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Mines Methane Symposium

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm UTC-7

COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES VIRTUAL
METHANE SYMPOSIUM
ISSUES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Topic:  COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES METHANE SYMPOSIUM – ISSUES AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

Hosted by: WALTER COBAN, VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER and MORGAN D. BAZILIAN, DIRECTOR, PAYNE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY at the COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES

 

Speakers and panelists: Being added daily 

 

Time: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2022
11 AM – 4 PM Eastern Time
9 AM – 2 PM Mountain Time

 

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Please join us for the inaugural Mines Methane Symposium – Issues and Opportunities held virtually on February 17, 2022, bringing together thought leaders from industry, academia, think tanks, and U.S. state and federal government, as well as foreign government leaders on the economic, policy and technology issues and opportunities related to addressing methane emissions.

The recent global Methane Pledge, as well as new proposed regulations by the U.S. EPA have put an urgent focus on how to minimize methane emissions. This will be a key area for addressing climate change, as well as the sustainability of the energy industry, and the future of the gas and oil sectors. Since 2014, Colorado had led the way to implement the first state-level methane reduction regulations in the country, and the EPA’s new proposed federal regulations were modeled on Colorado’s experience. We will focus on questions such as: What has been learned so far? What are the potential economic impacts on consumers, industries, and supply chain? What are the challenges and opportunities for methane management nationally and globally? How can data science and standards be brought to bear most effectively?

The Mines Methane Symposium 2022 will provide a critical foundation for future decisions on technology and regulation for methane emissions. This program features distinguished keynote speakers and expert panel discussions on policy and regulations, measurements and standards, research and technology, and industry deployment of innovative solutions.

Come join in this important dialogue on shaping the future of energy.

HOSTS:

  • Walter Coban, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, Colorado School of Mines

  • Morgan D. Bazilian, Director, Payne Institute for Public Policy, and Professor of Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines

FEATURING:

  • Brendan Devlin, Strategy and Foresight Counsellor in the Directorate General, Energy of the European Commission

  • Ben Gilbert, Assistant Professor, Economics and Business, Colorado School of Mines

  • Dorit Hammerling, Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Colorado School of Mines

  • John Hickenlooper, United States Senator for Colorado

  • Jennifer Miskimins, Department Head and Professor, Petroleum Engineering, Director, Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST), Direct, Center for Earth Materials, Mechanics and Characterization, Colorado School of Mines

  • Julie Murphy, Director, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

  • Arvind Ravikumar, Research Associate Professor, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department, The University of Texas at Austin

  • Chris Romer, Chief Executive Officer, Project Canary

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

  • Robyn Wille, Chief Strategy Officer, Air Pollution Control Division, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Agenda for the Day

Mountain Time Thursday February 17th  
 
8:45 – 9:00 Registration / Sign on  
9:00 Welcome to the Mines Methane Symposium    
 
9:10 Opening Remarks  
 
9:20 Keynote Speaker – Gina McCarthy – National Climate Advisor (Invited)  
 
 
9:40 Keynote Speaker – Chris Smith – Senior Vice President, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chenier (Confirmed)  
10:00 Break  
10:10 Panel 1 – Methane Marketplace, Regulatory Environment and Experience  
Panelists:  
Julie Murphy, Director, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission  
Dr. Ben Gilbert, Assistant Professor, Economics and Business, Colorado School of Mines  
Robyn Wille, Chief Strategy Officer, Air Pollution Control Division, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment  
Brendan Devlin, Strategy and Foresight Counsellor in the Directorate General, Energy of the European Commission  
10:50 Keynote Speaker – Michael Regan – EPA Administrator (Invited)Tom Boudreaux – Department of Interior  
 
