First-Ever Event Draws Diverse Clean Energy Stakeholders
The inaugural Rethink Methane Symposium wrapped up this morning with an RNG/renewable natural gas buyers forum at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento, Calif.
The Rethink Methane Symposium, conceived and organized by Fleets & Fuels publisher Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, is the first of its kind to bring together stakeholders in the natural gas, bioenergy, solar, wind, hydrogen, and fuel cell industries to demonstrate to policymakers the importance of policies and incentives that
- accelerate and maximize the production, distribution, and consumption of renewable methane produced from a variety of sources (organic waste, landfills, wastewater treatment plants, agricultural processes); and
- develop a robust capacity to produce hydrogen and methane from surplus renewable power (derived from wind and solar), known as “power-to-gas.”
Power-to-gas – P2G – is the use of “synthetic methane” to store energy from intermittent renewables like wind and solar that is otherwise wasted. The methane itself is made by combining electrolysis-derived hydrogen with carbon-containing waste streams.
- California Senator Fran Pavley, an internationally known advocate on climate change issues, who co-authored California’s landmark AB 32 statute and chairs the Select Committee on Climate Change and Assembly Bill 32 Implementation;
- freshman California Senator Ben Allen, sponsor of a bill to establish a renewable gas standard for California’s gas utilities; and
- Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, arguably the nation’s most influential and effective environmental advocacy organization.
“While the North American shale gas boom has led to an attractive price spread between natural gas and higher-carbon alternatives such as diesel and coal, concerns over fugitive methane emissions and impacts from the extraction process (i.e., fracking) have led some to question whether increased use of methane is wise,” said GNA president Cliff Gladstein.
“As its name suggests, the Rethink Methane Symposium aims to provide an alternative vision for how we can leverage diverse renewable sources of methane to help California achieve statewide air quality, climate protection, economic development, and energy diversification objectives, and ultimately meet our goal of increasing renewable energy to 50% and reducing petroleum consumption by 50% by 2030,” Gladstein said.
A Rethink Methane tour of the New Hope Dairy digester facility in Galt, Calif., south of Sacramento, takes place this afternoon.
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Source: GNA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up