NG Green Future

NG Green Future is a brand new track this year to the WEI Operations Conference. This track will delve deep into how natural gas is key to our environmentally focused future. Session topics cover new industry focuses such as how to incorporate new, pipeline compatible fuels like Renewable Natural Gas and Renewable Hydrogen on your pipeline system. Come join us as we explore the exciting future of our natural gas industry.

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April 15, 2020

10:30 AM – 11:45 PM
Renewable Natural Gas 101
Speakers: Daryl Maas, CEO, Maas Energy Works, Inc.
Nate Taylor, Commercial Development Manager, Southern California Gas Company
Neil Stuchbury, Director of Sales & Marketing, Thyson Technology
This session will provide an introduction to the exciting new industry topic of Renewable Natural Gas. In this session, we will cover a series of topics, including:
• What is renewable natural gas (RNG)?
• What are the revenue drivers for RNG?
• Various business models and technologies related to RNG
• A survey of existing projects and projects that are in the early stages of development

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Hydrogen – The Key to Unlocking Methane’s Renewable Potential
Part 1: Hydrogen Blending – How much is okay?
Part 2: Methanization: Using Your Pipeline as a Battery

Speakers: Joseph Avila, Sr. Director of Energy, Policy and Strategy, Southern California Gas Company
Kim Walker, Senior Engineer – Technical Support, FortisBC
Danielle Mark, Senior Gas Engineer, R&D and Innovation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Part one of this session will be a panel discussion between utility subject matter experts discussing direct blending of Renewable Hydrogen in pipelines. This discussion will cover topics including the impacts of hydrogen on equipment at different percent blends, how hydrogen impacts leak detection, and other topics related to direct blending of hydrogen.

Part two of this session will be a presentation on the methanization of Renewable Hydrogen. This presentation will cover an overview of power-to-gas technology and various methods of methanization.

April 16, 2020

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Methane Emission Reductions: Goals, Commitments, and Strategies
Part 1: Industry Programs and Commitments
Part 2: Interactive Panel Discussion with Subject Matter Experts

Speakers: Peter Cathcart, System Operations Supervisor, NW Natural
Nadia Bess, Emissions Strategy Project Manager, Southern California Gas Company
Krikor Tasmajian, Engineer, Southern California Gas Company
Part one of this session will provide an overview of industry programs and commitments made by companies including steps taken to meet these commitments. This will be followed by a more detailed look into Leak Detection and Repair at distribution regulator stations. Part two of this session will be an interactive panel discussion with subject matter experts who can provide details of strategies their companies have implemented to reduce methane emissions.

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Design and Operation of RNG Interconnect Stations

Part 1: Design Considerations of an RNG Interconnect Station
Part 2: Operations, Maintenance, and Monitoring of an RNG Interconnect Station
Speakers: Joe Ewing, Consulting Engineer, Puget Sound Energy
Halli Chesser, Project Engineer, NW Natural
Alexander J. Hicks, Engineer, Southern California Gas Company
Part one of this session will cover design considerations of an RNG Interconnect Station. This presentation will be a case study of the design process involved for a typical RNG Interconnect Station, including:
• Contract Negotiations
• Gas Quality Standards
• Design Requirements
• Equipment Specifications & Procurement
• Automation & Controls
• Telecommunications
• Permitting
• Construction
• Commissioning

Part two of this session will be a panel discussion with operators of a landfill, wastewater, and dairy RNG Interconnect Station. This panel discussion will address:
• Routine operations & Maintenance
• Shut-down and Start-up Procedures
• Monitoring of Gas Quality Data
• Testing Resources
• Roles and Responsivities
• Lessons Learned and Future Design Considerations