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Technology Enabling Green Initiatives

November 17-19, 2020 | Virtual Conference

Speakers

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Senator Chris Hansen
Senate District 31
Colorado State Senate

Senator Hansen specializes in energy sector economics and data analytics, with 20 years of experience in the global energy industry. He was formerly the Representative for House District 6 from 2017-2019, representing the east-central neighborhoods of Denver. He currently serves on the Senate Finance, and Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs committees. Throughout his tenure in the Colorado House of Representatives, Hansen served on the Capital Development, House Transportation & Energy, Appropriations, Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources, and Joint Budget committees, and as Chair on the House Appropriations Committee. Prior to his work as an elected official, he served as Senior Director at IHS Markit where he led a global portfolio of energy products, events and partnerships. He is a co-creator of the OptGen analysis, IHS CERA’s unique tool for applying financial portfolio techniques to power generation. Before joining IHS Markit, Dr. Hansen was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where he analyzed electricity and gas sector reform in India and published several papers in professional journals on energy sector economics and policy analysis. Dr. Hansen holds a BSc in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University; a Graduate Diploma of Civil Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; a Master of Science in Technology Policy from MIT; and a PhD in Economic Geography from Oxford University. In 2012, he was selected as a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund and in 2017 was selected as a Public Leadership Fellow at Harvard University by the Gates Family Foundation. In 2019, he was selected as one of fifteen leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of rising state and local elected officials. Hansen serves as the Co-Founder and Director of Programming at the Colorado Energy & Water Institute, and as Co-Founder of the Colorado Science and Engineering Policy Fellowship.

Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, November 17
10:10 – 10:30 AM (MT)

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Vanessa T. Ryan
Manager, Carbon Reduction, Energy Transition TeamI
Chevron Corporation

Vanessa T. Ryan is Manager, Carbon Reduction as part of the Energy Transition Team at Chevron Corporation, responsible for supporting business unit carbon reduction initiatives, including methane strategy. She also serves as Chair of the Steering Committee of The Environmental Partnership, an industry group committed to continuously improving the industry’s environmental performance. Previously, she was Senior Advisor for Shale Issues.

She also served as Chevron Asia-Pacific Exploration and Production, responsible for providing advice to Chevron’s Asia-Pacific business on government and public affairs issues, including trade and community engagement. She has served as Coordinator for Policy, Government, and Public Affairs for Chevron Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. Ms. Ryan joined Chevron as a Public Policy Adviser at Chevron Corporation, where she was responsible for the corporate responsibility report and advised on environmental, social, and geopolitical issues.

Prior to joining Chevron she worked in social marketing firm focused on health and environment issues. She holds a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Political Economy from UC Berkeley.

Keynote Speaker
Thursday, November 19
10:15 – 10:35 AM (MT)

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Former Governor Bill Ritter Jr.
Director, Center for the New Energy Economy
Colorado State University

Governor Bill Ritter was elected Colorado's 41st governor in 2006 and was the District Attorney of Denver from 1993-2005. During his four-year term as Governor, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a New Energy Economy. After leaving the Governor’s Office, Ritter founded the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, which works with state and federal policy makers to create clean energy policy throughout the country. Governor Ritter has authored a book that was published in 2016 entitled, Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution. Gov. Ritter was formerly the chair of the Board of Directors of the Energy Foundation and currently serves on the Regis University Board of Trustees. Gov. Ritter is a member of Blackhorn Venture Capital and serves as an advisor to Green Alpha and Millennium Bridge, among others. Ritter earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981). With his wife Jeannie, he operated a food distribution and nutrition center in Zambia. He then served as Denver’s district attorney from 1993 to January 2005.

