BIOGAS AMERICAS LIVE 2021 Sessions
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– Patrick Cluckey, PlanET Biogas
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—Brianna Besch, US EPA
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—Glen Tobiason, Innowacon LLC
Sessions Detailed View
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