Scott Anderson - Senior Policy Advisor, Climate & Air Program, Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Panel Presenter Tuesday, October 27th, 3:30 p.m.
Scott Anderson is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Climate and Air Program of Environmental Defense, working from the Texas Regional Office located in Austin. He has served in that capacity since 2005. The office comprises scientists, attorneys, economists, and policy analysts who address environmental issues related to climate and air, ecosystems, and oceans. He serves as Environmental Defense’s point person on policies relating to the geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. He represents Environmental Defense in a variety of stakeholder groups, including work groups established by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, the Ground Water Protection Council, the World Resources Institute, and the DOE Carbon Sequestration Regional Partnership Program.
Mr. Anderson spent many years in the oil and gas industry prior to joining Environmental Defense. He is the former Executive Vice-President and General Counsel of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO). He was the long-time Secretary of the LIAISON Committee of Cooperating Oil and Gas Associations, and was previously a Council Member of the State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law Section.
Mr. Anderson received his doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was an editor of the Texas International Law Journal. He received his bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was selected Phi Beta Kappa. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas.
Dr. Frank Clemente - Sr. Professor, Social Science and Energy Policy, Penn State University
National & Texas Energy Policy: Energy Supply Tuesday, October 27th, 8:40 a.m.
Dr. Frank Clemente is Senior Professor of Social Science and Energy Policy at Penn State University . He formerly served as Director of the University’s Environmental Policy Center . His research specialization is the impact of energy development and policy on communities and vulnerable segments of the population. He has published over 100 articles in such media as Public Utilities Fortnightly, World Oil, Nuclear News, American Coal, Oil and Gas Journal and Electric Perspectives. Professor Clemente has been listed in American Men and Women of Science since 1979.
David Coleman Business Development Lead, Carbon Capture & Storage, DNV Energy North America CO2 Capture, Transportation, and Sequestration Wednesday, October 28th,10:00am
David has just recently joined DNV, but has been active in the CO2 arena since 2000, first with Kinder Morgan CO2 Company, and from 2005 to 2009 as an independent consultant. David directed Kinder Morgan's involvement in the European CENS Project, a joint effort with ELSAM A/S (now DONG) as the first collaboration to bring a CO2 infrastructure to the North Sea for enhanced oil recovery. He has participated in many international forums on CO2, both for pure CO2 storage and EOR and was one of the transportation lead authors in the IPCC Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage.
From late 2005 until July 2009, Mr. Coleman provided CO2 business development management assistance to Shell in many areas including the EU ZEPP Technology Platform, represented Shell in several CO2 joint industry projects, including NZEC (China), DNV’s CO2 PipeTrans and the EU FP7 CO2 Europipe project and the World Resource Institute. He led the startup work on two domestic US refinery and chemical plant sequestration projects and provided direction for Shell’s input into EPA’s current pending subsurface regulations. Mr. Coleman has just recently joined Det Norske Veritas (USA), to assist in developing DNV’s CCS business development strategies in North America.
Mr. Coleman has over thirty years experience in the oil and gas industry primarily in marketing, business development and international contracts negotiation, beginning his career with Cities Service in Tulsa, Oklahoma. David has lived in Houston since 1990.
Bart Ford - Vice President, Tenaska Energy
Project Expo: Hybrid IGCC Tuesday, October 27th, 1:00 p.m.
Barton D. Ford Vice President, Business Development As Vice President of business development, Barton “Bart” Ford serves as a member of Tenaska’s Management Committee and is responsible for the development of new domestic power projects and other energy-related projects. Mr. Ford has worked more than 25 years in the energy industry and has extensive experience in the development and financing of power industry assets.
Prior to joining Tenaska in 2005, Mr. Ford was a partner in the New York and Houston law offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. He served as outside counsel for Tenaska, advising on the development, construction financing and permanent financing of all of Tenaska’s domestic power projects over the previous 15 years.
In addition to the Tenaska domestic power projects, Mr. Ford advised lenders and sponsors involved in the development and/or financing of a large number of projects in the United States and internationally. These included Midland Cogeneration Venture (counsel to CMS Energy and its affiliates), the Path 15 Transmission Project (counsel to Trans-Elect), Ocean State Power (counsel to the lenders), Mobile Energy (counsel to the underwriters) and Brooklyn Navy Yard (counsel to the underwriters).
Mr. Ford earned both a bachelor of arts degree in economics and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Senator Troy Fraser Texas Senate
Lunchtime Keynote Address: State Policy Tuesday, October 27th, 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
Troy Fraser was elected in 1996 to serve Senate District 24, a 21-county region that is located in the geographic center of Texas. District 24 comprises the following counties: Bell, Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Erath, Gillespie, Hamilton, Kerr, Kimble, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Mills, San Saba and Taylor. Key cities in the district include Abilene, Brownwood, Belton, Fredericksburg, Killeen, Kerrville, Marble Falls, Stephenville and Temple. It also contains two major military installations, Fort Hood near Killeen, and Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene.
Elected by his fellow Senators in June, Senator Fraser is currently serving as President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate. As President Pro-Tempore, Fraser is third in line for the Governor's seat and will be given the responsibility over the next 18 months to serve in that capacity in the event that Governor Rick Perry and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst are out of the state.
Senator Fraser serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce. This committee handles the flow of legislation related to property and casualty insurance, electricity, telecommunications, banking, and business licensing and regulation.
