Accelerating Transition to a Low Carbon World

October 12-13, 2021 | Fort Collins, CO

CH4 Connections 2021 Preliminary Agenda (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
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 1 - Policy and Regulation for a Low Carbon World
8:40 – 9:00 AMKeynote #1
Decarbonization: Reducing Methane Emissions

Speaker: Ryan Peay, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas, U.S. Department of Energy
9:00 – 9:20 AMQuestions and Answers with Keynote Speaker
9:20 – 9:50 AMBreak, Networking, Exhibits
9:50 – 10:30 AMPanel Session #1
Codes and Standards for Methane Emissions

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)
10:30 – 10:45 AMBreak
10:45 – 11:05 AMKeynote #2
Environmental Protection Agency Post-Rule-Proposal

Speaker: Karen Marsh, Senior Environmental Engineer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
11:05 – 11:25 AMKeynote #3
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 - Methane Accounting for a Low Carbon World
12:45 – 12:55 PMGold 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, Executive Director, GTI
1:45 – 1:55 PMBreak
1:55 – 2:15 PMKeynote #4
Taking Credit for Responsibly Sourced Gas

Speaker Confirmation Pending
2:15 – 2:25 PMQuestions and Answers with Keynote Speaker
Section 3 - Emissions Estimating
2:25 – 2:45 PMKeynote #5
Emissions Estimating for a Low Carbon World (Introduction to Hydrogen)

Speaker: Kristine Wiley, VP Hydrogen Technology Center, GTI
2:45 – 2:55 PMQuestions and Answers with Keynote Speaker
2:55 – 3:10Break
3:10 – 4:00 PMPanel Session #3
Modeling Considerations for Natural Gas Systems in a Low Carbon Future

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
6:15 – 8:30 PMSpeaker/Sponsor Dinner

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



7:30 AM – 6:00 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

Moderator: Tony Lindsay, Managing Director, 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
11:50 – NoonWrap-up
Noon – 1.00 PMLunch for those staying for METEC Tour or Round-up or “Birds of Feather”
1:00 – 4:00 PMOption A
Choice of three “Birds of a Feather” discussions interactive meetings with a moderator
1:00 – 4:00 PMOption B
METEC Site Tour
1:00 – 4:00 PMOption C
Exhibits
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