By - Jon Brown

Renewable Gas in the Energy Industry
Renewable Natural Gas & Green Hydrogen Opportunities
March 23-24, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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Overview

Renewable gas is increasingly gaining attention as a valuable resource in the decarbonization era. This conference will serve as a forum for the energy sector to explore the applications and opportunities of this resource – specifically evaluating two categories of renewable gas:

  • Renewable Natural Gas (RNG): pipeline-quality natural gas (biomethane) derived from processing, cleaning and treating raw biogas; primarily from landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and animal manure. It is interchangeable with natural gas and carbon neutral.
  • Renewable Hydrogen or Green Hydrogen: hydrogen produced without emitting greenhouse gases as a by-product. It can be generated from renewable electricity by electrolysis, from biogas by steam reforming, and biomass through thermal conversion.

Attendees will gain in-depth knowledge about these renewable gas resources, with sessions providing comprehensive coverage of their involved technologies & production processes, market outlook & project economics, and related policy & regulatory initiatives. There will be a holistic review of renewable gas project due diligence, considering financial, investment, engineering and legal aspects of project development. Case studies from California and the rest of the country will highlight how the energy industry is researching, deploying, promoting and utilizing renewable gas resources. Expert discussions will also address the potential roles of renewable gas to: utilize existing infrastructure (thus mitigating stranded assets), serve as an energy storage resource (power to gas), and support decarbonization efforts and high penetrations of renewable energy on the grid.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the rapidly growing landscape of renewable gas resources & development across the country
  • Review renewable gas specific technologies, resource types, production processes & applications
    • Renewable natural gas (RNG)
    • Renewable/green hydrogen
  • Assess available RNG supplies, costs, production & emissions reduction potential
  • Discuss renewable gas projects/case studies that highlight the relevance of renewable gas from an energy industry perspective
    • United States
    • Canada
    • Europe
  • Evaluate federal, state, & local regulatory initiatives related to and impacting renewable gas
  • Describe decarbonization initiatives and what it means for natural gas utilities in the short and long term
  • Examine opportunities for renewable gas applications in a low carbon economy
  • Analyze emerging platforms for renewable gas credit markets & trading platforms
  • Assess the green hydrogen solution & applications for carbon free production
  • Review power-to-gas (P2G) processes & applications as a long duration energy storage resource
  • Review utility perspectives and case studies on renewable gas related efforts

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this event.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case Studies, Panel Discussions and PowerPoint presentations will be used in the program.

Agenda

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 – CENTRAL TIME

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Conference Timing – Day 1

9:00 – 9:05 a.m. :: Overview & Welcome


9:05 – 10:30 a.m. :: Utilities, Decarbonization, and the Renewable Gas Potential

  • How will the outcome of the Nov. 2020 election impact the decarbonization landscape?
  • Policies driving the renewable gas market and decarbonization initiatives
  • How decarbonization initiatives will impact:
    • Electricity system, grid operations & power supply planning
    • Natural gas resource planning, infrastructure, pipelines
  • Utility decarbonization pathways: compare different utility strategies and pathways to decarbonization
    • Different regional utility strategies to achieve decarbonization
    • Trends in corporate carbon policies and emission reduction goals
    • Electrification vs. fuel-switching vs. renewable gas deployment
  • Renewable gas vs. electrification: challenges and opportunities in deployment pathways
  • Utility approaches and opportunities with RNG and hydrogen
    • Transforming the gas utility role to meet state carbon goals
    • Why renewable gas is a key part of meeting climate goals, & why utilities will play a key role
    • RNG and renewable hydrogen projects – approaches and opportunities for utilities
  • What are utilities doing?
    • Green tariffs
    • Interconnection
    • Piloting new technologies
    • Supporting legislation
    • Engaging with others

Moderator: Tanya Peacock, Public Policy and Planning Manager, Southern California Gas Company

Erica Larson, Senior Regulatory Analyst, CenterPoint Energy

Tiana Smith, Director of Climate Strategies, Vermont Gas

Michael Colvin, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs – California Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund

Chris DiGiovanni, Manager – Gas Strategy, Policy & Development, Pacific Gas & Electric

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Renewable Natural Gas 101: Production Potential & Project Development Due Diligence

  • Brief history of renewable natural gas (RNG) market – how we got from where we are today
    • RNG benefits, opportunities & challenges
    • How the RNG market has changed in the last 8-10 years
  • RNG resources, technologies & production process of biogas
    • Biomethane vs. biogas definitions
    • Landfills
    • Dairies & livestock operations
    • Wastewater treatment plants
    • Forestry waste and other organic sources
  • Update on U.S. renewable natural gas (RNG) market, investment & acquisition trends
  • Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) project development & transaction due diligence
    • RNG project development due diligence process from start to finish
    • Evaluating project economics – specifics of how to make a successful RNG project
    • Engineering do’s and don’ts
    • Environmental, land use, permitting/siting, legal & interconnection
  • Project finance, investment & transactions
    • Who are the RNG investors and what they’re looking for in a deal
    • Project finance & contract options
    • Typical challenges and reasons for project/capital delays
    • Attributes and decisions that have meaningful impacts in the competitive RNG market

