Renewable Natural Gas (Oct 16-17)

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)
  • Brett Brown, Dominion Energy

    • Program Location
    • Dominion Energy
    • 333 S. State St.
      Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    • Who Should Attend
      • Senior Management responsible for RNG efforts at their utility
      • Business Development professionals involved with RNG efforts at their utility
      • Government Affairs and Regulatory professionals within the utility
      • RNG Subject Matter Experts
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $399 USD

    Registration includes reception on Wednesday, catered breakfast and lunch at the meeting on Thursday, 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.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome and Introductions
Speaker(s): Brett Brown, Manager, Dominion Energy

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 & State Policy Updates
Facilitator(s): Brett Brown, Manager, Dominion Energy

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

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Canadian & Provincial Policy Updates
Facilitator(s): Brett Brown, Manager, Dominion Energy

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

Reception (Dinner on your own)

Location to be announced at the conference.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

California Policy Updates
Speaker(s): Nate Taylor, Commercial Development Manager, Southern California Gas Company, Jared Liu-Klein, Public Policy Manager, Southern California Gas Company

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 RNG specifically.

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Energy Billing - the Basics of BTU Zones and How to Bill Them
Speaker(s): Justin Pullukatt, Director, Growth & Initiatives, ATCO Gas, Greg Caldwell, Director, Development & Innovation, ATCO Gas

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Overcoming System Capacity Constraints
Facilitator(s): Randy Gabe, Vice President, Gas Resources, Southwest Gas Corporation

Utilities discuss and share approaches they use to overcome system capacity constraints.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hosted Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Customer Surveys of RNG Options
Speaker(s): Jenelle De La Cour, Account Manager- Renewable Natural Gas, FortisBC, Will Batista, Analyst III, Customer Engagement, Southwest Gas Corporation

Utilities discuss the methods they used to survey their customers for their views on RNG. Survey results will be presented when appropriate and available.

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM


2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

GHG Reduction Values for RNG
Facilitator(s): Sarah Smith, Director, NGT, Regional LNG and RNG, FortisBC

This session will be an open discussion on the multiple ways GHG reduction values are currently being calculated. What are the implications of using a project-specific value versus 3-5 categories (Landfill, Dairy, Food Waste, Wastewater, other waste ie. Wood Waste)? What is the current state of the assignation of GHG reduction values across the WE territory? Where do we see GHG reduction values trending? Should we consider adopting a best practice in this matter at this time, and if so, what could that look like?

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Planning for 2020 Spring Renewable Natural Gas Conference
Facilitator(s): Brett Brown, Manager, Dominion Energy

Attendees suggest topics to be covered at the April 1-2, 2020 RNG conference in Portland.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (888) 627-8152 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute Renewable Natural Gas to receive a special rate of $139 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until September 27, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Brett Brown

Dominion Energy


Nathaniel Taylor

Southern California Gas Company

Commercial Development Manager

Bill Donahue

Puget Sound Energy

Manager, Natural Gas Resources

Sarah Smith


Director, NGT, Regional LNG and RNG

Anna Chittum

NW Natural

Business Development Segment Manager

Greg Caldwell


Director, Development & Innovation

Randy Gabe

Southwest Gas Corporation

Vice President, Gas Resources

Ramsay Cook


Energy Products & Services Manager, Energy Solutions

Jenelle De La Cour


Account Manager- Renewable Natural Gas

Justin Pullukatt


Director, Growth & Initiatives

Will Batista

Southwest Gas Corporation

Analyst III, Customer Engagement

Jared Liu-Klein

Southern California Gas Company

Public Policy Manager