High in Benefits, Low in Emissions.

Join us for Renewable Gas 360 (formerly Rethink Methane), a leadership summit aimed at fostering a circular energy economy that enables California to immediately and cost effectively:

   

Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants & Greenhouse Gases

  

Manage Overburdened Landfills

   

Mitigate the Leading Source of Urban Air Pollution

  

Capture Methane Emissions from Dairy & Agriculture

   

Foster Economic Growth in Disadvantaged Communities

   

Reduce Wildfire Risk by Providing a Market for Dead Trees

   

Store/Transport Surplus Renewable Energy

  

Increase Production of Renewable Hydrogen & Syngas

Partial 2020 Speakers List

Senator Nancy Skinner

Senate District 9

see full bio

A social justice advocate and sustainability trailblazer, State Senator Nancy Skinner coauthored last year’s SB 100 to get California to 100% renewable electricity by 2045. In the State Assembly and Senate she’s also authored bills to accelerate the uptake of electric & zero-emission vehicles, expand solar net metering, mandate energy storage so renewable electricity can be deployed when needed, and increase the energy efficiency of buildings built pre-Title 24. In 1990, Skinner co-founded ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and directed ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection program, the first effort to engage local governments in climate awareness and carbon reduction efforts.

Hector De La Torre

Gubernatorial Appointee, California Air Resources Board

see full bio

Mr. Hector De La Torre serves on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as a gubernatorial appointee, where he focuses on goods movement, mitigation in impacted communities, and bringing the benefits of new technologies to these communities.

Mr. De La Torre is the Executive Director of the Transamerica Center for Health Studies, a nonprofit focused on empowering consumers and employers to achieve the best value and protection from their health coverage, as well as the best outcomes in their personal health and wellness.

De La Torre is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Occidental College (his alma mater) in Los Angeles and the Board of L.A. Care, the largest public health plan in the United States. De La Torre served as a State Assemblymember for California’s 50th District from 2004-2010. Prior to that, he was Mayor and Councilmember in his hometown of South Gate.

Angelina Galiteva

Board of Governors, CAISO Founder and Board Chair, Renewables 100 Policy Institute

see full bio

Ms. Galiteva works to structure and advance the implementation of cutting edge energy policies that reflect the increasing role of renewable energy, storage, energy efficiency, electric mobility and distributed energy technologies worldwide. Ms. Galiteva is currently serving a third term on the Board of the California Independent System Operator Corporation as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors. She is the founder and Chair of the Board for the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and also serves as a Renewable Energy Expert Speaker for the US Department of State. Angelina been sent on numerous missions around the world in this expert capacity.

Ms. Galiteva’s industry experience spans from serving as a Principal at NEOptions, Inc., a renewable energy and new technology product design firm to the utility sector where she worked as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as well as the New York Power Authority. Ms. Galiteva is an attorney and holds a J.D. and LLM Degrees, specializing in Environmental and Energy Law.

Dr. Matt Miyasato

Deputy Executive Officer for Science & Technology Advancement, SCAQMD

see full bio

Dr. Matt Miyasato is the deputy executive officer for Science & Technology Advancement at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). He is responsible for the SCAQMD’s Technology Advancement Office, Mobile Source Division, and Monitoring and Laboratory Analysis Division.

Dr. Miyasato’s principal charges are to identify, evaluate and stimulate development and commercialization of clean air technologies, develop and coordinate mobile source regulations, and to conduct ambient monitoring, source testing and laboratory analysis. He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, and his Masters and Ph.D. in engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Chelsea Jenkins

Executive Director of Government Affairs, ROUSH CleanTech

see full bio

Chelsea Jenkins currently serves as executive director of government affairs for ROUSH CleanTech, the alternative fuels division of ROUSH Enterprises. Prior to this recent role change, Jenkins primarily managed school bus activities for the southeast region of the United States since joining Roush in 2011.

Before transitioning to Roush, Jenkins served as the Virginia Clean Cities executive director and as program coordinator for seven years. Jenkins helped grow the Virginia Clean Cities project portfolio from over $1 million in total petroleum displacement projects primarily focused in Virginia to over $20 million in total alternative fuel and vehicle projects covering the southeast and mid-atlantic regions. Jenkins, a recipient of the 2009 Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year award, was inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame in 2011. Jenkins’ career began after a biodiesel project in Malta that later lead to helping establish Valley AIRNow, the air quality outreach program for Winchester and Frederick counties in Virginia.

