Carbon capture remains poorly understood in leadership circles, the media and general public despite its central importance to energy and industrial production, jobs, and emissions reductions. Reflecting on the preceding sessions, business, governmental, environmental, media and philanthropic leaders will discuss political, policy, and communications strategies for making carbon capture a key pillar of our nation’s broader clean energy agenda.
• Jay Faison, Founder and CEO, ClearPath Foundation
• Mijo Vodopic, Senior Program Officer, Climate Solutions, MacArthur Foundation
• Glenn Prickett, Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy
• Bob Mannes, CEO, Core Energy, LLC
• Akshat Rathi, Reporter, Quartz
• Kara Brighton Fornstrom, Deputy Chair, Wyoming Public Service Commission
States provide the laboratories for carbon capture innovation and deployment. Governor Matt Mead and Governor Steve Bullock will describe steps states are taking to complement federal policy and foster commercial deployment of carbon capture and CO2 pipeline infrastructure. Accompanied by state officials representing  states, the Governors will publicly announce initiatives of national importance to policy and deployment.
• The Honorable Matt Mead (R), Governor of Wyoming
• The Honorable Steve Bullock (D), Governor of Montana
Investment in carbon capture represents a fraction of one percent of global investment in clean energy, and developers and investors face significant hurdles in financing projects. Leading clean energy finance practitioners and investors will explore ways to unlock private capital to finance carbon capture sufficient to meet global energy needs and emissions reduction goals.
• Jeff Brown, Lecturer and Researcher, Stanford Graduate School of Business and former Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
• Rick Needham, Partner and Energy Sector Lead, The Rise Fund at TPG Global and former Director of Energy & Sustainability, Google
• Damien Gerard, Commercial Director, Oil and Gas Climate Investments, LLP
Jason Begger, Executive Director, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, will highlight his state’s many initiatives underway to develop and commercialize carbon management solutions.
Some of the best-paying, highly-skilled jobs in the U.S. economy are found in traditional energy and industrial sectors. National and local labor leaders will discuss how carbon capture can help protect and create high-wage jobs in a low-carbon economy.
• Roxanne D. Brown, Assistant Legislative Director, United Steelworkers
• Alan Ekblad, Executive Secretary, Montana AFL-CIO
• Chauffe Schirmer, Secretary-Treasurer, Utility Workers Union of America Local 127, Wyoming
Carbon capture technologies have successfully achieved commercial deployment in multiple industries, and passage of the 45Q tax credit provides an opportunity to scale. Executives will share their vision for carbon capture and carbon management as a key component of the future business model for their companies and industries.
• Vicki Hollub, President & CEO, Occidental Petroleum Corporation
• Ron Alverson, Founder and Board Member, Dakota Ethanol, LLC and Past Chairman, American Coalition for Ethanol
• Holly Krutka, Vice President, Coal Generation and Emission Technologies, Peabody Energy
• Ellen O’Connell, Global Market Manager for Petrochemicals, Air Products
Carbon capture technologies are ready for prime time in many industries, including ethanol and fertilizer production, natural gas processing, power generation, refining and steel production. Emerging technologies promise further reductions in capture costs and new uses for captured CO2 that transform carbon emissions into a beneficial economic resource. Top entrepreneurs and technology experts will describe this exciting and rapidly evolving innovation landscape.
• Alisa Ferguson, Lead Designer and Advisor, NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE (moderator)
• Laurel Harmon, Vice President, Government Relations, LanzaTech
• Etosha Cave, Cofounder and Chief Science Officer, Opus 12
• Erin Meezan, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Interface, Inc.
• Mike Biddle, Managing Director, Evok Innovations
Deepika Nagabushan, Energy Policy Associate, Clean Air Task Force, will highlight recent modeling that underscores the deployment potential of 45Q and proposed incentives.
Chris Moser, Executive Vice President for Operations, NRG Energy, will share his company’s experience with the groundbreaking Petra Nova carbon capture project at a coal-fired power plant near Houston and his company’s view of the challenges for deployment in power generation going forward.
Bill Brown, CEO, NET Power, will describe the demonstration of his company’s Allam Cycle technology and its potential to increase the efficiency and lower the cost of carbon capture in natural gas and coal power generation.
Leading experts will explore the state of carbon capture, utilization and storage today, its place in the energy and industrial economy of the future, and its essential role in achieving mid-century goals for reducing carbon emissions.
• Julio Friedmann, Distinguished Associate, Energy Futures Initiative and former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy
• Matt Lucas, Associate Director, Center for Carbon Removal
Jonathan Pershing, Hewlett Foundation Program Director and former U.S. Climate Envoy, will set the stage for CO2NNECT 2018, framing the broader environmental, economic, political and policy contours of the carbon capture agenda and the opportunities and challenges to achieving widespread deployment.
The Honorable John Barrasso (R-WY), United States Senator
Senator Barrasso helped lead bipartisan efforts to pass the FUTURE Act this year, the landmark reform of the federal 45Q tax credit for CO2 storage and beneficial use. He will share his vision for a broader carbon capture and CO2 pipeline policy agenda.