Senator Fraser serves as the co-chairman of the Electric Utility Restructuring Legislative Oversight Committee that monitors the state's shift to a deregulated electric industry, the Property and Casualty Legislative Oversight Committee that monitors implementation of insurance reforms approved by the 78th Legislature, and the Telecommunications Competitiveness Legislative Oversight Committee that monitors implementation of competition of telecommunications services. Senator Fraser also sits on the following standing Senate committees: Natural Resources, State Affairs, and International Relations & Trade.
Since his election in 1996, Senator Fraser has been consistently ranked by leading organizations as one of the most conservative members of the Texas Senate for his voting record on fiscal and social issues. For his pro-business, pro-Texas voting record during the 2007 legislative session, he was named a "Champion of Free Enterprise" by the Texas Association of Business.
Senator Fraser has been recognized for his outstanding leadership and received numerous awards. In 2003, he was honored as the State Official of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders. He was also recognized in 2003 by Texans for Lawsuit Reform for his contributions to civil justice reform in Texas. In 2004, Senator Fraser was honored by the Association of the United States Army for his exceptional service in support of national defense.
In 2006, Senator Fraser was named the top Legislator in the nation by the American Legislative Exchange Council, the association for state legislators, as a result of Fraser's landmark legislation passed in the areas of telecommunications, electricity deregulation, renewable energy, and property and casualty insurance.
In 2008, Fraser received the "Wind Champion Legacy" award from The Wind Coalition for his vision in enacting state policy that allowed for the growth of the wind industry.
Prior to his election to the Texas Senate in 1996, Senator Fraser served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives, from 1988 to 1992. As a member of the Texas House, Fraser was named the 1991 National Republican Legislator of the Year and honored by the Texas State Chamber for his work as co-sponsor of the 1989 workers' compensation reform legislation. He was also named a "Top Ten" conservative legislator by a coalition representing more than 300,000 conservative activists.
Senator Fraser is a longtime business, civic and Republican Party leader. He has served as a chamber of commerce president and as Chairman of the Economic Development Council. He has also been a Little League coach, Rotary president, and was chosen Lions Club Man of the Year.
Senator Fraser is the founder and former chief development officer of Pal-Ex, Inc., an international, publicly traded company. Pal-Ex's predecessor, Fraser Industries, began as a small backyard operation in West Texas, and expanded to become one of the nation's largest manufacturers and recyclers of wooden pallets.
Born August 10, 1949, in Abilene, Fraser was raised in the small West Texas town of Coahoma. He attended Angelo State University and the University of Texas at Arlington. He has been married to his wife, the former Linda Cochran, for 40 years. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Chris Guild North America Business Development, Praxair Inc.
Project Expo: Oxycoal Technology Tuesday, October 27th, 1:00 p.m.
Chris Guild is Director of Business Development for Energy and Environment Applications. His responsibilities include business and project development for gasification, clean coal technology, CO2 capture and alternative energy in North America. Guild joined Praxair in 2003 after 16 years at Dow Chemical in various commercial and business management roles.
A native of Canada, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Western Ontario. Praxair is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide with 2007 sales in excess of $9 billion. Praxair’s products, services and technology bring productivity and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries including energy, transportation, food and beverage, healthcare, steel, chemicals, refining, metal fabrications
Dr. Neeraj Gupta Senior Research Leader Energy Systems and Carbon Management Battelle Energy Technol National Perspectives and State/Federal Interplay Wednesday, October 28th, 8:15 am Dr. Neeraj Gupta, a Senior Research Leader in the Battelle’s Energy Technology Global Business based in Columbus Ohio, provides technical and strategic leadership for Battelle’s work on geologic storage of carbon dioxide.
Dr. Gupta joined Battelle as a Research Scientist in 1993 and has risen to be a Senior Research Leader, a nominated position held by a very small group of fewer than 10 Battelle staff. Dr. Gupta has led Battelle’s efforts on geologic storage of carbon dioxide since 1996. He plays a key role in several public, private, and joint consortium projects, including leadership of the geologic storage assessment at AEP Mountaineer Project and coordination of several field demonstrations under the Midwestern Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP). His CO2 sequestration experience includes field investigations; regional hydrogeology; reservoir simulations; geochemical modeling and experiments; seismic assessments; cost and regulatory aspects; and development of CO2 capture technologies. He has authored or co-authored more than 75 reports, papers, and conference presentations. Dr. Gupta’s prior work on environmental technology services includes fate and transport of contaminants, evaluation of remediation technologies, and risk assessment projects for the Air Force, Navy, EPA, DOE, as well as for many private and international clients.
Dr. Gupta obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Geology from Panjab University, India, a Master’s degree in Geochemistry, George Washington University, and Doctoral degree in Geological Sciences with emphasis on Hydrogeology from The Ohio State University.
Special Guest Moderator: State Representative Rick Hardcastle Texas House of Representatives
Session III: Project Expo Tuesday, October 27th, 1:00pm
Rep. Hardcastle was elected to serve his first term in the House of Representatives representing District 68 in 1999, which consists of 16 counties in north and west Texas covering over 14,000 square miles. Rep. Hardcastle was appointed by Speaker Joe Straus in February of 2009 to the Energy Resource Committee and the Agriculture and Livestock Committee. He has served with distinction on both committees for several sessions and has served in the past as Chair of both Committees.
In 2007, then-Speaker Craddick appointed Rep. Hardcastle to The Energy Council which consists of eleven energy-producing regions. He has attended numerous Energy Council meetings around the world and has attained a wealth of knowledge in the future needs of electric generation demands of our state and the nation.