Moderator
Fireside Chat with State Senator Chris Hansen

Tuesday, November 17
10:30 – 10:45 AM (MT)

 

Moderator
How constituents are driving new state-level regulatory initiatives panel

Thursday, November 19
12:00 – 12:50 PM (MT)

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Ron Snedic
​​Senior Vice President
Corporate Development
GTI

As the Senior VP of Corporate Development at Gas Technology Institute, Ron leads the effort to expand GTI’s customer base and increase revenues from technology-based product and service offerings. Snedic is responsible for GTI’s M&A activities and serves as President of GTI International, a holding company for GTI’s for-profit entities including Frontier Energy and SunGas Renewables. Snedic also oversees GTI’s marketing communications team, the human resources department, and a wide range of education and training programs. He is the President of Operations Technology Development, NFP and Utilization Technology Development, NFP. Both companies focus on the development of new technology for the natural gas industry. Snedic joined GTI as the Regional Manager of Customer Relations for the Southern Gas Association in April 1997. Prior to GTI Ron held various positions at Nicor Gas Distribution and UtiliCorp United. Snedic earned a B.S. in marketing and an M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University, and has completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Opening Remarks Speaker
Tuesday, November 17
Wednesday, November 18
Thursday, November 19

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Dr. Bryan Willson
Executive Director
Energy Institute
Colorado State University

Dr. Bryan Willson is Executive Director of the Energy Institute at Colorado State University, where he also occupies the Bryan Willson Presidential Chair in Energy Innovation and serves as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. CSU’s Energy Institute comprises over 200 faculty members working in energy and works closely with the Colorado energy startup community to help grow clean energy companies. The Energy Institute is headquartered at CSU’s Powerhouse Energy Campus, a 100,000 sq ft research facility that also houses over 15 early stage energy companies; it’s work on cleantech commercialization has been honored by the Economist, Scientific American, the Smithsonian Institution, university technology transfer associations, and the governments of Denmark, Spain, and China. Dr. Willson served as a Program Director at ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, from 2012-2016 and continued as a consultant / advisor to the agency until early 2019. He has worked for over 30 years to develop and deploy large-scale technology solutions related to energy, air quality, and human health. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Willson is co-founder of Envirofit International, Solix BioSystems, Factor(e) Ventures and Xpower. His research laboratory, the Engines & Energy Conversion Laboratory, has made important contributions in many areas, including: internal combustion engines, advanced vehicles, oil & gas production technology, advanced electrical grids, advanced biofuels, energy access for the developing world, and advanced building technologies. Dr. Willson is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers and has worked in over 40 countries.

Opening Remarks Speaker
Tuesday, November 17
Wednesday, November 18
Thursday, November 19

Moderator
International perspective and potential markets
Wednesday, November 18
10:15 PM – 11:05 AM (MT)

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David Allen
Professor
Melvin H. Gertz Regents Chair
Chemical Engineering
University of Texas Austin

Dr. Allen’s research areas are in energy and environmental engineering. He was a lead investigator in the Texas Air Quality Study, one of the largest air quality studies ever undertaken. His current research focuses on using the results from that study to provide a sound scientific basis for air quality management in Texas. In addition, Allen develops environmental educational materials for engineering curricula and disseminates the materials worldwide.

Dr. David Allen is the author of seven books and over 250 papers, primarily in the areas of urban air quality, the engineering of sustainable systems, and the development of materials for environmental and engineering education. He has been a lead investigator for multiple air quality measurement studies, which have had a substantial impact on the direction of air quality policies. Allen directs the Air Quality Research Program for the State of Texas, and he is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society’s journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

Allen has developed environmental educational materials for engineering curricula and for the University’s core curriculum, as well as engineering education materials for high school students. He led the development of a year-long high school engineering course, Engineer Your World, which is used in hundreds of high schools nationwide.

Dr. Allen’s Educational Qualifications: Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (1983) ;M.S., Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (1981); B.S., Chemical Engineering, Cornell University (1979)

Panelist
How can we compare leak detection technologies and work practices? Update on FEAST, MEET (methane emissions evaluation tool), the Pathway to Equivalency projects

Wednesday, November 18
1:00 – 1:45 PM (MT)

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Kristine Bennett
Project Manager
Energy Institute at Colorado State University

Kristine Bennett has been a project manager at the CSU Energy Institute for the past four years. In that time, she has worked closely with Dan Zimmerle and his group at the Methane Emissions Technology Evaluation Center (METEC) on numerous methane-related projects. She has facilitated research and collaboration in the field of methane emissions through her interactions with stakeholders from across the oil and gas industry, including partners in industry, academia, technology development and the regulatory sector. While her background is not in the energy sector (she has a PhD in Microbiology from CSU), Kristine always enjoys bringing people together and being part of productive projects that result in positive change.

