Early Bird Registration Is Open for 2019 Rethink Methane Symposium

December 20, 2018

The 5th Annual Rethink Methane Symposium will take place February 26 – 27, 2019 at the Sacramento Convention Center in California. Join stakeholders from the bioenergy, solar, wind, hydrogen, fuel cell and natural gas industries. The event will provide an in-depth look at the opportunities renewable gas presents to achieve California’s air quality, climate protection and economic development goals. Registration is open; save $75 if you sign up before January 18, 2019, with early bird registration rates. Public agency and non-profit employees can register for free.

The Rethink Methane Symposium gathers leading experts to educate California’s policymakers on the important opportunity presented by harnessing organic waste and surplus renewable electricity to decarbonize the state’s natural gas system, develop cost effective strategies to store renewable power and provide a low-to-negative carbon fuel to displace dirty diesel in heavy-duty transportation.

Why Does Renewable Natural Gas Matter?

Renewable methane is a core component of renewable natural gas, and is derived by harnessing the methane that naturally cycles through the biosphere.

Renewable methane is a core component of renewable natural gas, and is derived by harnessing the methane that naturally cycles through the biosphere. The majority of methane in our atmosphere, particularly in California, comes from the natural decomposition of organic matter – food waste, the treatment of waste water, agricultural processes, and municipal solid waste. Harnessing renewable methane and other gases creates new opportunities to sustainably manage waste products and store surplus renewable power.

Renewable methane can also be derived from the gasification of organic waste, which creates new opportunities to manage the dead trees in California’s forests caused by years of drought and insect infestation, and help prevent forest fires, the largest source of the worst climate pollutant, black carbon.

Symposium attendees will learn about the many ways to recover, recycle and reuse organic waste to produce renewable methane, hydrogen-rich syngas, and other renewable molecules. The symposium will identify and address barriers that are preventing the development of a robust, successful, and ultimately economically sustainable renewable gas industry. Speakers will discuss strategies to successfully implement the policies passed by the California legislature to increase the use of renewable gas.

The symposium will identify and address barriers that are preventing the development of a robust, successful, and ultimately economically sustainable renewable gas industry.

Confirmed speakers include:

    • Michael Boccadoro, President, West Coast Advisors
    • Jack Brouwer, Associate Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center
    • Johannes Escudero, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas
    • George Minter, Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, Southern California Gas Company
    • Jena Price, Legislative Affairs Manager, California League of Conservation Voters
    • Michael Silva, Project Manager & Civil Engineer, CR&R

With a new governor and legislature, Rethink Methane presents a rare opportunity to explore the strategies, policies and technologies that can harness market-based incentives to help achieve the state’s critical climate projection, job growth and even public safety objectives. Join stakeholders as California prepares to implement crucial energy and transportation policies, and renewable energy incentive programs.