Rethink Methane Symposium Returns to Sacramento June 29-30, 2016
Symposium challenges California policymakers to develop regulations, incentives and policies that encourage growth of renewable methane to address feasibility gaps in the state's climate protection and economic development of objectives.
Santa Monica, Calif.-December 14, 2015 - Gladstein, Neandross and Associates (GNA), organizers of the 2016 Rethink Methane Symposium, announced that the two-day conference will take place June 29-30, 2016 in Sacramento. The inaugural event in 2015 brought together nearly 200 policymakers, clean energy advocates, and industry stakeholders from across the natural gas, bioenergy, solar, wind, hydrogen, and fuel cell industries to examine how methane from organic and other renewable sources can help California achieve its climate protection and air quality improvement goals.
"By pursuing renewable methane's full potential, California lawmakers can harness a powerful tool that will help the state meet its goal of increasing renewable energy to 50% and reducing petroleum consumption by 50% by 2030," stated GNA President Cliff Gladstein. "The economic development potential of renewable methan feedstocks that have gone largely untapped - such as dairy manure, agriculture stubble, forestry biomass, and power-to-gas-coupled with the environmental benefits of reducing greenhouse gases from these sectors, bolsters the urgency of getting public policies in place to accelerate their development."
The symposium will educate and encourage policymakers to implement policies and incentives that accelerate the production, distribution and consumption of renewable methane, as well as develop a robust capacity to produce hydrogen and methane from surplus renewable power, known as "power-to-gas". The programmed agenda will feature sessions from notable speakers on the following topics:
The current gaps in California's climate protection and air quality improvement initiatives
How to accelerate the development of a practical storage medium for renewable power
The pathways to creating a near-zero-emission hydrogen energy infrastructure
Ways we can strengthen the state's economic future by fostering new business development
The Rethink Methane Symposium is supported by a number of leading energy, government, and industry associations, including the Southern California Gas Company, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Bioenergy Association of California, California Hydrogen Business Council, Climate Action Reserve, Climate Resolve, Coalition for Clean Air, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, Gas Technology Institute, the California Association of Sanitation Agencies, and the Sacramento US DOE Clean Cities Coalition. Organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact Tony Quist, VP of Sales, at 310-573-8564.
For more information about the Rethink Methane Symposium visit www.rethinkmethane.com.