Presentations: WIA’s Fall Energy Conference, Gillette WY, Oct 4-5, 2016
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Jason Begger, WIA – Wyoming Integrated Test Center update
Mary Ann Zehr, Senior Manager, Transmission Contracts, Rates, and Policy, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. – Update and Introduction to the Mountain West Transmission Group
Rodolfo Monterroso, Chief Operating Officer, Pollution Control Technologies, Laramie, WY –Introduction to their mercury control sorbent technology
Randy Eminger, Executive Director, Energy Policy Network – Update on EPN Activities
Jim Ford, Vice President of Operations, Atlas Carbon – Overview and introduction to their new activated carbon plant
Presentations: WIA’s Winter Energy Conference, Cheyenne WY, Feb 18-19, 2016
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-Laura Farris and Ray Gifford’s Q&A: https://youtu.be/4HHiqkCxXwU
-Cindy Crane and Bill Russell Q&A: https://youtu.be/xS1EvRzFIsUmore
Presentations: WIA’s Fall Energy Conference, Jackson WY, Oct 8-9, 2015
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Governor Matt Mead: https://youtu.be/TevRv6KotG4
Todd Parfitt, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality – Clean Power Plan, WY DEQ Perspective and Chairman Al Minier, Wyoming Public Utilities Commission – Clean Power Plan, WY PUC Perspective
Carolyn Preston, CKP & Associates Consulting – “Details of the IEAGHG / US DOE Report on the SaskPower Boundary Dam CCS Project”
Dr. Rob Godby, University of Wyoming – “Clean Power Plan and Possible Impact on Wyoming”
Stephen Kennedy, Zerronox – “Zerronox Corporation: Removal of Nitrogen Oxides, Carbon Dioxide and Other Emissions from Power Plants Using Pulsed Electron Beams”
Presentations: WIA’s Spring Energy Conference, Cheyenne WY, June 11-12, 2015
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A panel was convened to address coal exports including new infrastructure being developed in Washington State; the shipping side of the business; and a market perspective. We have assembled an excellent group of speakers from the U.S. and Australia to discuss this important topic to Wyoming. Moderating the panel was Everett King, President & CEO, Lighthouse Resources, Inc. Everett shared his view of the current state of the Coal Industry from both a domestic and international perspective and then introduce the speakers.
• Update on the Coal Export Projects in Washington State: We have two (2) presenters who provided updates on the Gateway Pacific Terminal in Whatcom County, WA; and the Millennium Bulk Terminals facility in Longview, WA. With us today are Joe Ritzman, Vice President, Business Development, SSA Marine; and Bill Chapman, CEO, Millennium Bulk Terminals.
• Pacific Rim Coal Marketing: We are pleased to have Michael Mewing, Energy Consultant, Lighthouse Resources, Inc. Michael discussed coal marketing in the Pacific Rim. He has negotiated with a full spectrum of coal markets including power utilities; IPP’s; steel mills; other industry consumers; and coal traders while based in Brisbane; Sydney; Djakarta; and Seoul. He follows coal demand throughout the region including possible markets for Wyoming coal in South Korea; Japan; and Taiwan. Michael is based in Brisbane, Australia.
• Shipping Business 101: Presenting the ABC’s of the shipping sector relative to coal exports in Joe Ritzman, Vice President, Business Development, SSA Marine. Joe’s presentation will include vessel size; human resources required; federal, state, local and international laws & regulations; routes; profitability; and other key factors which are integral to the transport of coal.
Life Cycle Analysis for Powder Rive Basin Coal:
The WIA Board of Directors has authorized the commissioning of a LCA Study to be completed by Duke University; The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL); The University of Alberta; and the Western Research Institute (WRI). The Study is gaining much attention and should be completed by September of 2015. Don Collins, CEO, Western Research Institute presented the SOW and other pertinent information about the Study.
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Wyoming’s Proposed Value Added Energy Industry Park:
An initiative, envisioned on the Alberta, Canada Industrial Heartland model, this project is designed to help Wyoming move away from export reliance and into a value-added economy. The momentum from such an industrial park has the potential to include laboratories and factories that could be exponential, which thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of people needed for a permanent workforce in energy, plastics, refinement, agriculture and dynamic manufacturing. We have two (2) speakers today to discuss the proposed Energy Park-Jerimiah Rieman, Natural Resources Policy Director for Governor Mead, provided an update on the proposed facility and Don Collins, CEO, Western Research Institute and WIA Board Member, will provide a perspective on the infrastructure and products relative to the proposed Industrial Park.
The Value Proposition for delivering Wyoming Wind to California:
A series of speakers has been convened to address Wyoming’s World Class Wind and the demand for renewables in California. Danny Curtin, Director of the California Conference of Carpenters, moderated the discussion on the opportunities and issues.
• Wind Diversity Enhancement of California’s Renewable Energy Production: This is the final phase of an analysis of examining the diverse nature of Wyoming Wind when combined with wind and solar in California and more specifically on the CAISO System. Dr. Jonathan Naughton, Univ of WY, presented the findings of the Study which will be published prior to the presentation.
• New Metrics for Acquiring Renewable Energy: We are excited about the White Paper Report which will be published prior to the presentation. Such represents a fresh approach to the way in which renewable energy is added to the grid in the future and not just in California but across the globe. Jim Detmers, former COO, CAISO and independent consultant, has brought a wealth of knowledge to this analysis which could be a resource for acquiring renewables in the future.
