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Methane Emissions in the Spotlight – From Measurement to Mitigation
October 20-21, 2022 | Fort Collins, CO

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Methane Emissions in the Spotlight – From Measurement to Mitigation

National focus has escalated around characterizing and managing methane emissions. Better measurement of methane emissions is an essential first step but we also want to highlight the importance of measurement data being understandable and usable by the operators that are going to have to mitigate those emissions. We will focus on how to effectively decarbonize our energy systems and the role of methane emission mitigation in these efforts.

Pre-Conference

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 1:00-5:00PM MT (dinner on your own)

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 8:30-11:30AM MT (METEC tour will follow) SOLD OUT

MEET 2.0 Workshop

Location: Powerhouse Energy Campus classroom, 420 N. College Ave, Ft Collins, CO
Cost: $300 per person

CSU will hold a training workshop for the Methane Emissions Estimation Toolkit (MEET), an emissions simulation tool for oil and gas facilities. MEET utilizes mechanistic simulation methods to develop realistic, time-varying, emissions behavior for common facility processes in upstream and midstream sectors.

MEET results are useful for understanding the performance of leak detection and quantification (LDAQ) methods, emission mitigation interventions, and leak detection and repair (LDAR) programs. MEET also provides simulated emissions for a wide range of sensing or emissions mitigation studies.

Target Audience:

Course will provide a fundamental understanding of time-series modeling of emissions – methods, inputs, and results. Course will not cover the detailed mechanics of running MEET and analyzing MEET results.

  • Engineers, scientists, or technical supervisors. Examples:
    • O&G Industry: Staff working on LDAR programs, emissions mitigation, or regulatory reporting.
    • Regulators or environmental NGOs: Understanding basin- or facility-scale emissions causes, accuracy, and variability for advanced modeling or emission surveys.

Training Format:

  • Training is split across two half days. Students are encouraged to bring laptop computers to follow along with course materials.

Outline:

  • Introduction to mechanistic modeling
    • Comparison of inventory and mechanistic models, including inputs and outputs
    • Developing mechanistic models from physical modeling and facility design
    • Practical limitations of mechanistic modeling
  • Modeling of routine emissions and non-routine failure modes
  • Typical input data required for facility modeling
    • Equipment types and interconnections
    • Gas compositions
  • Analysis of MEET outputs for common topics, with examples such as:
    • Simulation of sampling surveys
    • Emissions change after applying a mitigation measure
    • Use of speciated emission compositions

Pre-Conference

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 Noon-5:45PM MT SOLD OUT

Veritas: A GTI Energy Methane Emissions Measurement and Verification Initiative

Veritas is finished with the demonstration phase – with 20 projects underway currently and we will be incorporating our learnings from those demos back into the protocols.

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 Noon-5:45pm MT
Cost: $200 per person
Location: Ballroom A (third floor) – Lory Student Center, Colorado State University

Purpose:

  • To provide an open venue for sponsor companies to present their demonstration projects, discuss their experience using the Veritas protocols, and share any learnings / best practices/ opportunities to improve
  • For GTI Energy to introduce Veritas to regulators and relevant stakeholders and highlight how the initiative is helping the industry:
    • Widely adopt a standardized methodology for measuring methane emissions that can be trusted by industry, regulatory bodies, and investors
    • Allow for trusted measurement of methane emissions reductions year over year and an accurate comparison of the technologies that are aiding in the measurement to mitigation of methane emissions
    • Align with international frameworks such as OGMP 2.0 and ESG goals


12:00 PMLunch – boxed lunches available
1:00 PMWelcome Remarks: Veritas Introduction
Erin Blanton, GTI Energy
1:10 PMPresentation: Veritas Overview and Learning Thus Far

  • Veritas: Technical Overview
    Jessica Shumlich, Highwood Emissions
  • Veritas: Demonstration Phase
    Tecle Rufael, SLR Consulting
  • Veritas: Methane Reporting Standard
    Srijana Rai, GTI Energy
2:00 PMPanel 1: Demonstration Projects Upstream (Production, G&B, and Processing)

Moderator:
Matt Harrison, SLR
Panelists:
  • Deidre Shepherd, Chesapeake (Production)
  • Chuck Cornell, Jonah Energy (Production)
  • Shaun Higgins, Chevron (Production and G&B)
  • Brian Halchak, Williams (G&B and Processing)
3:00 PMBREAK
3:15 PMPresentations: Veritas: Where does it fit in – OGMP 2.0, ESG, RSG, etc.?

