Carnegie Mellon University

CRSD Summit

Center for Responsible Shale Development Summit: The Role of Natural Gas in a Decarbonized Energy System

Date and Location

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Bosch Spark Conference Room, 5201 Scott Hall | Carnegie Mellon University | 5000 Forbes Ave. | Pittsburgh, PA 15213


8:00am – 9:00am         Check-in and Breakfast

9:00am – 9:30am         Welcome

  • Welcome remarks, Jared Cohon, CRSD Board Chair
  • Welcome to the CMU Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Anna Siefken
  • Overview of the Day, Tisha Schuller, Adamantine Energy
  • Introductions

9:30am – 10:30am       Under Pressure: External Forces Driving a Decarbonized Energy System

  • Conversation starters (10 min each):
    • Investment perspective on the risk posed by climate and decarbonization pressure on the natural gas industry – Tisha Schuller
    • A vision for natural gas’ role in a low-carbon economy – Mark Boling, 2C Energy
  • Facilitated discussion – Tisha Schuller

10:30am – 10:45am     Break

10:45am – 11:45am      A Vision for Decarbonizing the Energy System

  • Conversation starter (10 min):
    • What are the key elements of a zero-carbon gas energy system? What actions could move critical parts of this system? What more would we need to know and what do we need to do? – Paula Gant, GTI
    • Possible regional markets for decarbonized gas: zero carbon electricity, hydrogen and ammonia for industry, power, buildings and transport and how do we get it out of the region – Jonathan Lewis, CATF
  • Facilitated discussion — Michael Teague

11:45am – 12:30pm     Lunch

12:30pm – 1:45pm       Regional Decarbonized Gas Across the Value Chain

  • Conversation starters (10 min each):
    • Virtual elimination of methane leaks through the full supply chain, addressing other environmental impacts – David McCabe, CATF
    • Building a Differentiated Gas Marketplace – Cameron Prell, The Coefficient Group
    • Getting zero carbon product out of the region: pipes and wires – Andrew Place, PA PUC
  • Facilitated discussion – Tisha Schuller

1:45pm – 2:00pm         Break

2:00pm – 3:00pm         R&D: Investments, Research, and Collaborations in Practice

  • Conversation starters (10 min each):
    • Creative partnerships and synergies with NETL – Brian Anderson, Director, NETL
    • Collaborations and Opportunities with CMU – Anna Siefken, Scott Institute
  • Facilitated discussion – Michael Teague

3:00pm – 4:00pm         Path forward

  • Facilitated discussion – Michael Teague
  • Round robin – One takeaway

4:00pm – 5:00pm         Reception