2021 Summit Presentations

NGV21 is the only dedicated natural gas in transportation alternative fuels conference and show focused on the North American market.  On-road, off-road and everything in between will be featured, from traditional freight, refuse, and transit applications to growing marine, rail, and construction use. 

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Tuesday, October 19th

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8:00 AM to 10:00 AM NGVAmerica Joint  Federal/State Government Affairs Committees Meeting
Wigwam Ballroom, Aztec B/C
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM California NGV Coalition Board of Directors Meeting Invitation only
Wigwam Ballroom, Aztec A
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM NGVAmerica Technology & Development Committee Meeting
Wigwam Ballroom, Aztec B/C
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Networking Afternoon
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM Golf Outing (The Wigwam Red Course)
Preregistration required, see description below
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Welcome Reception (Litchfield Lawn)

Wednesday, October 20th

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM Breakfast Available
Wigwam Foyer
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM

Call to Order
Daniel Gage, President, NGVAmerica

Presenting Sponsor Welcome
Mitch Pratt, Past Chairman, NGVAmerica and Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary, Clean Energy Fuels

2021 NGVAmerica Annual Meeting
Election of Board Members
Wigwam Ballroom, Hopi/Pima/Pueblo

Jim Arthurs, 2021 Chairman, NGVAmerica and consultant, Westport Fuel Systems

Chairman’s Message
Jim Arthurs, 2021 Chairman, NGVAmerica and consultant, Westport Fuel Systems

From resource extraction to component sourcing to battery production and
vehicle assembly to scalable deployment and vehicle recharging, what would an
all-electric transport future look like? And if hydrogen is a more likely long-term
outcome, how do very real barriers associated with fuel access and affordability
impact its adoption? And while more and more fleets looking to ditch diesel
convert to natural gas vehicles increasingly fueled with renewable natural gas,
how does our industry convince regulators and policymakers that natural gas is
a now solution with greater emissions reductions benefits than any other

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM 2021 NGVAmerica Industry Summit Sessions
Wigwam Ballroom, Hopi/Pima/Pueblo
8:30 AM to 9:00 AM

The Inclusive Transition to a Net-Zero Global Economy
Sharon Tomkins, Vice President of Sustainability, Sempra Energy

Join in a conversation with the leader of Sempra Energy’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts to create long-term sustainable value across stakeholder groups and how maintaining affordability, energy resilience, and energy access are key to the inclusive transition to a net-zero global economy.

9:00 AM to 9:50 AM

Sustainable Fleet Solutions Analysis
Chad Lindholm, Vice President, Clean Energy Fuels
Greg Roche, Vice President of Sustainable Transportation, Clean Energy Fuels

Joined by Jeffrey Clarke, Director of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel, NGVAmerica

ESG reporting and government mandates are driving transportation companies to consider alternatives to diesel powered trucks. What tools are available to assist companies with their evaluation? What are the key considerations in the analysis? What are the current trends in these assessments? This presentation will focus on the economic, environmental, and sustainability details that should comprise any fleet marketing message for any RNG transportation channel partner, enabling our entire industry to build market momentum together.

9:50 AM to 10:30 AM

What a Fleet Wants, What a Fleet Needs
Jack Khudikyan, Chief Executive Officer, AJR Trucking
Lauren Matheson, Manager of Promotions and Public Relations, Matheson Trucking
Gregory Reed, Executive Director, National Star Route Mail Contractors Association
Danny Susdorf, Operations/Project Manager, National Ready Mixed Concrete Co.

Moderated by Adam Comora, Co-CEO, OPAL Fuels

What matters most to fleets investing in natural gas transport technology and why did they choose natural gas from among multiple alternative fuel options? Real world fleets of all sizes need flexibility and not a forced “solution”. Hear a host of natural gas fleets reflect on the decision-making process and their subsequent implementation success.

10:30 AM to 10:50 AM Networking Break
10:50 AM to 11:00 AM

Getting Ahead of Themselves: an EU Update (Videoconference)
Nadège Leclercq, Senior Vice President, NGVA Europe and Director of Market
Development, Westport Fuel Systems

Hear a quick update from Brussels on the newest regulatory proposals and approved transportation policy from the European Union.

11:00 AM to 11:40 AM

The Compounding Interest of RNG and Recoverable Methane
Todd Campbell, Vice President, Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Clean Energy
Allison Cunningham, Director of Federal Government Affairs, NGVAmerica
Johannes Escudero, Founder & CEO, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas
Chris McCannell, Senior Government Affairs Consultant, GrayRobinson
Nicole Rice, President, California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition

Moderated by Sherrie Merrow, Director of State Government Affairs,

For the first time, in 2020 RNG became the majority on-road motor fuel for natural gas vehicles nationally. As on-road RNG use grows in popularity and demand, how does the NGV sustainability factor expand? What is RNG’s full resource and emissions potential? Is there enough available as heavy-duty markets grow? How much commercial trucking can RNG power? How are policymakers embracing this potential?