Rep. Hardcastle has been a stalwart supporter of the development of clean coal technology and was the author in 2007 of House Bill 3732 that created incentives for advanced clean energy projects in Texas. He continued this recent legislative session towards promoting further incentives through financial, tax, and regulatory means.
Scott Blake Harris - General Counsel, US Department of Energy
Keynote Address: National & Texas Energy Policy: Federal Issues from the US Department of Energy Perspective Tuesday, October 27th, 8:40 a.m.
Scott Blake Harris is the General Counsel of the Department of Energy. He was nominated for the position by President Barack Obama in March, and was confirmed by the United States Senate in May, 2009. Mr. Harris has practiced law in Washington D.C. for thirty-three years both in the private sector and in government. Mr. Harris has had extensive litigation, telecommunications and technology law, trade law, administrative law, and national security law experience.
Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Harris was the Managing Partner of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, a nationally recognized law firm he founded in 1998. He has also been a partner in the law firms of Williams & Connolly LLP and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he headed the firm’s communications practice. Mr. Harris also served in government from 1993 to 1996, first as Chief Counsel for Export Administration in the United States Department of Commerce, and then as the first Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission.
Early in his career he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerhard A. Gesell on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Harris has been active in the legal and policy communities. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of Virginia Tech’s Center for Wireless Communications, Chairman of the FCC’s Advisory Committee for the 1997 World Radio Conference, Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations Study Group on Information Technology and Foreign Policy, a member of the Executive Committee of the United States ITU Association, a Trustee of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation, Co-Chair of the FCBA’s International, Online, Legislative Practice, and Annual Seminar Committees, and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law Center.
Mr. Harris has received many honors during his legal career, including the prestigious Marconi-Bell Award from the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers and the Chairman’s Award for Special Achievement at Federal Communications Commission. He has been regularly ranked among the top lawyers in Washington, DC and nationally by trade publications such as the Legal Times and by the numerous services that list the top lawyers from around the world.
Mr. Harris graduated magna cum laude from both Harvard Law School and Brown University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Steve Holton - Director, Business Development, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Inc.
Carbon Capture, Transportation, & Sequestration: Carbon Capture Wednesday, October 28th, 10:00 a.m. From their offices based in Austin, TX, Steve coordinates MHIA’s position and strategic initiatives relative to their CO2 capture business in North America. Steve was instrumental in the recently announced 500 ton per day post-combustion CO2 capture demonstration project in partnership with Southern Company and EPRI.
Prior to joining MHIA, Steve spent 30 + years with one company, but that had many changes of ownership, in various positions that took him around the world helping him to gain insight and experience in most aspects of the industrial business world.
Steve has lived and worked in many different countries but permanently transferred to the United States 14 years ago to open a sales and marketing office for ALSTOM Motors and Generators. He later moved to a new start up for ALSTOM Power in the position of Senior Sales and Marketing and Business Development Manager and most recently held that post with Siemens, when they acquired the business in 2004.Steve studied in England for both his Electrical Engineering degree and MBA.
Nick Irvin - Principal Reasearch Engineer, Post-combustion CO2 Removal, Southern Company
Project Expo: Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Tuesday, October 27th, 1:00 p.m.
Nick Irvin is a Principal Research Engineer at Southern Company Services Research and Environmental Affairs with responsibilities for managing SCS's efforts in CO2 Capture technology development. For the past six years, Nick has held similar roles within Research and Environmental Affairs working in all areas of Emissions control research including SO2, NOz, SO3, and Hg control from coal fired utility boilers. Nick holds Bachelors and Master's Degrees in Chemical Engineering, and is a registered Professional Chemical Engineer in the State of Alabama.
Special Guest Moderator:
State Representative Jim Keffer Chairman, Texas House of Representatives
Session V: National Perspectives & State/Federal Interplay Wednesday, October 28th, 8:30 a.m.
James L. Keffer was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from District 60 in November of 1996. Representative Keffer serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Energy Resources. He also serves on the Business & Industry Committee, the Calendars Committee, and the Redistricting Committee.
A legislative leader in past sessions, Keffer has previously served as chairman of other House committees including: Ways and Means, Economic Development, and the Select Committee on Property Tax Relief.
Jim has received numerous awards including: the Texas Association of Business Champion of Free Enterprise Award, the Texas Medical Association's "Texas Medicine’s Best Legislator Award", the Texas Industrial Vocational Associations Outstanding Leader Award; the Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers Association of Texas Golden Flame Award, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians Patient Advocacy Award and he was recognized as a "Star for Rural Texas" by Texas Farm Bureau. Additionally, he was named one of the five best members of the legislature by the news service Gallery Watch.
Jim and Leslie Keffer, his wife of 33 years, reside in Eastland, and are the proud parents of three sons who graduated from Eastland public schools. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University, and is President of a family owned and operated iron foundry business with plants in Eastland and Albany.
House District 60 encompasses Brown, Eastland, Hood, Palo Pinto, Shackelford and Stephens counties.
Special Guest Moderator: State Representative Phil King Texas House of Representatives
Session II: Clean Carbon Technology Costs and Incentives Tuesday, October 27th 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
As State Representative for the 61st District, Phil King represents the people of Parker and Wise counties in the Texas Legislature. He has earned a reputation as a principle-driven conservative who consistently provides key leadership in passing some of Texas’ most sweeping public policy legislation.
For the 81st Legislative Session, King serves on the House Committee on Public Safety and the House Committee on Ways and Means.