Moderator
Sponsorship Showcase Rapid-fire

Wednesday, November 18
11:10 – 11:35 AM (MT)

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Elena Berman
Chief Science Officer
Kairos Aerospace

Elena Berman is a PhD physical chemist and spectroscopist (Stanford University) who is responsible for all Kairos research activities, development of spectrometer hardware, and advanced data analytics. Elena collaborates with scientists across industry and academia to advance the state-of-the-art in methane emission reduction. Prior to joining Kairos, Elena was Director of Research for Los Gatos Research, producing high performance spectroscopic analyzers for measurements of trace gasses and isotopes and serving as principal investigator on a number of government funded collaborative research projects.

Technical Presentation
“Beyond emissions factors: Directly measuring methane intensity to drive efficient LDAR strategies”

Wednesday, November 18
1:15 -1:25 PM (MT)

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Diane Burman
Commissioner
New York State Public Service Commission

Diane X. Burman serves as a Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission (Commission). The Commission regulates the state’s electric, gas, steam, telecommunications, and water utilities and oversees the cable industry. In addition, the Commission exercises jurisdiction over the siting of major gas and electric transmission facilities and is responsible for ensuring the safety of natural gas and liquid petroleum pipelines. Bipartisan by law since 1970, the Commission consists of up to five members, each appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. Ms. Burman’s term runs through February 2024.

Panelist
How stakeholders are driving new state-level regulatory initiatives

Thursday, November 19
11:45 – 12:35 PM (MT)

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Paul Cheliak
Vice President, Public and Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Gas Association

Paul Cheliak is the Vice President of Public and Regulatory Affairs with the Canadian Gas Association in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The CGA is the national voice for Canada’s natural gas distribution companies who deliver natural gas to over 20 million Canadians. Paul leads CGA’s public relations and political strategy to build support for sustainable gaseous energy use in Canada. Paul also works with utilities to advance their regulated business growth opportunities. Prior to joining CGA, Paul worked with Natural Resources Canada – Canada’s federal resource department – providing natural gas market and policy advice to the Department’s senior management. Paul lives in Ottawa with his wife and two daughters and is an avid (but not necessarily successful) fisherman.

Panelist
International perspectives on reducing methane emissions

Wednesday, November 18
10:15 – 11:00 AM (MT)

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Dan Cusworth
Data Scientist
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dan Cusworth received his B.S. in Applied Math/Atmospheric Sciences at UCLA and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry at Harvard University. At JPL he works on understanding sources of anthropogenic carbon dioxide and methane emissions from regional to facility scales. He works with the Megacities Carbon Project team to assimilate tower, aircraft, mountaintop, and satellite greenhouse gas measurements into a unified framework for basin-level emissions monitoring. He provides support to several Carbon Monitoring System aircraft campaign projects aimed at quantifying point sources across emission sectors. Finally, he is helping to develop retrieval and analysis frameworks for the next generation of satellite imaging spectrometers that will have the capability of high resolution emission mapping from space.

Panelist
Technology – growing potential for satellites to find and measure natural gas leaks

Tuesday, November 17
1:30 – 2:20 PM (MT)

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Howard R. Dieter, P.E.
Vice President - Environmental, Health & Safety
Jonah Energy LLC

Howard received a BS in Civil Engineering from Penn State University in 1989 and has over 30 years of experience working in a wide range of engineering, construction and government relations roles. He is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and previously in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Jonah Energy in 2014, Howard worked as a consultant for several upstream oil and gas operators in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays and in Wyoming. Jonah Energy operates in the Jonah Field, which is ranked among the top 10 gas fields in the U.S. Jonah Energy is very proactive in evaluating and implementing new technology particularly related to emissions reductions such as drone-based LDAR inspections and continuous fixed monitoring to reduce leak cycle time. Jonah Energy has earned the IES TrustWell Gold certification and recently received the first low methane attribute certification from IES in country.

Panelist
Operationalization – how are operators handling information from remote sensing?

