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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Agenda: Tuesday, October 29

Updated 11.12

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | | 9:00 AM — 10:15 AM
  Opening PLENARY Think Tank  


Mandela Barnes
Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor


Biogas In 2020: The State Of Play
Think Tank Panelists:


Joe Parisi
County Executive
Dane County, Wisconsin



Tanja Vujic
Director Of Biogas Strategy
Duke University



Patrick Serfass
Executive Director
American Biogas Council



Max Vernier
VP – Head of Bioenergy Finance
Live Oak Bank

Moderated by Nora Goldstein, BioCycle
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | | 11:00 AM — 12:15 PM
Track 1
Project Finance
Biogas Project Financing Options — And How Lenders Evaluate Risk

Walter Cuculic, AVANA Capital

Finance Case Studies — Rated And Non-Rated AD Projects

Jandra Lubovich, Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc.

Cutting Edge Funding, Contractual Structures For Bioeconomy Projects

Mark Riedy, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Track 2
Digester Mixing
Effects of Thermal Hydrolysis On Sludge Rhealogy And Mixing System Performance

Erik Larson, Vaughan Company, Inc.

Mixing It Up — Switch To Hydraulic Mixing In AD

Alan Johnson, quasar energy group

Column Mixing for Anaerobic Digester Management And Increased Biogas

Michele Braas, Xylem

Track 3
Advancing Organics Recycling In The Midwest
Building Support/Reducing Opposition for Organics Recycling Requirements

John Jaimez, Hennepin County (MN)

City of Madison's Food Scraps Collection Odyssey

Bryan Johnson, City of Madison (WI)

Midwest Regional Organics Facility: Concept to Construction

Jon Koch, City of Muscatine (IA)


Track 4
TABLE TALKState Permitting, Regulation Of AD Infrastructure

• Oversight of digesters processing municipal, commercial and industrial food
• Regulatory pathways for codigestion at water resource recovery facilities and farms
• Food waste quantity thresholds
• Air and water quality requirements


Casey Lamensky, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Tim Farnan, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Thomas Hubbard, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

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

Organized by American Biogas Council


Paul Greene, Montrose Environmental

• 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


Track 2
Digester Management: Lessons Learned
Digester Rescue: When Adding FOG And Other High Strength Wastewater Goes Wrong

Jessica Linville-LeRoy, Mendota Agri-Products

FCPC Renewable Generation Lessons Learned

Charles Opferman, FCPC Renewable Generation

Sara Drescher, Forest County Potawatomi Community

AD And Compost Investor Risks

Robin Szmidt, Target Renewables, Ltd.

Track 3
Food Recovery And Recycling
U.S. EPA Excess Food Opportunities Map v.2.0: Geoplatform Applications

Julie Schilf, U.S. EPA Region 5

Technology Solutions Across The EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy

Coryanne Mansell, Center for EcoTechnology

Food Waste Recycling Best Practices

Ryan Cooper, Rubicon Global

Food Scrap Slurry Characteristics And Value

Casey Furlong, InSinkErator/ Grind2Energy


Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | | 4:15 PM — 6:00 PM
Track 1
PANEL DISCUSSIONFederal, State Anaerobic Digester, RNG Policy, Project Financing

Organized by American Biogas Council

Lay Of The The Federal Policy Landscape

Maureen Walsh, American Biogas Council

Federal Incentives, Financing, And Trends In The Biogas Business

Fred Petok and Renie Langan, USDA

State Energy Office Financing Initiatives

Maria Redmond, Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation

Track 2
Codigestion At Water Resource Recovery Facilities (WRRF)
Accomplishments And Next Steps Iin Codigestion Research

Stephanie Fevig, The Water Research Foundation

Tanja Rauch-Williams , Carollo

Shifting WRRFs To A Circular Economy Business Model

Carol Jones, Environmental Law Institute

Biomass Sourcing For Municipal Anaerobic Digestion

Mark Suchan, quasar energy group

WRRF Pilots Food Waste Codigestion

Jim Dunbar, Lystek

Track 3
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

Mike Gifford, Vermont Gas

Kelly Murillo, SoCalGas