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Climate Change and National Security: The Need to Address a Growing Global Threat

MINES GLOBAL ENERGY FUTURE INITIATIVE PRESENTS
CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATIONAL SECURITY:
THE NEED TO ADDRESS A GROWING GLOBAL THREAT

Topic: Climate Change and National Security: The Need to Address a Growing Global Threat

 

SPEAKER: Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, U.S. Navy, Retired

 

Hosted by: MINES GLOBAL ENERGY FUTURE INITIATIVE AND THE PAYNE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY

 

Time: THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2021 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM MT

 

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Please join the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative and the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines as we welcome Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, U.S. Navy, Retired, presenting a webinar titled Climate Change and National Security: The Need to Address a Growing Global Threat on Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 11:00am – 12:00pm (MT).

Climate change presents a direct and multi-faceted threat to U.S. national security. This serious challenge must be fully addressed in our national security strategy, defense plans and economic priorities at the highest levels across government. United States leadership at home and effective engagement with allies and partners abroad is essential to create a sense of urgency and a coordinated approach to develop adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Admiral Dennis McGinn served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment from 2013 to 2017. He was on active duty in the United States Navy for 35 years attaining the rank of Vice Admiral and serving as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations and Commander of the U.S. Third Fleet.

Admiral McGinn is former President/CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy and presently serves as a trustee on the board of RMI and on the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, Willdan Group, and Customer First Renewables. He is a senior strategic advisor for enterprise digitalization company C3.ai, as well as for the Center for Climate Security, Lee Enterprise Consultants, and the energy institutes at Colorado State University and Georgia Tech.

Managing Carbon, Growing Economies: Ambition. Innovation. Scale. Collaboration. All Required.

MINES GLOBAL ENERGY FUTURE INITIATIVE PRESENTS
MANAGING CARBON, GROWING ECONOMIES: AMBITION. INNOVATION. SCALE. COLLABORATION.
ALL REQUIRED.

Topic: MANAGING CARBON, GROWING ECONOMIES: AMBITION. INNOVATION. SCALE. COLLABORATION. ALL REQUIRED.

 

SPEAKER: Dr. PAULA GANT, PhD., Senior Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, Gas Technology Institute (GTI)

 

Hosted by: MINES GLOBAL ENERGY FUTURE INITIATIVE AND THE PAYNE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY

 

Time: THURSDAY, aPRIL 8, 2021 – 9:00AM – 10:00AM MT

 

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Please join the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative and the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines as we welcome Dr. Paula Gant, PhD., Senior Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, Gas Technology Institute (GTI), presenting a webinar titled Managing Carbon, Growing Economies: Ambition. Innovation. Scale. Collaboration. All Required. on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 9:00am – 10:00am (MT).

GTI envisions a carbon-managed future in which low-carbon, low-cost energy systems leverage low carbon gases, liquids and infrastructure. By deploying hydrogen, carbon-neutral fuels, and chemicals in ways that build on existing infrastructure and systems, we will reduce costs, lower risk, and provide pathways to economy-wide deep decarbonization that support growing economies worldwide. Let’s explore how research, development, demonstration and commercialization will enable that future.

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.

Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power

MINES GLOBAL ENERGY FUTURE INITIATIVE PRESENTS
FUTURE OF BUILDINGS, TRANSPORTATION, AND POWER

Topic: FUTURE OF BUILDINGS, TRANSPORTATION, AND POWER

 

SPEAKER: Roger Duncan, retired Research Fellow at the Energy Institute at the University of Texas, Austin, and General Manager of Austin Energy
and
Dr. Michael E. Webber, Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, and Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at the University of Texas, Austin

 

Hosted by: MINES GLOBAL ENERGY FUTURE INITIATIVE AND THE PAYNE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY

 

Time: WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2021 – 10:00AM – 11:00AM MT

 

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Please join the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative and the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines as we welcome Roger Duncan, retired Research Fellow at the Energy Institute at the University of Texas, Austin, and General Manager of Austin Energy, and Dr. Michael E. Webber, Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, and Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at the University of Texas, Austin, presenting a webinar book launch for Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 10:00am – 11:00am (MT).

The evolution of buildings, transportation and power will determine how our future looks and feels, and in this book Roger Duncan and Michael Webber argue the Energy Efficiency Megatrend will shape our future technology. Buildings and vehicles will evolve into sentient-appearing machines such that we will be living, working and moving about inside robots. Buildings may develop personalities and the transportation system will have any manner of vehicle available at a moment’s notice. This complex, interconnected system will be powered by the clean and efficient conversion of fuels and energy flows that surround us.

Roger Duncan is a former Research Fellow at the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the former General Manager of Austin Energy, the municipal electric utility for Austin, Texas. Prior to that, he served as executive manager for several City of Austin departments, including the Environmental and Conservation Services department and Planning and Transportation. Roger was also elected to two terms as Austin City Council member in the early 1980’s. In 2005, Business Week magazine recognized Roger as one of the 20 leading carbon reducers in the world, and in 2009 National Geographic recognized him as an international thought leader in energy efficiency.