• A review of the NREL California/Wyoming Grid Integration Study released in 2014: Jan Strack, Grid Planning Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric, presented a review of the major Study released in 2014 and provided his views on the diversity work by Dr. Naughton, and the white paper report by Jim Detmers.
• Update on the TransWest Express Transmission Project: An update on this 725 mile DC line to southern Nevada provided by Geoff Lambert, Director of Finance, Power Company of Wyoming LLC and TransWest Express LLC. Update on the Chokecherry Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project: An update on the up to 1,000 turbine wind farm located in Carbon County, WY provided by Geoff Lambert, Director of Finance, Power Company of Wyoming LLC and TransWest Express LLC.
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Clean Power Plan impact on new Transmission Investments):
ICF International recently published a white paper which examines how the Clean Power Plan (CPP) has the potential to fundamentally reshape the U.S. power map. Key topics include transmission security, transmission security investment, and implications. Ken Collison, Vice President, ICF presented a summary of the white paper.
The Wyoming Education System:
While certainly a departure from topics relative to Wyoming’s vast energy resources, we have asked some special folks to share some information on the education system in Wyoming which is responsible for tomorrow’s leaders—Bill Panos, Director of Wyoming’s School Facilities Department & Jillian Balow, Superintendent, Wyoming’s Department of Education provided an overview of their respective departments.
Jillian Balow- https://youtu.be/v3A8EQmCfjs
Global Oil and Gas Prices:
Analysis of Current Situations and Trends -Ed Hirs, Managing Director of Hillhouse Resources, LLC and energy economist at the University of Houston, will discuss how the global oil and gas markets changed over the past two years; the position of the US in this market; and the trends. He will offer a proven solution to the boom and bust cycle.
An update by Wartsila North America:
The power system of the western United States is undergoing rapid changes, including the aggressive penetration of wind and solar energy. While renewables reduce reliance on fossil fuels, they also pose challenges related to wildly variable provision of energy by dispatchable resources. The variability of net load requires the dispatchable fleet to be flexible and reliable, and to minimize ratepayer costs. Natural gas is the dominant fuel driving capacity choices moving forward, and the choice of capacity can have dramatic impact on system reliability and cost. Traditional methods of evaluation and the standard toolbox of new-build choices yield sub-optimal outcomes. Newer approaches and tools are needed to provide flexibility to power systems. Wartsila presents ways to leverage and quantify the value of power system flexibility. Dan Johnson, Business Development, Wartsila, NA will present.
A panel has been convened to addresss the cybersecurity issue. The panel includes Jefferson England, CFO of Silverstar Communications. Jeff has been actively involved in Cyber Security initiatives within the Telecommunications industry, including testimony before the US Senate Commerce Committee and a number of speaking engagements at the FCC, NIST, and various industry association meetings. Currently he serves as the Vice-President of the Wyoming Telecommunications Association and as a member of the National Security and Public Safety Committee at USTelecom. The second panelist is Michael Bobbitt, Supervisory Special Agent from the Denver FBI. Special Agent Bobbitt is the team leader for the FBI’s criminal and national security cyber intrusion squad of the Denver Division and is responsible of all cyber intrusion investigations in Colorado and Wyoming. Special agent Bobbitt will outline InfraGard initiatives as a partnership between Industry and the FBI. Jay Stender, CEO of Forward Sheridan, will moderate the panel and provide a brief background into cybersecurity issues and themes affecting energy generation and transmission.
Sustaining the Presence of Coal in the energy mix through Wyoming research, technology and infrastructure investment-Developing growth opportunities for coal use and utilization is challenging at the current time:
This presentation addresses some of the principle issues that confront future coal use and utilization. In particular, long-view insights and impacts on coal supply in North America and globally are reviewed. A road map is presented that describes the potential to create growth and new market opportunities for coal. Considering coal beyond sole recognition of its btu value, significant competitive advantage for Wyoming Powder River Basin (PRB) coal emerges. Ways to understand, quantify and realize the latent value of PRB coal are discussed and presented. Richard Horner, Engineering Tier-1 Program Coordinator and UW School of Energy Resources Deputy Director of Special Projects.
Presentations: WIA’s Winter Energy Conference, Cheyenne WY, February 3-4, 2015
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Opening Remarks by Governor Matt Mead: We are pleased to have the 32nd Governor from our great State of Wyoming.
The Future of Coal in Wyoming; the U.S. and the World:
• Products which can be made from Coal: Unbeknownst to most people around the globe, the future of coal includes many uses other than the generation of electricity due to new technological developments. Carl Bauer, Interim Director of the Univ of Wyoming’s Carbon Management Institute discussed the wide array of products which could be produced from coal.
• The Impact of a Cost-effective, Commercial CCUS Technology: From the world’s first commercial sized post-combustion carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS) facility at SaskPower’s Boundary Dam in Saskatchewan which commenced operations in October of 2014 to the soon to be in operation, Mississippi Power’s Kemper County IGCC facility to the NRG WA Parish post-combustion facility with a projected start date in 2016, the world is witnessing the fruits of the efforts of many to achieve a cost-effective process aimed at dramatically mitigating the environmental impact of coal-fired generation. Ben Yamagata, Executive Director, Coal Utilization Research Council (CURC) shared his vision of a world where cost-effective CCUS has been attained.
