on the leading edge and are creating healthy businesses from creating healthy soil. Learn more Healthy Soil, Healthy Business Sept. 22 | 2 – 4 PM ET Register: https://ttc.swoogo.com/biogasamericaslive/begin  Already registered? Join here: https://ttc.swoogo.com/BIOGASAMERICASLIVE/v/s-305864 Login required Is your device compatible? Check now: https://geartest.remo.co/ (Computer recommended)

  • Mark Stoermann, Newtrient
  • Rudi Roeslein, Roeslein Alternative Energy
  • Peter Ettinger, Bioenergy DevCo
  • Andrew White, CHAR Technologies
  • Jason Feldman, Green Era
  • Pat Hirl, Montrose Environmental Group

The Rising Renewable Gas Market: H2, RNG, P2G

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

The renewable gas industry includes much more than biogas and renewable natural gas.  Markets have emerged for renewable hydrogen and several different ways to connect biogas, hydrogen, and excess solar/wind under the umbrella of power-to-gas. Where is the market growing fastest and where will the next opportunities be? Learn more The Rising Renewable Gas Market: H2, RNG, P2G Sept. 24 | 11 AM – 1 PM ET Register: https://ttc.swoogo.com/biogasamericaslive/begin  Already registered? Join here: https://ttc.swoogo.com/BIOGASAMERICASLIVE/v/s-305866 Login required Is your device compatible? Check now: https://geartest.remo.co/ (Computer recommended)

  • Bill Zobel, California Hydrogen Business Council
  • Charles Love, Trillium
  • Tanya Peacock, SoCalGas
  • Peter Sawicki, Mitsubishi Power Americas
  • Sean Ebnet, Ørsted

Biogas' Role on the Path to Electrification

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

In the search for lower carbon energy, environmentalists and policymakers are driving the creating of narrow, electricity-only policies. However, real life is more complicated than these simple policies, especially when one looks closely at the transit, trucking, waste management, and state regulations.  What role should renewable natural gas play? Can it help in the path to 100% electrification? Learn more Biogas’ Role on the Path to Electrification Sept. 24 | 2 – 4 PM ET Register: https://ttc.swoogo.com/biogasamericaslive/begin  Already registered? Join here: https://ttc.swoogo.com/BIOGASAMERICASLIVE/v/s-305867 Login required Is your device compatible? Check now: https://geartest.remo.co/ (Computer recommended)

  • Cliff Gladstein, GNA
  • Richard Meyer, American Gas Association
  • Alan Johnson, quasar energy group
  • Ross Buckenham, CalBio
  • Adam Langton, BMW North America (invited)
  • John Hake, East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)

Evaluating Project Risk and Derisking O&M for Reliable Production

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

How does the industry derisk projects through best practices, safety, and operations and maintenance? How risky is policy? As the biogas market continues to expand, more financiers and underwriters are entering the market. All of them need to evaluate how risky a biogas project might be to price their services. And in parallel, how can the industry respond to derisk projects offer solutions that might avoid the need for a costly performance guarantee from an EPC? Learn more Evaluating Project Risk and Derisking O&M for Reliable Production Sept. 29 | 11 AM – 1 PM ET Register: https://ttc.swoogo.com/biogasamericaslive/begin  Already registered? Join here: https://ttc.swoogo.com/BIOGASAMERICASLIVE/v/s-305868 Login required Is your device compatible? Check now: https://geartest.remo.co/ (Computer recommended)

  • Lauren Toretta, CH4 Biogas
  • Chris Maloney, Eisenmann
  • Tom Bachman, Symbiont
  • Raimund Grube, Equilibrium Capital
  • Jordan Solomon, EcoStrat
  • Brentan Alexander, New Energy Risk

Strategies to Finance the Next 100 Biogas Projects

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

In an actively moderated discussion with experienced CEOs, banks, and equity investors, this session dives deal structuring and strategies that will create a stronger return profile than even simpler renewable energy projects. The speakers will cover utilizing incentives alongside traditional project finance, deal structures, how to handle contracted cash flows and counterparties, structuring offtake agreements, performance guarantees, O&M agreements, sharing risk, and managing variable output. Learn more Strategies to Finance the Next 100 Biogas Projects Sept. 29 | 2 – 4 PM ET Register: https://ttc.swoogo.com/biogasamericaslive/begin  Already registered? Join here: https://ttc.swoogo.com/BIOGASAMERICASLIVE/v/s-305869 Login required Is your device compatible? Check now: https://geartest.remo.co/ (Computer recommended)

