Leading Biogas USA Conference in San Francisco

The 4th Annual Biogas USA West conference returned to San Francisco as the region’s premier event where the biogas community met and enhanced the profitability of new and existing projects.

Biogas WestCalifornia’s regulatory framework continues to shape the landscape for biogas projects in the West. With the California Energy Commission’s recent moratorium for RPS eligibility of biomethane, October’s biogas conference provided a timely setting to digest the latest policy movements.

In this uncertain environment, the Biogas USA West 2012 conference put a firm focus on the controllable factors for biogas developers that offer the chance to boost project’s revenue. The US biogas meeting examined how to capitalize on emerging high energy feedstocks such as wastewater, municipal solid waste and industrial food waste, whilst exploring how to engage successfully with utility and industrial end users, and put a spotlight on the market prospects for biomethane in the natural gas vehicle market.

"Of the many biogas-related conferences I have attended, Biogas West 2012 proved to be the most useful one yet.  Specifically, the deep coverage on policy issues and the multitude of project case-studies were phenomenally informative.  This was my third annual Biogas West conference, and I am amazed that they keep getting better."
Craig Lewis, Executive Director, Clean Coalition

“The speakers all came very well prepared, with current and relevant information.   I also gained useful information from attendees, who represented a broad range from within the biogas industry.  By attending, and with information gained, we made some decisions about future direction for biogas use.” Monterey Regional Waste Management District

“The conference covered an excellent mix of policy, finance, operations, and development issues. Very well done.” New Energy Capital

"As always Biogas USA brings together an engaging and high-level group of business leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs and innovators from the world of biogas technology deployment, project development and finance" Climate Action Reserve

“I appreciated the opportunity to inform a targeted group of stakeholders about our activities that support the biogas industry.” California Energy Commission

"I have been consistently impressed by the quality of both the participants and the sessions at Green Power Conferences. I've made good contacts in the networking sessions over the years and expect to continue to do so in the future." Peter Freed, Director, Terrapass


Past Speakers Include:


Commissioner Catherine Sandoval, California Public Utilities Commission

Kate Zocchetti, RPS Technical Director, California Energy Commission 

Glenda Humiston, Rural Development State Director, California, USDA

Sean James, Senior Research Project Manager, Microsoft - Read 60 Second Interview

Chuck White, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Waste Management - Read 60 Second Interview

Jim Lucas, Project Manager, Biofuels Market Development, Southern California Gas Company

William Merry, General Manager and District Engineer, Monterey Regional Waste Management District - Read 60 Second Interview

Craig Lewis, Executive Director, Clean Coalition

Marco Lemes, Project Manager, SMUD - Read 60 second interview

Janet Devaney, Business Development Manager, Fortis BC

Michael Schuppenhauer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Farmatic

Harrison Clay, President, Clean Energy Renewable Fuels - Read 60 Second Interview

Lisa Rothbart, Environmental Supervisor, Orange County Sanitation District

Juliette Bohn, Project Manager, Humboldt Waste Management Authority


  • Floyd Vergara, Chief, Alternative Fuels Branch, California Air Resources Board 
  • Tom Maclean, Manager, Customer Renewable Energy Programs, Puget Sound Energy
  • Daryl Maas, Co-founder, Farm Power Northwest
  • Jacques Franco, Climate Change & Technology, CalRecycle 
  • Peter Freed, Director, Terrapass
  • Frank Mazanec, Managing Director, Biofuels Energy
  • William Zeller, Manager, Clean Vehicle Programs, City and County of San Francisco
  • Paul Liddy, President, Suncurrent Group
  • Sheldon Zakreski, Senior Program Manager, The Climate Trust
  • Charlotte Ely, Life Scientist, US EPA
  • Ross Buckenham, Chief Executive Officer, California Bioenergy
  • Michael Boccadoro, President, The Dolphin Group
  • Scott Hernandez, Business Development Manager, Climate Action Reserve
  • Clay NorrbomManaging Partner,Global Infrastructure Asset Management
  • Jack MacyCommercial Zero Waste CoordinatorCity and County of San Francisco
  • Graham Noyes, Partner, Stoel Rives
  • Scott Olson, Senior ConsultantBlack & Veatch

Here's what TOOK PLACE at Biogas USA West:

9 October

10 October

11 October

Pre-Conference Workshop: Developing the Biomethane to Vehicle Fuel Market

Hosted by American Biogas Council

Conference Day One: Biogas USA West

Conference Day Two: Biogas USA West

Pre-Conference Training Course: Biogas Project Basics

Biogas USA West Exhibition

Biogas USA West Exhibition

View the Agenda at a glance