ScottMadden’s Energy Industry Update Webcast – “Running Up That Hill”

November 19, 2020

Complimentary Webcast | 1:00PM EST–2:00PM EST

ScottMadden’s latest Energy Industry Update (EIU) explores how in the midst of and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic many efforts in the energy industry can feel like “running uphill,” but certain initiatives are also gaining momentum. This edition picks up where our last edition left off in focusing on how the industry is responding and attempting to do extraordinary things in extraordinary times.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s resilience and ingenuity. To that end, the energy industry is beginning to pilot some promising initiatives. A number of strategies have begun to emerge from states and utilities with clean energy targets. Markets are refining approaches to value energy resources in a way that will allow them to provide environmentally friendly, cost-effective power to customers.

This free webcast will be based on ScottMadden’s latest Energy Industry Update. This is a great opportunity to take a step back and consider what is happening, what it means, and where our industry is headed.

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During this session, ScottMadden’s energy experts will share their views and field questions related to the current issues in wholesale electricity markets, ambitions for hydrogen in the energy system of the future, and near-term plans to move toward net-zero CO2 emissions.

Join us to hear from ScottMadden’s consultants—Steve Sanders, director; Steve Courtney, manager; and Tina Jeffress, senior associate. Cristin Lyons, partner and energy practice leader at ScottMadden, will serve as the webcast moderator.

  • Steve Sanders will explore recent activity in hydrogen powered electricity generation. With the growing need for renewable generation to become dispatchable, hydrogen offers an attractive way to store renewable energy. Getting to truly green hydrogen will be a journey that will require technical innovation. And, like all energy resources, there are costs and other impacts to consider.
  • Steve Courtney will discuss the formation of ISO electricity markets, including legal and regulatory developments that helped shape this key feature of the U.S. electric industry. Today, we see these markets are facing new complexities, including state clean energy goals, capital investment needs, and growing decentralization of resources. These challenges require a new era of innovation.
  • Tina Jeffress will discuss progress in CO2 reductions in the U.S. power system, with a particular focus on the large reductions from transitioning central station power generation from coal to gas. Rates of decarbonization vary by state, as well as the technology enabling these carbon reductions. The presentation will also discuss selected utility commitments to 100% clean energy, breaking down the differences between these plans and the progress and decisions to be made over the next fifteen years.

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