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Meeting of clean energy entrepreneurs to discuss impact of shale gas

We will discuss how the emergence of cheap shale gas is changing the economics for clean energy such as solar, wind, biofuel, waste-to-energy, and others. We believe this is a topic of broad interest and concern among many cleantech entrepreneurs.

Meeting objectives:

  Discuss the economics of shale gas.

  Discuss the environmental issues related to extraction of shale gas.

  Understand how availability of cheap gas might impact financing of renewable energy. 

Participants:

  Clean energy entrepreneurs who want to know how cheap shale gas will impact the ability to their finance projects.

Issues:

  How important is shale gas expected to be in the next 10 to 20 years?

  How will the low price of shale gas make it difficult to finance renewable energy projects?

  Will increased use of shale gas result in a push towards relaxing the renewable portfolio standards (RPS)?

  Are the environmental concerns about fracking sufficiently serious to change the volume of shale gas drilling?

  Maybe we should promote the idea that gas should subsidize the renewable energy? Carbon tax would probably be effective.

  Can shale gas and renewable energy be complimentary?

  There is already a trend towards converting and retiring old coal-burning power plants with gas fired plants. Is that desirable?

Agenda:

1:30 pm Doors open & networking 

2:00 pm Meeting objectives by Bjorn Frogner

2:10 pm Panel discussions:

  David W. Conover, Dutko Grayling, “Climate Change and Shale Gas Politics.

  Shawn Bender, Beitzel Corp, “Economic, practical, and responsible potential of shale gas based on personal oil and gas industry experience.

  Nick Cheremisinoff, Princeton Energy Resources International (PERI), “The need for more stringent regulations and monitoring.”

  Arjun Makhijani, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research: “Road Map to Zero Carbon and Zero Nuclear. How does Shale Gas Change the Roadmap?”

  Alan Krupnick, Resources for the Future, “Long-Term Impact on US Energy Market

  Megan Jenny, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, “CCAN's perspective regarding shale gas.” 

3:40 pm Q&A discussion

4:15 pm Networking

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  • Brian F.

    was not able to attend - had to go to a meeting in DC

    March 28, 2013

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