2015 Penn State Natural Gas Utilization Conference

October 28 - 29, 2015

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Wednesday, October 28th

7:30am Registration Open – Breakfast in Exhibitor Hall

8:30am Introduction & Welcome

  • Bill Hall, CPG, Director
    Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center
  • Tom Murphy, Director
    Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR)

8:40am Opening Keynote: Douglas Kris, Eclipse Resources

Douglas Kris is Vice President of Investor Relations for Eclipse Resources. Eclipse Resources has assembled an acreage position of approximately 225,000 acres in Eastern Ohio, targeting both the Utica Shale and Marcellus Shale. Over 115,000 of their net acres are located in what they believe to be the most prolific and economic area of the Utica Shale fairway, and approximately 25,000 of these net acres are also prospective for the highly liquids rich area of the Marcellus Shale.

9:10am North American Infrastructure: What’s Needed & Planned for Access to New Markets?


A broad review of new infrastructure projects across North America. Panelists will examine what regions are seeing pipeline investment and how that correlates with the area’s production and natural gas demand. What are the hurdles in this large scale buildout and how are they successfully being overcome.

  • Moderator: George Stark, Cabot Oil & Gas
  • Bruce McKay, Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Affairs, Dominion, Presentation
  • Erin Petkovich, Director, Business Development, Spectra Energy, Presentation
  • John Hilfiker, Northeast Analyst, Bentek, Presentation

10:10am Philadelphia: America’s Emerging Energy Hub

Through the availability of affordable and abundant natural gas and natural gas liquids being generated from the Marcellus and Utica shales, the greater Philadelphia region has the potential to become the new northeast energy hub. Mr. Bormack will address the need for new and expanded infrastructure in the region and the opportunity the region has to take advantage of the largest oil refining complex on the East Coast that already exists.

10:40am Morning Coffee and Networking Break

11:00am Developing Infrastructure in Appalachian Region

Panel will explore the growth of Appalachian gas production alongside the available capacity of major pipelines in that region. Speakers will brief participants on new pipeline proposals, as well as recently completed projects.

  • Moderator: Paul Hartman, Regional Director, State Affairs, America's Natural Gas Alliance
  • Tony Cox, UGI Energy Services, Presentation
  • Glenn Koch, ‎E&C Director, Plant & Compression Projects, Williams, Presentation
  • Chris Koop, Sunoco Logistics

12pm Buffet Lunch

12:20pm Keynote Address: Bryan Morreale, Director of the Molecular Science Division, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

Dr. Morreale is currently the Director of the Molecular Science Division within the Office of Research and Development at the DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. Within this capacity, Dr. Morreale is leading a diverse team of world-class computational and experimental researchers. The team is focused on accelerating the discovery and optimization of technology-enabling energy solutions by providing insight to the fundamental phenomena governing macroscopic properties. Specific efforts currently include the development of "high-throughput" computational approaches for rational materials design and bridging atomistic through engineering simulations, and applying these to carbon dioxide capture, carbon utilization, solid oxide fuel cells, and natural gas conversion technologies. Prior to his Division Director role, Dr. Morreale was the "acting" Lead for the Materials Science and Engineering Focus Area within the Office of Research and Development. His primary focus was on facilitating the institutional advancement of research aimed at accelerating functional and structural materials deployment by integrating computational and experimental approaches along time and length scales consistent with the materials continuum. VIEW PRESENTATION

12:40pm Keynote Address: Donald F. Santa, Jr., President & CEO, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA)

Donald F. Santa, Jr. is the President and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the North American association representing the interstate and interprovincial natural gas pipeline industry.
Mr. Santa brings an extensive background in government and in the energy industry to his position at INGAA. He served as majority counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from 1989-1993. Mr. Santa was nominated in 1993 be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he served until 1997.
Upon leaving the government, Mr. Santa joined LG&E Energy Corp in Louisville, KY, where he served as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning from 1997-2001. Most recently before joining INGAA, he was a partner in the Washington, DC office of the Troutman Sanders LLP where he was a member of the law firm's federal regulatory practice group. Prior to assuming his current role at INGAA in August 2003, Mr. Santa had been the association’s Executive Vice President since January 2003.
Mr. Santa is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law and the Duke University Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.