11:45 AM to 12:30 PM 

Marrying On-Road and Marine Transportation Fueling Infrastructure
Dean Holden, Business Development Manager, Chesapeake Utilities
Blake Littauer, Director and Board Chairman, Puget LNG

Moderated by Stephen Cadden, COO, SEA-LNG

As the ocean freight shipping industry transitions to LNG fueling, how can natural gas bunkering investments made at American ports also benefit associated trucking and rail operations on shore? What are ports doing to be more sustainable and what’s driving this activity?

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM   Networking Afternoon  
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM  NGVAmerica Board of Directors Meeting
Wigwam Ballroon, Aztec A/B/C
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM  NGVAmerica Political Leadership Council Meeting & Reception
Trellis Garden
PLC Members Only
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM  NGVA Achievement Awards Networking Reception
Wigwam Lawn & Patio

Thursday, October 21st

7:00 AM  to 8:00 AM Breakfast Available
8:00 AM  to 8:10 AM

Building Our New Markets
Tammie Bostick, Executive Director, Utah Clean Cities

Through a U.S. DOE grant, Transportation Energy Partners and Clean Cities are providing outreach, education and technical assistance to local county government decision makers in eight target states to help transition public and private fleets to cleaner fuels and vehicles. Hear how this project will develop new models for transferring advanced vehicle technologies to counties with rural communities.

8:10 AM  to 8:25 AM

GTI Projects Update
Ted Barnes, Director, Transportation and Advanced Energy Systems Group, GTI

Through U.S. DOE grants, the Gas Research Institute undertakes projects related
to vehicle uptime and full fill fueling. Hear an update on their progress.

8:25 AM  to 8:35 AM

Expanding the Pre-Owned Natural Gas Truck Market in Texas
Susan Shifflett, President, Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance

Texas HB963 expands the current Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program under the Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP) to include new or used natural gas vehicles. Hear from those who shepherded this idea into law and learn how you might replicate it in your home state.

8:35 AM  to 8:45 AM

Update:  NGVAmerica’s Political Leadership Council
Allison Cunningham, Director of Federal Government Affairs, NGVAmerica

Hear a quick overview of the 2021 accomplishments and priorities of NGVAmerica’s exclusive Political Leadership Council (PLC) and how you can become more involved in NGVA’s federal legislative advocacy agenda.

8:45 AM  to 9:10 AM

Update: Maximizing Clean Transit Investments Report
Jeffrey Clarke, Director of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel, NGVAmerica

NREL’s multi-year battery electric vs. natural gas bus study at Foothill Transit is complete. Hear how it concluded as Jeff Clarke builds upon NGVAmerica’s in-depth transit study based on the Foothill experience originally released November 2020. 

9:10 AM  to 10:00 AM

RNG Applications in Arizona
Ashley Ellixson, Vice President of Legal & Risk Management, United Dairymen of Arizona
Joe Giudice, Public Works Director, City of Phoenix
Daniel Hunter, Sr. Business Development Manager, Ameresco, Inc.

Moderated by Joe Varela, Director/Energy Solutions, Southwest Gas

Hear how the Valley of the Sun continues to lead the nation in transitioning to clean air, ultra-low carbon NGVs. Local projects and fleet initiatives will be discussed.


10:00 AM  to 10:20 AM

Networking Break


10:20 AM  to 11:05 AM

How About Hydrogen?  What’s Your Strategy
Lance Deng, Vice President of Mobility & Transportation, Plug Power
Abas Goodarzi, President & CEO, US Hybrid
Scott Koonce, Vice President of Sales, BayoTech – Hydrogen Solutions

NGVAmerica members continue their commitment to gaseous fuel technologies through the development of new hydrogen applications and products. But how do policymakers see hydrogen’s relevancy as a fuel option for heavy-duty transport? What are the refueling challenges, and what hydrogen sources will be acceptable in the future? Will carbon capture be an option?


11:05 AM  to 12:30 pM

CAPSTONE SESSION: The Future of Freight
Eric Bippus, Senior VP of Global Sales & Marketing, Hexagon Agility
Hugh Donnell, North American Truck Market and Truck OEM Business Leader, Cummins Westport, Inc.
Thomas Healey, CEO, Hyliion
Puneet Jhawar, General Manager, Global Natural Gas, Cummins, Inc.
Charlie Ker, Senior Director Business Development, Westport Fuel Systems
Fury Zaidi, CEO and Chairman of the Board, NGV Global Group, Inc.

Moderated by Jim Arthurs, 2021 Chairman, NGVAmerica and consultant,
Westport Fuel Systems

Where is the medium- and heavy-duty freighting sector going and what role will gaseous fuels play?

12:30 PM Sessions Conclude

1:00 PM  to 5:00 PM

Networking Afternoon

1:30 PM  to 4:30 PM Offsite Facility Tours
Bus to leave from Ballroom Porte-cochere
Preregistration Required


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