ABC to host webinar on financing biogas projects

By Lisa Gibson | September 06, 2011

As with any capital intensive project, biogas projects must make sense on paper before implementation can begin. So said the American Biogas Council in its announcement of a Sept. 14 webinar designed to educate and inform on the biogas project financing process.

“Biogas Financing: Options, Steps, and Resources for Biogas Project Development” will feature three speakers, who will share their insights into financing models for various scales of biogas projects. Speaker Peter Weisberg, senior project analyst for The Climate Trust, will discuss carbon finance as it applies to biogas, with a short review of some of the innovative financing The Climate Trust is beginning to explore. Next, Michael Butler, chairman and CEO of Cascadia Capital, will discuss how Cascadia’s Sustainable Industries practice has been a key player in some of the clean technology sector’s most significant transactions. David Benson, a partner with Stoel Rives LLC, will discuss financing possibilities from his point of view at the leading energy and environmental litigation firm. Ted Niblock, general counsel and director of government affairs for Homeland Renewable Energy, will moderate.

The event, which will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. ET, is the second in a series dedicated to growing the U.S. biogas industry. It is free to ABC members, who can register by emailing Those who are not ABC members can register for a cost of $89 here

Topics covered will include considerations for making a project financeable and increasing project success; financing options for large, industrial-scale biogas facilities; why environmental commodities may add increased value to biogas projects; and how real world projects combine local, state, federal and international financial resources.