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Electrification & Natural Gas Decarbonization: Opportunities & Challenges

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Electrification and Natural Gas Decarbonization: Opportunities and Challenges for the Pacific Northwest Utility Industry

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Conference Presented by NewsData LLC and CJB Energy Economics

Seattle, Washington

October 22, 2019

Introduction

Decarbonization has become a key watchword for the Pacific Northwest and its utilities, which are dramatically shifting toward more use of clean energy, driven by factors including government mandates, economics and customer preferences.

Meanwhile, two more major threads in the clean energy transformation are poised to expand: electrification (notably including transportation, buildings and some industrial processes) and natural gas decarbonization (including development and use of carbon-free fuels such as renewable natural gas and hydrogen).

While the utility industry has a leading role in decarbonizing energy, a successful transition will not be simple or easy. Implementing large-scale electrification (i.e., adding significant new loads) and gas decarbonization will add big new challenges while also presenting new opportunities. Issues surrounding them merit consideration now so the industry can plan, prepare and make informed choices.

Accordingly, this conference is designed to create a forum for sharing practical information and ideas about challenges and opportunities related to electrification and gas decarbonization. Rather than merely extolling overall benefits, the conference will explore potential impacts and implications for the Northwest energy utility industry.

Conference Objectives

Our goal is to provide attendees with actionable intelligence about emerging changes likely to become increasingly consequential for regional utilities.

The conference will offer timely, objective and useful information on:

  • Options for electrification and natural gas decarbonization
  • Potential impacts on greenhouse gas emissions, electricity consumption and utility systems
  • Emerging technologies
  • Case studies
  • Utility policies and strategies

Agenda

8:30 AM-8:40 AM

Welcome and Logistics

8:40 AM-8:45 AM

Agenda Overview

8:45 AM -9:15 AM

Introductory Speaker: Relevance and Outlook for Electrification and Gas Decarbonization - Amber Mahone, Partner, Energy+Environmental Economics

9:15 AM-10:00 AM

Emerging Candidates for Electrification

  • Transportation - Phil Jones, Executive Director, Alliance for Transportation Electrification
  • Buildings - Megan Owen, Director, Strategic Market Development, McKinstry
  • Industrial Processes - (speaker to be named soon)

10:00 AM-10:25 AM

Natural Gas System GHG-Reduction Opportunities

  • Energy Efficiency - Bill Edmonds, Director, Environmental Policy and Sustainability, NW Natural
  • Product Decarbonization - Bill Edmonds, Director, Environmental Policy and Sustainability, NW Natural

10:25 AM-10:45 am

Morning Break

10:45 AM-11:05 AM

Potential Impacts on Northwest Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Tomás Morrissey, Senior Policy Analyst, Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee (PNUCC)

11:05 AM-11:25 AM

Potential Impacts on Northwest Electric Loads - Tomás Morrissey, Senior Policy Analyst, Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee (PNUCC)

11:25 AM-12:10 PM

Potential Impacts on Utility Systems

  • Energy Resources - Dan Aas, Senior Consultant, Energy+Environmental Economics
  • Transmission Systems - (speaker to be named soon)
  • Local Distribution Systems - Emeka Anyanwu, Energy Innovation and Resources Officer, Seattle City Light

12:10 AM-1:20 AM

Lunch

1:20 PM-2:00 PM

Tech Talk: Emerging Capabilities to Integrate Decarbonized Energy

  • Flexible Electric Vehicle Charging - Laura McCarty, Director of Operations, FlexCharging.com
  • Hydrogen Production and Uses - Ken Dragoon, Executive Director, Northwest Hydrogen Alliance

2:00 PM-3:10 PM

Case Studies on Electrification and Gas Decarbonization

  • Transportation - Rendall Farley, Electric Transportation Manager, Avista Utilities
  • Buildings - Hendrik Van Hemert, Pacific Northwest Regional Director - Technical Services, McKinstry
  • Natural Gas - Ryan Bracken, Principal Economist, NW Natural

3:10 PM-3:30 PM

Afternoon Break

3:40 PM-4:40 PM

Thinking Forward: Utility Policies and Strategies for Electrification and Gas Decarbonization

  • Scott Corwin, Executive Director, Northwest Public Power Association
  • Kim Heiting, Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Marketing Officer, NW Natural
  • Nancy Hirsh, Executive Director, NW Energy Coalition
  • David Mills, Senior Vice President, Policy and Energy Supply, Puget Sound Energy

4:30 PM-4:40 PM

Takeaways from Today (attendees text their comments about topics covered during the day; a-ha's insights)

Cost: $350 for NewsData Subscribers (individual or organization); $400 for non-NewsData subscribers; $250 for the fourth and subsequent attendee from the same NewsData-subscribing organization; $275 for the fourth and subsequent attendee from the same non-NewsData-subscribing organization; Non-Governmental Organization/Educational rate: $250

Lunch will be Provided.

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