RNG Coalition hires CARB transportation fuel chief to lead RNG industry state regulatory affairs

January 14, 2019. The RNG Coalition announced the hire of Sam Wade, former Chief of the Transportation Fuel Branch at the California Air Resources Board (ARB). Mr. Wade will serve as the RNG Coalition's Director of State Regulatory Affairs starting on January 15.

   “I'm very excited to join the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas and to help represent an industry that plays such a key role in achieving clean air and climate objectives,” said Wade. “I look forward to leveraging my experience to expand state-level regulations, programs and markets to support increased development, deployment and utilization of RNG.”

   Mr. Wade joins the RNG Coalition after spending the past four years leading the Transportation Fuel Branch of the ARB, where he helped developed and oversee the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Previously he also served as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs and as an Air Resources Engineer for the state agency.

   “Sam’s regulatory leadership at the Air Resources Board will be an asset for our industry as we look to further mitigate methane and reduce or sequester carbon emissions through federal, state and provincial programs that support renewable natural gas across the U.S. and Canada,” said RNG Coalition CEO Johannes Escudero.

   Mr. Wade holds a MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University, a MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Hawaii, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Davis.