For the past three sessions, King also served as Chairman of the Regulated Industries Committee, one of the key committees in the Texas House, where he has worked to promote competition in the electricity and telecommunications markets. King served as co-chair on the Electric Utility Restructuring Legislative Oversight Committee, a joint committee of the Texas House and Senate, and served on the Select Committee on Electric Generation Capacity and Environmental Effects.
King is also a supporter of reforming the Texas property tax system, and served on the Select Committee on Property Tax Relief and Appraisal Reform. Additionally, he is on the board of directors for the Tower Institute for Strategic Analysis and Action in Public Policy and the Texas Conservative Coalition, organizations that encourage the principles of economic liberty, limited government, and personal responsibility.
Since his election in 1998, King has made an impact on Texas public policy. In 1999, he was named “Freshman Legislator of the Year” by his colleagues, “Rookie Legislator of the Year” by Texas Monthly, and “Crime Fighter of the Year” by the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. In his second term, he was named a “Fighter for Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business for his work on pro-business issues, and was honored by the Texas State Rifle Association for legislation implementing a firearms safety program in public schools.
During the 78th Legislature and the following Special Sessions, King authored the congressional redistricting legislation. King was also recognized as “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Association of Builders for his work on HB 730. This bill was designed to reduce litigation costs for homebuilders and buyers, and has been utilized as model legislation in other states.
In 2005, King was the House sponsor of Senate Bill 5, which modernized Texas’ telecommunications laws. SB 5 has been hailed nationally for its groundbreaking provisions in opening the cable television market to greater competition, and has also been the subject of wide praise for its impact on technology investment in Texas. For his leadership on SB 5, King was named a “Legislator of the Year” by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a bi-partisan organization of over 2,400 state legislators committed to Jeffersonian principles of limited government, free enterprise, federalism, and individual liberty. ALEC adopted the principles of SB 5 as “model legislation” to be considered in other states.
A strong voice for faith and families, King has been a driving force in passing key pro-life legislation such as parental notification and parental consent. In 2008, he was given the “Defender of the American Dream” award from Americans for Prosperity. He was named “Outstanding Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Alliance for Life and in 2006 received the “Defender of Life” award from The Justice Foundation. He has also been awarded the “Freedom and Family Award” by Texas Eagle Forum and has been recognized by the Free Market Foundation for his support of pro-family legislation.
King serves as a Major in the Texas State Guard, one of three branches of the Military Forces of the State of Texas. The Guard assists and augments the Texas National Guard and Texas civil authorities during state emergencies and in homeland security.
Prior to serving in the legislature, King served as a Captain in the Fort Worth Police Department, an instructor at Dallas Baptist University and a Parker County Justice of the Peace. He received a BA and MBA from Dallas Baptist University and a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University. In 2001, King received the Outstanding Alumni award from Dallas Baptist University, and in 2006, Texas Wesleyan University awarded King with the Distinguished Alumni award. King is a frequent speaker on telecommunications and energy policy.
Currently, he is a practicing attorney in Weatherford with the firm of Eggleston, Flowers & King. Representative King and his family are active members of Trinity Bible Church. Phil and his wife Terry are the proud parents of six children and one granddaughter and two grandsons
Ned Leonard - Vice President, Technology Policy, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
Ned Leonard joined the Center for Energy and Economic Development as Associate Vice President for Policy in March 2005 and continued in that role when – in early 2008 – CEED and Americans for Balanced Energy Choices were folded into a single organization called the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. In October 2008 he was promoted to Vice President for Technology Policy. His policy work informs both the political and communications dimensions of ACCCE’s climate activities at the state, regional, and federal levels.
Ned’s primary focus and expertise concerns carbon dioxide capture, transportation, and storage. His responsibilities include keeping abreast of coal-based electricity generation technology and nurturing ACCCE’s “coal as a fuel of the future” initiative.
His background includes twenty-four years managing communications and advocacy programs for Western Fuels Association, a national fuel supply cooperative for consumer-owned electric utilities. He was responsible for energy, environmental, and natural resource issues for Senator George McGovern (D-SD) from 1977 through 1980. Before that he directed public information for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Missouri-Oahe Projects Office in Huron, South Dakota, and was, for a year, News Director at KIMM Radio in Rapid City. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University.
Paul Loeffelman - Director, Environmental Public Policy, AEP
National Perspectives and State/Federal Play Wednesday, October 28th 8:15 am - 9:30 am
Paul Loeffelman serves as director, environmental public policy for American Electric Power. In this role, he works to develop corporate positions on environmental and clean energy public policies. He coordinates company interactions across 11 states served by AEP. He actively participates in the work of industry and policymaker coalitions to enact public policies, particularly at regional and state levels, that protect the environment and assure affordable, reliable generation and delivery of electricity.
Mike Nasi - Partner, Jackson Walker, LLP
Clean Carbon Technology Costs & Incentives: Current Incentives for Clean Technology Tuesday, October 27th, 10:30 a.m.
Michael J. Nasi is the founder of the firm's Climate Change and Carbon Management group and is also active in the firm's Environmental and Energy practice areas. Mr. Nasi's law practice primarily focuses on regulatory permitting in the air, water, injection well, reclamation, and waste programs for facilities in the renewable energy, electric power generation, mining, steel manufacturing, and brownfield redevelopment industries. He is active in state and federal energy, regulatory, and related tax policy development on behalf of individual companies and associations. He practices before the EPA, TCEQ, the Texas Railroad Commission and the Texas Legislature.
