Seminar: Taking a Hard Look at IGCC. Denver Feb 12

This is an open invitation with some very distinguished speakers.  Please come, and/or pass this on to your Denver area email lists.   This seminar is intended as a counterpoint to EUCI‘s conference Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) and Synthetic Natural Gas: Essentials for Utility Leaders

2/7/07 2pm Updated schedule below.  More changes likely to follow, so check back this weekend.

IGCC: Asking the Hard Questions 

Can Coal Ever Be “Clean”?  

Monday, February 12, 2007

Denver Marriott City Center

                    1701 California Street, Downtown Denver

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

Free of Charge, Donations appreciated 

Please join Ratepayers United of Colorado (RUC) and Clean Energy Action (CEA) for an educational seminar to look at the many unanswered questions regarding Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC)—or so-called “clean coal.” 

    10:00 – 11:00 a.m. IGCC—What Does It Really Cost?
                        Carol Overland, Esq. – Attorney for Mesaba MN Plaintiffs on IGCC 
    11:00 – 11:45 a.m. IGCC: You Want to Do What to My Mountains?
                        Scott Gollwitzer, Esq. – Appalachian Voices 
    12:10 – 12:30 p.m. Press Conference – Hunter Lovins and All Speakers (Open to the Public)  
    12:30 –  1:15 p.m. KEYNOTE SPEECH: Fossil and Nuclear Free—Can We Do It?
                      Hunter Lovins – Internationally Known Speaker and Author, President Natural Capitalism, Inc.  
    1:15 –   2:00 p.m.  IGCC: What Can We Learn From Present Coal Plant Campaigns?
                       Mary Jo Steuve – Clean Water Action and Big Stone II 
    2:00 –   2:55 p.m. IGCC: What Will We Do With All that Carbon Dioxide?
                      Alison Burchell, Geologist – Carbon Capture and Storage Specialist 
    2:55 –   3:15 p.m. Break 
    3:15 – 3:45 p.m. IGCC: What Do We Know About Money, Politics and Fossil Fuels?
                      Elena Nunez, Colorado Common Cause  
    3:45 –   4:45 p.m. If Not Coal—Then What?
                      Concentrating Solar Power for Carbon Free, Baseload Generation
                      Leslie Glustrom – Clean Energy Action  
    4:45 –   7:00 p.m. Q&A Period 
    7:00 –  8:00 p.m.  IGCC: Is it Worth the Risk?
                      Panel Discussion: Carol Overland, Scott Gollwitzer, Mary Jo Steuve,
                      Alison Burchell and Leslie Glustrom. 

For more information, please contact Nancy LaPlaca at, or 303-588-3937.

Ratepayers United of Colorado and Clean Energy Action are dedicated to promoting non-polluting, renewable resources for our energy needs and building an energy infrastructure

that will minimize problems for future generations.  

Our speakers: 

L. Hunter Lovins, Esq., is an internationally known writer and speaker.  She co-founded the Rocky Mountain Institute, a Colorado-based resource policy think tank, in 1982.  Ms. Lovins helped establish the California Conservation Project (“Tree People”), an innovative urban forestry and environmental education group; and co-authored Natural Capitalism with Amory Lovins and Paul Hawken.  Ms. Lovins received a 1999 Lindbergh Award, a 1993 Nissan Prize, a 1983 Right Livelihood Award, and the Onassis Foundation’s first Delphi Prize in 1989; and presently heads Natural Capitalism Inc. 

Ms. Carol Overland, Esq., has represented clients on utility and energy issues for over a decade.  Projects include 345kV transmission lines in MN and WI; nuclear and nuclear waste siting issues in MN and UT;  Excelsior Energy’s 600 MW IGCC Mesaba plant in MN; and state energy policy, including need, distributed generation, and cap and tax.  She has considerable expertise litigating IGCC and Carbon Capture and Sequestion (CCS) related issues, and her blog is read by both environmentalists and industry:  

Scott Gollwitzer, Esq., is staff attorney, organizer and policy analyst for Appalachian Voices (, a non-profit based in Boone NC working to solve environmental problems created by mountain top removal (MTR) in Appalachia.  Mr. Gollwitzer is currently working to amend the Clean Water Protection Act by returning to its original definition of “fill material.” Filling streams with mining waste from mountaintop removal operations was unlawful until 2002 when the Secretary of the Army changed the longstanding definition.  

Alison Burchell is a professional geologist with a dual B.S. in Chemistry and Environmental Planning, an M.S. in Tectonics and Isotope Geochemistry and certifications in GIS and Remote Sensing. Following a Fellowship with the U.S. Dept. of Interior and US Geological Survey, she established a private consulting practice on issues including: crustal processes, reef and wetland preservation, land-reclamation, siting analysis for renewable energy projects and stakeholder facilitation; and research includes quantifying the mechanisms and kinetics of terrestrial sequestration.  In 2005, she received Plan Boulder County’s Award of REcongnition for outstanding service, and co-founded both Clean Energy Action and Ratepayers United of Colorado.   

Mary Jo Steuve is State Program Coordinator with Clean Water Action (CWA) in South Dakota.  Ms. Steuve is an intervenor in a docket called Big Stone II at the SD Public Utilities Commission.  South Dakota ranks 4th in the U.S. in renewable energy potential for wind;renewable energy offers economic opportunity for her state.  Ms. Steuve’s work with CWA includes protecting water resources and working to strengthen rural communities. 

Elena Nunez has worked as an activist and advocate in Colorado and Arizona, and currently works on campaign finance reform and ethics issues for Colorado Common Cause.  Formerly with Environment Colorado, Elena researched and wrote a report on air toxics as a clean air advocate, at: 

Leslie Glustrom is a biochemist by training. She has worked extensively on public lands issues and in 1996 she was named one of the top 10 defenders of the public lands by the Wilderness Society. In 2004, Leslie resigned her job running a biochemistry research lab in order to work full time on climate change issues. Her goal is to accelerate the transition from a fossil fuel based economy to one based on clean, renewable energy. She has a special interest in the potential of Concentrating Solar Power to provide utility scale, cost competitive, dispatchable energy for the country’s electrical grid.  Many  in CEA and RUC were inspired to begin their own work on climate change with Leslie’s encouragement, advice and knowledge.

Clean Energy Action (CEA) is a Boulder-based group that is currently challenging the air permit for Comanche 3, a 750 MW pulverized coal plant in Pueblo CO.  CEA founders include Ms. Leslie Glustrom, Ms. Alison Burchell, Mr. Dan Friedlander, and their attorney Angelique Layton Anderson, who recently filed an appeal on the Public Utilities Commission’s recent decision to grant Xcel Energy a $107 million rate increase. 

Ratepayers United of Colorado (RUC) is a Denver-based group working to promote the use of renewable energy and eliminate coal plants through its intervention at the Public Utilities Commission.

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