Renewable Gases (Nov 15-16)

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.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Dave Bennett, FortisBC

    • Program Location
    • Southwest Gas Phoenix
    • 1600 E Northern Ave Phoenix, AZ 85020
    • 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: $449 USD

    Registration price increases $100 after October 22, 2021. Registration includes reception on Monday, catered breakfast and lunch at the meeting on Tuesday, and all meeting materials.

  • 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 Kris Taylor, Senior Program + Service Company Manager at (971) 255-4969.


Monday, November 15, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Networking

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome + Introductions

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

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Canadian + Provincial Policy Updates

Policy updates since the last meeting will be presented by a variety of utilities.

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

US + State Policy Updates

Policy updates since the last meeting will be presented by a variety of utilities.

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Hosted Off-Site Networking Reception

Location TBD.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

California Policy Updates

California utilities will share updates on progress of previous initiatives, and which new initiatives have been enacted since the last meeting that affect the natural gas industry and renewable gases specifically.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Networking Break

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Hydrogen Project Updates

Utilities will receive a debrief from the Hydrogen Engineers Forum October meeting of active and proposed hydrogen projects in North America.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

How to Manage Your RNG Portfolio Roundtable Discussion

Utilities will discuss several ideas on how to manage and balance the upsides/downsides of various portfolio management options. Additionally, utilities will discuss if there is yet a consensus on how count attributes to trade long-RNG and short-RNG.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Pushback on RNG Development Roundtable Discussion

Utilities will share any pushback they have received from environmental or regulatory groups concerning their proposed and active RNG projects.

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Networking Break

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Clean Fuels Evolution Roundtable Discussion

Utilities will discuss their various paths to carbon neutrality. Who is putting together a road map of how hydrogen is utilized? Is there a role for pure hydrogen and if so, how to you transport pure hydrogen?

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion

This time is left open to finish previous conversations that were stopped for time and/or to bring up new topics the attendees would like to discuss with peers.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wrap Up + Future Topics for April 2022

Attendees suggest topics they would like covered at the April 2022 Renewable Gases Forum.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (602) 997-6285 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) and use the discount code ‘WEI Renewable Gas’ to receive a special rate of $89 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until October 22, 2021 or until the WEI room block is full.

Safety + Health

Safety + Health Code of Conduct

For the safety of our members, WEI strongly recommends that all attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending an in-person program. Attendees who have not been fully vaccinated may be subject to additional restrictions or requirements based on government and/or health agency recommendations as well as regional, local, or venue rules.

The safety of program attendees and WEI employees is our top priority. Therefore, attendees must agree and adhere to the following requirements prior to registering for an in-person program. If an attendee refuses to abide by these guidelines in meeting rooms or in public areas, they may be asked to leave. WEI also reserves the right to ask related questions onsite at each program. If WEI is required to limit capacity leading up to an event due to local rules or recommendations, we will consider registrations in the order in which they were received until the number is met.

WEI continues to monitor all federal level CDC and public health agency recommendations, as well as local ordinances, as a policy baseline for in-person programs. In absence of more restrictive rules set by the local government or venue, WEI requires that attendees adhere to the following:

    • Attendees must STAY HOME and not attend any WEI event if they feel ill, actively experience COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or presumed to be positive with COVID-19 within 14 days prior to the event dates. Likewise, any attendee that has tested positive or was presumed to be positive within 14 days prior to the event date, must not attend. A full refund will be provided to any attendee who cancels for these reasons.
    • If an attendee becomes ill, begins to experience COVID-19 symptoms, or learns they may have been exposed to someone who has tested or is presumed to be positive with COVID-19, at any time during a WEI event, we ask that they promptly dismiss themselves and notify the onsite WEI staff member via phone immediately so that proper sanitation and additional follow-up measures can be taken, as appropriate.
    • Masks may be required at any given time, but fully vaccinated attendees may forego masks if they wish to do so, unless health recommendations state otherwise. WEI does not intend to require proof of vaccination status but reserves the right to do so if required by applicable local health guidance or it deems it necessary.
    • All attendees are expected to follow CDC guidelines as it relates to washing their hands after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating.
    • It is the attendee’s responsibility to ensure their own safety and that of others, but WEI will have spare masks, hand sanitizer, and signage with guidance reminders onsite. Steps may also include health and symptom screenings.
    • Attendees should follow any social distancing guidelines in place at the time of the event based upon current guidance including the local public health guidance at the event location which WEI will provide links to in advance of registration. In doing so, everyone is asked to be respectful of the different comfort levels of other attendees regarding personal space, contact (including handshaking), or other physical interactions.
    • Attendees should read and closely monitor communications from WEI as changes could occur any time including before and during the program.

While COVID-19 is top of mind, there are several other safety measures that WEI takes to keep our attendees safe. Each program will have announcements related to emergency and safety response plans appropriate to the venue. If you have any questions or concerns related to safety, please alert WEI staff immediately.