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The Role of Natural Gas in U.S. Electric Power Futures

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 | 02:00 PM

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Join us Tuesday, February 12, for a conversation with Jeffrey Logan, senior energy analyst at NREL, about the role of natural gas in electric power futures.

The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy invites you to participate in our second annual policy workshop webinar series, Emerging Issues in Shale Gas Development. Natural gas extraction generally, and shale gas extraction in particular, have become highly charged issues as stakeholders debate their effects on environmental and public health and their role in our future energy mix. This webinar series seeks to answer important questions about extraction, the environment, and the future of energy by grounding that debate with expert speakers from a variety of disciplines.

In the fifth installment of the series, Jeffrey Logan, senior energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will look at the shale gas boom's potential to fundamentally alter the evolution of the U.S. power sector. Abundant, low-priced natural gas has already led to over 300 terawatt-hours of fuel switching from coal to natural gas in the existing fleet of combined-cycle generators. Whether this shift continues or reverses itself will depend on the relative price differential between coal and natural gas. Natural gas is also beginning to affect the potential for other power generation options as well.

The webinar will review electric power scenarios evaluated in a recent study led by the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA), a strategic partnership between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and leading research universities. The scenarios explore coal plant retirements, clean energy standards, technology evolution, changes in natural gas production costs, and a “dash to gas” future. The JISEA study is available at www.jisea.org.

The recording is available at http://vimeo.com/60051938; the powerpoint presentation is available here.

About the Speaker: Jeffrey Logan has two decades of experience in energy policy analysis and clean energy project management. His current work focuses on analysis of U.S. energy policy options, the interaction of natural gas and renewable energy technologies, and collaboration with China.

Logan currently leads analysis efforts at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory focusing on federal energy legislation and policy. He recently led a multi-client study on how natural gas might transform the U.S. electric power sector. He served as Special Advisor to the IPCC on the Special Report on Renewable Energy in 2010 and 2011. He also led comparative studies of proposed national renewable electricity standards, and briefed the Senate on findings. Previously, Logan advised Congress on wide-ranging energy policy topics at the Congressional Research Service in Washington, DC. He also led a stakeholder-engagement project at the World Resources Institute to design carbon capture and sequestration standards in the U.S.  From 2003 to 2005 in Paris, he led collaboration between the International Energy Agency and China, focusing on ways to simultaneously address energy security, environmental protection, and economic development. Logan also led influential work on Chinese energy efficiency, electric power, capacity building, and climate change options at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington, DC from 1997 to 2003. He has testified to Congress on numerous occasions, published and traveled widely, and maintains a wide network of collaborators.

Logan has graduate degrees in public policy and environmental science, and undergraduate degrees in aerospace engineering and liberal arts. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal from 1987-1989, and a United Nations Volunteer in China from 1990-1993.

About the Series: Hosted and sponsored by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, our second annual webinar series highlights emerging issues in shale gas development. The series is publicly available online and promoted to both domestic and international academic and policy communities, including governmental officials, think tank analysts, climate change advocates, professors, and students. The webinar format enables interested parties to access and participate in these presentations from anywhere in the world. The series is free and open to the public. To register for the online event:

1. Go to https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/518618623.
2. Click "Register."
3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click "Submit."

Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event. Please note that this webinar series uses VoIP, and audio quality can vary based on your audio software/hardware manufacturer as well as your operating system. For details on VoIP device recommendations and best practices, please visit Go-to-Webinar's online resource guide. A recording of the presentation will be posted online for public access after the event. 

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees
Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac-based attendees
Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Mobile attendees
iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

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