2022 Satellite Data for Energy Analysis and Policy Conference: Speakers and Sessions

October 6, 2022

9:00 am | Historical Insights to Inform the Energy Challenges of the Future

Welcome – Tracey Holloway, Program Chair, UW-Madison Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP)
Moderator – Max Duckworth, Co-founder, MaSa Partners
Brad Pierce, Director at Space Science and Engineering Center, UW-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC)
Paul Stackhouse, Senior Researcher Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center
Morgan Edwards, Assistant Professor, UW-Madison LaFollette School of Public Affairs

10:30 – 11:00 am | Coffee & Networking

11:00- 12:15 pm | Session I

a: Managing Risks to Energy Systems

Moderator – Sarah Johnston, Assistant Professor, UW-Madison Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Sean Donegan, President and CEO, Satelytics
Chris Schmidt, Researcher, UW-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC)
Dean Yao, Solar Asset Manager, ConEdison Clean Energy Business

b: Energy Demand and Built Environment

Moderator – Missy Nergard, Director of Sustainability, UW-Madison Office of Sustainability
Shonali Pachauri, Research Group Leader, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Christopher Elvidge, Director of the Earth Observation Group, Colorado School of Mines
Erinn Monroe-Nye, Lead Regulatory Relations and Policy Consultant, Alliant Energy

12:15 – 1:45 pm | Lunch

2:00 – 3:15 pm | Session II

a. Electricity Reliability

Moderator – Elisa Graffy, Senior Advisor, Environmental Justice at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) 
Simone Fobi, Research Scientist, Microsoft AI for Good Research Lab
Rob Cirincione, Co-Founder and CEO, Sunairio
Line Roald, Assistant Professor, UW-Madison College of Engineering

b: Detecting and Responding to Methane Leaks

Moderator – Morgan Edwards, Assistant Professor, UW-Madison LaFollette School of Public Affairs
Daniel Varon, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard University
Jon Goldstein, Senior Director of Regulatory & Legislative Affairs, Environmental Defense Fund
Ángel Esparza, Principal Technical & Policy Advisor, GHGSat Inc.

3:15 – 3:45 pm | Coffee Break

3:45 – 5:00 pm | Flash Talks

Virtual + In Person

5:30 – 7:00 pm | Networking Reception

7:00 – 9:00 pm | “Three Mile Island” Screening and Q&A

hosted by Dr. Paul Wilson, Grainger Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Chair of the Department of Engineering Physics, UW-Madison 

 

October 7, 2022

9:00 – 10:15 am | Session III

a: Renewable Energy Siting

Moderator – Paul Stackhouse, Senior Researcher Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center
Niels Wolter, Owner, Madison Solar Consulting
Jianyu Gu, Geospatial Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Sam Dunaiski, Distributed Resources Director, RENEW Wisconsin

b: Food-Energy-Water Nexus

Moderator – Rachel Licker, Principal Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
Bhartendu Pandey, Lead Urban Data Scientist, Princeton University
Chris Kucharik, Agronomy Department Chair and Professor, UW-Madison, PI FEWscapes’
Sara Walling, Senior Policy Manager, Alliance for the Great Lakes

10:15 – 11:00 am | Coffee & Networking

11:00 – 12:15 pm | Closing Panel: New Frontiers for Satellite Data

Moderator – Tracey Holloway, Program Chair, UW-Madison Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP)
Paul Grogan, Assistant Professor, Stevens Institute for Technology
Ben Saydah, Global Market Strategist Lead, BP
Sheldon Drobot, Mission Area Lead for Environmental Intelligence and Sustainability, Ball Aerospace

Afternoon | Activities and Tours

2:00 – 2:45 pm | Tour of the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI)
by Mary Blanchard, Associate Director, WEI and Yiying Xiong, Associate Director, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Institute
*Meet at WEI
2:00 pm (CT) | Training Session on NASA POWER
by Bradley Macpherson, Lead Geospatial Developer, NASA Prediction of Worldwide Energy Resources – POWER
3:00 – 3:45 pm | Tour of UW-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC)
by Brad Pierce, Director at Space Science and Engineering Center, UW-Madison
*Meet 1st Floor Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Building
*Followed by Social Outing to Union South
3:00 pm (CT) | Online Talk
by Kyle Bradbury, Managing Director of Energy Data Analytics, Duke University

 

Engagement Committee Members

Tracey Holloway, UW-Madison

Morgan Edwards, UW-Madison

Brad Pierce, UW-Madison

Paul Stackhouse, NASA

Lynn Hobbie, MG&E

JP Brummond, Alliant

Max Duckworth, MaSa Partners

Giacomo Falchetta, IIASA

Ben Saydah, BP

Doug Carlson, Clearspring Energy

Simone Fobi, Columbia University

Thank you to our sponsors!