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The World Gas Conference is happening in Washington, D.C. The event, which takes place every three years, unites some of the brightest minds in the entire energy value chain. We’ll be there, and we hope you will be, too!
Here’s a look ahead at some of the panels and keynotes we’re looking forward to next week. Make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram throughout the week, and join the conversation live in our members-only app. (Not on the app? Click here to join today!) It’s a time for big ideas and, we’ll have all the latest.
Tuesday, June 26:
8:30 a.m. — Kimberly J. Harris, chair of the board of directors, American Gas Association, and president and CEO of Puget Sound Energy, is one of several keynotes speakers who will kick off the main event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
In an interview with Pink Petro a few weeks back, we asked Kimberly what’s she looking forward to at #WGC2018.
“Emissions are at their lowest levels in decades, and Americans enjoy affordable, reliable and safe energy. This is due largely to our domestic abundance of natural gas and an industry dedicated to delivering it in a way that earns the confidence of customers and policymakers. Other nations are looking to learn from our example,” she explained. “I am looking forward to those conversations, sharing our best practices with the world and learning from the natural gas companies in other nations.” (Read our full story on Kimberly here.)
11 a.m. — Expanding the World’s Natural Gas Pipeline and Distribution Networks
Colette Honorable, a former FERC commissioner and now partner in the Energy and Natural Resources Group at Reed Smith LLP, will moderate this conversation on the role of pipelines in the future of the international gas trade. The conversation will touch on what lessons can be learned from recent projects, what business models will have the biggest impact on gas network growth and what technologies will contribute to securing, integrating and optimizing gas systems from an efficiency, environmental and safety standpoint. (Read our full profile on Colette here.)
Also on the panel:
- Tatiana Mitrova, director, Energy Center, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
- Shelley Moore Capito, of West Virginia
4:30 p.m. — Power Play, Exxon Mobil Corporation’s signature industry event for women
‘Power Play’ is both a professional networking opportunity and a celebration of the critical role women play throughout the gas and power industry. ExxonMobil is committed to connecting more women to colleagues and leaders in the industry, helping drive improved business results and enhancing diversity in the workplace. Overcoming complexity in the natural gas and power value chain to secure mutually beneficial solutions requires creativity, innovation and close collaboration – making our professional connections all the more essential.
Registration is required to attend, and last we heard, seats are still available! Click here to register.
Wednesday, June 27:
10:20 a.m. — Inclusion Drives Innovation: Promoting Women and Diversity
Katie Mehnert, founder and CEO of Pink Petro and Experience Energy, will join this session exploring how organizations can be more effective in promoting women and diversity in the workforce. The panel will also delve into what it takes to become a leader in this industry and offer perspectives on gender diversity from industry leaders around the world.
Also on the panel:
- Yetunde Bajela-Taiwo, head of gas business, SEPLAT
- Hilary Mercer, vice president, Pennsylvania Chemicals, Shell
- Paula Glover, president and CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)
2:25 p.m. — The Future of Europe’s Energy Market
Coby van der Linde, the director of Clingendael International Energy Program, will moderate this conversation, which will focus on the development and implications of the Energy Package, the role of gas in the future European energy mix, building a long-term partnership with renewables and more.
Also on the panel:
- Annie Krist, CEO, GasTerra
Thursday, June 28:
8:30 a.m. — Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska will offer the opening keynote address, kicking off the conference’s first event of the day: Access to Sustainable Energy in Developing Economies.
Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and special representative of the UN Secretary-General, joins that panel to delve into defining energy poverty and discussing why it matters, the role of economic development and ensuring affordable energy is environmentally sustainable and safe.
10:20 a.m. — Strategies to Address Methane Emissions and Improve Our Environmental Footprint
Dr. Pratima Rangarajan joins this panel focused on what action is being taken across the value chain to improve the industry’s environmental footprint. The conversation will also touch on successful strategies to address methane emissions and which technologies are being used most effectively to quantify and reduce methane emissions. (Read our profile on Pratima, a speaker at HERWorld18 back in March, here.)
Also on the panel:
- Jennifer Stewart, SVP of government & regulatory affairs, Southwestern Energy
Friday, June 29:
8:30 a.m. — Innovation to Drive the Energy Industry Forward
Barbara Humpton, USA CEO for Siemens Corporation, joins this panel focused on the future of energy and how innovative technologies, business models and operating practices can shape the future.