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Fall 2020

Power Talks is a discussion series that focuses on current issues and opportunities in energy. Events will be held virtually, bringing together experts with others who are interested in energy. All events are free and open to the public. Zoom links will be sent to registrants in the thank you note, once you register, and also within 24 hours of the  event.  For questions, contact the CAES Energy Policy Institute at epi@boisestate.edu or Cassie Koerner
at cassiekoerner@boisestate.edu.

FALL SCHEDULE

  • Behind and Beyond the Meter in Electricity — Fereidoon Sioshansi
    September 18, 11:30am MT
    Dr. Fereidoon Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics and Book Editor of select titles, including Behind and Beyond the Meter (2020), Competitive Electricity Markets (2011), and Electricity Market Reform (2006). Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/powertalk_2020-9-18.
  • What You May have Missed in Carbon Capture and Sequestration Policy,
    if You’ve Been a Little Distracted — Kipp Coddington
    October 2, 11:30am MT. Mr. Kipp Coddington is Director, Center for Energy Regulation & Policy, and Director, Energy Policy & Economics at the School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming. Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/powertalk_2020-10-2
  • Hydropower in the Northwest:
    Decisions on Energy Resilience & Salmon with the Lower Snake River Dams – Fred Huette, Ted Sorenson, Tom Ptak, Chase Christen, Brianna Pitcock, Thomas Lazarte –
    October 16, 11:30am MT. This discussion follows up on evaluations, including a student project, considering the removal of four dams on the Lower Snake River in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Fred Huette is a Senior Policy Associate with the Northwest Energy Coalition. Mr. Ted Sorenson is Owner of Sorenson Engineering and Vice Chair of the Small Hydro Council, National Hydropower Association. Dr. Tom Ptak is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Idaho. Mr. Chase Christen is a Graduate Student in Mechanical Engineering, Boise State University. Ms. Brianna Pitcock is a Graduate Student in Public Policy and Administration, Boise State University. Mr. Thomas Lazarte is an Undergraduate Student in Business-Economics, Boise State University.
    Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/powertalk_2020-10-16.
  • Geothermal Energy:
    Development Prospects & Jobs 

    Roy Mink, Kathy Araújo, Jeff Tester, Travis McLing, and Will Pettitt
    October 30, 2020, 11:30am MT.
    Dr. Roy Mink is the principal with Mink GeoHydro Inc and former Director of Geothermal Technologies Program for U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Araújo is Director of the CAES Energy Policy Institute and Associate Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems, Innovation and Policy at Boise State University. Dr. Tester is Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems in the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. Dr. Travis McLing is the Energy and Water Lead and Research Scientist with Idaho National Laboratory and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. Mr. William Pettitt is the Executive Director of the Geothermal Resources Council. Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/powertalk_2020-10-30.
  • Energy movie discussion with film-maker Scott Tinker and EPI Director Kathy Araújo — November 6, 3pm MT.
    Explore the topic of energy in the developing world by discussing Switch On with Documentary Film-maker Scott Tinker and EPI Director Kathy Araújo. The film can be watched via web link. Dr. Scott Tinker is Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin and is a Documentary Film-maker. Dr. Araújo is Director of the CAES Energy Policy Institute and Associate Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems, Innovation and Policy at Boise State University. This event will be entirely virtual (freely accessible film web link plus discussion via Zoom). Register for the discussion: https://www.surveymonkey.com /r/Powertalk_11-0620_FR5LVH9

For questions, contact Cassie Koerner at cassiekoerner@boisestate.edu.

July 2020

The Governance of Electricity Markets: Opportunities and Challenges for Western State Regulators in the Energy Imbalance Market

Power Talk series

Dr. Stephanie Lenhart, Senior EPI Researcher
July 16, 2020
2-3:15pm via Zoom.
Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VW2PGCQ. For questions, contact Kacie Brioschi at kaciebrioschi@boisestate.edu.

Across the United States, seven regional organizations manage wholesale electricity markets. These nonprofit organizations sit at the interface between federal and state authority and are governed through independent boards and stakeholder engagement. Among these organizations, the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) has a unique governance design that is currently under review. This talk highlights potential opportunities and challenges for state regulatory participation with this rapidly expanding market.

The State of RTO/ISO Governance and Potential Improvements

Dr. Stephanie Lenhart, Senior EPI Researcher

Panel, Wholesale Markets Summit (virtual)
American Public Power Association
July 14, 2020
2:45-3:45pm MT
https://www.publicpower.org/event/wholesale-markets-summit

May 2020

Virtual Energy Policy Workshop

Wind, solar and nuclear energy

Co-Hosts Kathy Araújo and Kipp Coddington talk with Marc Chupka of the U.S. Energy Storage Association, John Kotek of the Nuclear Energy Institute, Terry Jester of Solpad,  Elise Hunter of Grid Alternatives, and others in this online, half-day Zoom workshop. Sponsored by the CAES Energy Policy Institute, this event is designed for people who are interested in energy policy, in how energy policy informs research, and in collaborative opportunities that bridge research and policy.

