Natural Gas

March 25, 2020

9:00am – 3:15pm

web conference

Is natural gas still considered a bridge to a clean-energy future?
This program will look at the state of the natural gas industry at the national, regional, and state levels, as well as examine what the future looks like for natural gas.

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9:00-9:10              Welcome and Opening Remarks
Kate Christensen, Bureau Director, Natural Gas Analysis and Safety, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

9:10-10:10             State of the Industry – What is going on in the world of natural gas? A look at the industry on the national, regional, and state levels.
Jody Arendt, Director of Fuel Supply, WEC Energy Group

10:10-10:20          Break

10:20-11:00          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, Professor, Geoscience, UW-Madison

11:00-11:45          Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) – Markets, regulations, and legislation – where things stand today and what to expect in the foreseeable future for this high growth commodity. RNG – once thought of as a waste product – is expected to help decarbonize thermal emissions and could play an important role in reinvigorating rural economies. This discussion will go over the basics of RNG and also provide perspective on the current state of RNG markets.
Benjamin Gerber, Executive Director, Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System, Inc.

11:45-12:30          Lunch Break

12:30-1:30            Natural Gas Efficiency – This session will focus on the cost effectiveness and availability of natural gas to meet customer needs. Topics to be discussed include the utility approach to investment in natural gas infrastructure, siting process and issues, cooperation with government agencies, and what safety/security measures are involved and how all that may impede (or not) natural gas efficiency.

Moderator:
Tanya Paslawski, President, Michigan Electric and Gas Association

Panelists:
Steve Beversdorf, Manager Gas Construction Engineering, Madison Gas and Electric Company
Martin Day, Administrator, Division of Energy Regulation and Analysis, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
Benjamin Gerber, Executive Director, Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System, Inc.
Joni Zich,
Director, Systems Strategy and Business Operations, Xcel Energy

1:30-1:45              Break

1:45-2:15              Natural Gas/Electric Coordination – The electric industry’s growing dependence on natural gas requires analysis into how generators get gas and how the industries affect each other.
Robert Camfield, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting

2:15-3:15              What does the Future Look Like for Natural Gas?

Moderator:
Kate Christensen, Bureau Director, Natural Gas Analysis and Safety, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Panelists:
Robert Camfield, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting
Dan Lapato, Senior Director, State Affairs, American Gas Association
Corey Singletary, Utility Analyst, Citizens Utility Board

 3:15                        Adjourn 

Registered attendees will be provided with web conference access details and electronic materials.

This program is supported by the following organizations:

Michigan Electric and Gas Association logo
MRETS logo

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