Tuesday, November 17
3:00-3:50 PM (MT)

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Nicole Downey
Owner
Earth System Sciences

Dr. Nicole Downey is the owner of Earth System Sciences, a consulting firm specializing in oil and gas emissions and regulatory issues. Nicole received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Caltech and was later a postdoctoral scholar at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and at the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked on various remote sensing projects including satellite-based remote sensing of the earth surface and atmosphere. She has been a consultant for over 10 years and has extensive experience with modeling and understanding emissions from the oil and gas supply chain. Nicole’s background in satellite-based remote sensing and oil and gas emissions gives her a unique perspective in understanding both the possible benefits and drawbacks of this emerging technology.

Panelist
Technology – growing potential for satellites to find and measure natural gas leaks

Tuesday, November 17
1:30 – 2:20 PM (MT)

Sandra Ely
Director, Environmental Protection Division
New Mexico Environment Department

Sandra has a long history with the New Mexico Environment Department. As Environmental Protection Division Director, Sandra oversees the Department’s
Air Quality, Environment Health, Occupation Health and Safety and Radiation Control bureaus. She started in the Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (OHSB) in 1994 as an inspector and moved up to OHSB Program Manager before she became Air Quality Bureau Chief in 1999. In 2005, she began serving as Environment and Energy Policy Coordinator for the Department. In this role, she worked on state and regional climate change and clean energy initiatives. In 2012, she went back to the Air Quality as Compliance and Enforcement Section Chief before leaving the Department to manage the Aamodt Water Settlement in 2015 for Santa Fe County. Sandra holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley, a B.S. in Nursing from Creighton University and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. You will often see her out on the trails hiking, backpacking or running with her dog, Ali, and husband, Steve Michel.

Panelist
How stakeholders are driving new state-level regulatory initiatives

Thursday, November 19
11:45 – 12:35 PM (MT)

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Paula A. Gant, Ph.D.
SVP, Strategy & Innovation
Gas Technology Institute

Dr. Paula Gant leads strategy and planning to shape transitions to low-cost, low-carbon energy systems. In this role, Paula oversees efforts to commercialize technologies, processes, and scientific innovations needed for economy-wide, deep decarbonization post-2030, both nationally and worldwide—with a particular focus on opportunities to leverage gases, fuels, and infrastructure in these transitions. In both private and public sector leadership roles, Paula has focused on energy systems transitions and the intersection of technology, markets, and policy. At the U.S. Department of Energy, Paula administered natural gas export regulation and R&D programs executed by the National Energy Technology Lab, along with implementation of international clean energy initiatives and multilateral energy security engagements. She previously led policy and strategy at the American Gas Association and directed policy for Duke Energy. She holds a B.A. in Economics from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Paula lives in Washington, DC with her son and border collie.

Panelist
International perspectives on reducing methane emissions

Wednesday, November 18
10:15 – 11:00 AM (MT)

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Roy Hartstein
Founder, Managing Director
Responsible Energy Solutions

Roy is driven to help energy companies find the value in “doing the right things.” He has led companies to achieve “Freshwater Neutral,” offsetting their use of freshwater by improving water quality and availability, established methane management initiatives for production operations and pioneered the execution of the first U.S. “certified gas” transaction. Building on these experiences he leads oil and gas companies in implementation of ESG initiatives focused on key areas of material value, environmental risk mitigation and development of certified gas initiatives. Hartstein has spoken frequently on resource development including presentations on corporate responsibility, water management and methane emissions management. Recent presentations include the 2020 ADI Forum, 2019 ONE Future Climate and Methane Strategies Summit, 2018 World Gas Conference in Washington, DC; 2018 SPE Workshop on Environmental Stewardship in Unconventional Resource Development; and IGU Methane Conference at COP23 in Bonn, Germany. Responsible Energy Solutions is an energy consultancy dedicated to helping companies create tangible value through environmental excellence. Recent work includes consultation with an international oil and gas pipeline organization on the development of a “green pipeline” program, development of ESG strategy for midstream pipeline companies and a midstream water company, consultation with an international environmental NGO and development of a draft international standard for certified low methane emissions natural gas.

