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Natural Gas STAR Program

2019 Renewable Natural Gas Workshop

RNG WorkshopPeppermill Reno - Reno, Nevada | September 24, 2019
Sponsored by the U.S. EPA and the American Gas Association (AGA)

The third annual Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Workshop will be held in Reno, Nevada on September 24, 2019. The workshop, co-hosted by U.S. EPA and AGA, coincides with the AGA Fall Operations Committee Meetings and will provide a forum to discuss RNG topics affecting gas utility operations.

Biogas suppliers and project developers, natural gas utility representatives, researchers, and other stakeholders will present on a range of topics including gas quality and interconnection guidelines, utility RNG product offerings, and project case studies.

We look forward to seeing you in Reno!


Online registration for the workshop is now closed. 

Participate via Webinar

A webinar option is available for those who cannot attend the workshop in-person. The webinar will be available during the entire workshop and will remain online during scheduled breaks and lunch. You may join/leave the webinar as your schedule permits.

Pre-registration for the webinar is required. After you register, you will receive a confirmation message with a link to the webinar and instructions for joining.

Workshop Agenda

Note that all times are in Pacific Standard Time

Time Session
7:00 ‑ 8:00 a.m. BREAKFAST (Hosted by the American Gas Association)

8:00 ‑ 8:30 a.m.

Welcome RemarksAGA & EPA


John P. Hester, President & CEO, Southwest Gas

8:30 ‑ 9:00 a.m.


Hear a public utility commissioner discuss why RNG is of growing interest to their state residents and gas operators, and how the commission weighs the demands for emissions reductions alongside the mandate to ensure just and reasonable rates.  

  • Hayley Williamson, Nevada State Utility Commissioner

9:00 ‑ 10:00 a.m.


Learn from LDCs seeking to offer an RNG product to their customers, and from companies pursuing RNG in response to state climate or energy goals.  Hear from operators and developers about customer demand for RNG, using RNG to lower carbon emissions, and their engagement with regulatory utility commissions.

  • Moderator: Mary Moerlins,  Community Affairs and Environmental Programs Manager, NW Natural
  • Nick Mark, Manager Conservation & Renewable Energy Policy, CenterPoint Energy
  • Angus King, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Summit Utilities
  • Daryl Maas, Chief Executive Officer, Maas Energy Works
10:00 ‑ 10:15 a.m. BREAK (Hosted by the American Gas Association)

10:15 ‑ 11:30 a.m.


Does your company have specific RNG interconnection guidelines -- covering access requirements, metering, gas quality monitoring, valving, custody transfer signal sharing and more? Or, have you been involved in a project with an interconnection? Learn how unique gas quality and other interconnection issues associated with RNG are being addressed.

  • Moderator: Pam Lacey, Chief Regulatory Counsel, AGA
  • Scott Reising, Senior Engineer Gas, Black Hills Energy
  • Melissa Mauro, Pressure Regulation Engineering, National Grid
  • Gus Simmons, Director of Bioenergy, Cavanaugh and Associates 
  • Nate Taylor, Commercial Development Manager, SoCalGas

11:30 ‑ 12:00 p.m.


  • Jay Harf, Vice President - Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability, L'Oreal
12:00 ‑ 1:00 p.m. LUNCH (Hosted by the American Gas Association)

1:00 ‑ 2:00 p.m.


Learn how operators and developers overcame specific challenges to successfully bring RNG onto the gas distribution system. As interest in RNG grows, new hurdles are encountered, from policy or regulatory challenges, customer acceptance or gas quality, to financing project development. Hear speakers discuss their innovative approaches to successfully developing projects and making the business case for RNG.

  • Moderator: Sonal Patni, Director Engineering and Operations, AGA
  • Kraig Westerbeek, Senior Director SFD Renewables & HPD Environmental Affairs, Smithfield
  • Halli Chesser, Engineer, NW Natural
  • Mike Fenton, Director of Sales and Project Delivery, Enerdyne

2:00 ‑ 3:00 p.m.


Hear the case for establishing a “thermal rec” to expand markets for RNG, verify environmental claims, and enhance transparency. In addition, learn about efforts underway to use electronic tracking methods to establish a digital record of a fuel as well as efforts to establish financial trading markets to capitalize on the environmental attributes of this low carbon resource.  

  • Moderator: Tom Murray, VP, Customers & Communities, Vermont Gas
  • Ben Gerber, Executive Director, Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System, Inc.
  • Peter Schriber, VP Market Development Canada, Xpansiv
  • Jillian Forte, Manager, Certification Programs, Center for Resource Solutions
3:00 ‑ 3:30 p.m. BREAK (Hosted by the American Gas Association)

3:30 ‑  3:45 p.m.


  • ​Sarah Menassian, Program Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

3:45 ‑ 4:15 p.m.


Hear the latest on Power to Gas pilot projects, including current cost projections and the commercial viability of this energy storage technology in various western U.S. markets.

  • Kevin Harrison, Senior Engineer, NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility

4:15 ‑ 4:45 p.m.


The American Gas Foundation is close to completing a technical assessment study on the potential for RNG production, related costs and associated emissions reduction potential. Initial findings will be discussed.  The Energy Futures Initiative completed a study earlier this year analyzing the role of gas in California out to 2030 and 2050.  The findings of this study, which relied heavily on the role of RNG, will be presented.

  • Philip Sheehy, Senior Director - Transportation & Energy, ICF
4:45 - 5:00 p.m. Wrap-up and Next Steps, AGA & EPA
5:00 p.m. RECEPTION (Hosted by the American Gas Association)


Peppermill Reno
2707 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89502

If you made a reservation in the AGA room block and need to cancel your hotel room after booking, please do so by emailing Annemarie O’Donoghue at AGA, This ensures that someone on the room block waiting list can get the room at the AGA rate.

Dress Code

Dress is business casual for the local weather. Average temperatures range from 46°F to 79°F. Check the local forecastExit.