Mississippi Power’s Kemper County IGCC Facility Update:
The Kemper County Energy Facility is an electrical generating station currently under construction in Mississippi. The station is scheduled to open in the first half of 2016. Kemper will use a technology known as “transport integrated gasification” (TRIG) to convert lignite coal—mined on the Kemper site—into natural gas. The natural gas will then be used to power turbines to production electricity. CO2 will be captured and used in an enhanced oil recovery program (EOR). Revenues from the facility will include electricity (40%) and other products (60%). We’re pleased to have Karl Moor, Sr. Vice President and Chief Environmental Counsel, Southern Company Services, presenting the latest in the development of this facility.
Partial Upgrading of Heavy Oil in Canada:
MEG Energy is a Canadian oil sands producer engaged in production in Northern Alberta. All of its oil reserves are more than 1,000 feet below the surface and so they depend on steam-assisted gravity drainage and associated technology to produce heavy oil. The company’s main thermal project is Christina Lake which came on-stream in 2008 at a design capacity of 3,000 bpd. The current production has been expanded to 75,000 bpd and the facility is expected to add an additional 150,000 bpd of production capacity. In addition, MEG has been actively involved in developing an upgrader technology to eliminate the use of diluent to transport the bitumen to market and add additional value to the heavy oil with a facility to be located near Edmonton, Alberta in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. Don Collins, provided an introduction to Alberta oil sands and the anticipated value MEG will add through partial upgrading.
Dr. Julio Friedmann, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal, Department of Energy (Dr. Friedmann is one of the most widely known and authoritative experts in the U.S. on carbon capture and sequestration)
Joe Goffman, Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel, EPA (Mr. Goffman contributed significantly to the drafting of EPA’s Section 111(d) proposed standards for existing coal plants)
Panel on EPA’s Section 111(d) from different perspectives from policy & regulation; to reliability; to application & compliance:
On June 2, 2014, the proposed standards were released with over 1.6 million comments received in December. A panel has been assembled to address the 111(d) impacts. Steve Black, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and former Counselor to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar moderated. Panel members included Cathy Woollums, Sr Vice President, Environmental and Chief Environmental Counsel, Berkshire Hathaway Energy; Mark Lauby, Senior Vice President and Chief Reliability Officer, North American Reliability Corporation (NERC); and Jay Caspary, Director – Research, Development and Special Studies at Southwest Power Pool.
Possible Mitigating Solutions to EPA’s Section 111(d):
In the event the proposed standards (or some similar form thereof) become law, a number of options are being discussed which western states might consider. Trevor Houser, visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and partner at the Rhodium Group where he leads the energy and natural resources work, shared such options. Dr. Rob Godby, Director, Center of Energy Economics and Public Policy, Univ of Wyoming provided remarks and introduced Trevor.
Washington DC Update:
Tom Dennis, Executive Vice President, Cassidy & Associates provided a DC update on emerging energy and environmental developments as well as the prospects for newly elected Congress.
Coal Impacts Study for Wyoming:
To access a study addressing the impacts of the coal industry in Wyoming, one would need to go back to the 1990’s. In 2014, the WIA commissioned the University of Wyoming to conduct this study with the University contributing to a portion of the cost. Four (4) University Economists led by Dr. Rob Godby, Director, Center of Energy Economics and Public Policy, Univ of Wyoming have been engaged in the effort. An advisory team made up of a number of entities including state agencies; Governor Mead’s Policy Team; and the coal industry has assisted with Laura Ladd, Principal, Hewitt Ladd coordinating.
Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Update:
SPP’s market services and footprint covers seven (7) states; with over 50,000 miles of transmission; and a generation base made up of a spectrum of resources including coal, natural gas, wind, nuclear and hydroelectric facilities. With the integration of the WAPA/Basin IS system in 2015, SPP’s footprint expands north to the Canadian border to include the Dakotas, and portions of eastern Montana. As a result, SPP will become the seam of the US bulk power grids with direct control and/or influence over all US ties between the Eastern Interconnection and WECC and ERCOT. Jay Caspary, Director – Research, Development and Special Studies at Southwest Power Pool, presented an update on SPP’s markets; activities; and future plans.
Mike Moore, Vice President, FernOil & Executive Director, North American Carbon Capture Storage Association, shared a brief overview on energy dynamics across the globe including the crude oil market; LNG outlook; CCUS developments; and coal exports.
Gary Ackerman, Executive Director of the Western Power Trading Forum, (WPTF) discussed California’s subhourly wholesale electricity market which now includes systems outside its footprint via the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM); issues on CAISO and possible solutions; and California Governor Brown’s recent state of the state address reference to raising the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) from 33% to 50%.
PacifiCorp’s Energy Gateway Transmission Project Update:
We are pleased to have Rich Walje, President and CEO, Gateway Projects, PacifiCorp who provided an update on the multi-billion dollar Energy Gateway Project. Rich’s career in the Power Industry spans nearly four (4) decades after taking a job as a journeyman lineman for a utility contractor back in 1976 and we look forward to his remarks.
Natural Gas-Fired Generation at Altitude:
In 2014, a team comprised of General Electric; the Univ of Wyoming; the University of Colorado; The Morley Company; and the WIA, was assembled to conduct an analysis of gas-fired generation at altitude. This analysis may serve as a resource in the future relative to the possible closure of coal-fired generation and the siting of replacement generation. Presenting the analysis is Ty Remington; Rocky Mountain Region Account Manager, GE Power Generation Products & Gerard Loiselle, Application Engineer, GE Power Generation Products.
