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Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

8:00 - 9:00 AM Registration & Networking with Exhibitors
9:00 - 9:15 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks

Dr. Bryan Willson, CSU
Ron Snedic, GTI
9:15 - 9:35 AM Keynote Address

Bill Ritter Jr.
Director, Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at CSU
9:35 - 9:55 AM Keynote Address

Dr. Randall Gentry
Deputy Director, Science and Technology Strategic Plans and Programs, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
9:55 - 10:15 AM Keynote Address

Lori Traweek
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, American Gas Association (AGA)
10:15 - 10:30 AM BREAK
10:​30 AM - 12:00 PM Panel Discussion

Policy & Regulation​
This session will highlight and address current and prospective federal and state-level policy and regulation related to methane emissions that impact the natural gas industry.

Moderator: Bill Ritter, Jr., Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University and former Colorado Governor

Panelist:
  • Martha Rudolph, Director of Environmental Programs at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Kate Fay, Environmental & Regulatory Policy Manager, Noble Energy
  • Pamela A. Lacey, Chief Regulatory Counsel, American Gas Association (AGA)
  • Arthur O'Donnell, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Dan Grossman, National Director of State Programs for Environmental Defense Fund’s Oil and Gas Program, Environmental Defense Fund
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM LUNCH
    1:00 - 1:45 PM Keynote Address

    Tisha Schuller
    Energy Policy Thought Leader & Principal, Adamantine Energy
    1:45 - 3:15 PM Panel Discussion

    The Changing Landscape of Our Operations
    This session will address how advancements and innovations in methane detection technologies are impacting operations within the gas industry as companies balance safety, compliance, changing regulations and environmental stewardship.

    Moderator: Edward Johnston, GTI Senior Vice President of R&D

    Panelist:
  • Roy Hartstein, Vice President - Strategic Solutions, Southwestern Energy
  • Eric Kirkpatrick, Director, Gas Engineering & Project Management, Xcel Energy
  • 3:15 - 3:30 PM BREAK
    3:30 - 5:00 PM Vendor Showcase Presentations
    5:00 - 6:30 PM Networking Reception
    Exhibits
    Poster Session
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    Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

    8:00 - 8:30 AM Registration
    Exhibits
    8:30 - 9:00 AM Keynote Address

    Dr. Bryan Willson
    Executive Director, Energy Institute, Colorado State University
    9:00 - 10:30 AM Panel Discussion

    Adopting New Technologies
    This session will address how operators are utilizing new methane sensors and detection systems as complementary tools to their current leak survey and monitoring practices. The discussion will include lessons learned from implementation, training, equivalency to current technologies, stakeholder engagement and operational benefits.

    Moderator: Kristine Wiley, GTI R&D Manager

    Panelist:
  • Colm Sweeney, lead scientist for NOAA Earth System Research Lab Aircraft Program
  • Francois Rongere, PG&E
  • Dan Zimmerle, CSU
  • Nate Gorence, ARPA-E
  • 10:30 - 10:45 AM BREAK
    10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Panel Discussion

    80/20 - Find and Fix
    Recent studies consistently find that total methane emissions from oil and gas operations are greatly impacted by the presence of super-emitting sources that result in a non-normal distributions of emission rates (i.e. the “fat tail”). This panel will focus on new efforts to rapidly identify and remediate episodic, high emission sources through new technologies and practices. These new efforts may lead to a more effective regulatory framework since existing approaches do not focus on large emission sources or prioritize repairs based on emission rates.

    Moderator: Chris Moore, GTI Senior Scientist

    Panelist
  • Ramon Alvarez, EDF
  • Joe von Fischer, CSU
  • Adam Brandt, Stanford University
  • Angela Zivcovitch, Anadarko
  • 12:00 - 12:15 PM CLOSING REMARKS
    12:15 - 1:00 PM Optional Lunch for Tour Participants
    1:00 - 3:30 PM Methane Emission Test Evaluation Center (METEC) Field Tour
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