  • Mike Land, Baker Tilly
  • Bob Powell, Brightmark
  • Brad Douville, Greenlane Biogas
  • Bill Tyndall, NLC Energy, LLC
  • David Maxwell, Sustainable Development Capital LLP
  • Max Vernier, Live Oak Bank

RIN Value & LCFS Outlook for 2020

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020 Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET

The California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and federal Renewable Fuel Standard are driving project development in the biogas industry today. In this session, our experts will use their best analytical tools, industry intelligence and crystal balls to tell you what they expect to see over the next several months with both of these programs so you can plan your business strategy to reap the benefits. Learn more RIN Value & LCFS Outlook for 2020 Oct. 1 | 11 AM – 1 PM ET Register: https://ttc.swoogo.com/biogasamericaslive/begin  Already registered? Join here: https://ttc.swoogo.com/BIOGASAMERICASLIVE/v/s-305870 Login required Is your device compatible? Check now: https://geartest.remo.co/ (Computer recommended)

  • Ryan Gach, Waste Management
  • Brad Pleima, EcoEngineers
  • Jeff Rosenfeld, ICF
  • Julia Levin, Bioenergy Association of California
  • Paul Niznik, Argus Consulting Services

Off-takers & Brokers: Who Do You Need to Make the Sale?

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020 Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

For most RNG policies, like the LCFS and RFS, you have to get your gas from your biogas system to vehicles.  But what happens in between?  If you have too many in the middle, profits decrease.  But those in the middle provide important value that can save you time and increase the final price paid for your gas. This session will cover a variety of different business models that can work for you, reflecting the wide variety of biogas systems in development, so you can pick what works best for you. Learn more Off-takers & Brokers: Who Do You Need to Make the Sale? Oct. 1 | 2 – 4 PM ET Register: https://ttc.swoogo.com/biogasamericaslive/begin  Already registered? Join here: https://ttc.swoogo.com/BIOGASAMERICASLIVE/v/s-305872 Login required Is your device compatible? Check now: https://geartest.remo.co/ (Computer recommended)

  • Andy Dvoracek, AMP Americas
  • Ben Hubbard, Nexus PMG
  • Frank Starr, Energy Systems Group
  • Faizal Hassan, Element Markets
  • Aaron Ratner, Cross River Infrastructure Partners

Carbon Strategies for Fortune 500 Companies

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm ET

Fortune 500 companies need to shrink their carbon footprints to appeal to their customers, ESG investors and more. Renewable electricity is an obvious first choice, but what about companies that need low carbon heat/renewable thermal? Or renewable vehicle fuel? RNG can satisfy all of these but where do companies think it stacks up compared to wind, solar and other alternatives? Whether you’re a corporate sustainability officer looking to learn from the leading companies already using RNG today or you’re an RNG producer that wants large companies to buy your renewable gas, you can’t afford to miss this session.

  • Kelly Sarber, CEO, Strategic Management Group [Moderator]
  • Randy Beck, Senior Director, Renewable Energy, Waste Management
  • Gopi Sandhu, Director, Sustainable Operations, Nestlé Purina
  • Michele Boney, Environmental Compliance Officer, West Liberty Foods, L.L.C.
  • Blaine Collison, Executive Director, Renewable Thermal Collaborative
  • Peter Weisberg, Director, 3Degrees

RIN & LCFS Outlook for 2021

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020 Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm ET

RNG project development today is mostly driven by two policies. We’ve assembled the best experts on both so you can figure out how they will impact your business. Whether you’re a project developer, financier, farmer, corporate sustainability officer or in any way connected to the RNG industry, you can’t afford to miss this opportunity to get up to speed on the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and federal Renewable Fuel Standard. Plus, we’ll cover what’s likely to happen with other LCFS-like policies and the latest on pathways from RNG to electric vehicles in all of them.

  • Brad Pleima, PE, Senior Engineer, EcoEngineers [Moderator]
  • Mike Koel, CEO, U.S. Gain
  • Will Overly, Vice President-Business Development, BlueSource
  • John Thornton, CEO, CleanFuture
  • Paul Niznik, Senior Consultant, Argus Consulting Services
  • David Lindenmuth, Director Business Development, UGI Energy Services

The RNG Market, Gas Utilities, and Policy

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm ET

Thanks to lucrative policies, the RNG market is booming. But how long will that boom last and where will the growth be next? Importantly, what role will gas utilities play? Will they be a silent pas through from RNG producer to user, or will they drive market growth by simplifying interconnection and becoming an RNG customer themselves?

