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What’s New With LNG and CNG?

New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE)

Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

What’s New With LNG and CNG?

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The abundance of domestic natural gas is a game changer for American business enterprises given its long-term projected low cost relative to oil. The Energy Information Administration has projected oil prices to be two to three times more costly than natural gas through the year 2035. Not only are the economics very attractive, natural gas CO2 emissions are 25% less than that of oil. Further, SOX and NOX emissions are significantly lower with natural gas when compared to oil.

Here in the Northeast we are facing significant energy challenges due to natural gas pipeline constraints. Additionally, there are large fuel users, particularly in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont that are stranded from natural gas pipelines. Delivery of natural gas in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) offer options to these entities.

Please join our panel of gas pipeline, LNG and CNG industry professionals to learn what’s going on in this market.


Registration: 4-4:30pm

Panel: 4:30-5:30pm with networking to follow


Jane Michalek

Vice President, Delivered Natural Gas

Global Partners

Jane Michalek is Vice President, Delivered Natural Gas for Global Partners, a Fortune 200 Company based in Waltham, MA where she is responsible for developing natural gas markets via LNG and CNG. She has significant experience in energy marketing and operations, commercial and supply chain management, organizational integration, and business development functions throughout her career. Prior to joining Global earlier this year, Jane was a business consultant for Concentric Energy Advisors. Ms. Michalek previously held senior executive positions in LNG portfolio management, commercial operations, commodity and currency risk management, shipping, supply, and trading for GDF SUEZ Corporation, a major international energy utility, and has been based in Boston, Houston, London, and Paris. Early in her career, Ms. Michalek was responsible for gas supply planning, acquisition, and control for Boston Gas Company. She has an MBA from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.


Cynthia Armstrong

Director of Marketing and Business Development

Portland Natural Gas Transmission System

Cynthia L. Armstrong is Director of Marketing and Business Development for Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (“PNGTS”). She is responsible for marketing short and long term capacity, as well as development of new projects and services on PNGTS. Ms. Armstrong has been with PNGTS since 2004. Previously she worked with Sprague Energy as its Managing Director – Natural Gas Supply and Risk Management. She also held other marketing and trading positions at SEMCO Energy Services and Norstar Energy (O&R Energy Development). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York in Buffalo, and also earned a Master of Business Administration in Corporate and Investment Finance from New York University.

Joan Fontaine, PE

Vice President

Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. 

Joan Fontaine has over 25 years of engineering experience, with a focus in the energy sector performing process mechanical design and analysis for numerous utility and industrial clients. This experience includes detailed design, siting, permitting support and code compliance reviews for liquefied natural (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) and pipeline natural gas facilities as well as propane and alternative fuel (biogas) applications. She has written numerous articles on the importance of fuel diversity and the impact energy costs have on business operations. She works closely with clients to educate them about their natural gas options. She has a B.S. degree in chemical engineering and an M.S. degree in environmental engineering. Joan is part of the leadership team at Sanborn Head & Associates as a Vice President within the firm’s energy practice.

Mary Usovicz

Vice President of Marketing and External Affairs

Oscomp Systems

 Mary Usovicz joined Oscomp Systems in April 2013. As Vice President of Marketing and External Affairs for Oscomp, Mary is spearheading the marketing and outreach efforts needed as Oscomp contracts with our end user for our virtual pipeline projects and compressor equipment sales. Prior to joining Oscomp, Mary was employed as Vice President of External Affairs for Repsol Energy North America for five years. Mary was responsible for branding the Repsol identity with the natural gas and power generation community. In addition, Mary has worked as Director of Community Relations for Tennessee Gas Pipeline for ten years in their Boston office. Mary was responsible for customer outreach as well as government relations for all of the major pipeline construction projects in New England. She brings a wealth of information in understanding to the natural gas and power generators customer’s needs as well as the political landscape of the region. Mary has over 25 years experience working in the public, regulatory media and government relations. She has also worked for Governors of Massachusetts and New Jersey as well as Director of Community Relations for Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Ms. Usovicz holds a BA in political science and economics from American University as well as an MBA from Suffolk University with a concentration in Marketing. She is also the former first lady for the City of Salem, MA during her husband, Stan’s, eight year term. Mary lives and works in New England with her two children Stash and Motoria.


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Brattle Group Inc
44 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE)

Founded in Boston in 2008, NEWIEE is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the work and leadership of women in the fields of energy and the environment, providing a forum for sharing expertise and experiences of its membership, and fostering a dynamic and enthusiastic environment for those who care about energy and environmental issues in New England.  NEWIEE’s membership includes private and public sector members across the six New England states.  NEWIEE hosts networking forums, student outreach events, regional discussion panels on timely topics, and an annual gala celebrating the accomplishments of women leaders in New England.  NEWIEE supports mentoring opportunities for women advancing their careers, drawing on the assistance of accomplished women who are committed to encouraging the next generation of women leaders.  

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