Anaerobic Digestion • Biogas • Composting • Food Waste • Manure • Renewable Natural Gas
19th Annual Conference
BioCycle REFOR17


October 28, 29, 30, 31, 2019
Madison, Wisconsin
Madison Marriott West

Agenda/Events Pages: Monday Workshops | Tuesday & Wednesday Conference Sessions | Thursday Site Tours
Meet The Speakers | Think Tank Session: Biogas In 2020 – The State Of Play | Panel Discussions & Table Talk Sessions
Networking Events | Event Schedule
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Panel Discussions & Table Talk Sessions
Tuesday, October 29 & Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Updated 9.10

BioCycle REFOR19 Panel Discussions and Table Talk Sessions gather leaders from the "front line" of vital, current issues. Participants will come away with "state of the knowledge" understanding.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Track 1, 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM


Organized by American Biogas Council

• How investors and lenders approach biogas projects — and what project developers need to do to attract them

• Project financing trends — what's hot today and where it's heading in 2020

• Qualifying, quantifying biogas project risks, and strategies to mitigate them in Pro forma and business plan

• Value of independent engineering review


Gus Simmons, Cavanaugh Solutions

John Dannan, Generate Capital

Bob Powell, Brightmark Energy

David Maxwell, Sustainable Development Capital LLP


Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Track 3, 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM

PANEL DISCUSSIONUtility Programs To Sell Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Organized by American Biogas Council

• Fundamentals of gas utilities' RNG option for customers

• RNG procurement

• Essential policies to facilitate program creation

• Approval process with public utilities commissions

• Ensuring sufficient supply of RNG to fulfill demand


Kurt Adams, Summit Utilities

Tom Murray, Vermont Gas


Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Track 1, 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

TABLE TALKRenewable Fertilizers — Digester CoProduct Markets

• Policy options for formation, deployment and sustainable execution of phosphorus recovery facilities and practices

• Developing alternative profitable revenue streams for digester coproducts

• Identifying obstacles and opportunities (technical, operational, financial and market-based)


Timothy Baye, University of Wisconsin

Jessica Niekrasz, Clean Fuel Partners

Steve Dvorak, DVO

Nadeem Afgan, BIOFerm

Keith Henn, Tetra Tech, Inc.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Track 3, 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

international panelGlobal Opportunities For Advancing Biogas

Organized by Global Methane Initiative

• Overview of methane-to-energy projects around the world

• Market Opportunities for biogas development in Asia and Latin America

• Anaerobic digestion technology deployment — from micro to industrial

• Challenges and lessons learned from international biogas experts

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Track 1, 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Anaerobic Digestion Of Compostable Products: Operational Impacts, Biogas Production

Norma McDonald, OWS

Contamination Policies: Hindrance Or Help?

Bryan Johnson, City of Madison (WI)

Ryan Cooper, Rubicon Global

John Jaimez, Hennepin County (MN)

PFAS: The Organics Recycling Albatross

Tim Farnan, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Track 2, 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM

TABLE TALKBusiness Of Biogas
RNG Production At Dairy Digesters — Financial Drivers

Mark Hill, DTE Biomass Energy

Beyond RFS And LCFS: Reducing Policy Risk Exposure For RNG Project Financing

Paul Niznik, Argus Consulting Services

Navigating D3-D5 RIN Gas Separation

Brad Pleima, EcoEngineers

Jon Koch, City of Muscatine (IA)