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Leveraging Natural Gas to Reduce GHG Emissions

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and the University of Texas

Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 6:45 PM (CDT)

Houston, TX

Leveraging Natural Gas to Reduce GHG Emissions

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Preliminary Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 Registration and Breakfast 
8:30 – 8:45  

Welcome from C2ES and UT 

  • John Butler, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Texas
  • Janet Peace, Vice President for Markets and Business Strategy, C2ES
8:45 – 10:00 

Panel: US Natural Gas Use and Emissions
Domestic natural gas supply has rapidly increased while price has decreased in recent years. This session will look at trends in supply and demand as well as what life-cycle emissions analyses have told us about the potential climate implications of increased natural gas use.

  • Ramon Alvarez, Senior Scientist, EDF
  • Reid Smith, Senior Climate Advisor, BP
  • Janet Peace, Vice President for Markets and Business Strategy, C2ES, Moderator
10:00 – 10:15   Coffee Break 
10:15 – 11:45  

Panel: Transportation Sector
The transportation sector is currently dominated by gasoline as an energy source, however, natural gas has gained a following as a fuel option for fleet and heavy duty vehicles, as both a direct and indirect energy source. This session will discuss the future for heavy duty as well as passenger vehicles, and how potential uses and emissions reductions in this sector compare with others.

  • Jay Albert, Deputy Secretary of Energy, Oklahoma
  • Randy Mullett, Vice President Government Relations and Public Affairs, Con-way
  • Fred Beach, Independent Researcher, University of Texas, Moderator
11:45 – 12:45  Lunch 
12:45 – 2:00 

Panel: Power Sector
A diversity of domestic fuel supply has long characterized the power sector. This session will examine the implications of abundant, low-cost natural gas; how it will affect the future fuel mix; and the potential greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Ann Loomis, Senior Advisor for Federal & Environmental Policy, Dominion Resources
  • Sarah Forbes, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute
  • David Spence, Associate Professor, University of Texas, Moderator

 

2:00 – 2:15  Break 
2:15 – 3:30 

Panel: Industrial Sector
Energy intensive industries use natural gas for power, process heating, and as a feedstock and as such are very sensitive to changes in natural gas pricing. The session will focus on the role of energy efficiency and combined heat and power in the industrial sector. It will also examine how the use of natural gas by industry for combustion and feedstock compares to other sectors, in terms of emissions. 

  • Joel Bluestein, Senior Vice President, ICF International
  • Michael Katz, Partner, Greener Capital
  • Michael Tubman, Senior Fellow, C2ES, Moderator
3:30 – 3:45  Refreshment Break 
3:45 – 5:00 

Panel: Natural Gas and Other Fuels
Natural gas is the lowest emitting fossil fuel, yet it still emits greenhouse gases. This session will discuss how the new abundance and low cost of natural gas will affect zero carbon sources, like renewables and nuclear, in the future.  

  • Larry Boggs, Director and Senior Counsel, GE
  • Steve Corneli, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Policy and Strategy, NRG Energy
  • Michael Webber, Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Moderator

 

5:00 – 5:15 

Wrap Up and Key Takeaways 

  • John Butler, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Texas
  • Janet Peace, Vice President for Markets and Business Strategy, C2ES
5:15 – 6:45  Reception 

 

In advance of the workshop, C2ES and UT will circulate discussion papers for each session, teeing up key issues and questions. Moderated by C2ES and UT, each panel will begin with remarks from two or three discussants, reserving more than half of the time for group conversation and reaction.


Hotel Information:
Workshop participants can reserve a room at a discounted rate at the Hilton Americas, across the street from the venue. Please visit: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/H/HOUCVHH-61G-20120516/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

 

Thank you to our event sponsor, the American Clean Skies Foundation.

Have questions about Leveraging Natural Gas to Reduce GHG Emissions? Contact Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and the University of Texas

When & Where


The Grove Restaurant, Primavera Room
1611 Lamar Street
Houston, TX 77010

Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 6:45 PM (CDT)


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Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and the University of Texas

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
Formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to advance strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change.

 

The University of Texas
The Energy Management & Innovation Center of the McCombs School of Business in the University of Texas aims to educate students, create intellectual capital of use to industry and policy-makers, and support the activities to the university’s diverse energy initiatives.

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