Apr

06-07

Renewable Gases – Virtual (Apr 06-07)

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 carbon reduction 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.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Bill Donahue, Manager, Natural Gas Resources, Puget Sound Energy

    • 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
      • 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: $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 program and all virtual programs through July 2021. Registrants can now receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins. This applies to both new and existing registrations for virtual programs.
  • 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 Kris Taylor, Senior Program + Service Company Manager at (971) 255-4969.

Agenda

All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

10:30 AM - 11:00 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.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Welcome + Introductions
Speaker(s): Bill Donahue, Manager, Natural Gas Resources, Puget Sound Energy

Attendees will introduce themselves and are encouraged to share issues and opportunities for their company related to renewable gas projects.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

US Federal + State Policy Updates + Company Initiatives
Facilitator(s): Bill Donahue, Manager, Natural Gas Resources, Puget Sound Energy

US utilities update colleagues on recent legislature, policies, and low-carbon initiatives affecting their business.

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

California Policy Updates + Company Initiatives
Speaker(s): Jared Liu-Klein, Public Policy Manager, Southern California Gas Company

California utilities update colleagues on recent legislature, policies, and low-carbon initiatives affecting their business.

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

Break

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Canadian and Provincial Policy Updates + Company Initiatives
Facilitator(s): Justin Pullukatt, Director, Strategic Initiatives and Technology, ATCO Natural Gas

Canadian utilities update colleagues on recent legislature, policies, and low-carbon initiatives affecting their business.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Break

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Virtual Networking Activity

Join us for a meet and greet. We'll start in a large room and then move to small randomly assigned breakout rooms for a series of short conversations.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Hydrogen Project Updates Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator(s): Halli Chesser, Project Engineer, NW Natural

Attendees will be debriefed on the current hydrogen projects discussed at the WEI Hydrogen Engineers forum the day before. Attendees will then hear lessons learned from NW Natural's blended gas mini-pilot project and other projects around North America. The floor will then be opened to questions and discussion on the lessons learned thus far.

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Regional Hydrogen Blending Roundtable Discussion
Speaker(s): Bill Donahue, Manager, Natural Gas Resources, Puget Sound Energy

Attendees will discuss and envision regional long-term utility scale hydrogen blending.

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

Break

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Lessons Learned Onboarding RNG Facilities + Injecting in Pipelines Discussion
Facilitator(s): Halli Chesser, Project Engineer, NW Natural
Speaker(s): Christine Wallat, Business Development, Williams Northwest Pipeline

Attendees will hear from NW Natural and other utilities with RNG facility projects about the difficulties and partner education needed to onboard these projects.  The conversation will then move to commercial discussions of the difficulties and hurdles to onboarding RNG projects at a faster rate. 

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Overflow Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator(s): Bill Donahue, Manager, Natural Gas Resources, Puget Sound Energy

This time is reserved to revisit previous discussions cut short by time.

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Closing Comments and Planning Topics for 2021 October Renewable Gases Meeting
Speaker(s): Bill Donahue, Manager, Natural Gas Resources, Puget Sound Energy

Chair wraps up the conference, and attendees suggest topics for the October 2021 meeting.

Meet The Speakers

Jared Liu-Klein

Southern California Gas Company

Public Policy Manager

Christine Wallat

Williams Northwest Pipeline

Business Development

Bill Donahue

Puget Sound Energy

Manager, Natural Gas Resources

Justin Pullukatt

ATCO Natural Gas

Director, Strategic Initiatives and Technology

Halli Chesser

NW Natural

Project Engineer