Renewable Natural Gas (Apr 15-16)

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)
  • Randy Gabe, Southwest Gas Corporation

    • Program Location
    • Southwest Gas Corporation
    • Building C, AuditoriumLas Vegas, NV 89150
    • 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 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.
  • For more information contact Kris Taylor, Program Manager at (971) 255-4969.


Monday, April 15, 2019

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

US Federal and State Policy Updates
Speaker(s): Philip Sheehy, Technical Director, ICF International, Anna Chittum, Business Development Segment Manager, NW Natural, Jared Liu-Klein, Public Policy Manager, Southern California Gas Company, Emily O'Connell, Director, Energy Markets Policy, American Gas Association, Scott Leedom, Manager, Public Affairs, Southwest Gas Corporation, Valeria Annibali, Senior Analyst, Regulation & Energy Efficiency, Southwest Gas Corporation

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Canadian and Provincial Policy Updates
Speaker(s): Sarah Smith, Director, NGT, Regional LNG and RNG, FortisBC, Kevin Larmer, Manager, Innovation and Markets, Canadian Gas Association, Mathieu Johnson, Director, Strategy and Renewable Gas Development, Energir

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Reception (Dinner on your own)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier
Speaker(s): Dr. Narasi Sridhar, Vice President, DNV GL

Some 3% of global energy consumption today is used to produce hydrogen. Only 0.002% of this hydrogen, about 1,000 tonnes per annum(i), is used as an energy carrier. This presentation will review a timely position paper from DNV GL which indicates hydrogen can become a major clean energy carrier in a world struggling to limit global warming. The recently published 2018 Energy Transition Outlook(1) projects moderate uptake of hydrogen in this role towards 2050, then significant growth towards 2100. Building on that, the position paper provides a more granular analysis of hydrogen as an energy carrier.

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

How Can RNG Support Decarbonization Efforts While Keeping LDCs Relevant?
Panelist(s): Kevin Larmer, Manager, Innovation and Markets, Canadian Gas Association, Sarah Smith, Director, NGT, Regional LNG and RNG, FortisBC, Nate Taylor, Business Development Manager, Southern California Gas Company, Anna Chittum, Business Development Segment Manager, NW Natural, Emily O'Connell, Director, Energy Markets Policy, American Gas Association

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Voluntary Non-NGV Customer Demand as a Driver for RNG Projects
Speaker(s): Ramsay Cook, Energy Products & Services Manager, Energy Solutions, FortisBC

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hosted Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM


2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Anaergia Rialto Project
Speaker(s): Arun Sharma, Global lead - Build | Own | Operate, Anaergia

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Project Update Roundtable

WEI Members only: This discussion is limited to WEI utility members. Please contact Kris Taylor, WEI Program Manager, to you are unsure if you can attend this session.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Discuss Scope and Mission of This Group and Future Meetings

WEI Members only: This discussion is limited to WEI utility members. Please contact Kris Taylor, WEI Program Manager, to you are unsure if you can attend this session.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (866) 942-7770 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI)and use the discount code ‘CAWRG19’ to receive a special rate of $69 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until March 15, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Philip Sheehy

ICF International

Technical Director

Anna Chittum

NW Natural

Business Development Segment Manager

Jared Liu-Klein

Southern California Gas Company

Public Policy Manager

Sarah Smith


Director, NGT, Regional LNG and RNG
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Sarah Smith is the Director of Natural Gas Transportation, Regional LNG and RNG Supply at the FortisBC Energy Utilities. She has been with FortisBC since 2006 – previous to taking on her current portfolio, she was the Director of Conservation and Energy Management for Fortis. Sarah has been in her current portfolios since 2016, and has overseen a significant expansion in the number of CNG and LNG customers served by FortisBC, and in RNG supply as well as winning a number of industry awards recognizing FortisBC as a leader in low-carbon transportation. Sarah holds a Diploma in Sales and Marketing Management from the Sauder School of Business at UBC.

Kevin Larmer

Canadian Gas Association

Manager, Innovation and Markets

Mathieu Johnson


Director, Strategy and Renewable Gas Development
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Mathieu Johnson is Director, Strategy and Renewable Gas Development with Énergir. He is responsible for a team whose mission is to accelerate the development of the renewable gas sector in Québec, notably by supporting municipalities and private companies in their energy production projects. The team also works with various public and private partners to develop new technologies related to second- and third-generation renewable gas.
Before joining Énergir, Mathieu worked in management consulting for KPMG-SECOR and Roland Berger in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. He has supported a number of major corporations in establishing their growth strategy and in handling other development issues. He holds a degree in finance and economics from HEC Montréal.

Narasi Sridhar


Vice President
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Dr. Sridhar is a Vice President of DNV GL and Program Director in the Materials Technology Development section of DNV GL, USA, located in Columbus, Ohio. His main technical interests involve life prediction and risk assessment of structures and systems, utilization of carbon dioxide, and future energy transformations. From 2008 to 2017, he was the Program Director for the Materials Program in the DNVGL Strategic Research & Innovation. From 1989 to 2007, he worked at Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas in various managerial capacities. From 1981 through 1989, he worked at Haynes International, Kokomo, Indiana in various alloy development activities. He obtained a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from University of Notre Dame in 1980. He has published over 190 papers and book chapters and has several patents. He is a Fellow of NACE International and has received numerous awards.

Nate Taylor

Southern California Gas Company

Business Development Manager

Greg Caldwell


Director, Development & Innovation

Arun Sharma


Global lead - Build | Own | Operate

Ramsay Cook


Energy Products & Services Manager, Energy Solutions
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Ramsay A. Cook. P.Eng, MBA, Energy Products & Services Manager, Energy Solutions, FortisBC. After completing an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering Ramsay began work as a consultant in building systems design and construction. Later he became Director of Engineering at a Montreal area Architecture and Design firm where he led a team designing building systems and performing energy modeling for projects throughout North America. He completed a business degree in 2009 and moved to the west coast where he began work at FortisBC as the Commercial and Industrial energy efficiency program manager. In that role he led the program development efforts that increased the program’s annual spend from approximately $1million to over $10 million per year. In 2018 took on a new role where one of his responsibilities is managing customer demand for FortisBC’s RNG service.

Emily O’Connell

American Gas Association

Director, Energy Markets Policy
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Emily O’Connell is the Director of Energy Markets Policy at the American Gas Association, where she also serves as the staff executive of the Sustainable Growth Committee, a member committee focused on advancing opportunities to expand the direct and distributed use of natural gas in the residential, commercial and industrial markets. Her work with this committee has heavily focused on the role that renewable natural gas can play in decarbonizing the natural gas pipeline and maximizing the value proposition of gas utilities in a lower carbon future. Emily lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two children. And when she does find spare time, she enjoys sewing.

Scott Leedom

Southwest Gas Corporation

Manager, Public Affairs

Valeria Annibali

Southwest Gas Corporation

Senior Analyst, Regulation & Energy Efficiency

Mike McCurdy

ICF International

Managing Director - Energy Advisory Services