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Power Talks

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Power Talks is a virtual series relating to energy decision-making and policy that is hosted by the Director of the CAES Energy Policy Institute, Dr. Kathleen Araujo. These events are held via Zoom, bringing together leading experts with those who are interested in energy to share timely and relevant insights and engage in discussion. Power Talks are free and open to the public. Zoom links will be provided upon registration.  For questions, contact the CAES Energy Policy Institute at epi@boisestate.edu. Registration links for Power Talks are included below for each event. Note: Companion events are also indicated, but will differ from the Power Talks.

Power Talk - Wildfire and Energy Infrastructure Planning

February 24, 2022 – 1pm MT

    • Doug Grafe is the Wildfire Programs Director with the Office of Governor Kate Brown in the State of Oregon. His position was created through SB 762 — comprehensive legislation grounded in the recommendations developed by the Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response. Doug serves as the principal advisor to the Governor on wildfire prevention and will oversee implementation of SB 762, including coordinating activities of the involved state agencies and other entities. He previously spent 17 years at the Oregon Department of Forestry in a variety of positions including stewardship forester, Toledo unit forest manager, fire operations manager, deputy chief of fire protection, and chief of fire protection — a position he has held since February 2015.
    • Bill Messner is the Director of Wildfire Mitigation and Resiliency with Portland General Electric (PGE).  Since joining PGE, Bill has been the director of several departments including Safety & Health; and Safety, Security & Resiliency. He joined PGE from Southern California Edison Co. (SoCal Edison), where he worked as an attorney specializing in environmental, real properties and local governance law.  He later served as director and principal manager of the SoCal Edison Corporate Environmental, Health & Safety Department before joining PGE. Prior to SoCal Edison, Bill worked 12+ years for Exxon Mobil Corporation as an environmental project engineer and an attorney.
    • Boone Zimmerlee is the Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator for Deschutes County where he serves as the director of Project Wildfire working with local partners and the greater community in wildfire preparedness. Combined with his Forest Management degree form OSU, his past work experience includes: working for the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management as a wildland firefighter, working on the Tillamook State Forest, consulting work as project manager in restoration and fuels work, Stewardship Forester for ODF involving fire, fuels, forest management, Firewise USA, grant administration and fire planning.  He stays involved with fire management as a Fire Behavior Analyst on Incident Management Teams.

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Power Talk - Putin, Nuclear Threats and Strategic Reality

March 3, 2022 – 5pm MT

    • Nuclear policy expert, Christian Kessler, has had a career in the U.S. State Department, spanning nuclear weapons proliferation and conventional arms matters. He was the nuclear expert for the US on the UN Security Council Panel of Experts for the Iran Sanctions Committee. He has also served as the former Director of Export Control & Conventional Arms Nonproliferation Policy with the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Kessler has taught at the University of Washington in Seattle and Stony Brook University in New York. His writings include Verifying Nonproliferation Treaties: Obligation, Process, and Sovereignty.

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Power Talk - Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, Policy, and Fleet Change

April 27, 2022 – 1pm MT

    • Diane Turchetta is a Senior Advisor to the Join Energy and Transportation office and a Specialist with the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Office of Natural Environment, where she primarily works on transportation and sustainability issues. Diane has been with FHWA for over 20 years in various positions working on a variety of transportation-related air quality matters including energy use, alternative fuels and freight emissions. Before joining the U.S. DOT, Diane worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on fuel-related issues.
    • Joseph Britton is the Executive Director of the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA). Prior to working with ZETA, Joe spent fifteen years in the U.S. Senate, serving as Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Senator Mark Udall (D-CO), and with Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), serving as a Legislative Assistant. He also served as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, helping to oversee the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, and the Forest Service.
    • Nick Nigro is the Founder of Atlas Public Policy. Nick is an expert on alternative fuel vehicle financing, policy, and technology. He has led the development of several complex financial and policy analysis tools, convened large groups of diverse stakeholders nationwide, and managed comprehensive analysis of greenhouse gas mitigation from U.S. transportation. He is a frequent public speaker on advanced vehicle technology and other transportation related energy and environmental issues.
    • Britta Gross is the Managing Director of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Carbon Free Mobility Global Program. She focuses on the market-driven strategies, technologies, and policies required to accelerate carbon-free mobility solutions. Britta was formerly the director of advanced vehicle commercialization at General Motors, responsible for the energy strategies, partnerships, and policies required to enable the wide-scale commercialization of battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. She is also currently a commissioner for the Orlando Utility Commission.