Natural Gas/Wind Hybrid System:
The team which was assembled to address gas-fired generation at altitude plans to take the analysis one step further in 2015 to create a model which address the variability of Wyoming Wind with quick-start generation. Bruce Morley, CEO, the Morley Company, presented more information on a gas/wind hybrid system.
Visual Impacts in the Permitting & Siting Process:
Diane Simpson-Colebank, President and CEO; and Craig Johnson, Sr Environmental Planner from Logan Simpson Design Inc, provided a presentation titled “Visual Effects Analysis and Agency Processes for Utility Permitting”.
3M ACCR High Voltage Transmission Conductor:
A 3M representative presented the new device designed as a drop-in replacement for ASCR and other conventional conductors using existing structures to increase the amount of current. Pat Ferguson, Sales Manager, 3M Electrical Markets Division, will present the use of composite materials for High Temperature Low Sag (HTLS) overhead conductors.
Presentations: WIA’s Fall Energy Conference, Jackson WY, October 7-8, 2014
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Carbon Capture Utilization & Sequestration (CCUS) Panel:
Panel members included Carl Bauer, University of Wyoming’s Carbon Management Institute; and Dr. Victor Der, former Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy, DOE and former senior executive with the Global CCS Institute. Don Collins, CEO Western Research Institute and WIA Board Member moderated.
Modular Innovative Coal to Motor Fuels CCUS Facility coming to Cheyenne:
Presenting the latest information on the new facility was Daniel Moscaritolo, CEO and CTP, Remediation Earth, Inc.
Wyoming’s new Integrated Test Center (ITC) Project:
This endeavor has been led by Rob Hurless, currently the director of the Univ of Wyoming’s EOR Institute and Mike Easley, CEO, Powder River Energy Corporation and WIA’s Chairman of the Board. Chairman Easley provided an update on the ITC and report on a similar project being developed in Canada’s Alberta Province.
EPA’s 111(d) Standard Analysis:
Panel members included Alan Minier, Chairman, Wyoming Public Service Commission; and Trevor Houser, Partner Rhodium Group. Trevor is a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and partner at the Rhodium Group where he leads the energy and natural resources work. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the City College of New York and a visiting fellow at the school’s Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies. Bryce Freeman, Administrator, Wyoming Office of Consumer Advocate, moderated.
Tom Dennis, Executive Vice President, Cassidy & Associates provided his D.C. update
Trevor Houser, Partner, Rhodium Group, discussed recent policy shifts in China and how such might impact the global demand for coal. In addition, we have asked him to share his views relative to other Asian countries and what change, if any, in coal demand for the Pacific Rim he anticipates will occur. Dr. Rob Godby introduced our luncheon speaker.
Presenting was Parog Soni, Managing Partner, Pathfinder.
Chokecherry/Sierra Madre Wind Project Update:
This project is an up to 1,000-turbine wind farm to be located in Carbon County, Wyoming. Bill Boyd, Executive V.P & COO, Power Company of Wyoming provided the update.
California’s Renewable Energy Policy:
We had an excellent group of speakers assembled that discussed issues pursuant to California’s Energy Policy. Speakers included the following:
• California’s Energy Policy’s Impact on Electricity Rates: Dr. Michael Shires, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University presented a recent study on electricity rates in California.
• Overview of the NREL CA/WY Grid Integration Study & the University of Wyoming’s Phase II Geographic Diversity Study: Jim Detmers, former COO, CAISO, presented an overview of the NREL CA/WY Grid Integration Study and the University of Wyoming’s Phase II Geographic Diversity Study and discussed how wind energy from Wyoming can assist with a partial resolution of the current issues on the CAISO System including operational benefits on CAISO. Jesus Arredondo, Principal, Advantage Consulting, moderated and offer the WIA Board and stakeholders a glimpse on what the future might bring as to a possible increase in California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.
Department of Energy’s Engagement in the Electric Transmission Sector:
Joining us from the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh is Steven Bossart, Senior Energy Advisor, NETL.
The Sage Grouse Issue & Impacts on Energy Development in Wyoming:
U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis has been quoted as saying “Wyoming has been the leader on sage grouse conservation, developing a balanced conservation plan that puts actual boots-on-the-ground to both protect sage grouse and allows for the responsible use of our lands.” Presenting information on this important issue is Chad LeBeau, Research Biologist, West Environmental & Statistical Consultants.
SaskPower’s Phase II CCUS at the Boundary Dam Facility:
SaskPower has been a leader in the CCUS field with its 110 net MW post-combustion carbon capture project relative to the #3 unit at the Boundary Dam Power Station near Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada. We were pleased to have Rhonda Smysniuk, Director–International Relations & Consortium/Carbon Capture & Storage Initiatives, who provided the very latest update on the facility as well as future plans by SaskPower to extend its carbon capture efforts.
