Day One
Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

07:30 – 08:45 Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:45 – 08:50 Organizer’s Welcome Message

08:50 – 09:00 Welcome from Conference Chairman: Paul Relis, Senior Vice President, CR&R Inc. | Chair of Bioenergy Association of California

09:00 – 09:20 Opening Keynote: Colorado State RNG Legislation: Trends and Options for the Future

09:20 – 10:20 Panel 1: The Latest in California LCFS Policy, Legislation, and Regulations
Given recent studies by Lawrence Livermore Labs, bioenergy is critical to California’s GHG and methane reduction success. Yet there appears to be no coordinated state policies that support bioenergy.

  • Why is this and is there any prospect of a near term policy that tracks with the science?
  • CARB is charged with supporting LCFS development from the current statute.  What specific CARB policies and actions demonstrate this support?
  • What communication resources are companies using to better tell the RNG/Biogas story to the public and legislators?
  • How are we positioning RNG/Biogas for not just short term but long term inclusion in climate strategy?
  • What is the role of the CPUC in accelerating RNG development and use in California?
  • How is California dealing with a real lack of inter-agency coordination and cooperation?
  • Is California on track to meet its carbon neutrality goals?
  • How the LCFS is changing
  • Is California moving in the direction of electrification at the expense of RNG?
  • Is RNG essential to California meeting the state’s climate change goals?
  • Compost or anaerobic digestion? Which one is better for meeting California mandates?

10:20 – 11:20 Panel 2: Connecting to the Grid: Coordinating with Utilities for Interconnection

  • Are there going to be RNG options for customers?
  • How are utilities being proactive about working with their PUC to promote new programs and tariffs for RNG?
  • What are the necessary policies needed to facilitate project creation between developers and utilities?
  • What would it take to get pipeline injection costs down in price?
  • Using RNG to lower the carbon footprint
  • What RNG means for the utilities business model, customers, infrastructure, etc.
  • If geological gas is so cheap and abundant and there is no federal policy in place requiring utilities to use RNG, why do it?

11:20 – 11:40 Session 1: Using Public-Private Partnerships to Develop a Renewable Natural Gas Project

The Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts have developed a food waste recycling program, and renewable natural gas generated from the digested food waste will be a major source of income to pay for the recycling program. The program involves several construction and commodity sales agreements in which public-private partnerships and other alternative procurement methods allowed the Districts to build the program out more quickly and more cost-effectively than traditional bidding procedures. In addition to how the projects were completed, operating results on RNG production from food waste digestion will be presented.

Key takeaways:

  • What were the key lessons learned in building out our program?
  • What advice would I give to government agencies and private ventures that are building similar systems?
  • How much RNG can you expect to generate when you process food waste?

12:40 – 12:20 Case Study: Manure to Energy: Smithfield Foods’ Renewable Energy Projects 

  • How RNG improves operational efficiencies
  • How biogas projects help the bottomline
  • How RNG projects add value to the supply chain
  • Using RNG as an approach to sustainability

12:20 – 1:20 Panel 3: Food Waste Based Recycling for Biogas

  • Technology and innovation around food waste digesters
  • Will there be a federal incentive to deal in food waste projects like there is for dairy waste projects?
  • Are food waste feedstocks the next big opportunity in RNG?
  • The impact that diversion policies will have on food waste to biogas projects
  • How to overcome the nimbyism around the required infrastructure needed for these projects

1:20 – 2:20 Networking Lunch

2:20 – 2:40 Case Study 1: Vertical Integration as a Company and Lessons Learned

2:40 – 3:40 Panel 4: Project Development And Financing Options

  • Capital flow and ability to get private capital
  • How lenders evaluate risk and what developers need to do to close the deal
  • Contractual structures
  • Project Financing trends for 2021
  • Pipeline injection costs
  • Finding the right feedstock partner for your next project
  • Balancing long-term vs short-term contracts
  • Working with utilities

3:40 – 4:20 Refreshments and Networking Break

4:20 – 4:50 Session 3: Anaerobic Digestion and the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy

5:00 Cocktail Reception

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