Mr. Nasi is a member of the Environmental and Natural Resources Section of the State Bar; the Travis County Bar Association (Administrative Law Section); and the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. He serves as the Chairman of the Education Committee and the Sustainability Task Force for the State Bar of Texas Environmental & Natural Resource Law Section. He also serves as a Board Member and Treasurer for the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance. Mr. Nasi authors chapters for the Environmental Law Handbook in West's Texas Practice Series on Environmental Enforcement, Oil & Hazardous Substance Spill Reporting & Response and Brownfield Redevelopment. Mike attended the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from the University of Houston.
Jerry Patterson - Commissioner, Texas General Land Office Keynote Address: National & Texas Energy Policy: Texas' Potential for Carbon Mitigation Tuesday, October 27th, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Born in Houston, Texas on November 15, 1946 Jerry Patterson graduated from Texas A&M, Class of 1969 and receiving his commission in the United States Marine Corps, Patterson volunteered for duty in Vietnam in 1972 and was later designated as a Naval Flight Officer and served in Marine fighter squadrons until his retirement from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1993.
Five consecutive generations of Patterson’s family have served our nation in time of war.
As state senator for District 11 (Harris, Galveston, Brazoria), Patterson’s major legislative successes include passage of the historic concealed handgun law, a constitutional amendment allowing home equity lending, the state coastal management plan and the creation of the Texas State Veterans Home Program. A tireless advocate for his fellow veterans, he chaired the first Veterans Affairs committee in the Texas Senate.
Jerry resides in Austin and has four children, twins Samantha and Cole, born in 2004, Emily and Travis. His daughter Emily is an attorney working in Kosovo for an agency funded by the U.S. State Department. His son Travis is a graduate of Texas A&M, where he was commissioned as a Marine Lieutenant. He recently returned from serving his 2nd tour of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Marine attack helicopter pilot.
John Robins - President/CEO, Mesquite Fuels & Agriculture, Inc.
Project Expo: Biomass Tuesday, October 27th, 1:00 p.m.
Mr. Robins is a founder of Mesquite Fuels and Agriculture Inc. and currently serves as a Board member and the President and CEO. Mr. Robins is a graduate of Villanova University where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering. Mr. Robins also received a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI. Mr. Robin’s professional career spans over 35 years in the engineering, energy, and steel businesses. He began his career as an Engineering Manager for the Civil Engineer Corps while stationed at Pearl Harbor. He gained valuable experience and a firm knowledge of the energy industry as a project engineer for ARCO in Houston, TX. P & O FALCO in Houston, TX, and for Erin Mining of Birmingham, AL where he specialized in the mining, transporting, and selling of coal as fuel for Electricity. Finally Mr. Robins gained the majority of his executive and management skills when he successfully served as President of SMI Joist and SMI Steel Products divisions of Commercial Metals Company (NYSE: CMC). While at CMC he took a struggling joist division that was ranked 16th in the industry by volume, with only one industrial manufacturing operation, to the second spot. This was achieved in a short time frame and grew from two percent of market share to over twenty percent producing sales in excess of $300 million.
Thomas Sarkus - Deputy Director Office of Major Demonstrations, National Energy Technology Laboratory US Department of Energy
Clean Carbon Technology Costs & Incentives: Federal Clean Coal & Carbon Reduction Initiatives Tuesday, October 17th, 10:30 a.m.
Tom Sarkus has 30 years of technical and managerial experience, including 25 years in project management at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (U.S. DOE’s) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Technology demonstration projects that Tom has managed or supervised include: a 528 MWe SO2 scrubber at Northern Indiana Public Service Company’s Bailly Generating Station; an 80,000 gallons/day liquid phase methanol unit at Eastman Chemicals’ Kingsport, TN coal-to-chemicals complex; granulated coal injection on a steelmaking blast furnace at Burns Harbor, IN; coal-based IGCC power plants at Wabash River (262 MWe, net) & Tampa Electric’s Polk Generating Station (250 MWe, net); and a 265 MWe (net) circulating fluidized bed boiler at JEA’s Northside station in Jacksonville, FL. Tom is currently the Deputy Director in NETL’s Office of Major Demonstrations, where he provides managerial consultation to major DOE-funded commercial-scale technology demonstration projects. He also serves as the Division Director for NETL’s Project Financing & Technology Deployment Division, and as the Project Director for DOE’s FutureGen initiative. Tom has hosted over 20 technical conferences focusing on topics of unburned carbon in fly ash, SO3, reburning technology and selective catalytic & non-catalytic reduction technologies for NOx control. He holds degrees in chemistry, geology, earth science and law.
Special Guest Moderator: Senator Kel Seliger Texas Senate
Session I: National & Texas Energy Policy Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Kel Seliger was first sworn in to the Texas Senate on Texas Independence Day, March 2, 2004 after a special election, and was most recently reelected on November 4, 2008 to serve the citizens of District 31 for a second, four-year term. The district spans 26 counties from the Panhandle to the Permian Basin and includes Amarillo, Midland, Odessa and Big Spring.
Born in Amarillo and raised in Borger, Senator Seliger is a graduate of Borger public schools and Dartmouth College. He is co-owner and executive vice-president of Lake Steel, Incorporated, a steel service center. He is also a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor.
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst appointed Senator Seliger to serve on the influential Senate Finance Committee for the 81st Legislative Session. Additionally, Seliger continues his service as Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice and as a member of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. Seliger has also been elevated to Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade. He also continues his service on the Joint Criminal Justice Legislative Oversight Committee.