11:10 Lunch Break  
11:30 Keynote Speaker – David Turk – Deputy Secretary of Energy (Invited)  
11:50 Panel 2 – Research, Science and Technology  
Panelists:  
Dr. Jennifer Miskimins, Department Head and Professor, Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines  
Chris Romer, Chief Executive Officer, Project Canary  
Arvind Ravikumar, Research Associate Professor, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department, The University of Texas at Austin  
Dr. Dorit Hammerling, Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Colorado School of Mines  
12:30 Keynote Speaker – Senator Hickenlooper (Confirmed)  
12:50 Keynote Speaker – Jennifer Granholm – Secretary of Energy (Invited)  
 
1:10  Closing Remarks and Next Steps  
2:00 Adjourn  

 

KeyNote Speaker 1:

Panel 1 – Methane Marketplace, and the Regulatory Environment and Experience

Ben Gilbert

Panelist: Brendan Devlin, Strategy and Foresight Counsellor in the Directorate General, Energy of the European Commission

About Brendan Devlin: Brendan Devlin is the Strategy and Foresight Counsellor in the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission. His prime job is to give leadership on fossil fuel phase out options (which are too be delivered to the next College of the Commission).

In addition to giving this strategic advice, his work focuses on oil and gas phase out plans, the international just transition, methane emissions reductions, short-lived climate pollutants reduction, supply chain integrity, transformation of international and national oil and gas companies, transparency and corruption.

In 2021, he conceived and delivered the Global Methane Pledge, building out from the EU methane strategy of 2020. He also inserted the first reference to an oil and gas moratorium into the European Union’s Arctic Strategy, and will work in 2021 to progress that option.

At present, he is the Co-Chair of an OECD working group on fossil fuel phase out, sits on the Board of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition and is on the working group of the Task Force on Carbon Pricing in Europe

Ben Gilbert

Panelist: Ben Gilbert, Assistant Professor, Economics and Business, Colorado School of Mines

About Ben Smith: Ben Gilbert is an applied microeconomist who studies the relationship between public policy, energy and natural resource markets. His research addresses problems in energy supply, energy efficiency, marine resources, regulation, firm and industrial organization, and the housing market.

Before becoming an economist, Gilbert was a news reporter covering emerging energy technology. Gilbert holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, and a BA in Economics and English from Whitman College. He was previously an assistant professor of Economics at the University of Wyoming and an affiliate of the University of Wyoming Building Energy Research Group.

Ben Gilbert

Panelist: Julie Murphy, Director, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

About Julie Murphy: Julie Murphy was appointed as the COGCC Director on July 1, 2020, from her position as Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor. Murphy’s strong oil and gas regulatory expertise draws from 7 years of service with the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Murphy has knowledge of the complex issues, including conflicts, facing natural resource management from the policy, technical and legal perspectives and works with Colorado’s diverse oil and gas stakeholders to find common sense, consensus solutions. Murphy will now lead the division’s transition from a historically volunteer-led commission to a professional commission structure. Prior to her appointment in 2020, she served as the COGCC’s Director and the Hearings and Regulatory Affairs Manager. Also, she was an Assistant Attorney General representing the Commission and Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety. In the private sector, Julie spent five years representing clients in land use, natural resources, private property, and environmental disputes. Murphy’s remarkable work experience is also matched by her education. She earned a B.S. in Wildlife Biology, Kansas State University; a Master of Earth and Environmental Resources Management and J.D. from the University of South Carolina; and a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School. As a Denver native, she can be found exploring the wilderness with Ben and their son Walter on foot, in a raft, or on skis when not working.

Ben Gilbert

Panelist: Robyn Wille, Chief Strategy Officer, Air Pollution Control Division, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

About Robyn Wille: 

KeyNote Speaker 2:

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

About Christopher Smith: 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.

Panel 2 – Research, Science, and Technology

Ben Gilbert

Panelist: Jennifer Miskimins, Department Head and Professor, Petroleum Engineering, Director, Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST), Direct, Center for Earth Materials, Mechanics and Characterization, Colorado School of Mines

About Jennifer Miskimins: Dr. Jennifer L. Miskimins is a Professor and the Department Head of the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines, where she holds the F.H. Mick Merelli/Cimarex Energy Distinguished Department Head Chair. Dr. Miskimins holds a BS from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology, and MS and PhD degrees from the Colorado School of Mines, all in petroleum engineering. She has over 30 years of experience in both industry and academic settings. Dr. Miskimins served as the first Completions Technical Director on the SPE International Board of Directors from 2015-2018 and was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2010-2011 and 2013-2014. In 2014, she was awarded the SPE International Completions Optimization and Technology Award. She was the Editor-in-Chief for the recent SPE Monograph update Hydraulic Fracturing: Fundamentals and Advancements. 

