Midwest Energy Policy Conference
October 4-5, 2016
Eric P. Newman Education Center, Washington University at St. Louis
This year’s speakers will address the far-reaching topic of resiliency in our energy systems.
The Midwest Energy Policy Conference provides diverse perspectives and engaging discussions on today’s most pressing energy issues facing the Midwest. This year the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Laufer Energy Symposium of the Missouri University of Science and Technology are joining the Missouri Energy Initiative in presenting the conference.
We’ve lined up speakers this year we think you’ll find fascinating and thought-provoking, especially with the 2016 theme of resiliency.
2016 MEPC Agenda
Abstract: In examining the electricity sector and trends related to fuel prices, load growth, energy policy, and the penetration of distributed generation and demand response, EPRI has determined that the power system needs to be more resilient, flexible, and connected. Recent extreme events and important trends reveal the central role of electricity in supporting critical infrastructure and society, and demonstrate that, despite best efforts and long-standing reliability, portions of the power system can be vulnerable to failure. The development and deployment of innovative technologies, frameworks, and strategies constitute an important step toward a more resilient power system in the face of a changing natural, social, and economic environment with uncertain and incompletely understood impacts. A comprehensive research roadmap is needed to increase power system resiliency.
Abstract: MU researchers will share their local resiliency index, which measures the resiliency of local communities. The City of St. Louis, a 100 Resilient Cities, has been requested to share their own story of becoming a resilient city, how that impact the environment and energy as well as what their sister cities throughout the region have been doing on this topic.
Abstract: This great panel will address resiliency in practice. Specifically, we will look at where microgrids and hybrid systems are currently deployed and what has made them successful. Are their economic situations, policies or users that make them more successful or any regulations or policies that doom their potential.
Abstract: PBR is a growing and unique way of bringing traditional utility portfolios, customer integrations and ratemaking into the 21st century. This panel will share the basics of PBR, how this regulation is being used throughout the U.S., and how certain components are working and not working in communities where it is implemented.
Abstract: Alex will be speaking on “the role of fossil fuels in combating Energy Poverty” both globally and locally.
Abstract: Michael is a leader and teacher in the field of energy technology and policy, and will explain how energy and water supplies are linked and how problems in either can be crippling for the other. He shows that current population growth, economic growth, climate change, and short-sighted policies are likely to make things worse. Yet, Webber asserts, more integrated planning with long-term sustainability in mind can avert such a daunting future. Combining anecdotes and personal stories with insights into the latest science of energy and water, he identifies a hopeful path toward wise long-range water-energy decisions and a more reliable and abundant future for humanity.
Abstract: Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", is of great national importance and is obviously of national concern. Game-changing improvements are required for increases in recovery factor and reduced environmental impact, particularly reduced amounts of frack water. Hydraulic fracturing in the US and to some extent worldwide has become a focal point regarding its environmental effects in connection with the large ramp-up of gas and oil production from unconventional formations such as the "shales". Sid will discuss EPA regulations, extraction methods, changes in distribution of natural gas and how the fuel source is not and will be consumed in the future.
Abstract: Cybersecurity does not only impact the DNC or your credit card company. As more and more utilities upgrade their grids to the 21st century they become more interconnected to the worldwide network, which makes them vulnerable. Hear what vulnerabilities exist, what experts and utilities are doing to reduce cybersecurity risks and what laws and regulations are impacting this important fight.
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Thank you to the MEPC 2016 sponsors.