Renewable Gas: Project Development, Regulation and Emerging Markets

Renewable Gas: Project Development, Regulation and Emerging Markets

Renewable Natural Gas & Green Hydrogen Opportunities

November 9-10, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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
  • Discover 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
  • Stay up to date on federal, state, & local regulatory initiatives related to and impacting renewable gas
  • Review decarbonization initiatives and what it means for natural gas utilities in the short and long term
  • Unravel opportunities for renewable gas applications in a low carbon economy
  • Analyze emerging platforms for renewable gas credit markets & trading platforms
  • Examine due diligence processes for RNG project development & transactions
  • Identify the green hydrogen solution & applications for carbon free production
  • Get an in-depth knowledge of power-to-gas (P2G) processes & applications as a long duration energy storage resource
  • Review utility perspectives and case studies on renewable gas related efforts

 

Agenda

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

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

 

9:00  – 10:00 a.m. :: Utilities, Decarbonization, and the Renewable Fuels Potential

  • What role can renewable natural gas play in decarbonizing the economy?
  • 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
  • What are utilities doing?

Erica Larson, Counsel, CenterPoint Energy

Jared Liu Klein, Public Policy Manager, SoCalGas

10:00  – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15  – 11:15 a.m. :: Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Project Development, Transactions & Emerging Markets

  • Update on U.S. renewable natural gas (RNG) market, investment & acquisition trends
  • Alternative fuel markets and the emerging RNG voluntary market
  • Utilities & RNG: what is the role of the utility, and what is the utility RNG opportunity?
  • Perspectives and update on the RNG project development landscape
  • RNG project development due diligence best practices
  • Financial quantification of RNG resources & independent engineering review
  • Project finance, investment & transactions

Gautam Arora, CEO and Founder, Biogas Engineering

Scott Chabina, CEO & Founder, Chabina Energy Partners

11:15 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. :: The Regulatory & Policy Landscape: Decarbonization, Natural Gas & Renewable Gas Initiatives

  • RNG in the Biden Administration
    • The Renewable Fuel Standard in 2021: How We Got Here
    • EPA on the RFS and Post 2022 Set Rule
  • Various States Approaches to RNG:
    • Califonia’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
    • Oregon SB 98 Implementation and SB 844
    • Minnesota’s National Gas Innovation Act

Moderator:

Gary Steinbauer, Shareholder- Environment Group, Babst Calland

Panelists:

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

Max St. Brown, Senior Utility Analyst, Oregon Public Utility Commission

Erica Larson, Counsel, CenterPoint Energy

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. :: The Green Hydrogen Solution

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.

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

John Quinn, Senior Manager – Renewable Gas Supply, FortisBC Energy Inc.

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. :: Hydrogen Production, Cost and Scalability

Regardless of the “color” of hydrogen, driving to the lowest possible carbon intensity at the lowest possible cost should be the key focus across the hydrogen value chain including technology providers, producers and consumers. This session will look at advancements in hydrogen technologies across a wide array of feedstocks – all from a business perspective. Cost & scalability are key to extracting the true potential of hydrogen in the energy transition

Chet Benham, Managing Principal Consultant, Northpass Technology Strategies LLC (Former CEO, Air Liquide Advanced Technologies US LLC and VP, Global Markets & Technologies for the Americas) 

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. :: Power-to-Gas (P2G): Applications & Potential as a Long Duration Energy Storage Resource

  • Renewable natural gas RNG leverages the gas grid for renewable energy storage and delivery, providing renewable energy across geographies and times.
  • Electrochaea’s biomethanation technology converts wasted CO2 into RNG, as such doubling the amount of RNG from landfills, wastewater treatment, and anaerobic digestors; when combined with carbon capture technologies, vented CO2 can be recycled as a renewable fuel.
  •  The importance of reducing greenhouse gases is stimulating interest in expanding the sources of RNG through biomethanation.