Panel on Coal Exports & Foreign Demand:
We’re pleased to feature a panel discussion on coal exports and foreign demand for coal-fired generation. With current U.S. export infrastructure near capacity, there are three (3) export facilities under development in the Pacific Northwest which combined would increase U.S. export capability by up to 100 million tons annually compared to the current 125 million tons of total U.S exports to foreign markets. Bill Chapman, CEO, Millennium Bulk Terminals provided an update on both the Longview, WA Terminal and the Morrow Pacific Terminal in Oregon. Joseph Ritzman, Vice President, SSA Marine provided an update on the Gateway Pacific Terminal—Cherry Point, WA. Moderating the session was Trevor Houser, Partner at the Rhodium Group.
Northeast Wyoming Municipal Leaders’ (NEWY) Coal Tours:
A group of officials have joined together in an effort to conduct tours of mining operations and related coal facilities located in the northeast portion of Wyoming in order for various groups from out of state to get a first-hand look at coal operations. The WIA has scheduled a tour in November, 2014 with NEWY to host a group from Washington State including Tribal leaders. Randy Dyess, Mayor, Buffalo, WY presented a detailed account on the structure of the tours.
Presentations: WIA’s Spring Board Meeting, Cheyenne WY, May 14-15, 2014
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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s Technology Innovation Activities:
Lee Boughey, Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, provided a presentation on Tri-State’s vision for carbon capture and utilization, open innovation in the power industry, and the potential for new carbon industries, with the goal of supporting reliable and affordable power.
Coal Regulations Update:
From emission standards to Regional Haze to coal ash to carbon standards for new coal plants & the anticipated standards on existing plants to be released in 2014, the EPA has issued a number of regulations. Todd Parfitt, Director of Wyoming’s Department of Environmental Quality will provide an update on such regulations. Todd has agreed, where possible, to provide our stakeholders with the latest in environmental regulations at future WIA meetings given the importance of the coal industry to Wyoming and the U.S.
Ratepayer Impacts of EPA Coal Regulations:
A panel was convened to discuss the effect of EPA coal regulations on Wyoming electricity consumers. Panel members include Alan Minier, Chairman of Wyoming’s Public Service Commission and author of a December 2013 letter to EPA arguing against plant retirements before the end of their useful lives; Lyle Witham, Manager of Environmental Services, Basin Electric: and one other possible panel member to be named. Tom Dennis, Executive Vice President, Cassidy & Associates will moderate. Prior to the introduction of the panel, Tom will provide a DC update which will segue into the panel discussion.
Twenty-four percent (24%) growth in the U.S. Natural Gas Market by 2020:
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Information Administration (EIA) in the last week in April, 2014 published new natural gas demand forecast data as part of the Annual Energy Outlook for 2014 (AEO2014). In a special “Low Electricity Demand” scenario, DOE-EIA projects accelerated retirements in coal plants of approximately 110,000 MW of generation verses 51,000 MW of retirements projected in their “Reference Case”. The impact of such accelerated closures is dramatic with a projected increase in U.S. natural gas demand of 23.75% by 2020 and a whopping 63.08% increase by 2040. Don Collins, CEO, Western Research Institute and WIA Board Member shared this latest revelation and consider why the DOE-EIA analysis revisions were necessary.
A new process-Cryogenic Carbon Capture (CCC):
Dr. Dave Frankman, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Sustainable Energy Solutions, presented a new cryogenic process to capture CO2. The process is designed to separate a virtually pure stream of CO2 from power plant flue gas and promises large reductions–about half–in both cost and energy consumption compared to alternative technologies. CCC is a bolt-on; retrofit technology suitable for both existing and new power plants. Larry and SES representatives will discuss results from skid-scale demonstrations of this new technology and the status of commercial development. The WY Legislature and the University Of WY School Of Energy Resources have provided a grant to further the research.
Sargas AS, Delivering the Future of CCUS Technology and Clean Power Generation:
Chris Elrod, Director of Finance, Sargas AS, a privately-held Norwegian Carbon Capture Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) technology company, presented an overview of its pressurized CCUS technology process for both natural gas and coal-fired power plant applications.
McKenzie Global Coal – Long Term Outlook:
Andy Roberts, Principal Analyst for International Thermal Coal at Wood Mackenzie delivered an overview of the global demand, supply and trade for coal, with emphasis on thermal coal consumption and its relevance to Wyoming and the western US. In addition to the forecast, he will discuss underlying assumptions, market drivers, risks and uncertainties.
Coal Exports Panel:
A panel comprised of representatives from the industry was convened to discuss coal exports to foreign ports. Joining us today are Everett King, President, Ambre Energy; Deck Slone, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Public Policy, Arch Coal; Joe Ritzman, VP Business Development, SSA Marine; Brett Porter, Director-Coal Marketing, BNSF Railway; and Tom Nelson, Trading and Revenue Management, Cloud Peak Energy. There are a number of projects under development in the U.S. and Canada to provide incremental capacity which will result in an increase in exports from Wyoming, other states and Canada. Nathan Nicholas, Policy Advisor to Governor Mead, will moderate. Nathan provided a report on current exports from the U.S. and Canada to foreign ports and a broad overview of new export capacity under development prior to introducing the panel members.
A Newly Proposed 2,400 MW Bi-Directional HVDC Transmission Overlay that would provide benefits to both the Eastern & Western Grids:
This bold vision has been introduced by Dale Osborn, Consulting Advisor, Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO). Dale provided the latest on the project including a report on a Jan 8, 2014 meeting where over 100 participants gathered in-person and via conference phone to learn more about the project.
