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The Role of Renewable Natural Gas in State Climate Policy

Join leading policy, industry, and technical experts in a discussion of renewable natural gas as a climate strategy and current experience, trends, and opportunities in U.S. states and regions.

Renewable natural gas (RNG), also known as biomethane or upgraded biogas, is growing in prominence as a strategy to help achieve state climate, waste management, and other sustainability goals. The number of projects producing RNG from organic wastes has increased dramatically in recent years, providing fuel for trucks, building appliances, and other downstream sources while lowering emissions in the process.

As the industry grows and state policies and incentives promoting RNG expand, questions remain on how easily projects can be deployed, the extent to which RNG can contribute to ambitious climate and environmental goals, and the trade-offs of supporting RNG versus alternative decarbonization strategies.

During this session, experts will discuss WRI’s newly released guidance paper on RNG as a state climate strategy, followed by speakers from U.S. states and regions that will highlight local developments, current barriers, and opportunities moving forward. For more information on renewable natural gas, read WRI's recent blog post.

Questions to be addressed in this session include:

  • What is renewable natural gas and what is its role in decarbonization?
  • How much RNG can be produced and what are market opportunities for deployment?
  • What are the emissions impacts of RNG projects and how are they evaluated?
  • What are current market barriers and key policies impacting RNG development in the U.S.?
  • What is the current experience, policy context, and opportunities in different states and regions?

Speakers

  • Dan Lashof, Director, WRI United States
  • Rebecca Smith, Senior Energy Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
  • Sam Spofforth, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Fuels Ohio
  • Tom Cyrs, Research Associate, WRI United States
  • John Feldmann, Research Analyst, WRI United States
  • Chris Voell, Head – Waste, Recycling & Biogas Advisory, Danish Trade Council, North America

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