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Technical Program

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Day 1
Thursday, December 3
12:00 - 12:05 PM Opening and Welcome
12:05 - 12:45 PM

Keynote Session 1 & Q&A: Policy drivers for expanded RNG market - ‘Policy Incentives to Drive Renewable Gas Forward’


Session chairs: Devinder Mahajan, Chirstopher Voell, Christopher Cavanaugh


Robert Catell, Chairman, Advanced Energy Center and Off-Shore Wind Consortium


Troels Vensild, Minister Counselor – Food, Ag and Fisheries, Embassy of Denmark, Washington, DC


Melanie Littlejohn, VP, National Grid

12:45 - 12:50 PM Break
12:50 - 1:55 PM

Panel 1. RDD innovations in manure management and biogas


Moderator: Shawn Jones, Center for Sustainable Energy


Stephen Hoyt, NYSERDA

  Michael Stoeckler, Food & Bio Cluster Denmark

Melissa Mauro, National Grid


Ermias Kebreab, UC Davis


Frank M. Mitloehner, UC Davis


Bart Weimer, UC Davis


David Tonjes, I-GIT/Stony Brook University

1:55 - 2:00 PM Break
2:00 - 3:05 PM

Panel 2. Technical advances to enhance biogas production


Moderator: Pramod Pandey, UC Davis


Claus Mortenson, Food & Bio Cluster Denmark


Daryl Maas, Maas Energy


Paul Souza, Western United Dairymen for California


Peter E. Wright, PRO-DAIRY, Cornell University


Ignasi Palou-Rivera , RAPID


Marc Rouse, Cal Microturbine

3:05 - 3:10 PM Break
3:10 - 3:30 PM Networking Break
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Short Talk and Poster Session

Day 2
Friday, December 4
12:00 - 12:45 PM State Programs Update & Q&A

Moderators: Devinder Mahajan, 

Stony Brook University and Geetika Joshi, CDFA


Amrith Gunasekara, California Department of Food and Agriculture


Brian Steinmuller, Assistant Director, Land and Water Resources, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

12:45 - 12:50 PM Break
12:50 - 1:55 PM

Panel 3. Methane at the Interface of Science and Policy


Moderator: Amrith Gunasekara, California Department of Food and Agriculture


Michael Boccadoro, Dairy Cares


Geetika Joshi, California Department of Food and Agriculture


Paul Greene, Montrose Environmental Group


Daniel Berman, Danish Energy Agency


Matt Harrison, CARB


Karin Sung , California Public Utilities Commission

1:55 - 2:00 PM Break
2:00 - 3:05 PM

Panel 4. Market Drivers to Expand RNG Market


Moderator: Matt Tomich, Energy Vision


Chris Cavanagh, National Grid


Jigar Shah, Generate Capital


John Hanselman, Vanguard Renewables


Chris Voell, Danish Trade Council of North America


Brandon Moffatt, Storm Fisher Ltd.

  Ross Buckenham, CalBio and Bloom energy
3:05 - 3:10 PM Break
3:10 - 3:20 PM Conclusions and Next Steps
3:20 - 4:10 PM

Virtual Digester Tours + Q&A

Featured Digesters from New York, 

California, and Denmark