Moderator:
Hon Xing Wong, GTI Energy
Presenters:
  • Mike Smith, Devon Energy
  • Julie Dalzell, ConocoPhillips
  • Thomas Fox, Highwood Emission
4:00 PMPanel 2: Downstream Demonstration Projects (T&S, Distribution and LNG)

Moderator:
Marta Guerrero Marino, GTI Energy
Panelists:
  • Heidi Wray, Enstor (T&S)
  • Ed Newton, SoCalGas (Distribution)
  • Rachel Mattix, Duke Energy (Distribution)
4:45 PMBREAK
5:00 PMPanel 3: Panel: Veritas – What’s next? 2023+ and International adoption

Moderator:
Amanda Harmon, GTI Energy
Panelists:
  • Lesley (Fleischman) Feldman, CATF
  • Adam Pacsi, Chevron
  • Alexandre Balkanski, Picarro
  • Michael Rabbani, RMI
5:45 PMClosing Remarks
Erin Blanton, GTI Energy

Conference Day 1: Thursday October 20, 2022 (U.S. Mountain Time Zone)

Location: Lory Student Center, Colorado State University



7:00 AM – 6:00 PMRegistration and Information Desk
7:30 AM – 8:30 AMContinental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 – 8:40 AMOpening Remarks:
Ron Snedic, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, GTI Energy
Bryan Willson, Executive Director, Energy Institute, Colorado State University
SECTION 1 – Using Science to Inform Policy and Regulation
8:40 – 9:30 AMFireside chat

Moderator:
Erin Blanton, Managing Director, Zero Emissions, GTI Energy
Panelists:
  • Tim Reinhardt, Director Division of Methane Mitigation Technologies, Office of Resource Sustainability, Office of Fossil Energy & Carbon Management, U.S. DOE
  • Jared Ciferno, Program Manager, Methane Mitigation Technologies, U.S. DOE, NETL
  • Michael Ogletree, Director of Air Quality at CDPHE, Colorado
  • Tricia Pridemore, Chairman, Georgia Public Utilities Commission
9:30 – 10:20 AMPanel Session #1: Regulatory Standards for Methane Emissions

Moderator:
Hon Xing Wong, GTI Energy
Panelists:
  • Karen Marsh, PE, Environmental Engineer, US EPA, Fuels and Incineration Group, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
  • Claudia Borchert, Climate Change Policy Coordinator, New Mexico Environment Department
  • Lesley (Fleischman) Feldman, Research & Analysis Manager, Methane Pollution Prevention, Clean Air Task Force (CATF)
  • Pam Lacey, Chief Regulatory Council, American Gas Association
10:20 – 10:40 AMBREAK, NETWORKING, EXHIBITS
10:40 – 11:10 AMKeynote:
Paula A. Gant, PhD, President & CEO, GTI Energy

Moderator:
Ron Snedic, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, GTI Energy
SECTION 2 – Agriculture and Waste Methane Emissions Mitigation
11:10 – NoonPanel Session #2: Cross Compatible Detection Technologies Between Energy and Agriculture/Waste

Moderator:
Dan Zimmerle, Director, Methane Emissions Program - METC, Energy Institute | Colorado State University
Panelists:
  • Ag 101 – Dr. Sara Place, Assoc Professor of Feedlot Systems, AgNext Research Faculty, Department of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University
  • Landfills 101 – Roger Green, Director of Engineering Science, Environmental Management Group, Waste Management
  • Renewable Natural Gas 101 – Sam Wade, Director of Public Policy, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas
Noon – 12:10 PMGold Sponsor Technical Presentation
  • Drew Pomerantz, Schlumberger
12:10 – 1:00 PMLUNCH, NETWORKING, EXHIBITS
SECTION 3 – Methane Accounting: Reconciling Real vs. Reported missions
1:00 – 1:50 PMPanel Session #3: Role of Methane Accounting for Low Carbon World

