Kansas Summit on Natural Gas

State Energy Resources Coordination Council (SERCC)

October 2, 2003
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Washburn University Memorial Union
Topeka, Kansas

 

8 am

Registration

8:30

Plenary Session – Lee Allison, moderator, SERCC chair, Kansas Geological Survey director
Introductory remarks
 

8:40

Welcome – Dr. Jerry Farley, President, Washburn University
 

8:50

Challenges and goals – Governor Kathleen Sebelius
 

9:00

Session I: Overview of natural gas supply and price
U.S. perspective – Patty Morrison, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior
Outlook for the Natural Gas Industry – Paul Wilkinson, American Gas Association
Where does our gas come from and where does Kansas gas go? – Tim Carr, Kansas Geological Survey
How does the natural gas system work? – Brad Dixon, Vice President, Western Region, Kansas Gas Service
 

10:15

Q & A (15 min.)
 

10:30

Break (15 min)
 

10:45

Session II: Economic impacts on Kansas
Residential and smaller commercial consumers – David Springe, CURB
Industrial and larger commercial consumers – Richard W. Schuck, Energy Support Providers, LLC
Agriculture –Carole Jordan, Director of Rural Development & Legislative Initiatives, Kansas Department of Agriculture
 

11:45

Q & A
 

11:55

Explanation of breakout sessions – Lee Allison
 

12:00

Lunch – box lunches
 

12:45

Concurrent Breakout Sessions – panels and roundtables
 

Breakout session I:  What can we do to reduce consumption or demand? – Bruce Snead, KSU Engineering Extension, moderator
 

12:45

Panel discussion
Conservation and efficiency – Bruce Snead, KSU Engineering Extension
Energy Services – Brian Dreiling, Midwest Energy
Fuel switching by utilities and industry – Richard W. Schuck, Energy Support Providers, LLC
Role of renewables in electricity, heating – Richard Nelson, KSU Engineering Extension
 

1:30

Roundtable
Discussion and ranking of recommendations
 

Breakout Session II:  Can we increase natural gas production, transmission, storage and supply? – Dick Hayter, KSU College of Engineering, moderator
 

12:45

 

Panel discussion
Production, transmission, or storage bottlenecks or restrictions – Jim Harder, Southern Star Central
Regulatory effects – M. L. Korphage, Director of the Conservation Division, KCC
Tax policies – Steve Stotts, Director of Taxation, Kansas Department of Revenue
Kansas gas production opportunities – Steve Dillard, KIOGA
 

1:30

 

Roundtable
Discussion and ranking of recommendations
 

Breakout Session III:  How can we lessen the impacts on residential consumers and businesses? – Colin Hansen, Kansas Municipal Utilities, moderator
 

12:45

 

Panel discussion
Assistance programs – Paul Johnson, Kansas Public Assistance Coalition
Utility programs for consumers – Jim Bartling, manager public affairs, Atmos Energy
Federal programs – Norma Phillips, director, Kansas Housing Resources Corporation,Weatherization
Effects on agriculture (e.g., fertilizer supply and cost, cost of pumping water) – Steve Irsik, Rancher, Farmer, Dairyman, and Chair of Lt. Governor’s Mini Economic Summit
 

1:30

 

Roundtable
Discussion and ranking of recommendations
 

Breakout Session IV:  How do we educate Kansans about natural gas issues? – Denise Manning, Atmos Energy, moderator
 

12:45

 

Panel discussion / Review of public information products
Government - Marge Petty, Kansas Corporation Commission
News Media – Steve Everly, Kansas City Star
Utilities – Lori Webster, communications manager, Kansas Gas Service
Education – Shari Wilson, Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education
 

1:30

 

Roundtable (“Aware & Prepare” campaign?)
Discussion and ranking of recommendations
 

2:30

Break
 

3:00

Plenary Session – Lee Allison
Reports by breakout session moderators on actions to solve or mitigate the problems (10 min/report):
     reducing demand – Bruce Snead, KSU Engineering Extension
     increasing supply – Colin Hansen, Kansas Municipal Utilities
     providing assistance to consumers – Dick Hayter, KSU
     educating Kansans – Denise Manning, Atmos Energy
 

Concluding remarks – Lee Allison
Next steps – Report written by SERCC, posted on SERCC web site, recommendations delivered to Governor, Legislature, etc.
 

4:00

Adjourn