- The Path to Renewable Propane conference is a live, virtual event that explores the many opportunities for propane to provide sustainable energy. This online conference will bring together hundreds of individuals and companies that want to learn from the thought leadership in propane energy.
- Climate change requires we deploy all low carbon solutions. Hear from stakeholders including lawmakers, policy experts, producers and retailers on the important role renewable propane plays to help address climate change.
- The advent of renewable propane will not only provide a pivotal transformation for building decarbonization and transportation, but the move to sustainable propane will also spur hundreds of jobs for the green economy.
- Speakers will cover a few processes to produce renewable propane including hydrotreating, ethanol and methanol conversion, and decarbonization through methane capture.
- Consumers: Learn how to source a sustainable clean fuel that has a low cost of adoption. Deploy renewable propane as part of your organization’s GHG reduction strategy.
- Producers: Learn more about the growing market for renewable propane, credits available today in California and future forecast for carbon credit systems.
- Retailers: Learn who produces renewable propane today and what’s on the horizon. Gain a better understanding of renewable propane’s value proposition.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
9AM – 12:30 PM PT
|9:00||9:10||Intro/Welcome (5 min)|
|9:10||9:30||Keynote – Honorable Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove)|
|9:30||10:00||Carbon Markets & Renewable Propane (Stefan Unnasch – LCFS)(30 min)|
|10:00||11:00||RLPG: What It Is & Who’s Producing It? (REG, World Energy, Oberon, atlantic Consulting)(60 min)|
|11:00||11:40||Why Market Renewable Propane (BSG – Jeff Stewart, Kamps – Josh Simpson)(45 min)|
|11:40||12:15||Why Renewable Propane is Important Today (Elk Grove School District, John Barnett of U-Haul, Residential Outlook)(35 min)|
|12:15||12:25||Q&A (10 min)|
|12:25||12:30||Closing (5 min)|
Jim Cooper proudly represents California’s 9th Assembly district, which includes the cities of Sacramento, Elk Gove, Galt, and Lodi. Assemblymember Cooper has an extensive background in law enforcement and local government.
Before joining the Assembly, he served as a Captain in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for 30 years and spent 15 years as Elk Grove’s founding mayor and councilmember. He established solid governing values, balanced the city’s budget, and built a city from the ground up.
Cooper has earned numerous awards, including the Bronze Star for Bravery for actions during the 1991 “Good Guys” hostage crisis. He also spent four years working as the Department’s spokesperson and spent nearly a decade working as an undercover narcotics officer and gang detective.
Cooper grew up in Sacramento and is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Academy and FBI National Academy. He earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Cooper currently serves in the Executive Committee of the New Democrats and serves on several committees, including: Public Employees Retirement and Social Security Committee, Governmental Organization Committee, Insurance Committee, Budget Committee, and is Chair of Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration.
Trained as a chemist, Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D. is an entrepreneurial, technology executive with a unique blend of technical skills and business development expertise. She has served on the management team or Board of Directors of various startup companies in the clean tech, life sciences, high tech, and non-profit sectors. Presently, she is President and Chief Executive Officer of Oberon Fuels, a California-based company making DME (dimethyl ether) as pathway to zero-emission mobility and carbon neutrality. In her role at Oberon, Dr. Boudreaux leads the company’s strategic partnership initiatives, and the regulatory and legislative development for the use of DME as a fuel.
Dr. Boudreaux has a broad range of academic and industrial experience, having performed research at MIT, Princeton University, University of Southern Mississippi, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and National Starch and Chemical. She co-founded Intezyne Technologies, which developed polymer-based drug delivery systems to make existing cancer drugs work better, serving as CFO and Board Director for four years. She earned a B.S. in Polymer Science (magna cum laude) from the University of Southern Mississippi and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
Dr. Boudreaux is an invited lecturer around the world, exploring the interface of science, business, and entrepreneurship in the energy and non-profit sectors. She has co-authored seven peer-reviewed publications and is a co-inventor on 13 patents. Dr. Boudreaux is the Chair of the ASTM International DME Taskforce. She also served on the California Air Resources Board (CARB)’s Dairy and Livestock Working Group focused on fostering markets for anaerobic digesters.