Panelist
Consumer-driven environmental standards

Tuesday, November 17
10:55 – 11:45 AM (MT)

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Zeke Hausfather
Director of Climate and Energy
The Breakthrough Institute

Zeke Hausfather is a climate scientist and energy systems analyst whose research focuses on observational temperature records, climate models, and mitigation technologies. He spent 10 years working as a data scientist and entrepreneur in the cleantech sector, where he was the lead data scientist at Essess, the chief scientist at C3.ai, and the cofounder and chief scientist of Efficiency 2.0. He also worked as a research scientist with Berkeley Earth, was the senior climate analyst at Project Drawdown, and the US analyst for Carbon Brief. He has masters degrees in environmental science from Yale University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a PhD in climate science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Panelist
Net Zero Goals: A conversation about the proposed pathways
Wednesday, November 18
2:00 – 2:50 PM (MT)

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Cate Hight
Principal
Rocky Mountain Institute

Cate Hight leads Rocky Mountain Institute’s efforts to elevate the importance of industrial decarbonization in the global climate action system. In collaboration with partners in business and civil society, Cate brings leading industrial actors together to seek agreement on decarbonization pathways and take action to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Cate also leads RMI’s work to develop a first of its kind product standard for natural gas differentiated according to its upstream methane emissions. Leveraging her deep expertise in climate policy and market mechanisms, Cate works with oil and gas operators, regulators, purchasers and consumers to build the market for differentiated gas and improve the industry’s climate performance.

Background
Cate spent ten years at the US Environmental Protection Agency where she led the agency’s work on carbon market development, played lead roles in the development of key greenhouse gas regulations, and co-authored the annual US Inventory of GHG Emissions and Sinks. Before joining RMI, Cate managed the oil and gas program of the Global Methane Initiative, a public-private partnership of 45 countries and private-sector actors dedicated to methane abatement, recovery, and use.

Prior to EPA, Cate worked for the Mission Climat of the Caisse des Depots in Paris (now I4CE), where she co-authored Pricing Carbon, a book assessing the performance of the European Union Emission Trading Scheme. She has also held positions at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and as committee staff in the US House of Representatives.

 

Panelist
Consumer-driven environmental standards
Tuesday, November 17
10:55 – 11:45 AM (MT)

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Brian Jones
Co-founder and COO
Kairos Aerospace

Brian is a PhD physicist who co-founded Kairos Aerospace in 2014. After leading the development of the prototype hardware, analysis, and software, he assembled a team of engineers to mature the product for a production environment. As COO, Brian is responsible for the market delivery of Kairos survey services. Prior to founding Kairos, Brian worked at Lockheed Martin as Chief Scientist on a number of classified and unclassified space projects as well as Lead Scientist for the Space Environmental Effects Lab.

Panelist
Technology – growing potential for satellites to find and measure natural gas leaks
Tuesday, November 17
1:00 – 1:50 PM (MT)

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Robert Kleinberg
Senior Research Scholar
Center on Global Energy Policy
Columbia University

Robert L. Kleinberg is Senior Research Scholar at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy, and Senior Fellow at the Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy. His current interests include energy technology and economics, and environmental and regulatory issues associated with the oil and gas industry. From 1980 to 2018 Dr. Kleinberg was employed by Schlumberger, the premier oilfield service company, attaining the rank of Schlumberger Fellow, one of about a dozen to have held this rank in a workforce of 100,000. From 1978 to 1980 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Exxon Corporate Research Laboratory. Dr. Kleinberg was educated at the University of California, Berkeley (B.S. Chemistry, 1971) and the University of California, San Diego (Ph.D. Physics, 1978). Dr. Kleinberg has authored more than 100 academic and professional papers, holds 41 U.S. patents, and has invented several geophysical instruments that have been commercialized on a worldwide basis. Dr. Kleinberg is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and serves on the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Panelist
Net Zero Goals: A conversation about the proposed pathways
Wednesday November 18
2:00 – 2:50 PM (MT)

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Pam Lacey
​​​Chief Regulatory Counsel
American Gas Association