Eagle Guidelines relative to Wind Development:
A hefty fine for eagle takes was imposed in 2013. Dr. Karl Kosciuch. Senior Biologist, Tetra Tech gave an update on current regulations and how wind developers can obtain eagle take permits.
The Current Status of Eagle Population in the West:
Dr. Carron Meaney, Walsh Environmental Scientists and Engineers, LLC, an Ecology and Environment Company, reported some good news and an update relative to eagle populations in the West.
Presentations: WIA’s Winter Board Meeting, Cheyenne WY, January 23-24, 2014
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Current Commercial-Sized CCS Facilities under Development in North America:
A panel comprised of leading experts in the field will discuss the three facilities under development (two under construction) including:
• SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Project—Post-combustion, 120 MW retrofit, 90% CO2 removal with an in-service date of 2014; and
• NRG’s W.A. Parish Project-Post-combustion, 240 MW retrofit, 90% CO2 removal with an in-service date of 2016
The panel was comprised of Dr. Richard Esposito with Southern Company who discussed the status of Southern’s RDD activities with clean coal. Southern Company is a world leader in the CCS field: Guy Couturier, SNC Lavilin, the EPC contractor for the SaskPower facility, provided an update on the Boundary Dam Project; and Claus Nussgruber, Vice President, Clean Energy, Linde North America, discussed the issues associated with carbon capture and the role Linde is playing. The discussion included the current viability of CCS and the variables that impact cost. The moderator for this panel was Dr. Mark Northam, Director, School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming.
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Carbon Capture Technology being deployed for the Boundary Dam Project:
Devin Shaw, Global Sales Manager, Cansolv, a division of Shell Oil provided a report on the CCS technology selected to recover 90%+ CO2 at the SaskPower facility scheduled for in-service during the 1st Qtr of 2014.
An X PRIZE for Carbon Capture and Utilization:
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (Tri-State) is hoping to stimulate a new market surrounding carbon capture and utilization technologies with a proposed $10 million prize and is working internationally to raise additional funding for the Test Center and for the a Carbon Capture and Utilization/Reuse Prize, an inducement prize for breakthrough CO2 capture and utilization technologies that, if fully funded, promises utility-level demonstration work. Jim Spiers, Sr Vice President, Tri-State, presented a summary of this initiative.
Dr. Julio Friedmann, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal, Department of Energy as our Keynote Speaker
U.S. Regulatory Climate relative to Coal-Fired Generation:
A panel comprised of representatives from the industry has been convened. Panel members included Ian Andrews, Director of Resource Development, PacifiCorp; Dr. Richard Esposito, Southern Company; Todd Parfitt, Director of Wyoming’s Department of Environmental Quality; and Barry McDonald, Vice President, Tetra Tech.
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Wyoming’s CO2 Pipeline Project for Delivery to Depleted Oil Fields:
Brian Jeffries, Executive Director, Wyoming Pipeline Authority (WPA) provided an update on WPA’s efforts to develop a set of CO2 pipeline corridors on Federal Lands to facilitate the construction of lines to deliver CO2 to depleted oil fields to recover substantial incremental oil production; and to connect potential sequestration sites in the State.
New Natural Gas to Motor Fuels (GTL) Facilities in North America:
Mark Schnell, General Manager of Marketing, Strategy and New Business Development, Sasol provided an update on the status of Sasol’s development of GTL in Louisiana and British Columbia. Sasol has been converting coal and/or natural gas to motor fuels (CTL) & (GTL) for over sixty (60) years.
HVDC Transmission Projects under Development in Canada:
Paul Macintosh, Vice President, SNC Lavalin, a world-wide engineering services company, provided a report on SNC’s entre into the transmission development business. Paul was joined by Ramy Azar, Manager, Centre of Excellence in Planning & Studies, SNC Lavalin.
Transmission Updates for Projects in Wyoming:
A panel comprised of representatives developing transmission in Wyoming has been convened. Each panel member delivered a 15 minute presentation. Jennifer Rouda, Senior Project Manager, CH2M Hill, Oakland, CA, moderated. The projects being addressed included:
• Energy Gateway Project—two (2) 1,500 MW, 500kV AC lines for Gateway West & Gateway South-Rod Fisher, Director of Community Relations, Rocky Mountain Power Download http://youtu.be/qxDzLuTKM3Q
• TransWest Express Project—a 3,000 MW 600kV DC line-David Smith, Director of Engineering, TransWest Express, LLC Download http://youtu.be/U97hJfxRkxw
• Zephyr Project-a 3,000 MW Double-circuit 500kV DC line-Andy Cotter, Duke American Transmission Company (DATC) Download http://youtu.be/Rgc_YBv1z5g
Wyoming/California Grid Integration Analysis–Local and Long Distance Renewable Energy Scenarios:
The WIA commissioned the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to conduct an in-depth study to determine the impact of Wyoming wind on the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) market and provide an analysis of the capacity value of such wind power delivered to California together with a projected cost of energy. A study group comprised of professionals from California and across the west was formed to review the study. Greg Brinkman, NREL, presented the findings.
A Newly Proposed 2,400 MW Bi-Directional HVDC Transmission Overlay that would Provide Benefits to both the Eastern & Western Grids:
This bold vision has been introduced by Dale Osborn, Consulting Advisor, Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO). Dale provided the latest on the project including a report on a Jan 8, 2014 meeting where over 100 participants gathered in-person and via conference phone to learn more about the project which some refer to as the MidWest Express Project.