In addition to his service on these legislative committees, Senator Seliger's leadership in the area of natural resources and criminal justice has resulted in key appointments on the regional and national level. Notably, he was appointed to The Energy Council, a legislative organization that fosters the development of sound energy and environmental policies. Most recently, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst tapped Seliger to serve as a Texas representative to the Energy and Environment Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. He has also been appointed to serve on the High-Level Radioactive Waste Working Group of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Governor Perry recently reappointed Seliger to the Crime Victims Institute Advisory Board at Sam Houston State University.
Senator Seliger kicked off his second term with a productive 81st Regular Session, especially in the areas of energy and economic development. House Bill 469 will provide significant state-level incentives for the development of new "clean coal" technology in Texas. Complimentary to that effort, Seliger ensured the passage of Senate Bill 1387 to establish the necessary regulatory framework for the capture and safe geologic storage of carbon dioxide to encourage this emerging new CO2 geologic storage industry to thrive in our state. In an effort to preserve an extremely valuable economic development tool utilized extensively throughout District 31, Seliger worked to pass House Bill 3676, which extends the Texas Economic Development Act to 2014 and allows school districts to provide a temporary limitation on the value of new investment subject to property tax.
Throughout his first term, Senator Seliger demonstrated an in-depth understanding of the major policy issues facing the Texas Legislature. Seliger contributed to the passage of several important bills during the 80th Regular Session. House Bill 530 provided additional funding for the expansion of drug courts. Senate Bill 1383 ensured that groundwater districts can more fully investigate allegations of violations of groundwater permits and groundwater district rules. Furthermore, he co-authored Senate Bill 1031 by Senator Florence Shapiro to eliminate the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test at the high school level and replace it with end-of-course exams based on recommended curriculum.
His involvement and leadership has earned him recognition from respected organizations throughout the state. In 2005, Senator Seliger was awarded the Texas Municipal League Distinguished Legislative Service Award, as well as the Rural Legislator of the Year Award from the Association of Rural Communities in Texas. Additionally, the National Federation of Independent Business/Texas honored Seliger with their Guardian of Small Business award, and he was presented with the "Smart on Crime" Award by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. In 2007, Senator Seliger received the Helen Farabee Leadership Award from the Texas Perinatal Association in recognition of his efforts in promoting the quality of health care of mothers and babies. This past year, he was recognized by the Texas Association of Business as a "Fighter for Free Enterprise," and was the recipient of the "Golden Apple," the highest award given by the Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools. His continued leadership on criminal justice during the 81st Legislature resulted in the Texas District and County Attorneys Association honoring him with their Law and Order Award.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Seliger served four terms as Mayor of Amarillo and as a member of the Amarillo City Commission and the Amarillo Civil Service Commission. In 2002, he was appointed to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission by Governor Rick Perry. Senator Seliger is currently a member of the National Rifle Association, the Texas Farm Bureau, and the Harley-Davidson Owners Group.
Senator Seliger and his wife Nancy live in Amarillo, while their sons, Jonathan and Matthew, currently attend The University of Texas at Austin.
Bryan W. Shaw - Chairman, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Keynote Address: National Perspectives & State/Federal Interplay: Environmental Regulatory Issues Relating to CCS
Dr. Bryan W. Shaw of Bryan was appointed to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality by Gov. Rick Perry on Nov. 1, 2007, he was later appointed as Chairman by Gov. Rick Perry on September 10, 2009. His term will expire on Aug. 31, 2013. In this role, he serves as one of three commissioners who establish agency direction and policy and make final determinations on contested permitting and enforcement matters.
Dr. Shaw received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For over eighteen years, Dr. Shaw conducted research on agricultural air quality issues, thirteen of those years on the faculty at Texas A&M University. He advised graduate students that assisted with research on measurement, modeling, and control of emissions from agricultural operations (particulate matter and gaseous). Dr. Shaw also taught undergraduate courses on processing and handling of agricultural materials. These classes included design and operation of air pollution abatement systems. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, he was Associate Director of the Center for Agricultural Air Quality Engineering and Science at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Shaw spent approximately fourteen months in Washington, DC working with USDA on agricultural air quality issues. He was first asked to spend two months as Acting Lead Scientist for Air Quality. Mack Gray, Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, asked him to stay in Washington to continue to help USDA address air quality issues. As a result he served the next twelve months as Special Assistant to the Chief – Air Quality.
Following his service in Washington, DC, Dr. Shaw was appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF). As a member of this Task Force, Dr. Shaw assumed a leadership role in addressing areas where sound science and accurate data were needed to improve regulations.
Dr. Shaw was appointed by the Administrator of EPA to serve on the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB), Environmental Engineering Committee. In this capacity, he assists with evaluating the scientific and environmental aspects of EPA programs and policies. Recent consultations include a holistic in-depth evaluation of EPA’s programs relating to nitrogen regulation and an evaluation of EPA’s Particulate Matter Research Centers Program.
Barry Smitherman - Chairman, Public Utility Commission
Keynote Address: National Perspectives & State/Federal Interplay: Demand for Power & Critical Sources Wednesday, October, 28th, 8:15 am - 9:30 am
Barry Smitherman is a fourth generation Texan appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the PUCT on April 21, 2004. He was reappointed on September 13, 2007 and promoted to Chairman on November 14, 2007. He was recently awarded the State Leadership award by the American Wind Energy Association for the PUCT’s pioneering renewable energy zone policy for proactive transmission development.
Barry is a member of the State Bar of Texas, a member of the Governor's Competitiveness Council, an ex officio board member of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Texas Regional Entity (TRE), a member of the Regional State Committee (RSC) for the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, served as one of 30 members of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC) and is Vice-Chairman of the Texas Advisory Panel on Federal Environmental Regulations.
