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Tuesday, Jun 30, 7:00 PM EEST · 6 hours

Virtual Biogas USA 2020 Conference

June 30, 2020 at 07:00:00 PM · Vilnius
About This Webinar

Wisdom is proud and excited to announce the remote gathering of the US Biogas industry for an online conference.

This gathering is in response to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic and the associated restrictions on travel and physical event attendance. This is our solution to bring the US Biogas ecosystem together under one digital roof. It’s now easy for you to join this event and hear the latest content from an unparalleled speaker line-up. The ability for you to network, seek business opportunities and stay in touch with your colleagues is also there for you. Our virtual conference initiative digitises, for the first time ever, the Wisdom’s 2020 portfolio of events, including Biogas USA, bringing the knowledge and ‘how to’ straight to your screen.

At Wisdom we remain positive that ‘normality’ will soon return and that we will be able to physically meet together as speakers, delegates and sponsors at our beautiful venues around the world. Nevertheless, we believe that the virtual initiative offered now is significant and of great benefit and value to your businesses and their continued development during these challenging days. Not only does this virtual event require a smaller financial investment for you, it provides flexible access to content from the comfort of your own home, and allows you to have the same opportunity to conduct face-to-face and business meetings as you would have had at a Live event. We look forward to welcoming you!

More Information about event: https://www.virtual.biogas-usa.com/

  • 9:05 am - Colorado State Rng Legislation: Trends And Options For The Future
  • 9:30 am - Unifying & Accelerating: Smithfield Foods Carbon Reduction & Renewable Energy Initiatives
  • 9:55 am - Biogas/Biomethane Development in California’s Transportation Sector
  • 10:35 am - Food Waste Based Recycling For Biogas
  • 11:00 am - Biogas for Sustainable Development: Limitations and Opportunities in the Central Valley
  • 11:25 am - Renewable Natural Gas: Supply And Emission Reduction Assessment
  • 12:50 pm - A Case Study On Dairy Rng
  • 1:15 pm - New Opportunities for RNG:Utility Programs–RNG Procurement
  • 1:40 pm - Natural Gas Vehicles, RNG, And Incentives
  • 2:05 pm - SB 1383 and Biogas Challenges and Opportunities
  • 2:30 pm - Anaerobic Digestion And The Epa Food Recovery Hierarchy
  • 2:55 pm - Municipal Waste-To-Energy: How Landfills And The Municipal Wastewater Sectors Are Approaching Biogas As A Solution To Methane Control
Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter Samanta Fawcett
Head of Conferences | Wisdom
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State Senator | CO Dist. 31; Director & Co-Founder | Colorado Energy & Water Institute
Senator Chris Hansen represents Senate District 31 in the Colorado State Senate. He specializes in energy sector economics and data analytics, with 20 years of experience in the global energy industry. He was formerly the Representative for House District 6 from 2017-2020, representing the east-central neighborhoods of Denver. He currently serves on the Senate Finance, Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs, and Appropriations committees. Throughout his tenure in the Colorado House of Representatives, Hansen served on the Capital Development, House Transportation & Energy, Appropriations, Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources, and Joint Budget committees, and as Chair on the House Appropriations Committee.

Prior to his work as an elected official, he was a Senior Director at IHS Markit where he led a global portfolio of energy products, events and partnerships. He is a co-creator of the OptGen analysis, IHS CERA’s unique tool for applying financial portfolio techniques to power generation. Before joining IHS Markit, Dr. Hansen was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where he analyzed electricity and gas sector reform in India and published several papers in professional journals on energy sector economics and policy analysis.

Dr. Hansen holds a BSc in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University; a Graduate Diploma of Civil Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; a Master of Science in Technology Policy from MIT; and a PhD in Economic Geography from Oxford University. In 2012, he was selected as a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund and in 2017 as a Public Leadership Fellow at Harvard University by the Gates Family Foundation. In 2019, he was selected as one of fifteen leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of rising state and local elected officials.

