2nd Annual Methane and Climate Strategies Event a Success!

May 28, 2019

If you were able to join us in Houston last week for our 2nd Annual Methane and Climate Strategies event, then I think you’ll agree it was a productive use of two days. Interesting speakers, lively discussion and great Q&A!

Kim Greene, CEO, Southern Company Gas kicked off Day 1 with a Year in Review discussion that many commented was their favorite part of the conference.

Case studies from each of the sectors represented by the ONE Future coalition (Production, Gathering & Boosting, Transmission & Storage and Distribution) were presented by ONE Future members, including Southwestern Energy, Kinder Morgan and Southern Company Gas.

The States of Maryland, Colorado and Massachusetts were all on hand to discuss state policy – and what theirs were focused on regarding methane emissions regulations.

Day 1 closed with the topic of Methane Reduction Programs that complement the efforts of ONE Future; presented by Shell, the API and the EPA. Despite this being the final panel of the day, there was no shortage of questions!

An Investor panel kicked off Day 2, led by John Gibson from Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co, Carol Coale from Dennard Lascar Associates and Michael Buckley from Edison Electric Institute. The panel was moderated by Sarah Teslik from Joele Frank and was followed by a lively discussion.

The panel that followed discussed socially responsible natural gas and was led by representatives from Independent Energy Standards (IES0), Xpansiv and Responsible Energy Solutions. We learned there is indeed a financial benefit to reducing our methane.

Our final topic of the conference covered Science and Technology; specifically, regarding methane emissions from both a reduction and measurement standpoint. Tom Lumadue from TransCanada moderated, and we heard from NETL, Colorado State University, EDF and the Fugitive Emissions Management Program.

Williams announced their decision to join the coalition at the event and other announcements are forthcoming – keep an eye out for the press release.

We will also be posting the speaker presentations in the days to come, available on our website – you’ll want to be sure to watch for those.

This event made me even prouder to be part of this great industry, I hope it did for you as well.

Richard Hyde, Executive Director