Pam Lacey is the American Gas Association’s chief regulatory counsel, with 35 years of experience in energy and environmental law. She is staff executive for AGA’s environmental advocacy committee and has staffed Board-level task forces on climate, sustainability and clean energy issues. Ms. Lacey represents AGA on the International Gas Union (IGU) Group of Methane Experts. She represents AGA in environmental matters at the White House, EPA and other federal agencies, and has been actively involved in advocacy and research initiatives regarding climate issues, renewable natural gas (RNG), and methane emissions. Pam leads AGA’s sustainability and environmental, social, governance (ESG) initiatives. Before joining AGA, Pam was a Partner in the Washington office of Coffield, Ungaretti & Harris, representing gas and electric utilities in a broad range of environmental matters. Pam Lacey received her J.D. from George Washington University’s National Law Center and an A.B. cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

Moderator
Net Zero Goals: A conversation about the proposed pathways
Wednesday, November 18
2:00 – 2:50 PM (MT)

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Robert LaCount
​​​Executive Vice President
M.J. Bradley and Associates

Rob has 25 years of professional experience working at the intersection of energy and environmental issues, with deep expertise in the electric power and natural gas industries, environmental policy, and clean energy. At MJB&A, Rob assists clients on a wide range of topics including climate and clean energy strategy, policy assessment, and market & scenario analysis. Rob leads the firm’s natural gas practice and works closely with clients in MJ B&A’s Natural Gas Downstream Initiative and Natural Gas Supply Collaborative.

Before joining MJB&A, Rob worked for IHS where he managed environmental, climate change, and clean energy research and launched the IHS Climate Change and Clean Energy Forum. Prior to IHS, Rob worked for PG&E National Energy Group as Director of Environmental Policy and Strategy and held senior-level positions at the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Department of the Environment. While in government, he managed the design and implementation of numerous environmental regulations and emissions trading programs.

Rob has testified before the US Congress and has worked with a wide range of stakeholders including foreign governments, US federal and state governments, industry groups, and nongovernmental organizations in the development of environmental and energy policies. He holds a BA in Chemistry from Wittenberg University, an MS in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and the Institut Français du Pétrole, and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Moderator
Consumer-driven environmental standards
Tuesday, November 17
11:05 – 11:45 AM (MT)

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David Lyon
​​​Scientist
Environmental Defense Fund

David Lyon is a scientist at Environmental Defense Fund, a nonpartisan environmental advocacy organization with over 2.5 million members and 700 staff guided by science and economics to find solutions to urgent environmental problems. David has worked at EDF for 8 years researching methane emissions and other air pollution from the oil and gas industry. Prior to EDF, David worked at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality managing the state’s emissions inventory program. David earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics from the University of Arkansas with dissertation research on the quantification, assessment, and mitigation of O&G methane emissions.

Panelist
Operationalization – how are operators handling information from remote sensing?
Tuesday, November 17
3:00 – 3:50 PM (MT)

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Anthony Marchese
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Director, Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory
Director, Advanced Biofuels Combustion and Characterization Laboratory
Co-Principal Investigator, Methane Emissions Technology Evaluation Center
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Colorado State University

Dr. Marchese is the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Director of the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory and Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering at Colorado State University. Marchese holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research areas include internal combustion engines, alternative fuels, combustion, chemical kinetics, microgravity experiments, methane emissions and biomass cookstoves.

Current research projects include biodiesel chemical kinetics, pollutant formation from algae-based biofuels, exhaust emissions from algal methyl esters, locomotive engine emissions, ultrasonic harvesting of microalgae, dual fuel diesel/natural gas engines, biomass gasifier cookstoves and methane emissions from the natural gas supply chain. He is currently the Chair of the U.S. Western States Section of the Combustion Institute.

From 2013 to 2016, he was the Principal Investigator on a $1.9 Million study organized by the Environmental Defense Fund aimed at quantifying total methane emissions from the gathering and processing sectors of the natural gas supply chain. From 2010 to 2013, he served as the fuel conversion team leader for the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts, a $50 Million DOE algal biofuel consortium. Marchese teaches courses in combustion, thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics and product design.