 Moderator

    • John Gardner is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering with Boise State University. His research in the applications of control system theory spans a broad range of fields from robotics to smart grids. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed research publications and two textbooks, and he is co-inventor of three U.S. Patents. John serves on the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and is a member of the Committee on Engineering Accreditation for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Idaho and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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An electric car at a charging station

Power Talk - Intraday Markets, Wind Integration and Uplift Payments

May 4, 2022 – 11am MT

  • Chiara Lo Prete is Associate Professor of Energy Economics in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. Her research integrates economics, optimization and statistics to examine market structures that provide incentives for efficient operation and investment decisions in the electric power sector. Chiara and her research group have focused on the development of mathematical models and application of empirical methods to study cross-product manipulation, emission leakage, market structures to integrate variable energy resources, and the resilience of interdependent natural gas and electric power systems.

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Power Talk - Economic Opportunities and Challenges for Idaho with Carbon Neutral Energy

Thursday, May 19th, 11 am-1:15 pm MT, Co-hosted with the Idaho Chapter of the CleanTech Alliance

Session 1: Changing Conditions in the Natural-Built Environment for Energy, Water and Related Infrastructure  (11am  MT)

  • Steve Hall, Idaho National Laboratory and Boise State University
  • Karen Humes, Geography and Geological Sciences, University of Idaho
  • Bruce Savage, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Idaho State University
  • Moderators: Kathy Araujo, Director, CAES Energy Policy Institute, and Paul Cooperider, Lead, Idaho Chapter of the CleanTech Alliance

Session 2: Industry and Workforce Potential for Carbon Neutral Energy (12:05 pm MT)

  • Hope Morrow, Idaho National Laboratory, and Idaho Workforce Development Council, formerly with the Idaho Department of Labor
  • Johnny Anderson, Economic Development and Innovation Advisor, Idaho Power
  • Adam Scheerer, Talent and Employment Senior Manager, Idaho Power
  • Todd Otanicar, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Boise State University
  • Eli Bowles, Renewable Energy & Industrial Systems Technology Program, College of Southern Idaho
  • Bob Borrelli, Nuclear Engineering, University of Idaho
  • Moderators: Kathy Araujo, Director, CAES Energy Policy Institute, and Paul Cooperider, Lead, Idaho Chapter of the CleanTech Alliance