  • Emily O'Connell, American Gas Association [Moderator]
  • Tanya Peacock, Public Policy and Planning Manager, SoCalGas
  • Amber Lee, Director, Regulatory Affairs, CenterPoint Energy
  • Nikki Bruno, Director, Clean Technologies, Eversource
  • Heather Dziedzic, Lead Senior Environmental Analyst, Consumers Energy
  • Robin Lanier, Director-RNG, Southern Company

New Finance Strategies for the Next Tranche of RNG Projects

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020 Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm ET

What finance strategies have driven the largest RNG deals recently? Learn how deal structuring and managing project risk can create a stronger return profile than even simpler renewable energy projects. The speakers will cover utilizing incentives alongside traditional project finance, deal structures, how to handle contracted cash flows and counterparties, structuring offtake agreements, performance guarantees, O&M agreements, sharing risk, and managing variable output.

  • Max Vernier, Live Oak Bank [Moderator]
  • John Dannan, Principal, Generate Capital
  • Lester Krone, Managing Director, Leyline Renewable Capital
  • Libor Michel, Director, Stifel Financial Corporation
  • Andrea Rosko, Vice President of Marketing, Marathon Capital (invited)

Welcome & Keynote Speakers: Washington State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon & Doug McKalip, Senior Advisor to the United States Secretary of Agriculture

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Rep. Fitzgibbon was elected to represent Washington State’s 34th District in 2010 and chairs the House Environment & Energy Committee. Fighting climate change is his top legislative priority, and he has sponsored many bills including a low carbon fuel standard in Washington state. HB1091 incentivizes the growth of production of sustainable transportation fuels, including biogas/RNG and electricity, to decarbonize Washington’s most polluting sector, the transportation sector. Just a few days ago, in a major victory for the biogas and RNG industry and other clean energy proponents, the Clean Fuel Standard/HB0191 passed the legislature and is headed to Governor and key supporter, Jay Inslee’s desk for the bill’s final signature into law! Rep. Fitzgibbon will speak about the impacts we expect to see from this new program, what led up to the creation of Washington’s Clean Fuel Standard, and give attendees the very first chance to hear what will come next for this newly passed bill. We also expect discussion on how does this Washington program differs from California’s and Oregon’s existing LCFS programs, especially given that many amendments considered to get the bill passed. Doug McKalip is in his 28th year of service with the United States Department of Agriculture and serves as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary. In this capacity he helps to develop and shape the policy and regulatory agenda of the Department with a focus on International Trade, National Security, Biotechnology, Research, and Renewable Energy. Previously, McKalip has served as Senior Policy Advisor for Rural Affairs at the White House Domestic Policy Council and senior roles at USDA in Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The US has an incredible opportunity right now to address carbon, climate smart agriculture, and renewable energy—together. We expect Mr. McKalip to speak about the Biden-Harris Administration’s message and policy priorities in these areas and offer guidance to industry to implement these priorities on the ground. Add this session to your calendar: https://bit.ly/2RbR4fm

  • Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, 34th Legislative District of Washington's State Legislature
  • Doug McKalip, Senior Advisor to the United States Secretary of Agriculture
  • Bernie Sheff, Montrose Environmental Group, ABC Chair [Welcome]
  • Patrick Serfass, American Biogas Council [Moderator]

Dedicated Networking and Virtual Marketplace Shopping

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Your first look at all that BIOGAS AMERICAS LIVE has to offer. Start visiting booths, connecting with other attendees, and watching introduction videos. Remember: everything you do in BIOGAS AMERICAS LIVE automatically earns you points. Prizes will be awarded to the highest participating attendees!

  • All Attendees

Next Growth Opportunities in the RNG Market

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Enabled by federal and state policies, private investment has unleashed a biogas and RNG production boom. Further leveraging these policies and identifying partners in communities that have not yet deployed advanced waste management strategies will offer the next growth opportunities for the biogas industry. Will the drive to decarbonize gas utilities operations and supply offer the next catalyst for growth? What is the full potential for biogas and RNG in the United States?  

  • Paul Greene, Montrose Environmental Group
  • Paul Cammack, Black Hills Energy
  • Faizal Hassan, Element Markets
  • Nadim Ashraf, Shell

Net Zero Utilities with RNG

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

In the push to decarbonize our society, the power generation sector has largely been decarbonized by regulatory action: states adopting Renewable Portfolio Standards. But similar action has not yet driven the same decarbonization in gas pipeline systems. As a result, gas utilities themselves have committed to net zero emission goals by transitioning to renewable gases, and other solutions. How much of a role will RNG play in reaching these goals? Are state Renewable Gas Standards coming?  

  • Emily O'Connell, American Gas Association
  • Tom Murray, VGS
  • Deanna Haines, SoCalGas
  • Zach Chapin, Dominion Energy
  • Robin Lanier, Southern Company Gas

Municipal Biogas Success Stories: How'd They Do It?

