Spring 2021 Events
Power Talks - Join us virtually
The CAES Energy Policy Institute, based at Boise State University, is pleased to continue Power Talks, a series of virtual talks and events relating to energy decision-making and policy that is hosted by the Director of the CAES Energy Policy Institute, Dr. Kathleen Araujo. These events will be held via Zoom, bringing together leading authors, researchers, and technologists with those who are interested in energy to share insights and engage in discussion. All events are free and open to the public. Zoom links will be provided to registrants upon registration, and also within 24 hours of the event. For questions, contact the CAES Energy Policy Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cassie Koerner at email@example.com.
Spring 2021 Power Talks
- Oil and the Oil Industry in an Age of Decarbonization
Richard Sears, Stanford University, February 17, 11:30 am MT.
Richard Sears is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, a National Associate of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and a licensed Professional Geoscientist. He worked with Shell Oil Company and Royal Dutch Shell for 33 years in technical and managerial positions including exploration geophysicist, technical instructor, economist, strategic advisor and planner, and general management. He spent seven years as Vice President, Global Subsurface Deepwater Technical Services. Richard was also Chief Scientist of the National Oil Spill Commission and is a co-author of the Commission’s Chief Counsel’s Report which details the technical and managerial failures leading to the Deepwater Horizon blowout and spill. He has served on several committees through the National Academy of Engineering, advising the US Government on safety in offshore energy operations. Register for Oil and the Oil Industry here.
- The New CEQ NEPA Regulations in 2021: Potential Changes and Implications for Energy
Temple Stoellinger, University of Wyoming, March 24, 11:30 am MT.
Temple Stoellinger is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming where she has a dual appointment with the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the College of Law where she is the Co-Director of the Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies. Before joining the University of Wyoming, Temple served as the natural resource attorney for the Wyoming County Commissioners Association (WCCA). Prior to working for the WCCA, Temple also worked for Shell, International B.V. and previously served as a natural resource analyst and advisor to Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal. Register for New CEQ NEPA Regulations here.
- Planning and Policy across Natural Gas and Power Markets
Seth Blumsack, Pennsylvania State University
April 14, 11:30 am MT.
Dr. Seth Blumsack is Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics and International Affairs at Pennsylvania State University. His research centers on the electricity and natural gas industries; regulation and deregulation in network industries; network science; risk analysis; and managing complex infrastructure systems. He has been studying the electric power industry through academic and consulting affiliations for more than fifteen years. Register for Planning and Policy across Natural Gas and Power Markets here.
- Public Opinion and Nuclear Power in U.S. History for Defense and Energy Purposes
Sarah Robey, Idaho State University
April 28, 11:30 am MT.
Dr. Sarah Robey is an Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in History at Idaho State University. She holds a PhD in History from Temple University with an emphasis on the history of science and technology and nuclear history. Her current book project, Atomic Americans: Citizens in a Nuclear State, examines how the threat of nuclear war changed American ideas about participatory democracy, the role of the state, and civic responsibility during the early Cold War (Cornell University Press, forthcoming). Sarah will also have a chapter on industry-sponsored science education films included in the upcoming energy humanities collection, American Energy Cinema (University of West Virginia Press, forthcoming). Sarah is beginning work on her second book-length manuscript, a regional history of Idaho National Laboratory and its place in the landscape of the Nuclear West. Register for Public Opinion and Nuclear Power here.
- Hydropower in the Northwest: Decisions on Energy Resilience & Salmon with the Lower Snake River Dams, Session 2.0
Moderator: Kathleen Araujo, Director, CAES Energy Policy Institute and
Associate Professor, Boise State University; Panel: Don Sampson, Walla Walla Tribe, Kurt Miller, Northwest River Partners, and Monica Hubbard, Boise State University
May 5, 11:30 am MT.
Don Sampson is Chief of the Walla Walla Tribe, head of the climate change program from the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and spokesperson for the Northwest Tribal Salmon Alliance. Monica Hubbard is an Assistant Professor for Boise State University’s Department of Public Policy and Administration. Her research includes water resources, emerging technologies, natural disasters, and energy. Kurt Miller is the executive director of Northwest RiverPartners, an organization that focuses on communities served by not-for-profit utilities and other hydropower supporters across the Pacific and Inland Northwest. Register for Hydropower in the Northwest here.
- Energy Resilience in Idaho: The Dynamics of Energy Planning
Veronika Vazhnik, CAES Energy Fellow, Idaho Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Program
May 19, 11:30 am MT.
Dr. Veronika Vazhnik is the CAES Fellow in the first cohort of the Idaho Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Program. Veronika is currently working in the Idaho State Office of Energy and Mineral Resources. She earned her PhD in biorenewable systems with a minor in operations research from Pennsylvania State University. Register for Energy Resilience in Idaho here.
– Tribal Energy Decision-making and Sustainability
– Jobs in Energy Transitions
– Resilience in Critical Infrastrucutre