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Pipelines and Power Lines: The Future of U.S. Energy Infrastructure and the Implications for Clean Energy
Though often overlooked, long-distance pipelines and power lines are critical components of the U.S. energy system, bringing fuel and electricity from the places they are produced to demand centers, where they power our lives. Today, there are more than 1.5 million miles of natural gas pipelines in the United States and 600,000 miles of transmission system power lines.
Yet, unlike the largely national natural gas system, the U.S. power system consists of three separate grids with multiple system operators, and state regulators have substantial authority over project approvals. Because of the complexities of this system, just 32 high-voltage, interstate transmission power lines have been built since 2000, totaling only 3,000 miles. In 2017, numerous interstate transmission projects were cancelled due to a combination of market forces and barriers imposed by states through which new lines would pass.
Addressing these barriers could accelerate clean energy development in the United States. New, long-distance power transmission that brings solar and wind power from the most productive parts of the country to demand centers could dramatically reduce the costs of renewable electricity. But what is the path forward?
Join EPIC for a conversation with Jon Wellinghoff, former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Ed Krapels, CEO of transmission developer Anbaric; and Allen Fore, Vice President of Public Affairs at pipeline operator Kinder Morgan, on the lessons learned by industry and regulators over the past several years and the future of U.S. energy infrastructure. The event will be moderated by Steve Cicala, an assistant professor at the Harris School of Public Policy.
Saieh Hall, Room TBD
Edward N. Krapels is a leader in the rising industry of non-utility electric transmission and distribution development. He is the CEO of Anbaric, a company behind $5 billion in independent transmission and microgrid projects built to bring lower cost power into dense urban areas, including Manhattan. Krapels is a former financial advisor and risk management consultant. He has published several books and scores of articles in energy industry journals and was a member of Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s Electricity Advisory Committee from 2010 to 2012.
Krapels has provided valuation and due diligence services to many prominent investors in the energy arena. As a risk management advisor, Krapels has assisted major utilities, end users, and government agencies. He developed a series of guides to energy hedging strategies for Risk which have been used by hundreds of companies around the world. He remains one of the authorities on the appropriate uses of hedging tools and on the distinctions between hedging and speculating in energy markets. Krapels has been a registered Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA).
Jon Wellinghoff is a Principal at Policy/DER Consulting, which enables the intersection of policy and distributed energy technologies, helping energy tech companies get to market and expand markets by addressing critical policy barriers to business success. He was formerly Chief Policy Officer at SolarCity and oversaw regulatory and legislative affairs on federal and state policy for the company. Jon was the longest serving Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC/2009-2013), where he was known for his international expertise and thought leadership in energy policy, electric markets and the interface of disruptive energy systems with traditional utility structures. Prior to joining SolarCity, Jon served as partner at the law firm Stoel Rives, where he provided knowledge and experience in energy law and the development of clean energy technology, consulting on energy policy with leaders in the U.S., China, Australia and Europe. While at Stoel Rives, Jon represented clients in emerging energy technology fields including energy storage, demand response, big energy data analytics and distributed generation.
Allen Fore, Vice President, Public Affairs for Kinder Morgan, Inc., has more than 25 years of experience in law, government and public affairs at the local, state, and national levels. At Kinder Morgan, Mr. Fore manages corporate public affairs, government relations, and community relations activities for existing company assets and major expansion projects throughout the United States. Prior to joining Kinder Morgan, Mr. Fore was a Senior Vice President at Fleishman-Hillard, an international communications company. Mr. Fore has served as an Assistant Attorney General of Illinois, as general counsel to the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois and as the Executive Director of the Illinois Republican Party. Mr. Fore served as a Judge Advocate General in the Illinois Army National Guard and US Army Reserve, honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. Mr. Fore was also elected and served as an alderman on the Belvidere, IL City Council. Mr. Fore received his B.A. from Eureka College and a Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University.