Hydrogen in the West: How Will Hydrogen Play a Part in the Western Energy Transition?

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

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2:00 pm -4:00 pm (ET)

11:00 am - 1:00 pm (PT)


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Hydrogen in the West:  How Will Hydrogen Play a Part in the Western Energy Transition?  

Presented by the Western Chapter of EBA

The panel will explore the following questions: 

  • What legal and regulatory changes need to be made in the West to welcome hydrogen as a green fuel and energy storage medium? 
  • Will hydrogen supplement and even displace natural gas in industrial, power generation and transportation fuel applications?
  • What sorts of initiatives are currently under way to pave the way for hydrogen project development?
  • What kinds of hydrogen projects are happening on the West Coast?  Where do they currently stand?  Do the economics work?







library    SPEAKERS:

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Buck Endemann
K & L Gates

Michael G. Green
General Manager Hydrogen Energy Initiatives
Pinnacle West Capital Corp

Yuri Freedman
Senior Director, Business Development 
SoCal Gas

Sandi Safro
Associate General Counsel, Energy and Technology Regulation
Edison Electric Institute


Speaker Bios:

Buck Endemann is a partner in the San Francisco office of global law firm K&L Gates, where he co-leads the renewable power practice group.  Buck has particular expertise on the regulatory and transactional issues associated with developing renewable energy and clean transportation projects, with a focus on solar, energy storage, electric vehicles, renewable natural gas, and hydrogen.  Buck regularly counsels clients on the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and also maintains a traditional environmental law practice.  He is also the current Board Secretary at the Center for Sustainable Energy, which administers green energy program and electric vehicle incentives in eight states and for the federal government.

Michael G. Green, General Manager Hydrogen Energy Initiatives, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation / Arizona Public Service Company. Michael Green is the General Manager, Hydrogen Energy Initiatives, for Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary Arizona Public Service Company (APS), a rate-regulated electric utility that provides retail and wholesale electric service to approximately 1.3 million customers throughout the State of Arizona.  In this role, he leads enterprise-wide strategy, policy, business development, and research, development, and demonstration activities involving clean hydrogen as an energy source for deep decarbonization.

Yuri Freedman has broad experience in development and acquisition of energy infrastructure assets. In his current role of Senior Director of Business Development, he manages the portfolio of low carbon growth projects and R&D activities of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), the largest North American gas utility. Prior to his current role he held the position of Director of Commercial Development for Sempra LNG, and previously held the positions of Director of Infrastructure Investments at Sempra Renewables and Director of Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions at Sempra Energy. Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Yuri held the positions of Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group and Vice President at GE Energy Financial Services. Yuri serves on the board of CALSTART. He holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a PhD in Environmental Science and Energy Research from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

Sandi Safro is Associate General Counsel, Energy and Technology Regulation at the Edison Electric Institute.  Her work includes issues related to FERC regulation and the regulation of emerging energy technologies.  Prior to joining EEI, Sandi was a partner in the energy practice of the global law firm K&L Gates, where she co-lead the firm’s global hydrogen practice, including publication of The H2 Handbook.  In addition, Sandi co-lead the firm’s global Oil, Gas, and Resources practice and advised clients on regulatory, commercial, and policy issues in the emerging hydrogen industry, as well as various issues related to the transportation of natural gas by pipeline in interstate commerce and liquefied natural gas.  Sandi co-founded and co-leads the Women in Hydrogen networking group and also co-hosts the bi-weekly podcast, Hydrogen Rising.  Sandi previously served as a member on the CFEBA and EBA Boards and currently serves as Vice Chair of EBA’s Practices Steering Committee.


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