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Panelist Bios

  • Johnny Anderson is the Economic Development and Innovation Advisor for Idaho Power. He has over 20 years of experience with Idaho Power in various roles, including natural gas and power trading, power supply operations, compliance, and load and resource balancing operations. Johnny’s diverse company experience creates opportunities for the Economic Innovation and Development department to conceive and promote company and customer solutions.
  • Bob Borrelli is Associate Professor in the nuclear engineering program at the University of Idaho. His research interests include advanced fuel cycle analysis and risk assessment. This includes developing methodologies to optimize proliferation resistance and physical protection with the safety and security for the advanced nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear hybrid energy systems modeling and transportation of advanced nuclear reactor components, nuclear cybersecurity and plant modernization, radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) satellite design for deep space missions, and risk assessment of disruptions to the grid. Dr. Borrelli has a B.S. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he was also an NRC licensed Senior Reactor Operator at the Leslie C. Wilbur Nuclear Reactor Facility. He received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley, working in high-level nuclear waste management. He completed additional work at The University of Tokyo, and UC Berkeley for post-doctoral research in the field of safeguards, safety, and security.
  • Eli Bowles is an Assistant Professor of Renewable Energy and Industrial Systems Technology Trade and Industrial Education (Associate of Applied Science) with the College of Southern Idaho. As the Program Manager for the Renewable Energy Systems Technology program, he trains and prepares students to work in the renewable energy field. He has worked in the renewable energy field since 2010, as a wind turbine technician and technical training specialist for Siemens Energy, and as a solar sales representative for EGT Solar.
  • Steve Hall is a Senior Infrastructure Analyst for the Idaho National Laboratory and Lecturer in Economics at Boise State. He earned his master of science in economics at Boise State University, following a bachelor’s degree in quantitative economics with a minor in applied mathematics. Steve’s focus areas include sustainability, localized economic growth, renewable energy, real estate markets, emergence in complex systems, machine learning, data science and engineering, and Python programming. He has completed research projects involving distributed solar networks, real estate valuation, real estate taxation and is currently working on an urban land expansion growth accounting project. He has also presented research to the City of Mountain Home and the Idaho Tax Commission, and is an affiliate of the Energy Policy Institute at Boise State.
  • Karen Humes is Professor of Geography and Geological Sciences at the University of Idaho. She has worked for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on space-based geodesy and spacecraft tracking, held a graduate fellowship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in remote sensing, and served as a Post-doctoral Research Assistant at the USDA/Agricultural Research Service Hydrology Lab in Beltsville, MD. Her early research involved field work in remote sensing of land surface characteristics that control land/atmosphere interactions. More recently, she has worked with graduate students in the applications of remote sensing data (both lidar and multispectral data types) for a variety of topics – including characteristics of conifer forests, monitoring snowpack, and an emerging program in planning for renewable energy from wood based-biofuels. She is interested in outreach in climate, energy and geographic education. She became Chair of the Department of Geography in July 2011.
  • Hope Morrow is Idaho National Laboratory’s resident Labor Economist, leading workforce development strategy for the lab. Hope comes to INL with vast experience, following her years of service with the Department of Labor in both Idaho and Utah. Hope was appointed to Idaho’s Workforce Development Council by Idaho Governor Brad Little and serves the Council’s Policy Committee Chair. Hope co-chairs Idaho’s Nuclear Contractor Consortium where she leads industry, education partners and leadership to make data driven decisions, especially as it pertains to workforce and economic needs. Hope and the INL team published INL’s first set of workforce projections in 2020 and will continue this practice annually. Hope connects partners across the state and nation on workforce development topics, labor market analysis and strategies.
  • Todd Otanicar is Associate Professor and Chair of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Boise State University. He directs the Thermal Transport and Solar Energy Lab at Boise State where the focus is on developing novel heat and mass transfer solutions for a wide range of applications. The primary application for many of these is in the field of solar energy, including concentrating solar thermal and photovoltaics Dr. Otanicar has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas. Prior to joining Boise State, he worked at the University of Tulsa, Loyola Marymount University, and GE Aircraft Engines. His research has been supported by NSF, NASA, DOE, ARPA-E, Department of Interior, and industry collaborators.
  • Bruce Savage is Professor and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Idaho State University. His research interests include application of computational fluid dynamics (RANS) to hydraulic structures, physical modeling of hydraulic structures, flood control structures, fish passage and habitat, dams and spillways, and wave energy. Bruce received his Ph.D. from Utah State University in 2002.
  • Adam Scheerer is the Talent and Employment Senior Manager for Idaho Power.  As a native Idahoan, he graduated from Boise State University in 2003 and has spent his entire career in Human Resources with the last 15 years in various roles at Idaho Power.  With a primary focus on recruiting and employee relations, he is currently focused on enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for the company and the larger community.

Power Talk - Carbon Accounting for Forest-based Bioenergy

June 2, 2022 – 2pm MT

    • Bill Moomaw serves on the National Advisory Board for the Union of Concerned Scientists; and is Chair of the Board of Climate Group North America. He is also Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy and the Founding Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School with Tufts University. He serves on the boards of Earthwatch Institute, Center for Ecological Technologies, and the Consensus Building Institute. He is also the past chair of the Woodwell Climate board.
    • Jim McMillan is a Principal Engineer with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); and Lead for the IEA Bioenergy Task 39. Jim works to advance lignocellulose and algal biorefining science and technology. He has more than 25 years of research experience on biochemical and sugar platform approaches to biomass conversion and integrating the key processing steps of pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis, and fermentation/microbial conversion to efficiently and cost-effectively produce biofuels and bio-based chemicals from cellulosic feedstocks. Jim currently leads the NREL Biomass Program’s Separations Development and Applications task.
    • Annette Cowie is Principal Research Scientist for Climate with the New South Wales  Department of Primary Industries in Australia, Lead for IEA’s Bioenergy Task 45; and Adjunct Professor for the University of New England, Armidale. She has a background in plant and soil science, with particular interest in sustainable resource management, indicators of sustainability and resilience, life cycle assessment, and greenhouse gas accounting of the land sector for application in inventory and emissions trading. Her recent research has focused on quantifying and managing climate effects of agriculture and forestry, including through bioenergy and biochar.
    • John  Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Professor in the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. He is also the Director of the MIT System Dynamics Group and the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative. John’s research centers on improving decision-making in complex systems, including corporate strategy and operations, energy policy, public health, environmental sustainability, and climate change. John’s work ranges from the dynamics of organizational change and the implementation of sustainable improvement programs to climate change and the implementation of policies to promote a sustainable world.