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

It’s no secret that municipalities have been the early adopters for the bulk of the 2,000 currently operational biogas systems, which recycle wastewater sludge and food scraps into renewable energy and high-value soil products. For municipalities considering upgrading or building a new biogas system, what has made some of the most successful biogas systems work so well for cities across the nation? How can we accelerate development in the at least 4,000 systems in cities that haven’t been developed?  

  • Brendan Hannon, NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection
  • Ray Slattery, City of Dodge City, KS
  • Paul Kohl, Philadelphia Water Department
  • Sarah Deslauriers, California Association of Santiation Agencies

Fixing Food Waste for Good

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Food waste represents an enormous challenge in the US, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, odor, and wasted productivity and resources. However, industry, enabled by forward-looking government policies, are changing the paradigm on food waste by converting the challenge into opportunity. Food waste is being processed into high-value commodities, and shrinking the carbon footprint of farms, cities and companies. Anaerobic digestion can also be a central part of addressing food deserts in underserved urban communities. What lessons can be applied to close the loop on food waste for good?

  • Lauren Toretta, CH4 Biogas
  • Rashi Akki, Ag-Grid Energy
  • Jason Feldman, Green Era Sustainability
  • John Hanselman, Vanguard Renewables

Low Carbon Livestock

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Farm-based biogas systems produce a high-value renewable fuel while making agriculture more sustainable and resilient. Negative carbon intensity scores of -200 to -600 are demanding answers to the question: What types of farms and biogas systems are the most carbon negative? How can these solutions be scaled to maximize the negative carbon emission benefit? And what will it take to get the next 500 farm-based projects built?

  • Bernie Sheff, Montrose Environmental Group
  • John Larson, JM Larson & Larson Dairy*
  • Brandon Butler, Roeslein Alternative Energy
  • Bill Parmentier, Ductor Corp
  • Frank Mitloehner, UC Davis Department of Animal Science

Carbon Markets, Climate, Cows, and Cattle

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

The biogas industry provides more value to sustainable agriculture than potentially any other industry when combining the renewable energy, soil health, air quality and odor benefits these systems offer. New methods are emerging to leverage these benefits and sequester carbon in SOIL. To be successful, farmers must monetize all its resources, including waste streams. How can this approach to sequestering carbon and biogas systems help improve the business case for sustainable farms?

  • Bryan Sievers, Sievers Family Farms/AgriReNew
  • Bill Jorgenson, Vanguard Renewables
  • Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore, Iowa State University
  • Rudi Roeslein, Roeslein Alternative Energy

Rockin' ROI for Small & Medium Farm RNG Projects

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

It’s become a common phrase: “biogas systems only work on large farms.” But is it really true? Not according to ABC members’ experience. Small and medium sized farms are pioneering the deployment of biogas systems and making operations even more financially viable. What can the agriculture community learn from these innovators to make farming more sustainable AND more profitable?

  • Gus Simmons, Cavanaugh & Associates
  • Robert Lems, DMT Clear Gas Solutions
  • Rashi Akki, Ag-Grid Energy
  • Brian Langolf, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

The LCFS Wave Across America

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

In 2021, states across the U.S. introduced more legislation than ever modeled after California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, including: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York and Washington. More states are expected to pursue similar programs. What’s driving this legislative push? How can the biogas industry support and leverage this state-based revolution in renewable fuel production?

  • Graham Noyes, Low Carbon Fuel Coalition
  • Julie Tighe, NY League of Conservation Voters*
  • Timothy Zenk, Molecule

Financing 100 RNG Projects in One Year

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Some industry experts say the U.S. will build 100 new RNG projects in the next year.  But what finance tools are best suited to respond to this acceleration in project development? Banks and equity investors can offer structuring and strategies that will create a stronger return profile than even simpler renewable energy projects. Plus, learn about utilizing incentives alongside traditional project finance, deal structures, how to handle contracted cash flows and counterparties, structuring offtake agreements, performance guarantees, O&M agreements, sharing risk, and managing variable output.

  • Bill Tyndall, NLC Energy
  • Mike Land, Baker Tilly
  • Ben Vitale, Resilient Infrastructure Group
  • Scott Chabina, Chabina Energy Partners

4 Mistakes Developers Make with LCFS Modeling

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021 Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

The California Low Carbon Fuel Standard has created enormous opportunity for the production of renewable fuels.  However, many projects won’t be developed or financed without a solid business plan that properly leverages the carbon credits the LCFS provides. According to many of our experts and financiers, most developers don’t get it right at first. Four common mistakes developers make have emerged when building a business plan around the LCFS. How can developers avoid these mistakes and advance their projects?

