Renewable Methane: ‘Policymakers Need to Take a Fresh Look’
“Policymakers need to take a fresh look at the important role that methane can play in our energy future, particularly CH4 from renewable sources,” says Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, organizer of the Rethink Methane conference series.
Rethink Methane 2017, the third annual, takes place February 21-22 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento, Calif. There, says GNA, “renowned clean energy leaders [will] discuss solutions to harness California’s vast renewable methane feedstocks – including livestock manure, agricultural stubble, municipal food and green waste, forestry biomass, and power-to-gas.”
GNA, which also publishes Fleets & Fuels, this week released the full roster of speakers for Rethink Methane 2017.
- Mary Nichols, chair, CARB/California Air Resources Board;
- Kip Lipper, chief policy advisor for energy, natural resources and the environment in the Office of California Senate Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon;
- Henry Stern, Senate District 27, California State Senate;
- Lawrence Lingbloom, chief consultant, Committee on Natural Resources, California State Assembly;
- Martha Guzman-Aceves, commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission;
- Jack Brouwer, associate director, National Fuel Cell Research Center;
- Tina Andolina, senior policy consultant, office of State Senator Ben Allen
- Roberta Larson, executive director, California Association of Sanitation Agencies;
- Wayne Nastri, executive officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District;
- Jack Broadbent; executive officer/air pollution control officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District;
- Julia Levin, executive director, Bioenergy Association of California; and
- George Minter, regional VP, external affairs and environmental strategy, Southern California Gas Company.
Conference attendees will learn how renewable methane can help the U.S. drive economic growth while mitigating smog, toxic air contaminants, and climate change.
Specifically, says GNA, they will learn how renewable methane can help California
- Achieve the GHG emissions reduction objectives in SB 32, AB 197, and SB 1383;
- Integrate its sustainability goals for organic waste (ag, food, forestry, and wastewater);
- Accelerate the development of practical, large-scale storage for renewable power;
- Facilitate the creation of a low-carbon hydrogen supply for a fuel cell future; and
- Create economic development opportunities for disadvantaged regions of the state;
“Methane is a natural energy carrier,” says GNA, “one that can be harnessed to help achieve our sustainable energy, environmental protection and economic development goals.”
“Rethink Methane calls for stakeholders in the natural gas, hydrogen, fuel cell, agriculture, power generation, solid and liquid waste management and renewable power industries to band together to form a new coalition to advocate for advancement of renewable gas, and how renewable methane, from both organic and zero emission electrical sources, can and should be part of the foundation of California’s energy future.”
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Pacific Gas & Electric, SoCalGas and AQMD, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, are platinum sponsors.
Registration for Rethink Methane 2017 is free for government and non-profit participants, and $350 for industry representatives.
Removing the Fossil from the Fuel is the Rethink Methane 2017 meeting theme.
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Source: GNA/Gladstein, Neandross & Associates with Fleets & Fuels follow-up