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Power Talk Roundtable - Geothermal Prospects- Federal Policy, Jobs, and Technology Build-out

June 15, 2022 – 1pm MT

    • Roy Mink is the Principal with Mink GeoHydro, Inc. and the former Director of Geothermal Technologies Program for U.S. Department of Energy (2002-2006). Roy’s technical expertise is in geology, hydrogeology, and geothermal resource characterization. He began his career as a hydro-geologist with the Idaho Bureau of Mines and Geology and was associate professor of hydrogeology at Boise State University. Roy also served as research geo-hydrologist for the US Environmental Protection Agency in Las Vegas and was a geothermal energy project manager for the U.S. Department of Energy.
    • Will Pettitt is an applied geophysicist with both business and technical management expertise. Will is Executive Director of Geothermal Rising, a non-profit professional association that was established in the U.S.A. in 1972 and today has over 1200 members in 44 countries. Geothermal Rising supports and promotes geothermal energy to a wide audience of government, industry, academia and the general public, through communication of robust research, knowledge and guidance.
    • Kathy Araujo is the Director of the CAES Energy Policy Institute, and Associate Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems, Innovation, and Policy at Boise State. She specializes in energy-environmental systems change and resilience. This includes socio-technical aspects of low carbon management, as well as the resilience of critical infrastructure in extreme weather events. Her book, Low Carbon Energy Transitions: Turning Points in National Policy and Innovation (Oxford University Press), examines decarbonization following the 1973 oil crisis, including that with Icelandic geothermal energy. Currently, she evaluates regional diversification  strategies in fossil fuel-based economies, and regulatory change in emerging energy markets.
    • Jeff Tester is Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems in the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. He serves as principal scientist for Cornell’s Earth Source Heat project. He is also a Croll Energy Fellow and a Fellow in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Prior to his appointment at Cornell, Jeff was the H.P. Meissner Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT where he served as Director of MIT’s Energy Laboratory and Director of MIT’s School of Chemical Engineering Practice). His research on geothermal and biomass energy extraction and conversion and environmental control technologies has resulted in over 300 scientific publications and 13 co-authored books.
    • Travis McLing is the Energy & Water Lead & Research Scientist with Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES). He also serves as the Carbon Storage Lead. He has been working in the field of geology and geochemistry, and is an expert in the fields of geologic mapping, fieldwork, carbon sequestration, geomicrobiology and hydrochemistry. Travis has developed geochemical models to aid in the characterization of CO2 transport at potential storage sites. His primary interest in this field is the study of the geochemical mineralization reactions controlling the fate and transport of carbon dioxide in subsurface environments.

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Power Talk - Consent-based Siting for Nuclear Energy

Date and Time Pending

    • Larry Susskind is the Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at MIT; the Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program; and Founder of the Consensus Building Institute. His research interests focus on the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution, the practice of public engagement in local decision-making, and cybersecurity for critical urban infrastructure. His work also includes entrepreneurial negotiation, global environmental treaty-making, the resolution of science-intensive policy disputes, renewable energy policy, water equity in older American cities, climate change adaptation, socially-responsible real estate development and the land claims of Indigenous Peoples. Larry is the author or co-author of 20 books.
    • Richard Meserve is the President Emeritus of the Carnegie Institution for Science; and former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He is senior counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Covington and Burling, LLP. In addition to serving as co-chair of the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee, he formerly served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board. Richard has been actively involved in the recovery from the Fukushima accident as an executive adviser to the Japanese Nuclear Risk Research Center and as an international adviser to the Japanese Nuclear Regulatory Authority.
    • John Kotek is Senior VP of Policy Development & Public Affairs for the Nuclear Energy Institute; and former Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy with the U.S. DOE. John is responsible for providing policy and public affairs leadership on financial, economic, tax, electricity market and environmental issues related to the nuclear energy industry. Under the Obama Administration, John was appointed principal deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. DOE of Nuclear Energy and later nominated to serve as assistant secretary for nuclear energy. In that role, he was responsible for DOE’s research efforts on nuclear energy systems, maintaining the government’s nuclear energy research infrastructure, establishing a path forward for the nation’s spent nuclear fuel and high-level nuclear waste management program and a host of other national priorities.  

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Power Talk – Tribal Energy Decision-making and Development

Date and Time Pending

Fall 2021

Power Talk – Green and Sustainable Cities, September 8th, 2-3 pm MDT

    • Steve Hubble, Climate Action Manager, Public Works, City of Boise, Idaho
    • John Phelan, Energy Services Senior Manager, Fort Collins, Colorado Utilities
    • Christopher Thomas, Senior Energy and Climate Program Manager, Salt Lake City, Utah

Companion Event – The 10th Anniversary Energy Policy Conference (virtual)
From Disruption to Megatrends in Energy”, October 14-15, 2021.