PROGRAM – May 28, 2020
Pre-workshop event

Noon-12:30 pm MT  Energy policy 101/Refresher

Workshop

12:45-12:55 pm MT  Welcome

1:00-2:15 pm MT Energy Policy, Jobs and Industry Conditions during COVID 19 and Economic Challenge

Moderators: Kathy Araújo and Kipp Coddington

Panelists:
Marc Chupka, Vice President of Research and Programs, U.S.Energy Storage Association

Elise Hunter, Policy and Regulatory Affairs Director for Grid Alternatives

Terry Jester, CEO of Solpad

John Kotek, Vice President of Policy Development and Public Affairs, Nuclear Energy Institute

2:15-2:30 pm MT Break

2:30-3:25 pm MT Lightning talk research session

3:25-3:40 pm MT  Break

3:40-4:40pm MT  Break-out sessions for research roadmap discussions

(A) Advanced decarbonization

(B) Nuclear development

(C) Smarter grids and electricity markets

4:45-5:00 pm MT   Take-aways and next steps

Questions  epi@boisestate.edu

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April 2020

Local-State Energy Decision-making

Power Talk series

John Chatburn
State of Idaho, Office of Energy and Mineral Resources
– and –
Steve Burgos, Public Works, City of Boise

Location: Moved to Zoom session
April 8th, 2020
6:00 PM

February 2020

Decarbonization in International Energy Transitions

Dr. Kathleen Araujo
Director, Energy Policy Institute and Associate Professor, Energy Systems and Policy

Santa Fe Institute
February 27, 2020

Decarbonization of the Power Grid Workshop
February 26-28, 2020

U.S. Capitol and federal public agencies

EPI-CAES partners meet with members of federal agencies to discuss energy-related initiatives and participate in an industry meeting.

Washington DC
February 12-14, 2020

Idaho Capitol

EPI-CAES collaborators highlight ongoing projects and initiatives at the Idaho Capitol.

December 2019

National Energy Transitions: Champions, Time & Industry

Dr. Kathleen Araujo
Director, Energy Policy Institute and Associate Professor, Energy Systems and Policy
Location: Community Library
Kecthum, ID
December 17th, 2019
5:00 p.m.

November 2019

What Have We Learned from Four Decades of Danish Wind and French Nuclear Development?

Dr. Kathleen Araujo
Director, Energy Policy Institute and Associate Professor, Energy Systems and Policy
Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
November 8th, 2019

Advancing the Intermountain West's EV Corridor: Critical Infrastructure and Policy Blueprinting in Early Adoption

Dr. Kathleen Araujo
Director, Energy Policy Institute and Associate Professor, Energy Systems and Policy
Location: Boston University
Integrating Electric Mobility Systems with the Grid Infrastructure
Sloan Foundation Workshop, Boston, MA
November 6th, 2019

September 2019

Geothermal Tour of Boise

A tour of Boise’s historic and currently used geothermal sites is offered
by a team of geothermal experts, historians and Idaho National Laboratory.
An energy-optimized bus operated by the INL shuttles the group
from a historic pump house and Warm Springs-heated homes,
to the only geothermally-heated Capitol in the US and a family-run
greenhouse heated by geothermal energy.
September 29th, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Roundtable: The Energy Workforce of the Future

Location: Boise State University, Student Union Building
Trueblood Room
September 29th, 2019
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Women in Clean Energy Reception

Bodovino, 404 South 8th Street, Boise, Idaho
September 29th, 2019
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

9th Annual Energy Policy Conference

“Energy Decision-Making in Times of Disruptive Change”
Boise Centre, 850 W Front Street, Boise, Idaho 83702
September 29th through October 1st, 2019
Visit Conference Website

Balancing Energy and the Environment

MSMSE Seminar series and EPI Power Talk series
Kemal Pasamehmetoglu
INL and Energyecologic
Location: Boise State University, RUCH 110, Engineering Building
September 6th, 2019
10:30 am

August 2019

Energy Jobs, Regional Innovation, and Science

“Energy Jobs and Innovation Hubs in Energy Transitions,” Keynote Remarks
Kathleen Araujo, Director, Energy Policy Institute and Associate Professor, Energy Systems and Policy

Panel: “The Role of the Science Enterprise and Innovation in Energy Transitions”
John Russell, University of Idaho
JoAnn Lighty, Boise State University, Engineering
Heidi Jarvis, Idaho Technology Council
Ray Stark, Chamber of Commerce
Nic Miller, Boise State University, Venture College

Moderator: Kathleen Araujo
Boise Centre, 850 W. Front Street, Boise, Idaho 83702
August 27th, 2019
2:45 p.m.

Western Energy Conference

July 2019

Lessons in International Energy Transitions

Dr. Kathleen Araujo
Director, Energy Policy Institute and Associate Professor, Energy Systems and Policy
Sun Valley Forum, Sun Valley, ID
July 24th, 2019

Competing Interests in Energy Systems and Resilience

Dr. Stephanie Lenhart and  Dr. Kathleen Araujo
Senior Researcher and Director, Energy Policy Institute

Mandela Fellows Program
Location: Boise State University
July 8th, 2019

June 2019

Bending the Curve with Innovation and Policy

Dr. Kathleen Araujo
Director, Energy Policy Institute and Associate Professor, Energy Systems and Policy
Televised Lecture, CAES/Idaho National Lab
iCorps Lite Program

March 2019

Energy Workforce Opportunities and Challenges

Capitol Hill Testimony
Noel Bakhtian, Director, Center for Advanced Energy Studies
2362 B Rayburn Bldg, Washington DC
March 7th, 2019

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