Joe Feldman, Executive Vice President, North America Business Development, Electrochaea Corporation

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: RNG Audit/ 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 o Emissions counting processes and methodologies for renewable gas resources
    • Debate on scoping process for emissions counting for RNG projects o 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 Tracking System (M-RETS)  

    5:00 p.m. :: End of Day One

     

    Wednesday, November 10, 2021 : Central Time

    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    Log In

    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Conference Timing

     

    9:00– 10:00 a.m. :: International Update: Gas Decarbonization in Europe

    • Biomethane
    • Green Hydrogen

    Laurent Thery, Senior Advisor – Renewable Gases, Vercors Renewable Investments Advisors

    10:00  – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

    10:15  – 11:00 a.m. :: Green Energy, Sustainability and Resiliency – Essential Best Practices for the Clean Water Utility of the Future 

    The services of drinking water and wastewater treatment plants are essential to the public health and the environment—they must be in service 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Therefore, in the face of climate change and more severe storms, resilient green energy solutions are essential to ensuring continual operations and reducing carbon footprint as well.  This session will discuss energy conservation and green energy measures designed to create net zero treatment plants. 

    Andrew Kricun, P.E., Managing Director, Moonshot Missions

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: How Companies are Navigating the Energy Transition to Renewable Gas

    Moderator:

    William (Bill) Zobel, Executive Director, California Hydrogen Business Council

    Panelists:

    Laurent Nassif, Chief Energy & Innovation Senior Director, Hawaii Gas

    Harrison Clay, Head of Biogas- Energy Transition, Mercuria Energy America

    12:00 p.m. :: End of Program

    Speakers

    • Gautam Arora, CEO and Founder, Biogas Engineering

    • Chet Benham, Managing Principal Consultant, Northpass Technology Strategies LLC (Former CEO, Air Liquide Advanced Technologies US LLC and VP, Global Markets & Technologies for the Americas) 

    • Scott Chabina, CEO & Founder, Chabina Energy Partners

    • Harrison Clay, Head of Biogas- Energy Transition, Mercuria Energy America

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

    • Joe Feldman, Executive Vice President, North America Business Development, Electrochaea Corporation

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

    • Jared Liu Klein, Public Policy Manager, SoCalGas

    • Andrew Kricun, P.E., Managing Director, Moonshot Missions

    • Erica Larson, Counsel, CenterPoint Energy

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

    • Laurent Nassif, Chief Energy & Innovation Senior Director, Hawaii Gas

    • John Quinn, Senior Manager – Renewable Gas Supply, FortisBC Energy Inc.

    • Max St. Brown, Senior Utility Analyst, Oregon Public Utility Commission

    • Gary Steinbauer, Shareholder- Environment Group, Babst Calland

    • Laurent Thery, Senior Advisor – Renewable Gases, Vercors Renewable Investments Advisors

    • William (Bill) Zobel, Executive Director, California Hydrogen Business Council

    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.

        • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
        • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
        • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
          • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
        • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
        • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

    Register

    Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

    Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

    If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

    Event Standard RateAttendees
    Single Connection - Renewable Gas: Project Development, Regulation and Emerging MarketsUS $ 1195.00
    Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 4,780.00
    Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 8,365.00
    Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 14,340.00
    Call us at 303.770.8800 if you have any specific questions on the volume discounts
    * all other discounts do not apply to license packs

    By registering I indicate I agree with EUCI's privacy policy and understand I may receive emailed reports, articles, event invitations and other information related to products and services from EUCI and any of our business partners. I understand I may unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link included in emails.

    Cancellation Policy

    Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before October 08, 2021 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

    Secured By:

    CEUs

    Credits

    AP_Logo

    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 0.9 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.

     

    By clicking Accept or closing this message, you consent to our cookies on this device in accordance with our cookie policy unless you have disabled them. more information

    By clicking Accept or closing this message, you consent to our cookies on this device in accordance with our cookie policy unless you have disabled them. You can change your cookie settings at any time but parts of our site will not function correctly without them. We use cookies during the registration process and to remember member settings.

    Close