Ben Gilbert

Panelist: Dorit Hammerling, Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Colorado School of Mines

About Dorit Hammerling: After 8 years working in the cement industry on process and quality control, Prof. Hammerling obtained a M.A. and PhD (2012) from the University of Michigan in Statistics and Engineering developing statistical methods for large satellite data. This was followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the Statistical Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute in the program for Statistical Inference for massive data. Prof. Hammerling subsequently joined the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where she led the statistics group within the Institute for Mathematics Applied to the Geosciences and worked in the Machine Learning division before becoming an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the Colorado School of Mines in January 2019. Prof. Hammerling received the Early Investigator Award from the American Statistical Association, Section on Statistics and the Environment, in 2018.

Arvind Ravikumar

Panelist: Arvind Ravikumar, Research Associate Professor, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department, The University of Texas at Austin

About Arvind Ravikumar:  Dr. Ravikumar received his from Ph.D. from Princeton University developing infrared lasers and sensors to detect trace gases in the atmosphere. He also spent a few lovely years in Northern California when he was a postdoc in the Energy Resources Engineering department at Stanford University. In addition to his position at UT, Dr. Ravikumar is also a non-resident fellow with the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines.

His research and teaching focuses on technical and policy solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the global energy sector. They employ an interdisciplinary approach that integrates field work, modeling, and policy analysis to answer critical questions around our energy future across space and time. Their current geographic focus is on North America with a growing interest in its linkages to global energy trade. They welcome people from a variety of backgrounds including atmospheric scientists, engineers, economists, and public policy experts to push the frontiers of energy and climate policy research.

Arvind Ravikumar

Panelist: Chris Romer, Chief Executive Officer, Project Canary

About Chris Romer:  Chris Romer is the CEO of one of the fastest-growing companies in ClimateTech, Project Canary. His history of public service, economics, and leadership in energy have all combined for his role at this Public Benefit Corporation focused on altering the course of climate change.

Chris spent 24 years developing energy infrastructure and public-private partnerships with investment banks, including JPMorgan & Citibank and was a leader in energy policy as a Colorado State Senator from 2006 – 2010.

He is also a co-founder and senior advisor at Guild Education, Denver’s top unicorn-status SaaS startup. At Guild, Chris helped Fortune 500 companies partner with leading universities to offer education as a benefit to increase employee satisfaction and retention. His background in energy, education, policymaking, B-Corp capital formation, and entrepreneurship is instrumental in achieving Project Canary’s mission-driven growth goals and customer service objectives.

Chris holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University. He can be found mountain biking in the Colorado mountains or doing yoga in a local studio when he’s not enjoying a Broncos game or spending time with his wife, children, or his grandchildren.

KeyNote Speaker 3:

Arvind Ravikumar

Presenter: John Hickenlooper, United States Senator for Colorado

About John Hickenlooper: As Colorado’s U.S. Senator, John Hickenlooper brings people together to address our nation’s toughest problems — whether rebuilding a stronger, more resilient economy, lowering the costs of health care and prescription drugs, or combating climate change and protecting our public lands. He started his career in Colorado as a geologist before being laid off and opening the state’s first brewpub. After successfully running a small business, John was elected Mayor of Denver and then Governor of Colorado, where he served for two terms from 2011-2019 and helped the state become the number one economy in the nation.

Details

Date:
February 17
Time:
9:00 am - 2:00 pm UTC-7
Event Category:

Organizer

Payne Institute
Phone:
(303)384-2730
Email:
Payne-info@mines.edu
Website:
https://payneinstitute.mines.edu/