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January 22-23, 2020
Hundreds of California policymakers, public agency staff members, and renewable gas industry leaders convened in Sacramento for Renewable Gas 360, formerly called Rethink Methane. The rebranded event highlighted the environmental and economic benefits of implementing policies to incentivize the production and use renewable gases, including RNG, hydrogen, syngas and new in 2020, propane. The first panel imagined the gas utility of the future and how its role will change as the state aims to achieve a 100% renewable grid, while the second and fourth panels focused on the development of a roadmap for a renewable hydrogen future in California and examples of projects that are currently in development that will both produce and harness renewable hydrogen for clean energy.
For the first time, representatives of the propane industry described how their industry is moving toward renewable supplies, and what this might mean for a state struggling with how to ensure energy supply to remote communities. As is custom, the symposium’s dairy panel explored new strategies to use dairy biogas for virtual zero NOx power production (through fuel cells) as well as exploring the success of the most cost effective GHG reduction program funded by the California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
Keynote speakers addressed strategies to advance the gasification of wood waste as a wildfire mitigation strategy, the benefits of power-to-gas as a mechanism to store curtailed renewable power, next steps in the effort to fund more rapid deployment of clean vehicle technologies that use renewable fuels, and the emergence of a new Green Hydrogen Coalition that will work to increase awareness of the benefits of renewable hydrogen. In addition, attendees heard about an important new study of the potential RNG supply out to 2040.
In between the sessions, policymakers and industry members networked and discussed how they can work together to help California meet its air quality and climate protection goals.
Renewable Gas 360 sponsors included Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Southern California Gas Company, California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, Propane Education & Research Council, RealEnergy, ROUSH CleanTech, American Gas Association, CR&R Incorporated, California Air Resources Board, Element Markets, Gas Technology Institute, Bloom Energy, BP, Clean Energy Renewables, Ingevity, Southwest Gas, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Shell.
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