Barry grew up in Highlands, Texas; a working class neighborhood on the east side of Houston. He graduated from Ross Sterling High School in Baytown and continued his education at Texas A&M University receiving a BBA summa cum laude. He received his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law while working at the State Capitol for Senator Lindon Williams. Afterward he received a M.P.A. at Harvard University and was awarded the first Joel Leff Fellowship in Political Economy by the Kennedy School of Government.
Between 1986 and 2002, Barry was a public finance investment banker working with state and local governments throughout the South, Southwest and Midwest to build infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, airports, water and sewer systems, schools, hospitals, and sports facilities. During this time he held leadership positions with First Boston, Lazard Freres, JP Morgan Securities, and Bank One Capital Markets. Beginning in 2003, Barry began a second career as a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s office. During this time he successfully prosecuted many jury trials against defendants charged with DWI, assault, theft, possession of controlled substance, and numerous other crimes. At the time of his appointment to the PUCT, Barry was part of the prestigious Family Criminal Law Division (FCLD) which prosecutes domestic violence cases, especially cases where the victim has recanted the occurrence of the crime.
Barry is also a former adjunct professor of public administration at the University of St. Thomas in Houston and a former member of the Boards of the Texas Public Finance Authority, and the Harris County Health Facilities Development Corporation.
He and his wife of 22 years live in Austin with three of their four wonderful children. Their oldest son attends Texas A&M University.
Gary Spitznogle - Manager, IGCC & CCS Engineering, AEP
Project Expo: Post-combustion CO2 capture and geologic sequestration Tuesday, October 27th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Gary Spitznogle is manager, new generation development. He is responsible for technology development, particularly associated with environmental controls, including CO2 capture and storage. Gary is an active contributor with the Coal Utilization Research Council, WRI CCS Stakeholder Group, National Coal Council, FutureGen Industrial Alliance, and represents AEP in the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership. Prior to his current position, Gary served as manager of mercury R&D since 2002. In 1998 Gary earned his bachelors of science in chemical engineering with an environmental option from The Ohio State University.
He resides in Newark, Ohio with his wife, Lynette, and daughter, Ellie.
Special Guest Moderator:
State Representative Mark Strama Chairman, Texas House of Representatives
Session IV: Environmental Panel Tuesday, October 27th, 3:30 p.m.
Mark Strama, a native Texan, is proud to serve District 50 in the Texas House of Representatives. He is a leading voice in the Texas Legislature on political reform, energy, and education issues, and is a firm believer that government ought to be transparent, efficient, responsive, and accountable to every American.
Representative Strama began his political career working on Ann Richards’ successful campaign for governor in 1990. He went on to become chief of staff for State Senator Rodney Ellis. During Mark’s tenure, Senator Ellis was named one of the ten best Texas legislators by Texas Monthly.
In 1995, Mark left government to become director of programs at Rock the Vote, where he helped register more than a million new voters. During that time, Mark realized that the efficiency and convenience of the Internet could revolutionize the democratic process and subsequently returned to Austin to found the first company to register voters online. Mark’s company was acquired by Election.com in 2000, and helped empower over 700,000 Americans to vote in the 2000 election cycle.
Initially elected to the Texas House by defeating an incumbent by a few hundred votes in 2004, Representative Strama was overwhelming re-elected with 62% of the vote in 2006. His campaigns have earned national attention because of his effectiveness in registering voters and mobilizing young activists. His "Campaign Academy" is an innovative training program for high school and college students who want to get involved in politics.
After the legislative session ended in 2007, Mark decided to venture back into the private sector by purchasing the franchise rights to the Sylvan Learning Centers in the Austin area. Similar to his prior work with elections and voting, Mark believes that personalized communications and technology, if used appropriately, can have a transformative effect on education in our country.
Representative Strama is honored to have received recognition from numerous prestigious organizations and publications for his efforts in the community and in the Texas Legislature, including the following specific awards and honors: Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association: "2007 State Leadership Award" American Electronic Association: "Texas Technology Champion Award" Austin Chronicle Reader's Poll: "Best State Legislator"
In his third legislative session, Representative Strama serves as Chairman of the Technology, Economic Development & Workforce Committee and as a member of the Energy Resources Committee.
John Thompson - Director,
Coal Transition Project, Clean Air Task Force
Environmental Panel Presenter Tuesday, October 27th, 3:30 p.m.
John Thompson directs the Clean Air Task Force’s Coal Transition Project that works throughout the country to facilitate the shift of coal away from traditional technology to energy systems with much lower environmental impacts.
Much of this work is focused on facilitating development of environmentally sound coal gasification projects.
John Thompson cooperates with a wide range of real-world coal gasification project developers and technology vendors to advance projects that increasingly seek to incorporate some level of carbon capture and geologic sequestration, typically by using captured carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery.
John Thompson has served as Co-Chair, of the Technologies Subcommittee, Clean Coal Task Force, Western Governors’ Association in 2005 and is a frequent presenter on coal gasification technology at industry and academic conferences and other forums. He also sits on the Coal Gasification Work Group of the Powering the Plains Project and USEPA’s Advanced Coal Working Group.
John Thompson has a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, as well as an M.B.A. from Washington University in Saint Louis.