In addition to his current role in the state senate, Hansen serves as the Co-Founder and Director of Programming at the Colorado Energy & Water Institute, and as Co-Founder of the Colorado Science and Engineering Policy Fellowship.
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Senior Director SFD Renewables & HPD Environmental Affairs | Smithfield Foods
Kraig Westerbeek is Smithfield Foods senior director of Smithfield Renewables and hog production division environmental affairs. Smithfield Renewables is a new platform within the organization that will unify, lead and accelerate the company's industry-leading carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts. He will also lead an advisory committee that will evaluate projects and help direct a company-wide strategy for renewable energy projects across both farms and facilities.

Previously, Kraig served as vice president for environment, engineering, and support services for Smithfield’s Hog Production Division in Warsaw, N.C. He was responsible for ensuring that the company is compliant with all state and federal environmental rules and regulations, in addition to providing oversight on engineering, feed manufacturing, and transportation activities.

Kraig began working for Murphy-Brown, now Smithfield Foods in 1993 as an environmental technician.

He is certified by the Irrigation Association as a spray irrigation designer and is certified by the Natural Resources and Conservation Service as a technical service provider to develop nutrient utilization plans for animal producers. He is also the chairman of the Duplin County Health Board.

A native of Clinton, N.C., Kraig earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1993 from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
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Vice President, Development & Operations | StormFisher
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Senior Policy Advisor | California Energy Commission
Tim Olson is a senior policy advisor at the California Energy Commission. He leads the Energy Commission’s strategic planning for emerging transportation fuels and technologies to help manage an annual $100 million incentive fund and facilitate private investment in California projects.

Mr. Olson received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies/Biology from UC Santa Barbara and serves as an appointed member of the Sacramento Air Quality Management District Hearing Board.
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President | California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition
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Project Manager | Maas Energy Works
As a Lead Project Manager for Maas Energy Works, Inc., Hudson Davis has managed the interconnections of over a dozen dairy biogas projects throughout the United States. He has worked on both electric and gas interconnections and become well versed with what it takes to connect to a public utility. He currently oversees the development of Maas Energy Works’ dairy digesters in the state of Idaho. Hudson is overseeing the design engineering, permitting and interconnection of digesters, engines, and biogas upgrading facilities across the US. His efforts have facilitated the installation of projects that reduce emissions, support local dairy owners and generate renewable energy.
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Public Policy Manager | SoCalGas
Jared Liu-Klein is a Public Policy Manager for SoCalGas, where is responsible for developing strategy recommendations for SoCalGas in response to Federal and State legislative policies, emerging public policy issues and political trends that could impact the company and its customers. In addition, he leads legislative and public policy outreach efforts aimed at achieving company goals to support business objectives. With over a decade of experience in strategic communications, including the new media and multimedia sectors, Jared brings a wide range of knowledge to his role.
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Vice President, Origination | Brightmark
More than 25 years combined renewable energy, marketing, development, and environmental science experience. Proven success in project management, business development, and start-up company marketing strategy.

Currently, I am seeking to develop relationships in the industries of anaerobic digestion, renewable natural gas, food waste, green waste, composting, fertilizer, and agriculture.

Renewables/Technology: Anaerobic Digestion, Renewable Natural Gas (Biogas), Biomethane pipeline injection, gasification, compost, biochar
Business Development: Project financial modeling, Project packages & documentation, Project presentations, Power purchase agreements, NatGas contracts
Marketing and Sales: Branding, Internet marketing, CRM implementation
Project Development: Entitlement, Government grants, Redevelopment financing, Permitting & regulatory compliance, Construction timeline management, RNG pipeline injection & gas scheduling
Regulatory Affairs: California Low Carbon Fuel Standar (LCFS) and Carbon Intensity registrations, U.S. EPA Renewable Fuel Standard (RINs) registration and reporting, LCFS and RIN credit management and monetization, California Cap and Trade Grant funding
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Director, Energy Markets Policy | American Gas Association
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Executive Officer | State of California Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
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Environmental Protection Specialist | United States Environmental Protection Agency
Eight years of experience in EPA's Sustainable Management of Food program.

M.S. Environmental Science from State University of New York.
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Director of Renewable Resource Programs | CA Association of Sanitation Agencies
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Senior Project Developer | Ameresco
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