How to Get Successful RNG Projects from the Starting Blocks to the Finish Line

  • RNG Projects
    September 9, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

On Wednesday, September 9, from Noon – 1:00 PM, participate in the first of three September Seminars hosted by the NW Alliance for Clean Transportation. Learn from Ameresco, DMT Clear Gas Solutions, and Live Oak Bank about what is required to take an RNG project successfully from start to finish. Ameresco has built more than 40 biogas projects, including several RNG projects that Ameresco owns & operates at landfills and wastewater treatment plants. Listen while one of Ameresco’s lead project developers summarizes critical elements required to carry an RNG project from beginning to end, e.g.: sourcing feedstock, getting the right off-take agreement, as well as identifying and securing grants, tax credits, and other project incentives. DMT Clear Gas Solutions have deployed robust gas-conditioning systems from Hungary to Hawaii. Learn from Robert Lems about what is needed to successfully mitigate pernicious trace elements, such as siloxanes and H2S, in a reliable and cost-effective manner. Live Oak Bank has provided important debt financing to many RNG projects. Listen while Max Vernier explains what is required from the lender’s perspective.

About presenters

Jim Bier
Senior Project Developer

Mr. Bier has over 36 years of project experience covering a wide variety of renewable energy projects and environmental systems, including landfill gas extraction and recovery (including high Btu or RNG plants), groundwater and surface water monitoring and sampling, automatic methane detection, surface emissions monitoring, air injection, and post-closure landfill maintenance.  Because of this wide variety of projects and clients, he is very familiar with and capable of managing all aspects of renewable energy development, environmental control systems, and programs. He held senior management positions at two of the leading environmental consulting firms in the solid waste industry (SCS and EMCON). He was previously the Chairman of the LFG Utilization Committee for the Solid Waste Association of North America.

Mr. Bier has successfully managed numerous operations and engineering staff to meet or exceed the client’s expectations across the United States.  In addition, he is experienced in negotiating all project agreements (e.g., Gas Purchase Agreements, Site Leases, Power Purchase Agreements, etc.) for developing renewable energy projects. In addition, he has experience in negotiating with various Regional Air Pollution Control Districts and various local, regional, and state regulatory agencies (e.g. South Coast Air Quality Management District, Bay Area Air Quality Management District).


Robert Lems
General Manager
DMT Clear Gas Solutions LLC

Robert Lems, M.Sc., is a technical expert with more than 15 years of experience in biogas upgrading. As DMT’s former R&D Manager, Lems has pioneered the majority of the DMT products currently in the market. In 2015, Lems established DMT’s US branch and has since overseen more than 20 RNG projects in North America.


Max Vernier
Head of Bioenergy
Live Oak Bank

Max Vernier is the head of Bioenergy Finance at Live Oak Bank on the Energy & Infrastructure team. The team has deployed over $1B in debt financing for small-scale distributed energy generation and energy efficiency since 2016 across solar, PV + storage, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, leachate management, landfill gas to energy, anaerobic digesters and biogas, composting facilities, small scale biorefineries, and biobased product manufacturing. Live Oak is the largest SBA and USDA Rural Development lender in the U.S. by volume of originations.


Who’s Attending?

 Rachael Anderson — Avista  Jay Balasbas — WUTC  Victor Bautista — Avista  Lori Blattner — Intermountain Gas Company  Kevin Booth — Avista  scott bouchie — City of Mesa  Michael Brutocao — Avista Corporation  kary burin — Cascade Natural Gas  Frank Canavan — American Gas Association  Scott Chabina — Chabina Energy Partners  Jeff Clarke — NGVAmerica  Adam Cloch — American Gas Association  Eric Englert — Puget Sound Energy  Douglas Fernley — Concord Energy  Randolph Friedman — NW Natural  Benjamin Gerber — M-RETS  Patrick Gilroy — Enerflex Energy Systems  Gerry Glynn — Ameresco  Tim Golden — durr  Michael Graham — Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition  Mark Hammer — Puget Sound Energy  Rita Hansen — Onboard Dynamics, Inc.  Clifton Hazen — NW Natural  Dave Hutson — DMT CGS  Dave Hutson — DMT  Eva James — SC Energy Office  Scott Johnson — NW Natural  Alyssa Johnstone — Ameresco  Rebecca Kauffman — Onboard Dynamics  Mary Lang — FortisBC  Missy Lee — DMT Clear Gas Solutions  Jenna Leitgeb — Ameresco Inc.  Josh Lieberman — NW Natural  Stephanie Lowney — U.S. Gain  Chanda Marek — Cascade Natural Gas  Eric Martin — Stoel Rives LLP  Jacqueline Mayan — Chesapeake Utilities Corporation  Missy McGoogan — NW Natural  Andrew Miller — Velocys  Joyce Moore — Agresti Energy LLC  Jody Morehouse — Avista  KARTHIK MUTHUVEL — Perpetuum Sustainables  Richard Nemec — Natural Gas Intelligence/Shale Daily  Joshua Newman — City of Portland BES  Douglas Olenick — OPW  Greg Rahn — Avista  Marcus Vinicius Ribeiro — Scania  Randy Richards — US Gain  John Rothlin — Avista  Paul Sandsted — NGVAmerica  Niraj Singh — CTPL  Justin Stankiewicz — Chesapeake Utilities  Walter Tauma — RP  Jim Wade — Agresti Energy LLC  David Wentworth — Evensol LLC  Michael Whitby — Avista  Lauren Whittaker — City of Mesa  Scott Winkler — Jerome Resources  Michael Yambrach — Montgomery County, MD


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