  • Asher Goldman, Generate Capital
  • Max Vernier, Live Oak Bank
  • Jeff Rosenfeld, ICF Consulting

Slash Scope 1 Emissions with Biogas/RNG

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Demand for carbon dioxide reduction strategies for to thermal energy emissions is growing among voluntary purchasers, which includes corporations, governments, and universities. The first certificate based claim from a Fortune 50 company occurred on the M-RETS platform in December 2020, and more are expected. What lessons can be learned from those involved and applied to similar transactions from CDP or WRI on the process to redefine how voluntary customers can utilize RNG to reduce Scope 1 Emissions?

  • Ben Gerber, M-RETS: The Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking
  • Tony Muzzin, DTE Energy
  • Will Overly, Blue Source

RIN Value & LCFS Outlook for 2021

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

The California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and US EPA Renewable Fuel Standard are driving project development in the biogas industry today. But what do the experts expect to see over the next several months with both of these programs and the value of their credits? What analytical tools, industry intelligence and crystal ball insight can be applied to plan your business strategy and reap the benefits?

  • Ryan Gach, Waste Management
  • Nathalie Hoffman, LCFS Consulting
  • Mike Koel, US Gain
  • Brad Pleima, EcoEngineers

The Rapid Rise of Hydrogen

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Biogenic resources to decarbonize the gas grid with biogas are available today, but limited in their availability. To truly and completely decarbonize the gas grid, other technologies and renewable gases must be considered to meet the challenge. Markets are emerging to use excess renewable electricity from solar and wind to produce electrolytic hydrogen. Hydrogen is a versatile energy vector that can be used as transportation fuel, long-duration energy storage, power generation, and many difficult to decarbonize sectors. How can the biogas industry complement the emerging green hydrogen market and leverage investment opportunities?

  • Bill Zobel, California Hydrogen Business Council
  • Troy Michaud, FuelCell Energy
  • Andrew White, CHAR Technologies
  • Steve Jones, Bayotech
  • Dave Edwards, Air Liquide

Will eRINs Happen This Year?

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021 Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

In the EPA Renewable Fuel Standard, there is a pathway to create RINs from the production of biogas when it’s used to “fuel” battery or fuel cell electric vehicles. Millions of RINs and dollars could be unleashed once EPA processes the dozens of registrations that have been delayed for years. Many indicators tell us there will be action by the government this year. How big will the impact on project development be? What do the experts expect?

  • Maureen Walsh, American Biogas Council
  • Paul Argyropoulos, Policy Nexus Advisors, (fmr. EPA)
  • Michael Goo, Electrify America
  • Bob Cleaves, Biomass Power Association

Fireside Chat with Bob Powell and Patrick Serfass

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Bob Powell, President and CEO of Brightmark, and Patrick Serfass, Executive Director of the American Biogas Council, will sit down to discuss what’s next, including potential obstacles and unique opportunities, for the RNG industry. Brightmark develops, owns and operates energy projects, and acquires energy projects at various stages of development, specializing in renewable energy, combined heat and power, boiler retrofits or waste to energy solutions.

  • Bob Powell, Brightmark
  • Patrick Serfass, American Biogas Council

RNG Market Forecast

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

As a fast growing sector of the biogas and renewables industry, renewable natural gas markets are also changing quickly. Our experts will discuss credit values for the spot market compared to longer term contracts, the future of landfill RNG, how food waste will play a key role for some sectors, and new trends among the latest deals and transactions.

  • John Dannan, Generate Capital
  • Paul Niznik, Argus
  • Lauren Turner, Archaea Energy
  • Sean Wine, Clean Energy Renewable Fuels

Emerging Competition for RNG in the LCFS

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

It’s no secret that for RNG, the California LCFS is the largest driver in the US market. But biogas-electricity, renewable diesel, and even green gasoline, among other fuels are gaining traction as well. How will these fuels interplay with RNG and what opportunities will they create?

  • Tim Carmichael, SoCalGas
  • Nathalie Hoffman, LCFS Consulting Services
  • Brad Pleima, EcoEngineers
  • Jon Scharingson, Renewable Energy Group

The Road Ahead for RNG Policy

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

State policy for RNG is changing faster than any other policy sector. New legislation and regulations have created a wave of new policy to shape and more is on the way for the 2022 legislative cycle. Dive into some of the most interesting opportunities that have surfaced recently.

  • Will Higgins, American Biogas Council
  • Frank Canavan, American Gas Association
  • Zach Chapin, Dominion Energy
  • Lizzy Reinholt, Summit Utilities

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