World Energy Group – Bryan Sherbacow
Bryan Sherbacow serves as the Chief Commercial Officer of World Energy Group. World Energy is one of the largest and longest serving advanced biofuel suppliers globally. He is a pioneer in the development of low carbon fuels. Mr. Sherbacow co-founded AltAir Fuels to commercialize a novel technology for the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The Company’s initial facility, located in Paramount, CA, is the world’s first refinery designed to produce SAF. AltAir Paramount converted a petroleum refinery to the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel, naphtha and propane. Mr. Sherbacow negotiated the aviation industry’s first commercial contracts for SAF with United Airlines, KLM and World Fuel Services. Additionally, he executed the first contract for operational use of renewable diesel fuel by the U.S. Department of Defense. Subsequent contracts include Gulfstream, Boeing, UPS and Amazon. Mr. Sherbacow facilitated the acquisition of AltAir by World Energy in 2018. The combined entities operate 6 refineries in North America.
Mr. Sherbacow currently serves as the chairman of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition and is a member of the steering committee for the Business Aviation Coalition for SAF. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Union College.
Blue Star Gas – Jeff Stewart
Jeff Stewart is the President of Blue Star Gas, a retail marketer that operates in 7 Western states of the U.S. Jeff represents the third generation of this family owned company. Blue Star Gas is an active member of Alliance Autogas, supporting just shy of 1,000 vehicles fueling every day. Blue Star Gas has 14 locations, has installed over 70 public access Autogas fueling locations in 4 primary metropolitan markets of the western states. Mr. Stewart has been very involved in the adoption of renewable propane in the western states for the transportation sector.
Jeff holds a BA from the University of the Pacific and an MBA from the University of Oregon. He was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the University of Oregon business school in 1999. Jeff has held numerous board positions in the propane industry including Chairman of the National Benchmarking Council, Chairman of the Western Propane Gas Association and his current role as Treasurer for the National Propane Gas Association.
U-Haul – John Barnett
U-Haul International propane program manager John Barnett is one of the nation’s rising leaders in the growing propane market. Barnett has 14 years in the propane industry, with a career that started as a dispenser for U-Haul, and moving up through the ranks, eventually serving as general manager at U-Haul Moving & Storage. In 2015, Barnett joined U-Haul’s corporate office in Phoenix. Today, Barnet directs the largest U.S. retailer of propane with nearly 1200 locations, while dedicating his time to selling, teaching and promoting propane Autogas and accompanying products that can effectively and safely serve the consumer. He is focused on promoting propane for affordability and clean energy. Barnett embraces his role with the propane industry by serving as a member of the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), the National Propane Gas Association, and working groups for the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC).
Life Cycle Associates – Stefan Unnasch
Stefan Unnasch is the Managing Director of Life Cycle Associates, a consulting firm specializing in the analysis of fuel and clean energy technologies. Over the past 30 years he supported state, federal, and international efforts to examine the greenhouse gas impacts of conventional and alternative fuels including California’s Zero Emission vehicle program and Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Stefan has published over 80 studies for government agencies as well as peer reviewed papers on alternative fuels and life cycle analysis.
Curtis Powers has worked at Renewable Energy Group (REG) for seven years where he manages compliance across their supply chain primarily focused on North American programs like the US RFS, California LCFS, Oregon CFP, and Canadian provincial programs. He has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) from Iowa State University and is currently licensed as a certified public accountant (CPA).
Kamps Propane is a family-owned company headquartered in Manteca, California from the time it was started by John Kamps in 1969. Kamps Propane is dedicated to delivering Clean American Energy for families, farms, and businesses from Sacramento to San Diego and from the Pacific Coast to the Sierra foothills. Josh Simpson is a proud California native who grew up in Berkeley and now lives in Brentwood. He is the Vice President of Marketing for Kamps Propane, and has served on a number of committees for the Propane Education and Research Council and the Western Propane Gas Association.
Eric Johnson is the Managing Director of Atlantic Consulting (Zurich, Switzerland), which conducts techno-economic, market and environmental assessments of energy and chemicals, with a speciality in propane (LPG). He is a chemist, Editor-emeritus of Environmental Impact Assessment Review, and Editor of Sustainability. He grew up in the USA and among other places lived in Sacramento.
|Elk Grove Unified School District – Gary Dodson
Gary Dodson is the Manager of Fleet Maintenance for Elk Grove School District. An industry veteran with 30 years in the school bus industry and 22 years in his current position. Prior experience includes serving as a Shop Supervisor for Durham Transportation for 5 years, and before that a Heavy-Duty Mechanic for Apple Valley Unified School District for 3 years. During Gary’s career he has tested and used several fuels and technologies (gasoline, diesel, renewable diesel, methanol, CNG, propane, renewable propane, electric, and hybrid).
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