Renewable Natural Gas (Oct 23-24)

Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) technologies present an opportunity for our members to produce a renewable product from organic material to their end use customers. Join professionals responsible for RNG efforts at their company as we discuss a wide range of strategic topics from policies, regulatory framework, and economics to gas quality, and operational issues related to these efforts.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Nate Taylor, Southern California Gas Company

    • Program Location
    • KPMG Office
    • 550 S. Hope Street, Suite 1500
      1501 Boardroom, Los Angeles, CA 90071

      Thank you to KPMG for graciously donating meeting space within their building for the Renewable Natural Gas Conference.
    • Who Should Attend
      • Senior Mangement responsible for RNG efforts at their utility
      • RNG Subject Matter Experts
      • Government Affairs and Regulatory professionals within the utility
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $399

    Registration includes reception on Tuesday, catered breakfast and lunch at the meeting on Wednesday, and all meeting materials.

    Receive a $100 discount on your registration to Renewable Natural Gas program when you first register for the October 24-26 Energy Management program. A discount code will be included in your Energy Management registration confirmation email.

  • 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.
  • For more information contact Kristen Taylor, Program Manager at (971) 255-4969.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome and Introductions

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

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Interconnection Contracts
Speaker(s): Dave Lewis, Director, Wholesale Marketing & Business Development, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Power-to-Gas and Hydrogen
Speaker(s): Greg Caldwell, Director, Development & Innovation, ATCO Pipelines, Greg Caldwell, Director, Development & Innovation, ATCO Pipelines

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Reception (Dinner on your own)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

RNG Technology
Speaker(s): Jim Lucas, Market Development Manager, Southern California Gas Company

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Value Drivers/Markets
Speaker(s): Phillip Sheehy, Technical Director, ICF International

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

CA Procurement Policy
Speaker(s): Nate Taylor, Product Development and Strategy Manager, Southern California Gas Company, Jared Liu-Klein, Public Policy Manager, Southern California Gas Company

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Hosted Lunch

12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Gas Quality Standards
Speaker(s): Jim Lucas, Market Development Manager, Southern California Gas Company, May Lew, Principal Engineer - Chemical/Environmental Section, Southern California Gas Company

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM


2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator(s): Dave Lewis, Director, Wholesale Marketing & Business Development, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Planning for 2019 Spring Renewable Natural Gas Meeting

Hotel + Travel

  • This 1923 beaux arts-inspired grande dame is a 10-minute walk from both the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and 2 blocks from the Pershing Square rail station. Refined rooms with plantation shutters offer WiFi (fee), satellite TV and marble baths.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please use the booking link above to reserve your room and receive a special rate of $190 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until October 9, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full. If conference attendees have difficulties booking a room at the Millennium Biltmore please call Kris Taylor at 971-930-2033.

Meet The Speakers

Phillip Sheehy

ICF International

Technical Director

Dave Lewis

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director, Wholesale Marketing & Business Development
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David Lewis is currently the Director – Wholesale Marketing & Business Development with Gas Operations for Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). In this role, David leads a team responsible for marketing the company’s gas pipeline transportation and gas storage assets totaling more than $1.0 billion per year in revenue. In addition, David’s organization leads the process for interconnection of new projects to the gas transmission system and for business development.
Prior to this role, David held a variety of positions as a Director in PG&E’s Energy Procurement organization including leading commercial solicitations, transactions, strategy and policy efforts.
David has more than 20 years of energy industry experience including project finance, asset management, origination, power purchase agreement negotiation, project acquisition and business development across both conventional and renewable technologies. Prior to joining PG&E, he worked in the independent power industry for Calpine Corporation and for Third Planet Windpower, LLC. David has managed the project financing of more than $ 7.0 billion in energy projects across the United States as well as negotiated both short and long-term power purchases agreements and project acquisitions.
David has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of California – Los Angeles and a Masters of Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

Jim Lucas

Southern California Gas Company

Market Development Manager
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Jim Lucas is a Market Development Manager for the Southern California Gas Company. One of his group’s missions is to support, promote and further develop the biogas market by educating customers on the benefits of renewable natural gas and how to create value from their organic waste. Jim’s team also manages SoCalGas’ Biogas Conditioning/Upgrading Services Tariff, the Compression Services Tariff, and the Distributed Energy Resources Tariff.

Since starting with SoCalGas 22 years ago, Jim has held a variety of positions relating to Product Development, Project Management, Energy Efficiency, Pipeline Operations, Financial Analysis, and Engineering on both the regulated and unregulated sides of the business.

Jim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his Masters of Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton. Jim is also a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California.

May Lew

Southern California Gas Company

Principal Engineer - Chemical/Environmental Section

Nate Taylor

Southern California Gas Company

Product Development and Strategy Manager

Gregory Caldwell

ATCO Pipelines

Director, Development & Innovation
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Greg was educated as an Engineer at the University of Alberta, specializing in Petroleum Engineering.
Greg’s professional experience consists of Engineering, Accounting, and Regulatory work in the Utility and Oil Field Industries.

His recent focus (since 2012) has been in the areas of Business Technology, Utility Regulation, and Innovation. Greg has extensive professional experience
dealing in Regulatory and financial matters, which when combined with his technical background provides a unique skillset to help understand and analyze problems holistically from an engineering, financial, and regulatory perspective. He currently participates on national committees with the Canadian Gas Association in partnership with multiple levels of government with goal of funding and testing of emerging technologies to combat climate change, promoting energy security, and alternative ways for Canadians to provide for their energy needs. Greg also participates as the Canadian representative for the International Gas Union Innovation committee.
Greg is married and has two children aged three and six. When not spending time with his family he enjoys playing hockey, travelling, and learning about new technologies and strategies to solve the challenges facing industry and society.

Jared Liu-Klein

Southern California Gas Company

Public Policy Manager