Staff Subcommittee on Gas

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Staff Subcommittee on Gas

Mount Vernon A
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB)—Who Are We? What We Do

A presentation (re)introducing NAESB to the Subcommittee:  What NAESB does and how it works.

Moderator:
Andreas Thanos, Gas Policy Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

Presenter:
Jonathan Booe, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer North American Energy Standards Board

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Know All There is About Conversion from Coal to Natural Gas?

New regulations regarding gas pipeline, compressor station and natural gas storage safety or maintenance could cause unscheduled natural gas infrastructure downtimes ranging between a day, a week, or even a month. These interruptions may have an adverse effect on the ability of gas-fired power generators to come online when needed. Theresa Pugh will discuss the impact of these regulations on distribution companies, power generators and regulatory officials.

Moderator: 
Andreas Thanos, Gas Policy Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

Presenter: 
Theresa Pugh, Theresa Pugh Consulting  

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Natural Gas Fracking and Water Quality – Fact vs. Fiction

(Joint session with ERE and Water Staff Subcommittees)

In recent years, the use, storage, and disposal of produced water, the byproduct of natural gas fracturing, has been presenting challenges to communities, producers, and government officials. A variety of studies and anecdotal evidence have contributed to some level of confusion in regards to health, safety and environmental impacts. The panelists will address some of the studies and their impact on the public and the industry.

Moderators:
Andreas Thanos, Gas Policy Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Donald Lomoljo, Utilities Hearing Officer, Nevada Public Utilities Commission
Karen Olesky, Economist, Nevada Public Utilities Commission                                        

Panelists:
Curtis S. Stanley, Principal Hydrogeologist, GSI Environmental, Inc.
David McBride, VP Global Health Safety and Environment, Anadarko
Nancy Johnson, Senior Advisor, Environmental Science and Policy Analysis, U.S. DoE (FE-30)

3:30 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
GTI Updates

An update on the GTI activities

Moderator:
Andreas Thanos, Gas Policy Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

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

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Unknown Fugitive—Why We Care About Unexpected Methane Emissions and the Efforts to Capture Them

(Joint session with ERE Staff Subcommittee)

The debate over top-down or bottom-up methane emissions measuring has slowly been eclipsed by the question of how to quantify methane emissions from unexpected leaks, malfunctions and other unpredictable problems associated with the production, delivery, and consumption of natural gas. This panel will look at the level at which methane emissions have been over-/underestimated, the research that is being done to obtain more accurate leak identification and emission measurement, and what exactly the utility industry and regulators are doing to curb these emissions.

Moderators:
Andreas Thanos, Gas Policy Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Karen Olesky, Economist, Nevada Public Utilities Commission

Panelists:
James Bradbury, Senior Advisor, Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, DOE
Talmadge Center, VP of Safety and Gas System Integrity, CenterPoint Energy
N. Jonathan Peress, Director, Energy Market Policy, Environmental Defense Fund