Michigan Energy Forum: Cheaper Natural Gas & Fracking and their economic & environmental impacts
Time: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
330 East Liberty, Lower Level
Ann Arbor MI 48104
Natural gas has dropped in price drastically in the last several years thanks to new drilling technologies such as "fracking." This change in the economics of power generation is prompting manufacturers to explore gas powered co-generation and prompting utilities faced with an aging fleet of coal fired power plants to consider replacing them with gas powered electrical power plants in light of their cheaper costs. Burning less coal could reduce polution and GHG emissions, but fracking raises some concerns about ground water and safety. We will discuss the impact of fracking on natural gas prices and its impact on our fuel source mix and the economic opportunities, environmental impacts, regulations, and concerns being raised by this technology and market dynamics it is facilitating.
Erik Bauss, Field Director
Energy In Depth - Michigan
James Clift, Policy Director
Michigan Environmental Council
Hal Fitch, Chief, Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
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This session is part of a monthly panel discussion and networking event series hosted by the Michigan Energy Forum, and sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK. The mission of the forum is to facilitate collaboration and networking among practitioners, policy makers, investors, and professionals in the Michigan region. Please join us and take notes on best practices from our panels exhaustive experience.
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