Jesus Arredondo, Principal, Advantage Consulting, provided an overview of the political and regulatory landscape in California including a report on the 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) 2020 goal and the likelihood of an increase in the percentage; the status of the once-through-cooling mandate for generation in California and the impact to the grid of the closing of 2200 MW nuclear facility at San Onofre.
Presentations: WIA’s Fall Board Meeting, Jackson WY, September 9-10, 2013
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The Commerce Clause and State Preferences for Indigenous Development of Renewable Energy:
In a recent legal action, Illinois Commerce Commission v. FERC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit raised serious questions about whether Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that gives utilities credit toward meeting their renewable energy goals only for renewable power generated in-state is constitutional under the Commerce Clause. John Jimison, Managing Director, Energy Future Coalition, discussed the case and possible impacts to other state preferences which do not favor the transmission of renewable energy from high quality renewable resource areas to the marketplace.
A Panel Discussion on Regional Haze Regulations for Wyoming:
A panel was convened to address the controversial proposed Regional Haze Regulations by the EPA which is seeking to reduce haze in national parks and wilderness areas by further limiting emissions from industrial facilities in Wyoming. The panel was comprised of Cathy Woolums, Sr. Vice President, Environmental and Chief Environmental Counsel, MidAmerican Energy Holdings; Lyle Witham, Manager of Environmental Services, Basin Electric; Bill Lawson, Director, Environmental Services, PacifiCorp; Todd Parfitt, Director, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality; and Bryce Freeman, Administrator, Wyoming Office of Consumer Advocate and WIA Board Member, addressed the many issues surrounding the EPA’s move to reject Wyoming’s plan and proposing federally mandated changes. Bryce Freeman moderated.
Use of LNG in High-Horsepower Applications in the Mining, Rail, Trucking and Oil & Gas Industries:
Sherrie Merrow, Natural Gas Demand Generation Lead, Encana, discussed Encana’s efforts relative to the future use of LNG domestically which will provide savings compared to conventional fuels. Wyoming is uniquely positioned to be an early mover for LNG production, distribution and usage and is already engaged in evaluating opportunities that Sherrie discussed.
Energy Independence–National and State by State:
Ed Hirs, Managing Director, Hillhouse Resources and a professor of energy economics at the University of Houston, discussed the policies and economics required to achieve the goals of energy independence require the use of all resources and not “business as usual.” Wyoming is the example and exports both the molecules and electrons. In addition, Ed will discuss a new modular designed GTL facility including economic considerations.
Major Issues related to Coordinating Natural Gas/Electric Operations and Long-Term Resource Planning and Investment:
Harry Vidas, Vice President, ICF International, addressed the ways in which the natural gas and electric industries are becoming increasingly integrated as gas–fired generation continues to gain market share. Utilities, regulators, and stakeholders are searching for ways to align interests and expectations, while continuing to deliver reliable service to consumers. ICF International has recently untaken a major new study on behalf of Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council (EISPC) on that subject.
Washington DC Update:
Tom Dennis, Executive Vice President, Cassidy & Associates provided a DC update on emerging energy and environmental developments in DC.
Review of the Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines:
In March 2012 the US Fish and Wildlife Service issued voluntary Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines. While these guidelines are voluntary, the Service has indicated that adherence to them will influence their exercising discretion with respect to investigating and prosecuting potential violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Dr. Dale Strickland, President, Western EcoSystems Technology, provided a review of such guidelines.
Navigating the Path for Large Infrastructure Projects:
Kathryn K. Floyd, Partner, Venable LLP, discussed the latest developments faced by industry in developing new infrastructure for mining, rail and other energy-based facilities. All such industries face many common issues. Learn some tips on how to achieve successful and timely review and permitting by federal and state authorities.
A Review of the Transmission Projects being developed in the U.S. by Clean Line Energy:
Michael Skelly, President, Clean Line Energy Partners LLC, provided an overview of Clean Lines’ transmission projects under development in the U.S. which will deliver renewable energy from high quality resource areas to the marketplace via AC and DC projects. In addition, Michael will discuss some of the issues encountered from a permitting and siting perspective and share some suggestions as to how the process can be streamlined.
California Update Panel:
This is a follow-up discussion from the California-based panel at WIA’s Fall 2012 meeting featuring the same panel members with an additional member this year. Topics discussed included updates on renewable energy—legislative actions—contract failure rates—possible increase in the 33% RPS; once-through-cooling issues; the SONGS nuclear facility closure; issues facing transmission projects including multi-state projects; consumer demand for additional renewables above what utilities are currently providing; and others. Panel members include Sam Enoka, President & CFO, VIASYN; Jeff Harris, Partner, Ellison, Schneider & Harris LLP; Jesus Arrendondo, Principal, Advantage Consulting LLC; and Sharif Ebrahim, Principal, Kearns & West. Mr. Sam Enoka moderated.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Relevant Capabilities at Sandia National Laboratories:
David Minster, the Manager of the Wind Energy Technologies Department at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Albuquerque New Mexico, provided a briefing on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Capabilities at Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia’s programs span a variety of topic including solar, water, wind, geothermal, biomass, and hydrogen fuel cells. Bryan Miller, BEM International and contractor to SNL, introduced the speaker.
