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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 epi@boisestate.edu or Cassie Koerner at cassiekoerner@boisestate.edu.

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.
  • Forthcoming:
    – Tribal Energy Decision-making and Sustainability
    – Jobs in
    Energy Transitions
    – Resilience in Critical Infrastrucutre

December 2020

Nuclear Energy Systems Change: Past, Present and Future

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

University of Michigan, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Colloquia, December 4th, 2020

Fall 2020

Power Talks

  • 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 SwitchOn.org. 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).
  • 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.
  • 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

    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. 

  • 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.
  • 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).

September

Market Rules for Energy Storage
Dr. Stephanie Lenhart
Senior Research Associate and Assistant Research Professor

Irving Institute for Energy and Society, Dartmouth College: New Energy Speaker Series (virtual)
September 8th, 2020

Energy Transition and Policy Outlook: The United States
Dr. Kathleen Araújo
Director and Associate Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems, Innovation and Policy

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Center for Technology, Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering (virtual)
September 8th, 2020

Energy Transition and Policy Outlook: Europe
Dr. Kathleen Araújo
Director and Associate Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems, Innovation and Policy

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Center for Technology, Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering (virtual – part 2)
September 8th, 2020

July 2020

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.

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

May 2020

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

Moderator: Kathy Araújo

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

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

April 8th, 2020
6:00 PM

February 2020

Decarbonization in International Energy Transitions

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

Santa Fe Institute
February 27, 2020

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

U.S. Capitol and federal public agency outreach

A CAES delegation discussed energy with members of federal agencies and industry.

Washington DC
February 12-14, 2020

Idaho Capitol energy outreach day

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

Boise, Idaho
February 5, 2020.

December 2019

Champions & Industry in Energy Transitions:

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

Panel: “The Role of the Science Enterprise and Innovation in Energy Transitions”
Moderator: Kathleen Araujo, Boise State University
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

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

Western Energy Conference

July 2019

International Energy Transitions

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

April 2019

Roundtable on Energy and Environmental Careers

Power Talk series

Co-sponsored by:

CAES Energy Policy Institute,
CAES Energy Efficiency Research Institute and
The Andrus Center for Public Policy

View Roundtable Details

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

February 2019

Disruptive Change in Nuclear and Geothermal Energy: Policy and Paradigm Shifts

Dr. Kathleen Araujo
Director, Energy Policy Institute and Associate Professor, Sustainable Energy Systems, Innovation and Policy
MSMSE Seminar Series, Spring 2019
Location: Micron School of Material Science and Engineering
February 8th, 2019