Moderator:
Chris Moore, Program Manager, GTI Energy
Panelists:
  • Arvind Ravikumar, UT Austin
  • Thomas Fox, President, Highwood Emissions
  • Lara Owens, Manager Climate Intelligence, RMI
1:55 – 2:45 PMPanel Session #4: Role of Methane Measurements in a Low Carbon World – Aerial Measurements: What Have We Learned?

Moderator:
Keily Bouchentouf, Manager, Energy Transitions, GTI Energy
Panelists:
  • Matthew Johnson, Professor, Carleton University
  • Riley Duren, CEO Carbon Mapper, Research Scientist, University of Arizona
2:45 – 3:25 PMBREAK, NETWORKING, EXHIBITS
3:25 – 3:35 PMGold Sponsor Technical Presentation
  • Vineet Aggarwal, Heath Consultants
SECTION 4 – Making Emissions Data Actionable
3:35 – 4:25 PMPanel Session #5: Operationalizing Data – the only way to move the needle

Moderator:
Bryan Willson, Executive Director, Energy Institute, Colorado State University
Panelists:
  • Maria Lozano, Emissions Management Product Manager, Baker Hughes
  • Zach Weller, Data Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Shannon Katcher, Vice President, Digitalization, GTI Energy
4:25 – 4:35 PMGold Sponsor Technical Presentation
  • Jacob Melby, Sensit
4:35 – 5:25 PMPanel Session #6: Sponsor Showcase Rapid-Fire

Moderator:
Amanda Harmon, Senior Manager, Programs Zero Emissions Systems, GTI Energy
5:25 – 6:30 PMNETWORKING RECEPTION and EXHIBITS

Conference Day 2: Friday October 21, 2022 (U.S. Mountain Time Zone)

Location: Lory Student Center, Colorado State University



7:30 AM – 1:00 PMRegistration and Information Desk
7:30 AM – 8:30 AMContinental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 – 8:40 AMOpening Remarks:
Ron Snedic, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, GTI Energy
Bryan Willson, Executive Director, Energy Institute, Colorado State University
8:40 – 9:30 AMPanel Session #7: Production Leak Mitigation

Moderator:
Joe von Fischer, Professor of Biology, Colorado State University
Panelists:
  • Vanessa Ryan, Manager, Carbon & Climate Policy Manager, Chevron
  • JD Holt, Principal Advisor to Responsible Energy Solutions (RES)
  • Daniel Palmer, Director of Deployment and Commercialization, OGCI
  • Matt Harrison, Senior Principal, SLR Environmental
9:30 – 9:50 AMBREAK
9:50 – 10:00 AMGold Sponsor Technical Presentation
  • Pete Roos, Bridger Photonics
10:00 – 10:10 AMGold Sponsor Technical Presentation
  • Angel Esparza, GHGSat
10:10 – 11:00 AMPanel Session #8: Sponsor Showcase Rapid-Fire Session

Moderator:
Bryan Willson, Executive Director, Energy Institute, Colorado State University
11:00 – 11:10 AMBREAK
11:10 – NoonPanel Session #9: Transmission and Distribution Leak Mitigation

Moderator:
Amanda Harmon, Senior Manager, Programs Zero Emissions Systems, GTI Energy
Panelists:
  • Greg Jones, Director, Climate & Environmental Policy, Southern Company Gas
  • Ed Newton, Gas Engineering Programs Manager, Southern California Gas Company
  • Brian Halchak, Environmental Program Manager, Williams Companies
  • Rob Tremberger, Section Manager of Leak Survey and Corrosion, Con Edison
Noon – 12:10 PMWrap up
12:10 – 1:00 PMLunch for all participants
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