Moderator: Scott Chabina, CEO & Founder, Chabina Energy Partners

Gautam Arora, CEO and Founder, Biogas Engineering

Bryan Nudelbacher, Director of Business Development, U.S. Gain

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Break for Lunch


1:00 –1:45 p.m. :: The Green Hydrogen Opportunity – Utility & Market Update

Decarbonizing the grid is no easy task – it will require new forms of collaboration, effective policies, and implementing a variety of new technologies and energy resources.  Green hydrogen – a GHG-free energy source that can be used across sectors – is one resource that could play a major role in grid decarbonization efforts and transform power, transportation, industry, and more.  This session will evaluate green hydrogen and its potential, discussing:

  • Future scenarios of high renewable penetrations in California
    • Needs for multi-day and seasonal storage
    • Why hydrogen is a top solution
  • Green hydrogen in the energy transition
    • Qualities, benefits & challenges
    • Market design/scale
    • decarbonizing gas grid
  • Green hydrogen production, storage & transport technologies and their current level of maturity
    • Power-to-gas: hydrogen production via electrolysis of renewable energy
    • Hydrogen-to-power based on fuel cells
    • Technologies for storage and transport of hydrogen
  • Regulatory innovation to optimize green hydrogen across industry sectors
  • Building momentum for very large green hydrogen projects
  • Specific green hydrogen project initiatives
    • Intermountain Power Project in Utah – coal plant conversion to be 100% carbon free
      • Leveraging renewable energy to produce green hydrogen
      • On-site hydrogen storage to use in place of natural gas
    • Belgium’s first industrial green hydrogen plant
    • Other national and international activity

Representative, Green Hydrogen Coalition (invited)

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


2:00 – 3:30 p.m. :: Canada Update: RNG & Hydrogen Development

  • Canadian renewable gas development landscape and decarbonization initiatives
  • FortisBC: mandate to develop 15% renewable gas supply in BC next ten years
    • FortisBC – lessons learned from a decade of procuring and developing RNG
    • Hydrogen development plans
    • Need to use the gas system to get to 80% reduction targets – why renewable gas is so important
  • Enbridge: introducing clean burning hydrogen into Ontario natural gas system a reality
    • Groundbreaking $5.2M hydrogen blending project to green Ontario’s natural gas grid
    • RNG produced from organic waste to displace traditional natural gas and reduce emissions
  • Energir: Quebec – 2030 target for 10% overall volume for renewable gas
    • Status and future plans for RNG and hydrogen procurement and development
  • Why it’s important to maintain gas infrastructure to achieve provincial decarbonization goals
  • Lessons learned in gaining stakeholder support and navigating regulatory challenges – tips for the U.S.
  • Blending renewable gas into mini grids – what does that look like?

Dana Wong, Manager – Climate Action, FortisBC

Fiona Oliver-Glasford, Manager – Energy Transition Planning, Enbridge Gas

Renault-François  Lortie, Vice President, Customers & Gas Supply, Energir


3:30 – 5:00 p.m. :: Quantifying Environmental Attributes of Renewable Gas: GHG Accounting and Renewable Thermal Credits

  • Alternative fuel markets and the emerging RNG voluntary market
    • Tracking platform to track RNG and other renewable thermal commodities that covers all of North America
  • International registries for renewable thermal markets & their registration processes
  • GHG/emission counting frameworks 101 – initial accounting principles for renewable gas projects
  • Determining quantification of environmental benefits of renewable gas resources
    • Emissions counting processes and methodologies for renewable gas resources
    • Debate on scoping process for emissions counting for RNG projects
    • Evaluation of emissions leakage
  • Operating green certificates for renewable gas on a state, national, and international level – supporting cross-border collaboration for renewable thermal development

Benjamin Gerber, Executive Director, Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS)

Philip Sheehy, Technical Director, ICF


Wednesday, March 24, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Conference Timing – Day 2


9:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Advancing Renewable Gas in the European Green New Deal

  • The renewable gas landscape in Europe:
    • Renewable gas supply and production potential
    • decarbonization, environmental benefits and the circular economy
  • GRDF: largest gas network distribution owner and operator in Europe
    • Infrastructure operators: roles and responsibilities for renewable gas injection
    • Biomethane: 1st generation of renewable gases; overview of anerobic digestion projects
    • Gasification and power-to-gas: second generation of renewable gases
      • GRHYD project: power-to-gas hydrogen injection project to promote decarbonization and energy transition via the gas network
  • GRTgaz: owner and operator of the longest high-pressure natural gas transmission network in Europe
    • Long term hydrogen costs – decreased cost correlation with increased solar and wind production
    • Pilot project of power-to-gas in Industrial Port of Marseille
    • Pilot project Jupiter 1000 – first injection of hydrogen in February 2020
    • FenHYx:
      • R&D effort for future energy network dedicated to Hydrogen mixing
      • European innovative platform on H2/CH4 mixes
    • The European Hydrogen Backbone (EHB): shared vision of 11 operators to engage in dedicated hydrogen transport infrastructure

