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 Workshop | Tuesday & Wednesday Conference Sessions | Thursday Site Tours
Event Schedule | Think Tank Session: Biogas In 2020 – The State Of Play | Panel Discussions & Table Talk Sessions | Networking Events
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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 panels/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)