1:15pm Natural Gas and Power Generation


The share of natural gas-fired electricity is forecasted to grow over the next couple decades, but how much is dependent on regulations such as the Clean Power Plan and market policies. Experts will discuss the outlook on natural gas in our country’s generation mix, as well as regional generation developments and issues.

  • MODERATOR: Todd A. Snitchler, McDonald Hopkins, former chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)
  • John Krohn, Energy Information Administration
  • Joe Kerecman, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Calpine
  • Henry D. Jones, Chief Commercial Officer, Dynegy
  • Gary Helm, Lead Market Strategist, PJM Interconnection

2:30pm Afternoon Coffee and Networking Break

3:00pm Quadrennial Energy Review: Analysis, Reactions & Next Steps

Released in April 2015, the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) is the first-ever review focused on energy infrastructure and identifies the threats, risks, and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security, enabling the federal government to translate policy goals into a set of integrated actions.

3:30pm Emerging Technologies

The abundance of domestic natural gas is spurring new research on additional opportunities to best leverage the fuel supply. Panelists will examine a range of emerging technologies related to the shale gas revolution, which are rapidly expanding the interest of North American and global companies, to increase their capital budgets, and invest in these new opportunities.

  • Moderator: Seth Blumsack, Associate Professor of Energy Policy and Economics, Penn State University, Presentation
  • Dante Bonaquist, Senior Corporate Fellow, R&D Praxair Inc., Presentation
  • Graciela Trillanes, Locomotive Product Manager for GE Transportation, Presentation
  • Jim Bruce, UPS, Presentation
  • Tom Risley, P.E., Life Cycle Engineering, Presentation

4:40pm Keynote Address: Dennis Yablonsky, Chief Executive Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Dennis Yablonsky became the Chief Executive Officer of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliated organizations – the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance – on March 24, 2009.
A native of the Pittsburgh region, Dennis is an accomplished and experienced veteran of managing and leading dynamic business growth – as a private business leader, a nonprofit economic development professional and a high-ranking appointed government official.
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5pm Reception, Hosted by Sponsors

Thursday, October 29th

7:30am Registration Open – Breakfast in Exhibitor Hall

8:30am Welcome

  • Scott Staruch, Quantum Communications
    2015 Conference Planning Committee

8:45am Keynote: Managing Natural Gas Expansion

UGI Utilities, Inc. is a natural gas and electric utility committed to delivering reliable, safe and affordable energy to 660,000 customers in 45 counties in Pennsylvania and one county in Maryland. UGI Utilities President Bob Beard will offer comments regarding their customer growth, expansion plans, conversion success stories, and other trends impacting natural gas utilization in UGI’s large service region.

  • Bob Beard, President, UGI Utilities

9:05am Outlook on U.S. Industrial and Commercial Gas Use and Opportunities

Panelists will discuss how industrial and commercial users, large and small, are leveraging low-cost natural gas for power and heat needs. They’ll also explore major investments stemming from natural gas liquids like ethane and propane that are the building blocks for countless products. These investments lead EIA to project total industrial natural gas consumption to increase from 9.1 quadrillion Btu in 2013 to 11.2 quadrillion Btu in 2040.

  • Moderator: Kelley Goes, Member, Jackson Kelly PLLC
  • Gideon Gradman, Managing Director, Integrated Energy Advisors, Presentation
  • Gary Fechter, UGI HVAC Enterprises, Presentation
  • Robert W. McCutcheon, U.S. Industrial Products Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, Presentation
  • Tony Ventello, Progress Authority, Presentation
  • Jeff Logan, President, PA Chemical Industry Council, Presentation

10:30am Morning Coffee and Networking Break

11:00am Abundance: Global Natural Gas Demand and Use

From 2010 to 2040, world natural gas consumption is forecast to increase by 64 percent, from 113 trillion cubic feet to 185 trillion cubic feet. Panelists will discuss the geopolitical, economic and environmental issues surrounding global gas demand and trade. Natural gas trade by both pipeline and by liquefaction will be examined.

  • Tom Murphy, Director Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR), Presentation
  • Geoff Mitchell, Brant Energy, Presentation

12:00pm Buffet Lunch

12:20pm Keynote Address: Chris Kopczynski, Senior Research Analyst, Wood Mackenzie, Presentation

1:00pm Conference Concludes