He has previously held positions at Rowan University, United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, CT and NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. He is the holder of numerous United States Patents and is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Pi Tau Sigma, The Combustion Institute, AIAA, ASME, SAE and ASEE. In 2001, he was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and in 2004 he was awarded the ASEE Kauffman Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator Award.

Moderator
Sponsor Showcase Rapid-Fire Session
Tuesday, November 17
11:55 – 11:15 AM (MT)

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Jason McKeever
Science and Systems Lead
GHGSat

Dr. Jason McKeever is science and systems lead for GHGSat. He has over fifteen years of postdoctoral and industry experience in experimental spectrometry and physics, and his focus since 2010 has been in the development of trace gas detectors, first with cavity ring down spectroscopy and diffusion chromatography, and now with GHGSat’s WAF‐P spectrometer. The WAF-P is the device that enables measurement of individual methane emitters from space on GHGSat’s satellites. Jason has a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech (2004) and a Hon.B.Sc. Physics from the University of Toronto (1998).

Panelist
Technology – growing potential for satellites to find and measure natural gas leaks
Tuesday, November 17
1:30 – 2:20 PM (MT)

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Pietro Mezzano
Project Manager
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

Pietro Mezzano is an engineer holding a MSc in “Climate Change & Finance” with Distinction from Imperial College London Business School and MSc in “Civil Engineering – Structural Design” from Imperial College London. Prior to joining OGCI, Pietro worked for a major utility company developing and building hydropower plants and wind farms projects in Europe.

Panelist
International perspective on reducing methane emissions
Wednesday, November 18
10:15 – 11:05 AM (MT)

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Chris Moore
Sr. Scientist, Energy Delivery & Utilization
GTI

Dr. Chris Moore is currently a Senior Scientist in the Energy Delivery group at GTI. In his current role he leads efforts to evaluate new technologies and study methane emissions from natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, and serves as the Principal Investigator for the GTI Center for Methane Research. Chris’s research has allowed him to collaborate with different groups including natural gas utilities, state and federal funding agencies, academia, and public stakeholders. Dr. Moore’s research has been published in a wide variety of scientific journals including Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Dr. Moore holds a BS in Chemistry from WVU Tech, an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Marine, Estuarine, Environmental Science from the University of Maryland.

Panelist
How can we compare leak detection technologies and work practices: update on FEAST, MEET (methane emissions evaluation tool), the Pathway to Equivalency projects?
Wednesday, November 18
1:00 – 1:45 PM (MT)

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Arvind Ravikumar
Assistant Professor of Energy Engineering
Harrisburg University

Dr. Arvind Ravikumar is an assistant professor of energy engineering at Harrisburg University in Pennsylvania and directs the sustainable energy development lab. His group examines the future of oil and gas resources in a carbon constrained world, and studies equitable energy transition pathways in developing countries. Specifically, Ravikumar has led several large-scale field campaigns in the US and Canada on technology assessment and methane emissions measurements and is the lead developer of the FEAST simulation software. He routinely collaborates with US and international regulatory agencies, NGOs, grassroots organizations, and businesses to advance effective methane policies.

Panelist
How can we compare leak detection technologies and work practices: update on FEAST, MEET (methane emissions evaluation tool), the Pathway to Equivalency projects?
Wednesday, November 18
1:00 – 1:50 PM (MT)

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Susan Stuver, Ph.D., BCES
​​R&D Manager
GTI

Dr. Stuver, leads GTI's Environmental, Risk and Integrity Management programs – with many years directing the planning, acquisition, development and technical execution of environmental programs throughout the US and oversees. Currently, Dr. Stuver leads research focused on the detection, characterization and reduction of methane emissions from the natural gas industry and actively works with utilities and pipeline companies on collaborative research to enable the introduction of renewable natural gas with a focus on ensuring the gas quality does not impact pipeline infrastructure or end use applications. Dr. Stuver represents GTI as the administer for the LCRI Safety and Environmental Aspects Subcommittee, the Collaboratory to Advance Methane Science, the Risk, Integrity and Environment Committee of the Operations Technology Development Collaboration, and represents GTI as a signatory member of Project Astra.

