January 31, 2019
12:30 – 2:00 PM ET
Business of RNG Part 2: How to Increase Voluntary RNG Sales
Today, outside of the RFS and LCFS programs, more and more natural gas customers are requesting renewable natural gas (RNG) instead of conventional natural gas. Why? RNG reduces the carbon intensity of any product made using natural gas. Companies have learned they can sell more product if they produce their products using renewable gas instead.
As a result, a growing number of industry stakeholders and experts believe more RNG can be sold if industry creates an accounting system for tracking RNG purchases plus a companion standard for renewable heat (which is why gas is usually used to produce products). For example, if such companion systems existed, Acme Co. could prove to their customers that Acme widgets are more sustainably produced than their competition’s. Additionally, Acme could prove it because their RNG purchases could be tracked and the claim to their customers could be validated by a third party against an accepted standard.”
On this webinar, we’ll cover:
- Who’s buying RNG outside of the RFS and LCFS?
- Why voluntary RNG purchases need to be tracked
- How a purchase tracking system would work
- Similar systems that already exist for renewable electricity and RECs
- Any impacts on the RFS or LCFS
- How does quality assurance apply to RNG purchases and why would anyone want it or pay for it?
- How we can grow RNG sales
Patrick Serfass (Moderator), American Biogas Council
Patrick came to the American Biogas Council in early 2010 when 22 companies approached his company to help form a new biogas organization. Patrick co-led the formal creation of the ABC in close coordination with these companies, laying the foundation for the first U.S. biogas trade association dedicated to building business in biogas and anaerobic digestion. To the ABC, Patrick brings over 11 years of clean energy, engineering and marketing experience mostly through Technology Transition Corporation (TTC), which provides its staff and management. As Vice President and COO of TTC, Patrick has managed trade associations focused on hydrogen, fuel cells and solar energy and served a variety of technical, communications and management roles within them. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College..
||Ben Gerber, MRETS
Benjamin Gerber is the Executive Director of M-RETS. Prior to joining M-RETS in 2015, Gerber served as Director of Energy and Labor/Management Policy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He joined that organization in January 2012, representing the Chamber’s energy interests at both the Legislature and the Public Utilities Commission. Prior to that, he was an oil and gas attorney and handled Fredrikson & Byron’s government relations operation in North Dakota, focusing on mining, energy and tax legislation. His Minnesota experience includes time spent at a Minneapolis government relations office, and public policy and legal work for National Wind, LLC, a large-scale community wind developer. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in political science in 2005. He graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 2010 and is admitted to the Minnesota and Federal Bar.
|Tom Murray, Vermont Gas Systems, Inc
Thomas Murray currently serves as the Vice President of Customers and Communities for Vermont Gas Systems, overseeing the company’s Energy Service Team. Tom is leading the company’s innovation initiatives, which includes becoming the first gas utility in the nation to offer a Renewable Natural Gas program to customers. Tom also handles legislative, community and key stakeholder relationships for the company. Prior to joining Vermont Gas, Tom served as Vermont’s Chief Information Officer and the Commissioner of the Vermont’s Department of Information and Innovation. He has also served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development. Tom has worked in the telecommunications and information technology field for over twenty years, with TDS Telecom, Rural Cellular Corporation and Vermont state government. Tom grew up in Montpelier, VT, graduated from Western New England University (BS/BA) and Champlain College (MS).
||Chip Wood, Center for Resource Solutions
Chip Wood is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Center for Resource Solutions, a nonprofit that administers Green-e, North America’s leading renewable energy eco-label and certification program. For over a decade he has served in sustainability marketing and business development leadership roles, including Director of Business Development for the agricultural and food manufacturer certification firm, SCS Global Services. He also helped build the Sustainable Brands conferences as Sr. Director of Marketing for Sustainable Life Media. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. Communications, and more recently attended U.C. Berkeley and Golden Gate University.