2018 Conference Presentations



Tuesday, November 13th

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Registration Open
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

NGVA Federal Government Affairs Committee Meeting
NGVA Technology & Development Committee Meeting

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

NGVA State Government Advocacy Committee Meeting

NGVA Communications / Marketing Working Group Meeting

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

U.S. Department of Energy’s Research on Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel

Come share your viewpoint and perspective with representatives from DOE and its national laboratories. Learn about DOE’s natural gas vehicle research, discuss opportunities and challenges for the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel, and provide valuable insights to inform the research community in this open interactive session.

6:00 pm CA NGV Coalition Board of Directors Meeting – Invitation Only

Wednesday, November 14th

7:30 am – 1:00 pm Registration Open
8:00 am – 1:00 pm NGV Marketplace Open
8:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:30 am

Road Rally Arrival Ceremony, Ribbon Cutting, Proclamation Presentation

Dan Gage, President, NGVAmerica

9:45 am – 10:00 am CEO Showcase Opening Remarks & Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Andrew Littlefair, President & CEO, Clean Energy Fuels
Hon. John Herrington, Former U.S. Secretary of Energy
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Keynote Address

Hon. Bill Richardson, former New Mexico Governor, U.S. Energy Secretary, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and U.S. Congressman
Sponsored by Clean Energy Fuels

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

CEO Panel

Hear leading NGV Industry CEOs discuss the challenges and opportunities in the natural gas in transportation space as they look to 2019 and beyond.

Rusty Rush, CEO, Rush Enterprises
John Sheehy, CEO, Sheehy Enterprises
Vic LaRosa, President, TTSI Total Transportation Services, Inc.
Susan Alt, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Volvo Group North America
Hon. John Herrington, former U.S. Secretary of Energy
Hon. Bill Richardson, former New Mexico Governor, U.S. Energy Secretary, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and U.S. Congressman

Moderated by Andrew Littlefair, President & CEO, Clean Energy Fuels
Sponsored by Clean Energy Fuels

1:00 pm

Lunch on Own / Networking Afternoon
9-Hole Golf Outing, Escena Golf Club

Pre-registration required – Shuttle service pick up at 12:30 pm

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Welcome to Palm Springs Reception
Sponsored by Ariel Compressors

Thursday, November 15th

7:30 am Registration Open
7:30 am Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Penske Truck Leasing
8:00 am – 4:30 pm NGV Marketplace Open
8:00 am – 8:15 am

2018 Industry Summit Call to Order & Introduction of Opening Speaker

Mitchell Pratt, 2018 NGVAmerica Chairman &
Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary, Clean Energy
Hon. John Herrington, former U.S. Secretary of Energy

8:15 am – 9:00 am

Industry Summit Opening Address

Hon. Mark W. Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

9:00 am – 9:45 am

Fueling the Future

From traditional fuel sources like gasoline and diesel to advanced alternatives like natural gas, electric, and hydrogen, what will the future look like in terms of energy prices and how do geopolitical realities impact North American fuel prices?  This panel conversation will look at various energy forecasts, discuss how the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 Low Sulphur Marine Fuel ruling will impact middle distillates, and consider how various state and federal regulatory and tax proposals could impact future growth for NGVs.

Kevin Linderner, Managing Director, IHS Markit
Chris Nevers, Vice President of Energy & Environment, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Thomas Pyle, President, Institute for Energy Research
Moderated by Jeffrey Clarke, General Counsel and Director of Regulatory Affairs, NGVAmerica

9:45 am – 10:00 am Networking Break
10:00 am – 11:15 am

Moving the Market
The drive for more sustainable shipping, the need to meet aggressive global air quality standards, and the desire to reduce climate change present opportunities to drive market penetration for both on-road and off-road natural gas applications.  What strategies are North American companies undertaking to foster that growth? What works elsewhere that might work here? Who is moving to natural gas to meet ambitious environmental goals? And what needs to happen to improve the business case for expanding natural gas in transportation?  This workshop will attempt to answer all.


Flooding the Market with Zero-Now! – Chad Lindholm, Vice President of Sales, Clean Energy Fuels
Growing the market means growing volume, and we need many more heavy-duty NG vehicles on our roadways. Hear how Clean Energy Fuels has partnered with Total and others to provide meaningful incentives to fleets to move the market and get more NGVs on the road now.


