Task Force on Energy Supply Presentations

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NCSL Fall Forum

December 8-9, 2010 
Phoenix, Arizona



NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply Members

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The first meeting of the 2010 Task Force on Energy Supply provided members with an overview of previous task force work and the opportunity to discuss the future of the task force and offered sessions that explore critical energy resource issues.

Wednesday, December 8th

Tour of Luke Air Force Base

Lunch Session

The first lunch speaker, David Belote, will discuss renewable energy siting and compatibility with military missions as well as the U.S. Department of Defense's efforts to create a one-stop shop for all industry and local/State/regional/Federal government entities to explore siting options. Brad Albert will conclude the session with and exploration of the Arizona Public Service Company’s efforts to develop solar electricity sources, such as the large solar array on the Luke Air Force Base, and integrate them into the electric grid.

  • David Belote, Energy Siting Clearinghouse, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment) 
  • Brad Albert, Arizona Public Service Company (APS)

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Small Modular Nuclear Reactors and Nuclear Energy Update

Small, modular nuclear reactors, which can help meet a state’s need for distributed power generation, are being considered as a lower-cost alternative to larger nuclear plants. This session will explore these new reactors and include updates on loan guarantees, nuclear storage, cooling tower issues and nuclear energy policy for the new Congress.

  • John Ferrara, The Babcock & Wilcox Company

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  • Marshall Cohen, Nuclear Energy Institute

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The Future of Biofuels

Biofuels mandates and incentives exist at both the federal and state level, and the federal government is requiring that 36 billion gallons of biofuels be produced in the U.S. by 2022. Concerns over the efficiency, environmental impact and food price impacts of corn ethanol have elevated the issue and resulting in many state policies that promote other biofuel technologies, such as cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel from algae. Since state and federal policies are the primary drivers behind biofuel growth and adoption, what policies will be best and promoting the best technologies and fuels for the future?

  • Richard Bolin, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 

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Thursday, December 9th  

 Review of Task Force Efforts to Date by Task Force on Energy Supply Co-Chairs

  • Representative Al Carlson, North Dakota
  • Representative Tom Holbrook, Illinois 
Task Force Plans for the Future
Natural Gas Issues

New natural gas extraction technologies, hydraulic fracturing (fracking), have made large untapped shale gas accessible, greatly increasing the U.S. supply of natural gas. While proving critical to long-term U.S. supplies, natural gas fracking techniques have threatened water supplies in some regions, and some are concerned that state and federal regulations have not kept up with the technology.

  • Gordon B. Pickering, Navigant Consulting, Inc. 

Carbon Capture and Sequestration

This session will explore the technology, costs, and policy related to technologies that capture and store carbon emissions from coal.

Lunch Presentation 

With the growth of aggressive state renewable energy requirements, cooperatives are engaging in a large expansion of their solar and wind power resources. This session will explore the challenges and successes that Tri-State has experienced in its effort to increase renewable energy generation.

  • Robert Wolaver, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association

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