An Overview of the Wyoming Business Council:
The creation of the Wyoming Business Council in 1998 dramatically changed Wyoming’s approach to economic development. The Council literally touches every aspect of Wyoming’s economy from energy to agribusiness and points in between. The Council’s close association with the Idaho National Laboratory has resulted in furthering advanced fuel technologies for application in our State and beyond. Mark Willis, Chief Operating Officer, shared an overview of the Council’s work and discuss some of the many successes achieved.
Presentations: WIA’s Spring Board Meeting, Cheyenne WY, May 15-16, 2013
An overview of Ambre Energy’s operation in Wyoming and Worldwide: Jannie Grove, Managing Director… more
An overview of Ambre Energy’s operation in Wyoming and Worldwide:
Jannie Grove, Managing Director and CEO, Ambre Fuels North America and Everett King, President and CEO, Ambre Energy North America provided an update on the company’s vertically integrated coal operations which includes mining, the development of export terminals and alternative fuels related activities.
Quick-Start Natural Gas-Fired Generation Technology:
A panel was convened to address the variability of renewable energy in the form of wind and solar and how quick-start natural gas-fired generation can mitigate such variability. Each representative provided details on the performance capabilities of their respective technology including ramping capabilities from start to full power output; impact of performance based on elevation; heat rates; cooling methods; and other pertinent details. We’re pleased to have Colin McKee, Energy Policy Analyst for Governor Mead’s Office moderate the panel.
o Siemens—John Copen, Business Development Director Download
o General Electric—Ty Remington, Product Manager, 7F Turbine
o Wartsila—Dennis Finn, Rocky Mt Sales Manager and Joseph Ferrari, Market Development Analyst Download
WY/CO Studies relative to the delivery of Wyoming Wind Generation; Natural Gas-Fired Generation; and Transmission to Colorado:
Two Studies were recently released addressing Geographic Diversity and Economic Impacts. A grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), made possible with the support of Wyoming’s State Energy Office, funded the majority portion of the costs.
o Jonathan Naughton, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the University of Wyoming’s Wind Energy Research Center will give a brief summary of his findings for this second in a series of four (4) studies. Download
o Eric Lantz, Senior Research Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory will discuss the benefits which could be derived in terms of economic output and new jobs for both Colorado and Wyoming as a result of new wind generation, natural gas-fired generation and transmission in Wyoming for delivery to Colorado. Download
Proven Benefits from Wind Development in Nolan County, TX:
Greg Wortham, Mayor of Sweetwater, TX shared the actual benefits relative to 2,500 MW of operating wind generation in terms of new schools, medical facilities and other infrastructure; jobs and the billions of dollars in increased tax base.
MISO Benefits from Diverse Resources:
With the mix of diverse resources on the expansive Midwest Independent System Operator’s System (MISO), the planning reserve margin for generation has been reduced from 15.4% to 11.94% which equates to a annual savings of approximately $300 million. Dale Osborne, Policy and Economic Studies Department, MISO presented.
Generation Updates for Projects Under Development in Wyoming:
A panel comprised of representatives from some of the wind generation projects under development in Wyoming was convened. John Masterson, Partner, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP moderated.
o Pathfinder’s Wheatland/Chugwater Project- Jeff Meyer, Founder, Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy and Sweetwater River Conservancy Download
o Power Company of Wyoming’s Chokecherry & Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project-Bill Miller, President and CEO, Power Company of Wyoming Download
o Intermountain Wind’s Project-Paul Martin, President, Intermountain Wind Download
Changes occurring in the Western Grid and optimizing the integration of Renewable Energy:
Carl Zichella, Director of Western Renewable Transmission, Natural Resources Defense Council addressed the move towards regional cooperation to obtain grid efficiencies via EIM’s and other market tools. In addition, Carl shared his perspective on the eroding barrier relative to imports of renewable energy to California.
FERC Order 1000 update:
Since we last heard from Charlie Reinhold, WestConnect, there have been some significant developments in this FERC mandate which Charlie discussed.
Linc Energy’s Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) Project Update:
Paul Ludwig, Linc Energy General Manager, Stakeholder Relations, Linc Energy provided an update on the company’s UCG Project in the northern portion of Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. In addition, the WIA Board and our stakeholders were provided an overview of the worldwide activities of Linc Energy.
Solar activities in the Southwest:
Ken MacDonald, Partner and Sr. Environmental Manager, NewFields and Linda Bullen, Shareholder, Lionel, Sawyer and Collins, discussed solar development in the Southwest.
Jesus Arrendondo, Principal, Advantage Consulting, provided an overview of the political and regulatory landscape in California.
Washington DC Update:
Tom Dennis, Executive Vice President, Cassidy & Associates provided a DC update on emerging energy and environmental developments in Congress.
Recent Developments Relative to Eminent Domain in Wyoming:
Dave Ditto, Associated Legal Group discussed the recent ruling by the Wyoming Supreme Court in the Barlow v. Greencore case and its impact on ROW acquisition in Wyoming. The Supreme Court approved the use of “comparable easements” as a measure of compensation, and also approved annual payments for the life of the easement, making the acquisition, essentially, into a “lease” in certain circumstances. Dave discussed details of the new case and ways to handle these new legal standards for compensation.
Project Management Tool:
Andy de Villiers, Western Region Executive, Aconex discussed how Aconex’s proprietary software brings information, people and process together to effectively manage complex energy projects.