Off-road is Underway… Rail, Ferry, Marine – Sarah Smith, Director, Natural Gas for Transportation, Regional LNG and Renewable Natural Gas, FortisBC
Using LNG rather than other marine fuels lowers emissions and can save on fueling costs. Even more, it will help marine operators meet international environmental regulations requiring cleaner marine fuel. And changes to British Columbia’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation has created new opportunities for rail companies looking to experience the benefit of natural gas as a fuel for locomotives. Hear how FortisBC is bridging the gap and developing these new transportation markets for natural gas.

Ford QVM Program Update – Alex Jowa, Automotive Engineering & Quality Consultant, Ford Motor Company
Hear the latest about Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifiers (QVM) Program and how the company’s broad network of developers and installers are delivering natural gas-fueled vehicles ready to operate and EPA- and CARB-certified to light-duty fleets across the country.

Leveraging Natural Gas LDCs for LDVs – Brad Reed, Director, Business Development, Ingevity Corporation
With an existing U.S. natural gas pipeline infrastructure available in over 62 million residential homes and nearly 5 million businesses, why isn’t there a “hybrid” natural gas/gasoline light-duty vehicle (LDV) option for daily natural gas fueling? Learn how Ingevity and its corporate coalition has commercialized low pressure adsorbed natural gas (ANG) “nano-compression” technology in cooperation with Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program, and how the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is quantifying the significant cost advantages of low pressure ANG (vs. high pressure CNG) fueling appliances.

Moderated by Jim Arthurs, Executive Vice President, Westport Fuel Systems, Inc. and Treasurer, NGVAmerica
Sponsored by Cummins Westport, Inc.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Now What?  A Post Mid-Term Election ’18 Analysis

A veteran of politics since 1990, Douglas Heye has served in leading communications positions in the House of Representatives and United States Senate, the Republican National Committee, as well as serving in the George W. Bush Administration. He is currently a CNN Political Commentator and contributor to the Wall Street Journal, where he provides analysis on domestic and international political events. Hear Heye’s take on what the midterm election results and early 2020 presidential race jockeying mean for transportation, energy, and infrastructure policy fights in the coming weeks and months.

Douglas Heye, CNN Political Commentator and Wall Street Journal Contributor

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Salute to NGVAmerica Pioneers Luncheon
Sponsored by American Gas Association
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Paving the Way in a Competitive Environment – NGV Innovation and Technology on the Horizon
NGVAmerica members represent the entire natural gas vehicle marketplace and are bringing new technologies that will enhance the environmental and economic value propositions for using more natural gas in transportation. This workshop session will feature a sampling of products that will break barriers and grow the entire industry through lower emissions, advanced innovation, and better efficiency.


A Bright Future for the Cleanest Engine in the World – Rob Neitzke, Executive Director, North American Truck OEM Business, Cummins, Inc.
As the major North American manufacturer of Ultra- Low NOx natural gas engines, Cummins Westport was formed in 2001 as a 50:50 joint venture between Cummins, Inc. and Westport Innovations. Find out where its natural gas engines stand in the Cummins hierarchy of new technology as this unique joint venture prepares to sunset.

Fuel Storage System Innovations – Ian MacDonald, Director of North American Sales, Agility Fuel Solutions
Agility Fuel Solutions is a leading global provider of clean fuel solutions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, including CNG and LNG fuel storage systems. Learn about the current state of the art in CNG fuel systems, and how they are making CNG a viable and reliable option for more fleets in a range of trucking, transit, and vocational applications.

Dual Fuel Applications in the U.S.  – Albert Venezio, President, ICOM North America
Learn about ICOM North America’s efforts to deploy its unique dual fuel natural gas/diesel technology, targeting especially 13- and 15-liter applications, in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Latin America… building on its partner company’s success in Europe and elsewhere over the last seven years.

More Power Through Hybrid Technology – Abas Goodarzi, Ph.D., P.E., President & CEO, US Hybrid Corporation
Hear how US Hybrid has pioneered plug-in hybrid natural gas truck technology in heavy-duty drayage for the short- and medium- haul markets. Its innovative plug-in hybrid architecture and control allows its natural gas trucks to run Zero Emission in restricted non-containment areas and Near Zero emission for regional operation. Further, its plug-in hybrid trucks have demonstrated double fuel economy with double the torque and power, exceeding 13L diesel engine performance.