Companion Event – Former Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz in a fireside chat
A Regional Approach to Low Carbon Energy Transition in the U.S.
October 14, 9am-10am MDT.

Power Talk – IPCC Science and Energy: A Discussion with Scientist and Lead Author of 5 Major IPCC reports, Bill Moomaw, October 28th, 1-2 pm MDT

  • Dr. Moomaw serves on the National Advisory Board for the Union of Concerned Scientists, and is the Chair of the Board of Climate Group North America. He is the Founding Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, and Emeritus Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School with Tufts University. Dr. Moomaw is also on the boards of Earthwatch Institute, and the Consensus Building Institute.

U.S. Nuclear Energy in 2021, November 10th

Part 1 – Power Talk: Small Modular Reactor Development in the West, 1:30 pm-2:45 pm MST

    • Edwin Lyman, Director of Nuclear Power Safety, Union of Concerned Scientists
    • Allison MacFarlane, Director, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia/Former Chair, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    • John Kotek, Senior Vice President of Policy Development and Public Affairs, Nuclear Energy Institute/Former Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, U.S. Dept of Energy
    • Doug Hunter, CEO, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems
    • Jason Herbert, Senior Director of External Strategy, New Nuclear Development,
      Energy Northwest
    • Moderator: Dr. Kathleen Araújo, Director, CAES Energy Policy Institute

Part 2 – Power Talk: Policy and Directions for Nuclear Waste Management in the US, 3-4 pm MST

  • Allison MacFarlane, Director, School of Public Policy and global Affairs, University of British Columbia/Former Chair, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Nuclear Plant near a lake

Companion Event – Transitions to Net Zero Carbon Systems: Domestic and International Strategies in Policy and Infrastructure Change, Santa Fe Institute, November 3, 2021 (virtual)

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

Companion Event – U.S. Science, Technology and Policy Imperatives for Methane: Applicability for Renewable Natural Gas, AICHE 3rd Renewable Gas Summit, December 14th, 2021 (virtual)

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

Summer 2021

Technology, Sector and Policy Change with Deep Decarbonization

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

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Center for Technology, Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering (virtual)
July 21, 2021

Bending the Curve: Cases of Disruptive Change in Science and Energy Transitions

Dr. Kathleen Araujo
Director, CAES Energy Policy Institute and Associate Professor,
Sustainable Energy Systems, Innovation and Policy
Grand Challenges series
MIT (virtual)
June 16, 2021

Spring 2021

Co-Hosted Event: Advanced Energy Technologies

Legal and Environmental Considerations for Small Modular Reactors
June 2, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MDT
Moderator: Tara Righetti, Professor of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law and School or Energy Resources. Panel: Todd Allen, Professor of Nuclear Engineering, The University of Michigan; Aeron Weston, Esquire, Researcher, Idaho National Laboratory; Temple Stoellinger, Esquire, Professor of Law, University of Wyoming, Haub School of the Environment and School of Law; John Kotek, Sr. Vice President, Policy and Public Affairs, Nuclear Energy Institute.

Electricity Market Outcomes and RTO Governance

Wednesday, June 2, 11-12:15 pm MDT

The RTOGov research initiative is hosting a conversation with three leading energy market scholars and a top practitioner from the clean tech industry about decisions that affect the cost and type of electricity that powers American homes and businesses.

CAES Currents Seminar on Federal-Regional Energy Policy Insights

Solar, wind and sunflowers

CAES Energy Policy Institute Director Kathleen Araújo moderates this 2-part event which begins with U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson discussing energy-related priorities, followed by a panel discussion of federal energy policy as it relates to Idaho and the region with public and private sector experts.

April 27, 2021 3:30 PM – 5 PM MST

PANEL: Paul Kjellander, Idaho Public Utilities Commission President and President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners; Bear Prairie, Idaho Falls Power General Manager; Jeff Malmen, Idaho Power Senior Vice President of Public Affairs; Brianne Miller, INL Government Affairs Director; John Kotek, Nuclear Energy Institute President

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hydropower in the Northwest: Decisions on Energy Resilience & Salmon with the Lower Snake River Dams, Session 2.0
May 5, 11:30 am MT.

Panel: 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. Congressman Mike Simpson is is serving his eleventh term in the House of Representatives for Idaho’s Second Congressional District. 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.

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.

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