Dr. Michael E. Webber serves as the Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a global energy & infrastructure services company. Webber is also the Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at the University of Texas at Austin. Webber’s expertise spans research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization on topics related to innovation, energy, and the environment. His latest book, Power Trip: the Story of Energy, was published in 2019 by Basic Books with a 6-part companion series on PBS. His first book, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival, which addresses the connection between earth’s most valuable resources and offers a hopeful approach toward a sustainable future, was published in 2016 by Yale Press and was converted into a documentary. He was selected as a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers and as a member of the 4th class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars, a leadership training program organized by Presidents George W. Bush and William J. Clinton. Webber has authored more than 400 publications, holds 6 patents, and serves on the advisory board for Scientific American. Webber holds a B.S. and B.A. from UT Austin, and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Public Policy, Public Utilities and (Regulatory) Pursuit of the Public Interest

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PUBLIC POLICY, PUBLIC UTILITIES AND (REGULATORY) PURSUIT OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST

Topic: PUBLIC POLICY, PUBLIC UTILITIES AND (REGULATORY) PURSUIT OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST

 

SPEAKER: JEFFREY ACKERMANN, FORMER CHAIRMAN, COLORADO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION

 

Hosted by: MINES GLOBAL ENERGY FUTURE INITIATIVE AND THE PAYNE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY

 

Time: THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021 – 9:00AM – 10:00AM MT

 

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Please join the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative and the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines as we welcome Jeffrey Ackermann, former Chairman, Colorado Public Utilities Commission presenting a webinar titled Public Policy, Public Utilities and (Regulatory) Pursuit of the Public Interest on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 9:00am – 10:00am (MT).

Jeff has been an active part of Colorado’s energy policy and advocacy sector for 4 decades. Over the past 8 years, Jeff has served as chairman of the CO Public Utilities Commission and executive director of Governor Hickenlooper’s Energy Office. His experience spans from advocating for and delivering services to economically disadvantaged consumers to developing the most successful customer-driven renewable energy product in North America.

The focus of Jeff’s presentation will be upon the role of government regulation in addressing the climate crisis. The underlying premise of utility regulation – deciphering the “public interest” – will be explored, including: how regulatory practices handle increasing complexity; the evolving boundary between “competitive” and “monopoly” electric markets; and competing pathways to a zero-carbon future.

The Role of Natural Gas in the Clean Energy Economy of the Future

MINES GLOBAL ENERGY FUTURE INITIATIVE PRESENTS
THE ROLE OF NATURAL GAS IN THE CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY OF THE FUTURE

Topic: THE ROLE OF NATURAL GAS IN THE CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY OF THE FUTURE

 

SPEAKER: Christopher Smith, Senior Vice President, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Cheniere

 

Hosted by: MINES GLOBAL ENERGY FUTURE INITIATIVE AND THE PAYNE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY

 

Time: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2021 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM MT

 

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Please join the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative and the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines as we welcome Christopher Smith, Senior Vice President, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Cheniere, presenting a webinar titled The Role of Natural Gas in the Clean Energy Economy of the Future on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 11:00am – 12:00pm (MT).

Mr. Smith joined Cheniere in November 2017 as Senior Vice President for Policy, Government and Public Affairs. Prior to joining Cheniere, Mr. Smith was the Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he led the department’s policy, international engagement, and research and development programs for fossil energy. During that time, he also served as the designated federal official for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Prior to his roles in federal government, Mr. Smith served in managerial and analytical positions at Chevron and Texaco, focused primarily on upstream business development and LNG trading. Mr. Smith began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army and served tours in Korea and Hawaii. He subsequently worked for Citibank and JPMorgan in New York City and London. Mr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering management from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Cambridge University.

Ireland’s Climate Change Strategy

MINES GLOBAL ENERGY FUTURE INITIATIVE PRESENTS
IRELAND’S CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY

Topic: Ireland’s Climate Change Strategy

 

SPEAKER: Eamon Ryan T.D, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and Minister for Transport, Ireland

 

Hosted by: MINES GLOBAL ENERGY FUTURE INITIATIVE AND THE PAYNE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY

 

Time: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – 9:00AM – 10:00AM MT

 

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Please join the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative and the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines as we welcome Eamon Ryan T.D, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and Minister for Transport, Ireland, presenting a webinar titled Ireland’s Climate Change Strategy on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 9:00am – 10:00am (MT).

Eamon Ryan TD is the Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport. He was appointed to this role in June 2020.

Eamon Ryan was elected to represent Dublin Bay South in the 2020 general election.

He was born in Dublin and raised in Dundrum and Dartry.

He studied commerce in UCD before taking a job managing a marketing course in the university’s School of Business. He went on to found a cycling tourism company, Irish Cycling Safaris, in the late 1980s and in 1996 won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

He was the founding chairperson of the Dublin Cycling Campaign and began his political career as a Dublin City Councillor for the Rathgar-Rathmines ward. He then went on to serve both as a TD for Dublin South and as a Government Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

In recent years he has worked for a European climate organisation and chaired the digital policy group in the Institute of International and European Affairs.

