Sublette BOCES along with the Sublette County Library are pleased to present SaturdayU, a offering from the University of Wyoming, the event will be held Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. The theme of this program is “A Low-Carbon Future for Wyoming Fossil Fuels?”
Wyoming exports the bulk of its abundant energy resources and thus is subject to market and policy developments beyond its borders. An increasing number of states are adopting polices that mandate the utilization of renewable and clean energy resources. The federal government continues to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities, including coal-fired power plants and natural gas separation plants. This Saturday University program will explore the global, national and local decisions that affect our communities. Experts from the School of Energy Resources will explain current UW projects in western Wyoming as well as provide an important overview that will shape a community discussion about what the coming energy transition means for Wyoming.
Three professors from the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources will be presenting, with Dr. Jean Garrison, UW Director of the Office of Engagement and Outreach moderating. The evening begins at 5:30 pm at the Sublette County Library Lovatt Room, Pinedale with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
At 6 pm, Mark Northam, Ph.D, Executive Director, UW School of Energy Resources (UW-SER) will present his talk, “The Coming Energy Transition: Implications for Wyoming and the Globe.” This presentation will frame the discussion regarding the energy transition that is underway as it highlights the implications these changes have for our communities and state.
At 6:50 pm, Scott Quillinan’s, Geologist and Director of Research, UW-SER, presentation is titled “Techological Challenges and Opportunities for Wyoming: Ongoing Projects Advanced by the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources.” This talk will introduce several initiatives advanced by SER that seek to develop new technologies and new markets for Wyoming resources: Wyoming CarbonSAFE, approaches to net-zero and carbon negative coal combustion technologies, novel non-thermal uses for Wyoming coal and the ongoing critical mineral exploration to support the quickly growing demand for electric vehicle batteries.
At 7:40 pm, Kipp Coddington, director of Energy Policy and Economics, UW-SER will give the final presentation of the evening, “What SER’s New Policy Center is Doing to Help the State of Wyoming.” In this presentation Coddington will describe how The Center for Energy Regulation and Policy supports policies decision-makers and scientists by creating a conduit for research to provide interdisciplinary information and knowledge to contribute more directly to Wyoming’s citizenry and economy; by providing effective policy development and assessment, and by facilitating partnerships with public, private and non-governmental entities.
For more information, please visit www.uwyo.edu/saturday.