Dr. Stuver is a Board Certified Environmental Scientist, holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering and Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio, as well as an MS in Environmental Science and Spatial Analysis and a BS in Biology. Dr. Stuver is a veteran of the USARMY.

Moderator
Operationalization – how are operators handling information from remote sensing?
Tuesday, November 17
3:00 PM – 3:50 PM (MT)

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Erin Tullos
Environmental Risk Management Team Lead
ExxonMobil

Erin Tullos leads the methane detection and mitigation research team for the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. Her career has generally been focused on air quality and greenhouse gases, though she also has experience in water sustainability, heavy metals mitigation and alternative energy. She has worked in industry for about thirteen years and has been with ExxonMobil for the last six. Previous roles include managing a portfolio of federal air regulations (advocacy and compliance support), as a refinery environmental regulatory advisor and in research.

Panelist
Operationalization – how are operators handling information from remote sensing?
Tuesday, November 17
3:00 PM – 3:50 PM (MT)

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Joe von Fischer
​​Professor
Department of Biology
Colorado State University

Joe von Fischer is an associate professor in the Department of Biology who studies how the function of ecosystems is structured by the interactions among humans, plants, the soil and soil microbes, with particular focus on how these factors influence the emissions of greenhouse gases like methane. Joe’s research seeks to characterize the physical and biological diversity of systems that give rise to micro-sites with exceptional influence on overall system function. Joe’s lab maintains two primary research areas. One is the study of how biological diversity among the bacteria that consume methane within soils leads to spatial and temporal patterns in soil methane fluxes. The other is in collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund to use Google Streetview Cars to measure the leakage rate of natural gas from urban distribution systems around the country.

Moderator
Technology – growing potential for satellites to find and measure natural gas leaks
Tuesday, November 17
1:30-2:20 PM (MT)

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Kristine Wiley
Executive Director
GTI Hydrogen Technology Center

As the Executive Director of GTI's Hydrogen Technology Center (HTC) Kristine Wiley works across the organization to synchronize deep industry knowledge and technical expertise as well as large scale labs and test facilities to integrate the use of hydrogen into the energy system. Addressing economy wide decarbonization, the HTC brings together public-private partnerships to facilitate R&D to enable clean hydrogen generation, transport, storage and utilization at scale while leveraging the existing robust energy infrastructure to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon future. Kristine’s career spans nearly two decades at GTI.

Prior to her current role, she served as an R&D Director responsible for GTI’s Environmental, Risk, and Integrity Management programs. With a focus on reducing environmental impacts, she led collaborative research directly working with industry to develop solutions for the detection and mitigation of methane emissions from natural gas operations. At GTI she has held positions of increasing responsibility managing research addressing utility operations and environmental compliance to advancing the use of low-carbon fuels such as renewable natural gas. Kristine holds a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago as well as an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Panelist
Net Zero Goals: A conversation about the proposed pathways
Wednesday, November 18
10:00 – 10:15 AM (MT)

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Dan Zimmerle
Senior Research Associate
Energy Institute at Colorado State University

Daniel Zimmerle is a Senior Research Associate in the Energy Institute at Colorado State University (CSU). Zimmerle was a principal investigator on three major studies of methane emissions in the natural gas supply chain, and for METEC, the ARPA-E MONITOR test facility at CSU. Additionally, Zimmerle also has major research programs looking at microgrids for remote communities and the integration of distributed generation into power systems. Zimmerle also leads research programs for remote community microgrids and the integration of distributed generation into power systems. Zimmerle has been (or is) PI on four major studies of methane emissions in the natural gas supply chain, and leads the CSU METEC test facility for the ARPA-E MONITOR program.

Prior to CSU, he served as the Chief Operating Officer at Spirae, Inc. and worked 20 years at Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies including experience as both a division general manager and R&D manager. He has lead organizations in several business areas, including computer systems, test systems, and consumer products. Organizations included personnel in the US, Ireland, Singapore and other countries. He holds a BSME and MSME from North Dakota State University.

Moderator
How can we compare leak detection technologies and work practices? Update on FEAST, MEET (methane emissions evaluation tool), the Pathway to Equivalency projects
Wednesday, November 18
1:00 – 1:45 PM (MT)

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