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EIA Conference 2009
Session 5: Renewable Energy in the Transportation and Power Sectors 

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Moderator: Michael Schaal (EIA)
Speakers Denise Bode (American Wind Energy Association)
Bryan Hannegan
(Electric Power Research Institute)
Matt Hartwig (Renewable Fuels Association)
David Humbird
(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
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  Moderator and Speaker Bios and Presentations
Michael Schaal, Director of the Energy Information Administration’s Oil and Gas Division

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Michael Schaal is the Director of the Energy Information Administration’s Oil and Gas Division. His primary focus is on producing the oil and natural gas and biofuels projections for EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook. Mr. Schaal’s prior experience includes working as a professional engineer with Bechtel Corporation of San Francisco where he was involved in economic analysis, engineering, construction, and operations of first-of-a-kind facilities, and as a consultant with Energy Ventures Analysis, Inc. advising clients on natural gas and power sector issues. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the California State University in 1986, and his M.A. in Mineral Economics from The Pennsylvania State University in 1995.

Denise Bode, American Wind Energy Association

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Denise Bode is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Wind Energy Association, the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. She is a nationally recognized energy policy expert and served for nine years on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Her experience in the energy field is extensive and includes one and a half years as the CEO of the American Clean Skies Foundation, seven years as President of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and nine years on the staff of then–U.S. Senator David Boren (D-OK) as his legal counsel, focusing on the areas of energy and taxation. She broadcasts a daily radio program and an online television program through CleanSkies TV. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the George Mason School of Law and a Master of Law in Taxation degree from the Georgetown University School of Law.


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Bryan Hannegan is Vice President, Environment and Generation for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In this capacity, he leads the teams responsible for EPRI’s research into technologies and practices that maintain a safe and reliable power plant fleet, develop cleaner and more efficient power generation options for the future, and reduce the environmental footprint associated with electric power generation, delivery and use. He previously served in a dual capacity as the Chief of Staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and as an acting Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. During his tenure, he led the development of the President’s Advanced Energy Initiative and assisted Federal agencies in their implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005). He also coordinated Federal agency policies and activities on a wide range of environmental issues affecting air, water, land, and ecosystems. He previously served as Staff Scientist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he handled energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative fuels, and environmental aspects of energy production and use. He is a climate scientist, engineer and energy policy expert. He received his Ph.D. in Earth System Science, his M.S. in Engineering, both from the University of California, Irvine, and his B.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.


Matt Hartwig, Renewable Fuels Association

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Matt Hartwig (Renewable Fuels Association)

Matt Hartwig, Renewable Fuels Association

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David Humbird is a Senior Engineer I at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). As a member of the Biorefinery Analysis team, he specializes in the design, integration, and techno-economic modeling of biofuels processes to predict the production costs of pre-commercial technologies and assess their competitiveness with petroleum-based fuels. Prior to NREL, David worked in petrochemicals and semiconductor processing. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.