Jenkins has also worked in several nondestructive evaluation laboratories, including NASA’s Langley Research Center. Jenkins graduated from James Madison University and received her degree in integrated science and technology with a triple concentration in energy, environment, and transportation.

Jack Brouwer

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine; Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center

see full bio

Through Dr. Jack Brouwer’s leadership, the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) and the Advanced Power and Energy Program are focusing research, education, beta testing, and outreach on high-efficiency, environmentally preferred energy conversion and power generation technology advancement with fuel cell and gas turbine systems as the principal targets.  Current research projects address ultra-high efficiency and ultra-low emissions high temperature fuel cell systems, integrated hybrid fuel cell gas turbine systems, renewable power intermittency and integration, battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle evaluation and infrastructure development, advanced fuel cell and gas turbine dynamic operations, hydrogen and electricity infrastructure development, and power electronics and energy conversion devices for the smart grid.  Prior to joining UCI, Dr. Brouwer was on the faculty at the University of Utah, a senior engineer at Reaction Engineering International, and a staff scientist at Sandia National Laboratories.

Erin Grizard

Senior Director of Policy, Bloom Energy

see full bio

Erin Grizard is the Senior Director of Policy at Bloom Energy. Grizard has more than 16 years of experience designing and shaping environmental and energy policy from a multitude of perspectives.

Grizard is a renewable energy and distributed energy generation policy expert. Her multi-faceted governmental affairs experience includes lobbying the legislature and state administrative agencies, and representation before utilities and Fortune 50 companies.

Prior to Bloom Energy, she held positions at The Dewey Square Group, California Public Utilities Commission and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Grizard received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Political Theory from Willamette University, and her master’s degree in Public Policy from George Washington University.

Julia Levin

Executive Director, Bioenergy Association of California

see full bio

The Bioenergy Association of California’s executive director is Julia Levin, who served until recently as the deputy secretary for climate change and energy at the California Resources Agency. In that position, she chaired the Governor’s Inter-Agency Bioenergy Working Group and led development of California’s 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan.

Levin has also served as a commissioner on the California Energy Commission, where she was the presiding commissioner on renewable energy and the associate commissioner on energy efficiency. She presided over the adoption of RPS eligibility rules, power plant siting cases and other issues. Previously, she was the global warming director of the National Audubon Society, where she coordinated its policy advocacy and public education on global warming and energy issues.

Levin received a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1991 and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Brown University in 1985.

Cliff Gladstein

President, Gladstein Neandross & Associates

see full bio

Mr. Cliff Gladstein is the founder and president of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA). For over twenty-two years, he has been local, state, and national leader in the effort to develop cost-effective policies, programs, and products to reduce pollution from transportation, relieve the nation’s dependence on petroleum, and create innovative public-private partnerships to pursue market-based solutions for environmental problems.

Mr. Gladstein is the founder of the Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor (ICTC), the nation’s first and most successful public-private partnership to accelerate the commercialization of clean alternative fuel vehicles in the interstate movement of goods. He has used his knowledge and experience to develop and implement clean transportation and power generation technology deployment programs and incentive programs.

Mr. Gladstein is on the board of the Bioenergy Association of California, chairs the Education Fund of the California League of Conservation Voters, and teaches air quality policy at the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability. He has been an advisor to the University of Southern California’s Sustainable Cities Program and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He is a graduate of Duke University and holds three graduate degrees from the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

View the Partial 2020 Speakers List

2020 Speakers:

Senator Nancy Skinner, , Senate District 9

A social justice advocate and sustainability trailblazer, State Senator Nancy Skinner coauthored last year’s SB 100 to get California to 100% renewable electricity by 2045. In the State Assembly and Senate she’s also authored bills to accelerate the uptake of electric & zero-emission vehicles, expand solar net metering, mandate energy storage so renewable electricity can be deployed when needed, and increase the energy efficiency of buildings built pre-Title 24. In 1990, Skinner co-founded ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and directed ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection program, the first effort to engage local governments in climate awareness and carbon reduction efforts.

Hector De La Torre, Gubernatorial Appointee, California Air Resources Board

Mr. Hector De La Torre serves on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as a gubernatorial appointee, where he focuses on goods movement, mitigation in impacted communities, and bringing the benefits of new technologies to these communities.