Etienne Goudal, Chief of Project Development, Gaz Réseau Distribution France (GRDF)

Laurent Thery, Senior Vice President – International & Business Development, GRTgaz

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:30 – 11:15 a.m. :: RNG Potential for Medium and Heavy-Duty Transportation

This session will explore findings from a recent UC Riverside research project that analyzes potential of RNG for heavy-duty vehicles, discussing:

  • California push to have fuel cells included in transportation electrification
    • California Air and Resources Board advanced clean truck regulation – by 2035 70% of all heavy-duty trucks have to be zero emission vehicles, either hydrogen or battery fuel cells
  • RNG potential to support decarbonizing heavy-duty transportation
  • Benefits of RNG for medium and heavy-duty transport
    • Ready to use fuel sources during public safety power shutoffs
  • Life cycle analysis of electric vehicle vs. RNG for medium and heavy-duty vehicles
    • Analysis of air quality benefits
    • Long timelines for medium and heavy-duty batteries – missed opportunity for GHG reductions

Arun Raju, Director – Center for Renewable Natural Gas & Assistant Research Engineer at University of California, Riverside


11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: U.S. Utility Renewable Gas Roundtable: R&D, RNG Procurement Processes, & Hydrogen Production Techniques

This session will feature presentations from three U.S. utilities on their decarbonization and policy initiatives, related R&D, hydrogen production plans, and review of utility RNG development and procurement processes:

  • Pacific Gas & Electric: Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) & Hydrogen Roadmap
    • RNG conversion goals
      • Woody biomass conversion with digesters
      • Develop a portfolio of gasification & pyrolysis technologies available
      • Develop standards for anaerobic digesters in California/US
    • RNG resource upgrade goals
    • RNG demand goals
      • Gas microgrids as interconnection alternative
    • Hydrogen goals
      • Hydrogen engineering standards
      • Portfolio efficiency for hydrogen
      • Hydrogen to customers using natural gas system
        • Hydrogen vehicle fueling
      • Biomethane deployment projects
  • Southern California Gas: Evolving the Role of the California Gas Utility
    • Carbon capture and sequestration initiatives
      • CO2 capture, utilization, and co-production of hydrogen and carbon
      • Integrating water electrolysis with biomethanation
      • Direct air capture
    • Hydrogen
      • Hydrogen blending
      • Hydrogen production from excess wind & solar
      • Utilizing gas utility pipeline system as a slow battery
      • Power to gas applications
    • Repurposing existing infrastructure
    • Looking to Europe – developments in “hybrid solutions” to reduce emissions on both gas & electric grids
  • NW Natural
    • Overview of biogas and hydrogen development plans and pilot projects
    • Production methods of renewable hydrogen gas projects & their economics
      • capitalizing off California renewable curtailment to produce renewable hydrogen
    • Benefits of renewable gas projects on the electric grid
      • alleviation of pressure on transmission grid
      • managing volatility
      • serving as a load balancing resource
    • Renewable gas as a long duration energy storage resource
      • storage size potential in existing gas infrastructure
      • comparison to lithium-ion batteries as storage
    • Results of first RNG RFP– walk through process and lessons learned, what worked and what didn’t

Chris Kroeker, Emerging Technology Program Manager, NW Natural

Danielle Mark, Senior Gas Engineer – R&D and Innovation, Pacific Gas & Electric

Ron Kent, Technology Development Manager, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)

Speakers

  • Gautam Arora, CEO and Founder, Biogas Engineering

  • Scott Chabina, CEO & Founder, Chabina Energy Partners

  • Michael Colvin, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs – California Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund

  • Chris DiGiovanni, Manager – Gas Strategy, Policy & Development, Pacific Gas & Electric

  • Benjamin Gerber, Executive Director, Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS)

  • Etienne Goudal, Chief of Project Development, Gaz Réseau Distribution France (GRDF)

  • Ron Kent, Technology Development Manager, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)

  • Chris Kroeker, Emerging Technology Program Manager, NW Natural

  • Erica Larson, Senior Regulatory Analyst, CenterPoint Energy

  • Renault-François  Lortie, Vice President, Customers & Gas Supply, Energir

  • Danielle Mark, Senior Gas Engineer – R&D and Innovation, Pacific Gas & Electric

  • Bryan Nudelbacher, Director of Business Development, U.S. Gain

  • Fiona Oliver-Glasford, Manager – Energy Transition Planning, Enbridge Gas

  • Tanya Peacock, Public Policy and Planning Manager, Southern California Gas Company

  • Arun Raju, Director – Center for Renewable Natural Gas & Assistant Research Engineer at University of California, Riverside

  • Tiana Smith, Director of Climate Strategies, Vermont Gas

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

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