He is currently leader of the Green Party/Comhaontas Glas.

 

Mitigating Climate Change with Artificial Intelligence

MINES GLOBAL ENERGY FUTURE INITIATIVE PRESENTS
MITIGATING CLIMATE CHANGE WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Topic: Mitigating Climate Change with Artificial Intelligence

 

SPEAKER: J.W. Postal, CEO & Founder at Nikola Power

 

Hosted by: MINES GLOBAL ENERGY FUTURE INITIATIVE AND THE PAYNE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY

 

Time: THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2021 – 9:00AM – 1O:00AM MT

 

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Please join the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative and the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines as we welcome J.W. Postal, CEO & Founder at Nikola Power, presenting a webinar titled Mitigating Climate Change with Artificial Intelligence on Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 9:00am – 10:00am (MT).

Study after study shows volatile weather is our future. While the ideal fix is halting climate change that doesn’t immediately help those in California and other states facing power outages resulting from damaged infrastructure or rolling brownouts. Now imagine if there was fossil fuel-free solution where artificial intelligence synthesizes hundreds of data points (including weather) to economically and efficiently power homes collaboratively with solar and that could seamless run independent from the utility in emergency situations. 

J.W. is an experienced solar executive responsible for development of 200+ MW of solar energy projects, having co-founded Main Street Power, a distributed solar development firm acquired by AES Corp. A two-time elected board member of The Colorado Solar and Storage Association (COSSA), he is heavily involved in Colorado and national solar & storage policy. J.W. is a graduate of the University of Colorado and has a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University.

The NEW MAP – Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations

THE MINES GLOBAL ENERGY FUTURE INITIATIVE PRESENTS
THE NEW MAP – ENERGY, CLIMATE, AND THE CLASH OF NATIONS

Topic: THE NEW MAP – ENERGY, CLIMATE, AND THE CLASH OF NATIONS

 

SPEAKER: DANIEL YERGIN, Vice Chairman, IHS Market

 

Hosted by: THE MINES GLOBAL ENERGY FUTURE INITIATIVE AND THE PAYNE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY

 

Time: THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2021 – 9:00AM – 10:00AM MT

 

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Please join the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative and the Payne Institute for Public Policy as we welcome Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman at IHS Markit, presenting at webinar on his new book titled THE NEW MAP – Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 9:00am – 10:00am (MT).

In The New Map, Yergin, author of The Quest and The Prize (for which he received the Pulitzer Prize) looks at an energy world already being reshaped by myriad forces—from the remarkable change in the energy position of the United States in the midst of contentious politics, to geopolitical tension with China and Russia, to the reappearance of the electric car, the growing global role of renewables and the “post-Paris” era of energy transition.

Daniel Yergin is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics, and a Pulitzer Prize winner. He is Vice Chairman of IHS Markit, one of the leading information and advisory firms in the world with 16,000 employees worldwide. He is chairman of IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference, which CNBC has called “the Super Bowl of energy” and of “India Energy Forum Presented by CERAWeek” in New Delhi. His latest book, The New Map earned him the title of “Energy Writer of the Year” for 2020 by the American Energy Society. Daniel Yergin is the proud recipient of an honorary degree from Colorado School of Mines.

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Climate Justice and Global Decarbonization

MINES GLOBAL ENERGY FUTURE INITIATIVE PRESENTS
CLIMATE JUSTICE AND GLOBAL DECARBONIZATION

Topic: CLIMATE JUSTICE AND GLOBAL DECARBONIZATION

 

SPEAKER: Dr. Daniel M. Kammen, Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley

 

Hosted by: Mines Global energy Future initiative and the PAYNE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY

 

Time: THURSDAY, February 4, 2021  11:00am – 12:00PM MT

 

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Please join the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative and the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines as we welcome Advisory Board Member Dr. Daniel M. Kammen,  Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley, presenting a webinar titled Climate Justice and Global Decarbonization on Thursday, February 4, 2021, from 11:00am – 12:00pm (MT).

The need to entirely decarbonize our economies is now abundantly clear, and urgent. To achieve this massive ‘new industrial revolution’ we will need to develop and deploy not only new technologies, but also policies, social and behavioral incentives and mechanisms that span all aspects of energy and other resource consumption. Almost entirely absent from this monumental task has been to address the massive disparities that exist in society across racial, gender, and income levels. Decarbonizing our energy mix can be a tool to enable social justice, and I will argue that the transition to a sustainable energy system is impossible without making social and racial justice an integral component of the enterprise.

Dr. Daniel M. Kammen is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group where he serves as Chair, the Goldman School of Public Policy where he directs the Center for Environmental Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL; http://rael.berkeley.edu). He served as Science Envoy in the Obama State Department and has worked at the World Bank. Kammen was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020. Kammen has been a Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Payne Institute for Public Policy.