Mr. De La Torre is the Executive Director of the Transamerica Center for Health Studies, a nonprofit focused on empowering consumers and employers to achieve the best value and protection from their health coverage, as well as the best outcomes in their personal health and wellness.

De La Torre is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Occidental College (his alma mater) in Los Angeles and the Board of L.A. Care, the largest public health plan in the United States. De La Torre served as a State Assemblymember for California’s 50th District from 2004-2010. Prior to that, he was Mayor and Councilmember in his hometown of South Gate.

Angelina Galiteva, Board of Governors, CAISO Founder and Board Chair, Renewables 100 Policy Institute

Ms. Galiteva works to structure and advance the implementation of cutting edge energy policies that reflect the increasing role of renewable energy, storage, energy efficiency, electric mobility and distributed energy technologies worldwide. Ms. Galiteva is currently serving a third term on the Board of the California Independent System Operator Corporation as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors. She is the founder and Chair of the Board for the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and also serves as a Renewable Energy Expert Speaker for the US Department of State. Angelina been sent on numerous missions around the world in this expert capacity.

Ms. Galiteva’s industry experience spans from serving as a Principal at NEOptions, Inc., a renewable energy and new technology product design firm to the utility sector where she worked as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as well as the New York Power Authority. Ms. Galiteva is an attorney and holds a J.D. and LLM Degrees, specializing in Environmental and Energy Law.

Dr. Matt Miyasato, Deputy Executive Officer for Science & Technology Advancement, SCAQMD

Dr. Matt Miyasato is the deputy executive officer for Science & Technology Advancement at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). He is responsible for the SCAQMD’s Technology Advancement Office, Mobile Source Division, and Monitoring and Laboratory Analysis Division.

Dr. Miyasato’s principal charges are to identify, evaluate and stimulate development and commercialization of clean air technologies, develop and coordinate mobile source regulations, and to conduct ambient monitoring, source testing and laboratory analysis. He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, and his Masters and Ph.D. in engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Chelsea Jenkins, Executive Director of Government Affairs, ROUSH CleanTech

Chelsea Jenkins currently serves as executive director of government affairs for ROUSH CleanTech, the alternative fuels division of ROUSH Enterprises. Prior to this recent role change, Jenkins primarily managed school bus activities for the southeast region of the United States since joining Roush in 2011.

Before transitioning to Roush, Jenkins served as the Virginia Clean Cities executive director and as program coordinator for seven years. Jenkins helped grow the Virginia Clean Cities project portfolio from over $1 million in total petroleum displacement projects primarily focused in Virginia to over $20 million in total alternative fuel and vehicle projects covering the southeast and mid-atlantic regions. Jenkins, a recipient of the 2009 Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year award, was inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame in 2011. Jenkins’ career began after a biodiesel project in Malta that later lead to helping establish Valley AIRNow, the air quality outreach program for Winchester and Frederick counties in Virginia.

Jenkins has also worked in several nondestructive evaluation laboratories, including NASA’s Langley Research Center. Jenkins graduated from James Madison University and received her degree in integrated science and technology with a triple concentration in energy, environment, and transportation.

Jack Brouwer, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine; Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center

Through Dr. Jack Brouwer’s leadership, the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) and the Advanced Power and Energy Program are focusing research, education, beta testing, and outreach on high-efficiency, environmentally preferred energy conversion and power generation technology advancement with fuel cell and gas turbine systems as the principal targets.  Current research projects address ultra-high efficiency and ultra-low emissions high temperature fuel cell systems, integrated hybrid fuel cell gas turbine systems, renewable power intermittency and integration, battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle evaluation and infrastructure development, advanced fuel cell and gas turbine dynamic operations, hydrogen and electricity infrastructure development, and power electronics and energy conversion devices for the smart grid.  Prior to joining UCI, Dr. Brouwer was on the faculty at the University of Utah, a senior engineer at Reaction Engineering International, and a staff scientist at Sandia National Laboratories.

Erin Grizard, Senior Director of Policy, Bloom Energy

Erin Grizard is the Senior Director of Policy at Bloom Energy. Grizard has more than 16 years of experience designing and shaping environmental and energy policy from a multitude of perspectives.

