Renewable and Low Carbon Gases (Jun 04-05)

Renewable Gases including biomethane or RNG, hydrogen and syngas present an opportunity for members to reduce the carbon intensity of the gas streams provided to their end use customers. Join utility professionals responsible for low carbon and renewable efforts at their company as we discuss a wide range of strategic topics from policies, regulatory framework, safety and economics to gas quality and operational issues related to these efforts.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Valeria Annibali, Manager, Sustainable Gas Supply, Southwest Gas Corporation

    • Program Location
    • Southwest Gas Las Vegas
    • 8360 South Durango, Las Vegas, Nevada 89113
    • Who Should Attend
      • Senior Management responsible for Renewable Gas efforts at their utility
      • Business Development professionals involved with Renewable Gas efforts at their utility
      • Government Affairs and Regulatory professionals within the utility
      • Invited Renewable Gas Subject Matter Experts
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $649 USD

    Registration includes digital materials and access to all event sessions and meals listed on the agenda.

    If you are planning to attend both Energy Management and Renewable and Low Carbon Gases, email WEI Member Services to register and receive a $50 discount per program registration fee.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • 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 Amy Carlow, Program Manager at (971) 303-1716.


Tuesday, June 4, 2024

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration + Networking

Arrive early and network with peers.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome + Introductions
Facilitator(s): Valeria Annibali, Manager, Sustainable Gas Supply, Southwest Gas Corporation

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Affordability Impacts: Addressing Rate Payer Increases With New Projects
Facilitator(s): Michael Whitby, Renewable Natural Gas Program Manager, Avista Utilities

How are utilities developing prudency cases for their RNG, H2 projects while also addressing customer affordability?

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion and Utility Regulatory Updates: Canada + US
Facilitator(s): Valeria Annibali, Manager, Sustainable Gas Supply, Southwest Gas Corporation

Attendees will share their policy updates relevant to their state or province for US and Canada. In addition to policy updates, come prepared to share any successes, challenges, or areas of importance to your company. 

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Networking Break

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

WEI Hosted Networking Dinner

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

RNG Interconnection Projects: Costs, Best Practices and Challenges

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Biomethane and Alternative RG pathways for Carbon Reduction

Exploring examples of emerging technologies (carbon capture), RG, waste heat, nuclear, responsibly sourced gas
•    Woody biomass pathways, synthetic gas pathways, biomethane

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Joint Forum Networking Lunch + Break

Energy Management Forum attendees join Renewable Gases Forum attendees for the afternoon.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Introductions for Energy Management Attendees
Facilitator(s): Valeria Annibali, Manager, Sustainable Gas Supply, Southwest Gas Corporation

Welcome Energy Management! All attendees briefly share name, title, company.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Innovation + Market Updates Related to RNG + H2

Innovation + Market Updates Related to RNG + H2
• Evolution of H2 Landscape
• H2 Hub project progress/updates
• How RG targets are progressing across the country and in Canada
• States with LCFS program

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Regulatory + IRP Updates

US & State and Canadian & Provincial Policy and IRP updates will be presented by Guidehouse. The discussion will be focused on regulatory updates and recent rulings that impact the Western US and Canada. Utilities are encouraged to discuss policies, issues and opportunities affecting their company. 

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Joint Networking Reception

This is a joint reception with the Energy Management Forum. Enjoy a few beverages as gas supply professionals join our business development professionals.

Hotel + Travel

The following hotels are a short ride from Southwest Gas and are recommended for meeting guests that need accommodations:

Home2 Suites by Hilton Las Vegas I-215 Curve
8470 W Sunset Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89113
(702) 907-9997

Click here to make a reservation at discounted group rate of $159 USD/night.

Durango Casino & Resort
6915 S Durango Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89148
(888) 899-7770

Click here to make a reservation at the hotel’s best available rate.

Meet The Speakers

Valeria Annibali

Southwest Gas Corporation

Manager, Sustainable Gas Supply

Michael Whitby

Avista Utilities

Renewable Natural Gas Program Manager

Danielle Vitoff


Director of Energy Systems Decarbonization Solutions

Peter Shaw


Director, Energy, Sustainability and Infrastructure