Appalachian RNG Conference 2023


Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe

The Appalachian RNG Conference will provide tremendous information from industry experts that are leading the growth of this burgeoning industry. Scroll down to learn more about our conference and how you can be a part of it. Learn from the leaders!

Appalachian RNG Conference 2023


Mark your calendar now to attend Shale Directories and the H2-CCS Network’s first Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Conference, slated for Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe in Canonsburg, PA near Pittsburgh.

“Our conference, the first in a series of RNG conferences, focuses on creating regional awareness of local opportunities to profitably address climate change. It’s exciting to be part of these projects which are adding jobs and revenue to local communities,” said Tom Gellrich, CEO and Founder of the H2-CCS Network.

RNG also provides benefits in terms of fuel security, improved local air quality and brings communities into the climate change fight all with local economic benefits – jobs.  A typical RNG project, according to industry sources, can cost between $10 and $100 million, generating both construction and operating jobs in local communities.

According to the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (CRNG), there are more than 500 RNG facilities in North America operating, under construction or planned, located in 46 states and three Canadian provinces. This is your chance to learn from a robust line-up of industry leaders and network with a group of like-minded energy professionals. Register NOW as we anticipate a sellout. Sponsorships are also available.

  • Registration Opens 7:00 AM
  • Welcome & Introduction 8:00 AM

    Joe Barone, Shale Directories

  • RNG: The Fuel With No Downsides 8:05 AM

    Tom Gellrich, H2-CCS Network

  • UGI and RNG Focus 8:25 AM

    Frank King, UGI

  • Rapidly Implementing Dairy RNG 8:55 AM

    Robert Foxen, Global Common

  • Analysis of RNG 9:25 AM

    Ken Thompson, Mustang Sampling

  • Break 9:45 AM
  • RNG in Transportation Panel Discussion 10:15 AM

    Lynn Lyon, US Gain
    Kirt Conrad, SARTA

  • Evolution of Landfill to RNG 11:15 AM


  • Lunch Break 11:45 AM
  • Washington County, PA 12:35 PM

    The Honorable Larry Maggi, Washington County Commissioner

  • State Initiatives Define Opportunities 12:45 PM


  • Scaling Via Standardization 1:15 PM


  • Digester Design, Build, Operation 1:45 PM

    Brad Huxter, Northern Biogas

  • Closing Comments 2:15 PM

    Joe Barone, Shale Directories

  • Reception 2:30 PM
  • Joe Barone
    Joe Barone

    President and Founder Shale Directories
    Joe Barone has kept companies that service and supply the oil and gas industry current on the latest developments since 2009. He produces a Shale Directories online member directory, and issues weekly Facts & Rumors newsletters. Barone realizing the need for in-person networking and information sharing has produced more than 60 upstream, midstream and downstream conferences as well as conferences focusing on underground storage, hydrogen generation and carbon capture sequestration. He is a recognized go to source for contacts, and information in the oil and gas sector with concentration in the Appalachian Basin.

  • Kirt Conrad
    Kirt Conrad

    Executive Director and CEO, SARTA
    Since 2009, Kirt Conrad has been the CEO of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) in Canton, Ohio. SARTA operates 100+ buses with 200+ employees. Last year nearly 2.6 million passenger trips were transported by over 30 fixed routes or demand response services throughout Stark County.

    Currently, Kirt serves on the board of Ohio Transit Risk Pool (OTRP) and is on the board of The Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition as Chair and CALSTART’s fuel cell infrastructure advisory board for public transit. Kirt is also involved with the Center for Transportation and the Environment/Federal Transit Administration’s Procurement Risk Reduction for Zero Emission Vehicles Committee, is a member of American Public Transportation Association’s Zero Emission Bus Specification Committee and is the past president of Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA).

  • Robert Foxen
    Robert Foxen

    President & CEO, Global Common
    Robert Foxen is a proven energy project developer and engineering consultant with over 30 years of experience in the energy and environmental fields. He has designed, developed, owned and operated a variety of renewable and fossil fueled energy projects. He is currently developing renewable natural gas (RNG) projects at six dairies in New York. He previously developed a 54-MW kerosene-fueled, peaking plant in Greenport, New York; two 12.5-MW biomass fired power plants in California; a 500-kW anaerobic digester/cogeneration project in New York; and a 150,000-ton per year wood pellet plant in Georgia. Foxen has a Bachelor of Science from Villanova University and a Master of Engineering from Manhattan College. He also completed the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School. He is a registered professional engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.

  • Tom Gellrich
    Tom Gellrich

    President and Founder, H2 and Carbon Capture Network
    Gellrich has been one of the pioneers in understanding and identifying the changes that shale gas as risks and opportunities for the US manufacturing industry. His presentations and white papers have been extensively quoted. As an executive with experience in operational business management, strategic development, hands on sales and marketing Tom provides a unique perspective combining all elements. He has been involved in several start-up opportunities – innovation – balanced with Fortune 50 experience – rigorous application. His entry to the business world was with Exxon Mobil, moving from engineering to project management and business roles.

  • Brad Huxter, BSME
    Brad Huxter, BSME

    Vice President of RNG Services for Northern Biogas
    A mechanical engineer with 25+ years of experience in gas processing, Brad is a well-known and trusted advisor for engineers, EPCs, and RNG project developers. His experience spans every major technology and application in the industry - including both RNG and power generation for ag, landfill, waste water, food waste, and municipal waste projects. As the Vice President of RNG Services for Northern Biogas, Brad helps project developers maximize the profitability of their RNG facilities with reliable, cost-effective plant operation and maintenance services, field services, and digester engineering and construction services.

  • Frank King
    Frank King

    Director, RNG Business Development, UGI Energy Services
    Frank King is Director, RNG Business Development for UGI Energy Services, LLC. Responsible for sourcing, identifying and delivering opportunities to create and enhance the profitability of UGI Energy Services’ RNG business, as well as to conduct activities that will potentially grow the business into new geographies and product lines. Prior to joining UGI Energy Services’ in 2020, Frank spent 15 years working in various management roles for the Williams Companies and EQT Corporation, serving most recently as Manager, Commercial Development for Williams Ohio River Supply Hub. He earned an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

  •  Lynn Lyon
    Lynn Lyon

    Sustainable Transportation Executive, U.S. Gain
    Lynn Lyon is a Sustainable Transportation executive with U.S. Gain, a leader in the development and distribution of alternative fuel and renewable energy. Lynn has extensive experience managing successful corporate fleet transitions to cleaner fuel with new truck technology and fuel infrastructure including hydrogen. She now partners with shippers and carriers to find their best path to lower emissions. As an influencer, she collaborates with more than 260,000 followers on LinkedIn or Twitter. Connect with her for the latest insights on alternative fuels.

Tuesday, April 18
Free for conference attendees

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Wednesday, April 19
Free for conference attendees

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Our conference is being hosted at:

Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
1000 Corporate Dr
Canonsburg, PA 15317


The following companies have made the Appalachian RNG Conference possible for 2023. Interested in becoming a conference sponsor? Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities and get in touch. 

Breakfast Sponsor
Break Sponsor
Lanyard Sponsor
RNG in Transportation Panel Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors