Gas’s Pipeline to Sustainability
Sep 28 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Draft Agenda

 Gas’s Pipeline to Sustainability

0.6 CEUs

If done properly, gas can be a trusted bridge to help us move to a more integrated and cleaner energy platform. Or it could become a gangplank to continuing a carbon-based energy portfolio. In this session, will will look at what the future holds for gas markets.  We will then discuss how gas can become the backbone to a competitive, sustainable, clean energy future.


8:15-8:30            Registration check-in and welcome coffee

8:30-10:00         Update on Gas Markets — A review of gas supply availability, pipeline capacity and gas flows into the state of Wisconsin, both today and in the future, as well as potential cost impacts and price drivers.   Valerie Wood, President and CEO, Energy Solutions

10:00-10:15      Break

10:15-11:00       Geologic Supply and the Environmental Profile of Gas — What are the geology constraints of gas? Is there really a glut of natural gas?  Alan Carroll, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison

11:00-11:30       TBD

11:30-12:15       Lunch

12:15-12:45        Wisconsin’s Gas Network: Is it time to change our gas pipeline?   How fast can gas plants ramp up with current technology? Why are the uncoordinated timings of market networking causing micro and macro problems? How do system constraints affect gas markets?   Jeff Hicken, Manager Gas Trading and Dispatch, Alliant Energy

12:45-1:15          Dispatching Gas with an Optimization Approach – This presents research conducted at the University of Wisconsin to tackle the problem of stranded power, power that does not have a market and how to improve gas dispatch with coordinating gas and electric markets.  Victor Zavala, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, UW-Madison

1:15-2:15             Technology Update — From appliances to buildings.  Daniel LeFevers, Senior Program Manager, Gas Technology Institute

2:15-2:30             Break

2:30-3:00             End-users’ Concerns: Placing a bet on gas?  TBD

3:00-3:30             MISO Perspective on Gas Needs — How does gas fit into MISO’s resource planning process? The electricity industry’s growing dependence on natural gas requires analysis into how generators get gas, and how the industries affect each other.  Michael Nygaard, Policy Studies Engineer, MISO

3:30                      Adjourn


Note: The following programs have been designed as a series:

  • June 28, 2017 — The Regulatory and Rates “Tango”
  • July 21, 2017 — Regulatory Models, Version 2.0
  • Sept. 28, 2017 — Gas’s Pipeline to Sustainability
  • Oct. 26, 2017 — Powering a More Electric Economy

Registering for all four programs qualifies the registrant for a discounted registration fee. Registration for the series may be shared by up to four employees of the same organization. If you would like to inquire about this discounted fee, please email Sara at



Your registration fee includes printed materials, welcome coffee, breaks, and lunch. CEU certificates are available upon request.


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