Workshops

Workshops will begin promptly at 11:15am. We will not be issuing tickets for this but entrance will be based on room capacity, so we encourage attendees to arrive promptly.

 

Workshop 1: The Long-term Energy Outlook: How Much Change, How Fast?

11:15-12:15pm, Mugar 200

Mark Finley, General Manager, Global Energy Markets and US Economics, BP

Workshop Description: Around the world, there is a lively and important conversation taking place on the energy choices that face us all — as consumers, producers, investors and policy-makers. BP’s most recent Energy Outlook seeks to identify long term energy trends, incorporating views on the evolution of the world economy, of policy and technology to develop a “most-likely” projection for world energy markets to 2030. The Energy Outlook also highlights key sensitivities, including the pathways for economic development & energy consumption in China & India; prospects for energy exports from the Middle East; and the potential for changes in energy use in transportation.

Mark Finley is General Manager, Global Energy Markets and US Economics at BP. In addition to analyzing the economics and politics of the world oil market, he has produced market assessments for natural gas, electricity, carbon and coal. He also manages the annual production of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy (now in its 60th year). He regularly presents BP’s views on global energy markets to external audiences. Mr. Finley is a Vice President of the International Association of Energy Economics and is Vice-Chairman of the US Conference of Business Economists. Mr. Finley has 25 years of private and public sector experience as an energy economist. He joined BP’s Economics Team in 2001 and has worked in Washington DC and London. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan (Economics), and holds graduate degrees from Northwestern University (Economics) and the George Washington University (Finance). He and his wife Leigh Ann live in Arlington, VA with their two beautiful daughters.

This workshop is sponsored by BP.

 

Workshop 2: The Two Sides of Fracking

11:15- 12:15pm: Cabot 205

Wayne Chudyk, Associate Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University

Workshop Description: Is there technology possible to make fracking more environmentally safe? Are there regulatory concerns about developing and implementing such technology? The goal of this workshop is to address concerns of fracking from both technical and environmental viewpoints. Fracking involves commercial removal of shale gas from underground formations as well as its concurrent environmental impacts. Economic benefits of gas extraction are balanced with real and potential negative environmental effects. Technical issues, challenges and environmental aspects of fracking will be reviewed. Discussion will follow on the possibilities of cleaner fracking practices and the role of regulatory oversight.

Wayne Chudyk is an Associate Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University and also the director of the BSCE program. Dr. Chudyk has been a member of the Tufts University faculty for the past thirty years. His research activities are in surface and ground water monitoring using portable, real-time instruments. He is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts and has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses in engineering. He received his B.S. Degree in Chemistry from Clarkson University and went on to receive an MS Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois. He earned his PhD in Environmental Engineering in 1981 from the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. Dr. Chudyk is a member of several professional organizations including Sigma Xi and the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers.

This workshop is sponsored by CB&I.

 

Workshop 3: Combining Geothermal and Peaker Energy: A Case Study of the Stillwater Solar Geothermal Hybrid Project

11:15- 12:15pm: Cabot 206

Kossara Marchinkova, Director of External Relations and Communications, Enel Green Power North America

Stephen Pike, Vice President of Operations, Enel Green Power North America

Workshop Description: Could combining geothermal and solar be a game-changer? By combining the continuous capacity of geothermal and the peaker power of solar, this may have an industry-wide application. Enel Green Power North America (EGP-NA) will demonstrate the possibilities of this technology in discussing the Stillwater Solar Geothermal Hybrid Project in Fallon, Nevada.

Kossara Marchinkova began working for Enel in March 2005 managing and developing human resources, communications and CSR in Enel Maritza East 3. Since 2007, she assumed management of processes related to internal and external communications, media relations and event management, corporate social responsibility, publishing and relations with associations and institutions for all Enel companies in Bulgaria. Previously she was a Professional Employment Consultant at Snelling Personnel Services, a radio journalist at Radio 99, worked with troubled youth at VisionQuest, was the HR Manager at Nexcom and taught psychology at AUBG. Ms. Marchinkova holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication (with a minor in politics and international relations) from the American University in Bulgaria and an MS degree in psychology from Auburn University Montgomery. She also holds a post-graduate qualification in humanistic existential psychotherapy by the joint ATANOR program of the Medical University of Sofia and the Rome Institute for Humanistic-Existential Psychotherapy.

Stephen Pike has been with Enel Green Power North America, Inc. and its predecessor companies since 1994. In the beginning of his career with EGP-NA, Mr. Pike was responsible for project engineering, project management and operation and maintenance management for the company’s wind and hydropower assets. Mr. Pike currently serves as EGP-NA’s Vice President of Operations overseeing the company’s existing portfolio of operating assets consisting of more than 70 individual power generating facilities utilizing four separate generation technologies and including more than 800 MW of generating capacity. Mr. Pike also provides support, as needed, to the Business Development and Engineering and Construction divisions of EGP-NA as the operations liaison to support the growth and construction of new generating assets. Prior to joining EGP-NA, Mr. Pike was a consulting engineer for Rivers Engineering, specializing in municipal and renewable energy projects. He holds bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

This workshop is sponsored by Enel Green Power North America.