Moderated by Timothy Standke, Director of Technology & Development, NGVAmerica
Sponsored by ICOM North America

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Evaluating Emissions

Understanding the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Calculator (HDVEC), Andy Burnham, Principal Environmental Scientist, Argonne National Labs

When working with customers to apply for limited, competitive alternative fueling grants and incentives, it is important to use the right tool to demonstrate the true natural gas advantage.  Argonne’s Andy Burnham will provide a snapshot of the newest AFLEET-based tool developed with support from NGVAmerica.

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Networking Break
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

NGV’s Sustainability Role
Realizing tomorrow’s sustainable transport means meeting the economic, social, and environmental needs of citizens and business fueled by a limitless supply of clean energy. Short-term goals promote improvements in fuel efficiency and vehicle emissions while long-term priorities focus on eventually migrating from fossil fuels to renewable resources. This workshop will help you define natural gas use in transportation as part of the solution to the challenge of developing climate resilient transportation networks and supply chains.


RNG Makes Natural Gas Greener – Grant Zimmerman, Chief Executive Officer, ampAmericas
With its ability to create a carbon neutral or even carbon negative outcome, renewable natural gas is a growing percentage of overall natural gas use in transportation. Hear a report on today’s production levels as well as a future forecast from an industry leader who is building RNG projects and developing commercial models to convert farm, industrial, and municipal waste into sustainable transportation fuel.

The Need for Sustainable Shipping – Jerry Greiner, Senior Director of Fleet Management, US Foods
Hear why one of the nation’s leading foodservice distributors is moving to natural gas fuel. With nearly 25,000 employees, 14 processing facilities, and more than 60 U.S. locations U.S. Foods services nearly 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators every week. Natural gas fuel benefits the bottom line and meets aggressive social responsibility goals.


Gaining Traction with Change Agents – Matt Tomich, President, Energy Vision
Since its founding in 2007, Energy Vision has focused on advancing viable and sustainable low-carbon transportation solutions, including natural gas. Hear President Matt Tomich reflect on the organization’s efforts to advance positive climate and health outcomes while solving solid waste challenges through the municipal adoption of renewable natural gas over other options like costly electric and renewable diesel.

A More Thoughtful Pathway – Richard Meyer, Managing Director, Energy Analysis, American Gas Association
Removing natural gas from homes is being considered as a policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A pair of American Gas Association studies explores the implications of this policy and suggests a more thoughtful pathway. Hear how NGV advocates can adapt those arguments to the transportation fight.

Moderated by Michelle Sim, Clean Transportation Manager, SoCalGas – San Diego Gas & Electric
Sponsored by SoCalGas, a Sempra Energy utility

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

30th Anniversary Reception and Gala, Dinah Shore Estate
Sponsored by Agility Fuel Solutions, Hexagon Lincoln, Waste Management, Westport Fuel Systems, Trillium

(Continuous Shuttle service will be available beginning at 5:45 pm)

Friday, November 16th

7:00 am – 12:00 am Registration Open
7:00 am – 12:00 pm NGV Marketplace Open
7:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 10:30 am 2018 Annual Meeting / Board of Directors Meeting
10:30 am – 10:45 am Networking Break
10:45 am – 11:45 am

The Equal Footing Fight – Policy, Priorities, and Incentives in CA and Beyond
From battling the “electrify everything” movement to using the right tools to demonstrate real world emission benefits and cost-effectiveness, NGV advocates must pull out all the stops to grow market share.  In this panel discussion, hear industry executives and policy professionals discuss what’s worked for them and how you can best prepare for regulatory fights that could emerge in your community.

Thomas Lawson, President, California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition
Julia Levin, Executive Director, Bioenergy Association of California
Sherrie Merrow, Director, State Government Advocacy, NGVAmerica
Scott Lane, Partner, Pace LLP

Moderated by Todd Campbell, Vice President of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Clean Energy Fuels

11:45 am – 12:00 pm Closing & Call to Action