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October 20-21, 2022 | Fort Collins, CO

CH4 Connections 2021 (All times subject to change. Please check back for updates.)

Pre-Conference: Monday, October 11, 2021 (U.S. Mountain Time Zone)



Noon – 7:00 PM
(7 hours)
Exhibit set up before conference (Lory Student Center)
Dinner on your own

Day 1: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (all times in U.S. Mountain Time Zone)



7:00 AM – 6:00 PMRegistration and Information Desk, Exhibit set up starting at 7:00 AM
8:00 AM – 9:00 AMContinental Breakfast and Networking
9:00 – 9:10 AMWelcome Remarks:
Ron Snedic, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, GTI
Bryan Willson, Executive Director, Energy Institute, Colorado State University
Section 1 - Policy and Regulation for a Low Carbon World
9:10 – 9:25 AMKeynote #1
DOE's Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management's Efforts toward Decarbonization of the Natural Gas Stream

Speaker: Ryan Peay, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Office of Resource Sustainability, U.S. Department of Energy
9:25 – 9:45 AMFireside Chat
Retrospective: what were the conversations and topics over the course of the past 5 years at this conference. Going forward: what’s changed and what are we talking about this year?


Panelist: Bryan Willson, Executive Director, Energy Institute, Colorado State University
Panelist: Dan Zimmerle, Director, Methane Emissions Program (METEC), Energy Institute at Colorado State University
Panelist: Amanda Harmon, Manager-Projects Energy Delivery & Utilization, GTI
9:45 – 10:00 AMBreak
10:00 – 10:50 AMPanel Session #1
Codes and Standards for Methane Emissions

Panelists will discuss the PIPES Act in the US and equivalent in EU, Asia, etc.

Moderator: Dan Zimmerle, Senior Research Associate, Energy Institute, Colorado State University
Panelist: Pam Lacey, Senior Managing Counsel, American Gas Association
Panelist: Chris Hoidal, Senior Technical Advisor, US DOT PHMSA
Panelist: Steve Wheeler, Integrity Engineer, Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)
10:50 – 11:05 AMBreak
11:05 – 11:25 AMKeynote #2
Solutions and Pathways to Mitigation

Federal programs that surround solutions and pathways to mitigation will be discussed
Speaker: Jack Lewnard, Program Director, ARPA-E
11:25 – 11:45 AMQuestions and Answers with Keynote Speaker
Moderator: Amanda Harmon, Manager, Projects Energy Delivery & Utilization, GTI
11:45 – 12:45 PMLunch, Networking, Exhibits
Section 2 - Differentiated Gas
12:45 – 12:55 PMGold Sponsor Presentation: Kairos Aerospace
12:55 – 1:45 PMPanel Session #2
Role of Methane Accounting for Low Carbon World

Moderator: Anthony Marchese, Assoc. Dean for Academic & Student Affairs, Prof of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University
Panelist: Roy Hartstein, Founder & Managing Director, Responsible Energy Solutions
Panelist: Tom Fox, President & Director of Innovation, Highwood Emissions Management
Panelist: Meg Coleman, Director of Digital Transformation, GTI
1:45 – 1:55 PMBreak
1:55 – 2:15 PMKeynote #3
An Industry View of Differentiated Gas Supplies

Speaker: Fiji George, Senior Director, Climate and Sustainability, Cheniere Energy
2:15 – 2:25 PMQuestions and Answers with Keynote Speaker
Moderator: Keily Miller, Manager of Energy Transitions, Program Administrator for the Collaboratory to Advance Methane Science (CAMS), GTI
Section 3 - Emissions Estimating
2:25 – 2:50 PMKeynote #4
Advancing Decarbonization for the Gas Industry: The Role of Hydrogen and Low Carbon Resources

Speaker: Kristine Wiley, VP Hydrogen Technology Center, GTI
2:50 – 3:00 PMQuestions and Answers with Keynote Speaker
Moderator: Dan Zimmerle, Director of Methane Emissions Program -- METEC, Energy Institute at Colorado State University
3:00 – 3:10Break
3:10 – 4:00 PMPanel Session #3
Understanding Methane Emissions from NG Systems

Moderator: Kate Smits, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
Panelist: Ken Davis, Professor of Atmospheric & Climate Science, PennState
Panelist: Riley Duren, CEO Carbon Mapper, University of Arizona
Panelist: Clay Bell, Research Scientist I – Powerhouse Energy Institute, Faculty Affiliate – Department of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University
4:00 – 4:10 PMGold Sponsor Presentation: Sensit Technologies
4:10 – 4:20 PMBreak
4:20 – 5:10 PMPanel Session #4
Sponsor Showcase Rapid-Fire Session

Moderator: Bryan Willson, Executive Director, Energy Institute, Colorado State University
5:10 – 6:30 PMNetworking, Reception, and Exhibits
6:30 – 8:30 PMSpeaker/Sponsor Dinner

Day 2: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (U.S. Mountain Time Zone)



7:30 AM – 1:00 PMRegistration and Information Desk
7:30 AM – 8:30 AMContinental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 – 8:40 AMWelcome Remarks:
Ron Snedic, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, GTI
Bryan Willson, Executive Director, Energy Institute, Colorado State University
Section 4 - Detection and Mitigation
8:40 – 9:30 AMPanel Session #5
Tried and True Mitigation Technologies from the Field: Transmission and Distribution Sector

Moderator: Jarrod Bullen, Engineer, Energy Delivery & Utilization, GTI
Panelist: Lindsey Fitzgerald, Section Manager of Leak Survey, Con Edison
Panelist: Stephen Ramos, R&D and Innovation Engineer, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E)
Panelist: Jeff Goetzman, Manager-Texas Region Technical Field Operations, Cathodic Protection, Advanced Leak Survey, Measurement, Odorization Tool and EQ Team Chairman, Centerpoint
9:30 – 9:50 AMBreak
9:50 – 10:00 AMGold Sponsor Presentation: Heath Consultants
10:00 – 10:50 AMPanel Session #6
Sponsor Showcase Rapid-Fire Session

Moderator: Bryan Willson, Executive Director, Energy Institute, Colorado State University
10:50 – 11:00 AMBreak
11:00 – 11:50 PMPanel Session #7
Observations, Inventories and Regulation: How Will New Tiered Observation Capabilities Impact the Future of Methane Reporting

Moderator: Joe von Fischer, Professor, Department of Biology, Colorado State University
Panelist: Adam Brandt, Assoc Prof, Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford Univ.
Panelist: Melissa Weitz, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division, EPA
11:50 – NoonWrap-up
Noon – 12:30 PMLunch for those staying for METEC Tour or choice of three informal moderated breakout discussions.
12:30 – 3:30 PMOption A
Extended exhibit show hours and ability to choose from three informal moderated breakout discussions:
  • Choice 1: “What’s up with you? Share what you’re working on!”
    Moderator: Stuart Riddick, Research Scientist, Energy Institute, CSU
    Room 308-10
  • Choice 2: “Group therapy session – so how bad is the news in the IPCC AR6 report? Let’s discuss.”
    Moderator: Amanda Harmon, Manager-Projects Energy Delivery & Utilization, GTI
    Room 322
  • Choice 3: “No leak is too big or small – leak detection and quantification geeks unite. Pipeline leak detection and quantification (LDAQ)”
    Moderator: Kate Smits, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
    Room 324
12:30 – 3:30 PMOption B
METEC Site Tour (METEC site on Colorado State University campus)
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