Hydrogen Engineers – Virtual (Oct 19)

Hydrogen is one of the next steps in the evolution of the energy grid in North America as we strive to decarbonize and combat climate change. This program intends to connect technical professionals within the utility industry and allow them to begin to build a network of colleagues working within this ever-changing landscape. Engineers will share their experiences and questions concerning adding hydrogen to the suite of utility renewable gases.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • John Quinn, Senior Manager, Renewable Gas Supply, FortisBC

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee before the program.
    • Who Should Attend
      • Hydrogen engineers
      • Utility business development 
      • Service providers such as engineering consultants and product manufacturers
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $199 USD

    Registration includes online access and all digital meeting materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this virtual program. Registrants can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Marco Henkel, Program Manager at (971) 255-4971.


All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome + Introductions

Roundtable Introductions

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Future Impact of Hydrogen Gas on Existing Gas Distribution

Presentation and Q&A by Guest Speaker

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM


10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Active and Proposed Projects Roundtable Discussion

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch Break

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Hawai’i’s Hydrogen System: Overview and Lessons Learned

A leader in manufacturing hydrogen in Hawaii, Hawaii Gas will share its hydrogen and pipeline systems history, and share lessons learned and experiences with their hydrogen blended Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) supply. Presentation followed by Q&A.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM


2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Codes and Standards

Panel discussing HyBlend with representatives from Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Industry Topic Roundtable Discussion

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Open Roundtable, Hot Topics, Future Planning

Open roundtable for additional questions or hot topics not addressed previously.

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Wrap Up + Networking

Next steps and networking.