Grizard is a renewable energy and distributed energy generation policy expert. Her multi-faceted governmental affairs experience includes lobbying the legislature and state administrative agencies, and representation before utilities and Fortune 50 companies.

Prior to Bloom Energy, she held positions at The Dewey Square Group, California Public Utilities Commission and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Grizard received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Political Theory from Willamette University, and her master’s degree in Public Policy from George Washington University.

Julia Levin, Executive Director, Bioenergy Association of California

The Bioenergy Association of California’s executive director is Julia Levin, who served until recently as the deputy secretary for climate change and energy at the California Resources Agency. In that position, she chaired the Governor’s Inter-Agency Bioenergy Working Group and led development of California’s 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan.

Levin has also served as a commissioner on the California Energy Commission, where she was the presiding commissioner on renewable energy and the associate commissioner on energy efficiency. She presided over the adoption of RPS eligibility rules, power plant siting cases and other issues. Previously, she was the global warming director of the National Audubon Society, where she coordinated its policy advocacy and public education on global warming and energy issues.

Levin received a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1991 and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Brown University in 1985.

Cliff Gladstein, President, Gladstein Neandross & Associates

Mr. Cliff Gladstein is the founder and president of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA). For over twenty-two years, he has been local, state, and national leader in the effort to develop cost-effective policies, programs, and products to reduce pollution from transportation, relieve the nation’s dependence on petroleum, and create innovative public-private partnerships to pursue market-based solutions for environmental problems.

Mr. Gladstein is the founder of the Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor (ICTC), the nation’s first and most successful public-private partnership to accelerate the commercialization of clean alternative fuel vehicles in the interstate movement of goods. He has used his knowledge and experience to develop and implement clean transportation and power generation technology deployment programs and incentive programs.

Mr. Gladstein is on the board of the Bioenergy Association of California, chairs the Education Fund of the California League of Conservation Voters, and teaches air quality policy at the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability. He has been an advisor to the University of Southern California’s Sustainable Cities Program and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He is a graduate of Duke University and holds three graduate degrees from the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Preliminary 2020 Agenda

January 22, 2020

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Kick-off Reception

 

January 23, 2020

8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

 

8:20 AM – 8:30 AM

Symposium Welcome

 

Hector de La Torre, Gubernatorial Appointee, California Air Resources Board

 

8:35 AM – 8:55 AM

Welcome Keynote

 
Introduction
Cliff Gladstein, President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

 
 

9:00 AM – 10:10 AM

Panel Discussion: Rethinking the Role of the Gas Utility in California’s Renewable Energy Future

 

Speakers

    • Michael Colvin, Director of California Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund
    • Angelina Galiteva, Cal ISO Board of Governors

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking Break

 

10:30 AM – 10:55 AM

Introduction on Power to Gas

 

Jack Brouwer, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine; Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Primer on New Power to Gas Projects

 

Speakers

    • Moderator: Jack Brouwer, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine; Director, National Fuel Cell Research Center
    • Kevin Best, CEO, RealEnergy
    • Dr. Matt Miyasoto, Deputy Executive Officer, SCAQMD

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Networking Luncheon

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Afternoon Keynote

 
Senator Nancy Skinner, Senate District 9

 

1:20 PM – 2:35 PM

Panel Discussion: Emerging Renewable Gas: Who Knew Propane Could Be Renewable?

 

Speakers

    • Moderator: Chelsea Jenkins, Executive Director of Government Affairs, ROUSH CleanTech
    • Tucker Perkins, President and CEO of Propane Education & Research Council
    • Joy Alafia, President and CEO of Western Propane Gas Association

2:40 PM – 3:40 PM

Presentation and Discussion on Renewable Hydrogen Roadmap

 

Speakers

      • Jeff Reed, Chair of the California Hydrogen Business Council and Chief Scientist, Renewable Fuels and Energy Storage at the Advanced Power and Energy Program at University of California Irvine
      • Dave Edwards, Director and Advocate for Hydrogen Energy, Air Liquide
      • Rob Del Core, Director, Business Development, Fuel Cell Power Systems, Hydrogenics

3:40 PM – 3:55 PM

Networking Break

 

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Strategies and Success: Harnessing Dairy RNG

 

Speakers

    • Moderator: Michael Boccadoro, President, West Coast Advisors
    • Erin Grizard, Senior Director, Policy, Bloom Energy

     

5:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Closing Keynote

 
 

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Networking Reception

 

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