Scott Tinker - Director, Bureau of Economic Geology
Scott W. Tinker is Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, Director of the Advanced Energy Consortium, and a Professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Scott spent 17 years working in the oil and gas industry in exploration, production and research prior to coming to UT in 2000. Scott is Past President of the Association of American State Geologists and American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the current Chairman of the Advisory Council for AAPG. Tinker was a Distinguished Lecturer for the AAPG (’97), Society of Petroleum Engineers (‘02), and Distinguished Ethics Lecturer for the AAPG (’06-’07) and he won best paper awards in the AAPG Bulletin and Journal of Sedimentary Research. He holds appointments on the National Petroleum Council, National Research Council Board of Energy and Environmental Systems, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and serves on several private, professional, and academic boards. His passion is building bridges between academia, industry and government. Tinker’s degrees are from the University of Colorado, the University of Michigan, and Trinity University
Mark Walker - Chairman, Clean Coal Technology Foundation of Texas
Welcome Address Tuesday, October 27th at 8:20 am and Wednesday, October 28th at 8:00 am
Mark Walker is Director of Regulatory Affairs for NRG Texas LLC, managing governmental relations and regulatory matters for NRG Texas with an emphasis on NRG’s repowering initiatives. Mark also serves on the board of directors of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the Association of Electric Companies of Texas, and the Gulf Coast Power Association.
Prior to joining NRG Texas, Mr. Walker served as Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel for ERCOT; previously he was Associate General Counsel for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) where he focused on electric utility and environmental matters during his 10 years there. Mr. Walker received his B.A from Baylor University (1986) and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law (1989).
Kirk Watson is State Senator for District 14. He is a partner with the law firm Brown McCarroll, L.L.P. He is a lawyer, mediator, public affairs consultant, and former Austin Mayor. In addition, he is former Chair of both the Texas Advisory Board for Environmental Defense and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Senator Watson was recognized this year by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the state's "10 Best Legislators." He also has earned numerous other endorsements, awards and recognitions, including "Austinite of the Year" by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Family Magazine's "Favorite Local Hero" and the "Best of Austin – Best Citizen" Reader's Choice Award from the Austin Chronicle.
Senator Watson serves on the Senate committees overseeing Business and Commerce, Economic Development, and Jurisprudence, and he is Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security. He also Chairs CAMPO, the primary transportation planning agency for Central Texas.
In 1991, Senator Watson was appointed by Governor Ann Richards to Chair the Texas Air Control Board. He was Vice-Chair of the committee that oversaw the consolidation of the Texas Air Control Board with the Texas Water Commission creating the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission, now known as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Senator Watson graduated first in his law school class at Baylor University Law School in 1981. He served as Editor-In-Chief of the Baylor Law Review and clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was elected President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and was named Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas in 1994. He was named Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year in 1996 and was selected by his peers to be listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America since 1997.
Senator Watson served on the original Board of Directors for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society, local chapter. He is active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He has served on several boards, including KLRU, Ballet Austin, El Buen Samaritano health clinic and the Community Partnership for the Homeless.
Michael L. Williams - Commissioner, Railroad Commission of Texas
Lunchtime Keynote Address: Texas Leadership in Clean Coal and Carbon Management Tuesday, October 27th, 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
Michael L. Williams is a Commissioner of the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s oldest regulatory commission. He chaired the Commission from September 1999 to September 2003 and again from July 2007 to February 2009. Williams began his tenure at the Railroad Commission in January 1999 following his appointment by then-Governor George W. Bush to fill a vacant seat. He was then elected statewide in November 2000 to complete the unexpired term. The people of Texas re-elected him to a full six-year term in 2002 and then again in November 2008 to a term expiring in 2014. He is the first African American in Texas history to hold an executive statewide elected post.
Williams serves as Chairman of both the Governor’s Competitiveness Council and the Governor’s Clean Coal Technology Council. He represents the Governor and the Railroad Commission on both the Southern States Energy Board and the Interstate Mining Compact Commission. He also is an appointee on the National Coal Council, an advisory board to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. Williams also serves as the Railroad Commission’s “point person” for the agency’s regulatory reform and technology modernization efforts.
An advocate of alternative energy, Williams’ “Breathe Easy” initiative champions the conversion of Texas public and private fleets, especially school buses, from diesel and gasoline to environmentally cleaner, cheaper and domestically produced natural gas and propane.
The son of public school teachers and the husband of a mechanical engineer, Williams understands the importance of education as a foundation for our future. He is the creator and co-sponsor of the “Williams Future Innovators”, a summer camp for 6th through 12th graders to inspire the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Williams was an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University in the School of Public Affairs and Texas Wesleyan School of Law. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Southern California, from which he obtained a bachelor’s, a master’s and a law degree.
He is the immediate past Honorary State Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Texas. He also narrates stories for children of all ages, including the visually impaired and those with special needs. His narrations have been featured on the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind. Williams initiated the Texas response against the tragedy in Darfur. He also has served in a volunteer capacity as the General Counsel of the Republican Party of Texas, the chairman of the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, on the Board of Directors of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School.
Previously, Williams served as general counsel to a Texas high-tech corporation (’97-’99) and “of Counsel” with the law firm of Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. (’93-’96)
In 1990, President George H. W. Bush appointed Williams to be Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, a position once held by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. President George H. W. Bush previously appointed Williams as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Law Enforcement at the U.S. Department of the Treasury (’89-’90). In that capacity, he had policy oversight responsibility for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Customs Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
Williams also served in the Department of Justice as Special Assistant to Attorney General Richard Thornburgh (’88-’89). In 1988, he was awarded the Attorney General's "Special Achievement Award" for the conviction of six Ku Klux Klan members. Williams served as a prosecutor in the Reagan Justice department (’84-’88). Previously, he was an assistant district attorney in his hometown of Midland, Texas.
He is a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Arlington, Texas. He and his best friend, Donna, celebrate 23 years of marriage.