Staff Subcommittee on Gas

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Sunday, July 16

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Seabreeze
1:30 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

CHP Interconnection Practices, Technologies & Issues

A discussion on the barriers to the expanded deployment of CHP based on a recent Gas Technology Institute study in  New York, Ontario, California and Minnesota. Additionally, the presentation will cover new CHP systems being developed by a variety of manufacturers.

Moderator: Andreas D. Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Presenter: Daniel LeFevers, Gas Technology Institute

2:15 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Utility Financing: The Role of Minority Owned Financing Organizations

This presentation will provide an introduction to the Tuesday Committee on Gas discussion titled “Understanding the Role of Diversity in Utilities' Financing Teams.”  This presentation will start the discussion on the economic and social benefits associated with the emergence of minority-owned financial services institutions.

Moderator: Andreas D. Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Presenter: Timothy Alan Simon, Comm. Emeritus, President TAS Strategies

David Finkelstein, CFA, Principal Williams Capital Group, L.P

Larry Goldman, Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets, Ramirez & Company

Michael A. Turner, Partner, Executive Vice President & Head of Investment Banking, CastleOak Securities, L.P.

Mari Kryder Becker, Assistant Treasurer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

3:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Ramifications of Gas Use and Alternatives in the Northeastern United States

The Gas Technology Institute recently conducted a study in New York State that examined the potential implications of future pathways for natural gas and electricity use in that state's homes. The study looked at the consequences of aggressive electrification, and quantified the economic, energy use, and environmental trade-offs. The presentation will discuss how the use of advanced technology and renewable gas will improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions not only in New York State but the Northeast United States.

Moderator: Andreas D. Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Presenter: Ron Edelstein, Director, Regulatory and Government Relations Gas Technology Institute

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Natural Gas as a Bridge Fuel

The U.S. natural gas industry has enjoyed a great run over the past 8 years by contributing to the economy, creating new jobs and significantly reducing households' and businesses' energy bills, and affecting the generation mix. However, the environmental groups that used to view natural gas favorably in facilitating the transition to a low-carbon environment are now calling for a quick phase-out of natural gas in generation and a shift to electricity-based space and water heating. Ken Costello will present a summary of his most recent paper on the topic.

Moderator: Andreas D. Thanos, Chair, Staff Subcommittee on Gas 

Presenter: Ken Costello, Principal researcher, NRRI

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This meeting will be held in Harbor Island 2.

Tackling Infrastructure Interdependencies – Priorities, Strategies, and Tactics (Joint Gas and Critical Infrastructure Committees) — Staff Subcommittee will participate in the joint meeting

Cyber security continues to be a high-profile risk to electric and gas sector operations. Another high-profile risk is the growing interdependency between these sectors as electric generation becomes more and more reliant on natural gas to fuel its generation fleet. During this session, sector-specific as well as collaborative approaches and priorities to mitigating shared risks will be examined. New initiatives aimed at developing robust information exchange between the sectors will be highlighted.

Moderator: Hon. Dianne Solomon, New Jersey


Paul Roberti, Executive Director, Advisory Services — Strategy, Ernst & Young

Marcus Sachs, SVP/CSO, North American Electric Reliability Corporation

Kimberly Denbow, American Gas Association, Security, Operations & Engineering Services Director