Digital Age and Age of Gas

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The Digital Age and the Age of Gas are often discussed separately, however there are a variety of forces are bringing them together. In this presentation, I discuss the intersection through expanding network synergies, the ability to drive greater asset productivity, how it will change the nature of work for different categories including field engineers, the implications for regulation as the accuracy and access to monitoring technologies increases and finally how convergence can support greater energy system resiliency.

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  • 1. Digital Age and the Age of Gas Peter Evans, PhD Vice President Center for Global Enterprise April 16, 2013 Sam Nunn Policy Forum Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center

2. Energy defines every decade 1970s 2000s 1980s Oil Shocks Energy Security 1990s Reagan/Thatcher Deregulation Climate Change Carbon control Source: Evans, 2012 3. Digital Age meets Age of Gas Big data & the cloud emerge + Age of GasDigital Age 4. Expanding network synergies Strategically located liquefaction plant investment of $15 to $20 billion could displace up to 30% of transport diesel Fueling infrastructure a key to linking networks Micro-LNG plant Natural gas liquefaction plant producing up to 250,000 gallons per day Sources: EIA, Office of Oil & Gas and CSX, 2013 Rail + natural gas + trucking 5. US power plant fleet Data source: Platts, 2013 6,670* Natural gas plants less down time better fuel economy Improved system coordination Digital benefits * Out of a total of 23,290 power plants Improved asset productivity 6. Transformation of work Digital technologies will augment field service engineers 7. Change regulatory dynamics Rise of low cost leak detection and mapping technology Methane leaking from the fracked oil fields of Kern County, California measured with the Picarro spectrometer New Monitoring Capabilities Accurate Low cost Easy to deploy Mobile Reports data directly into Google maps CH4 Source: Picarro, 2014 8. New demands for resilience Hurricane Sandy exposed energy infrastructure vulnerabilities ~$1 trillion in US damages, 1980-2012 Source: NOAA, 2013 Policy makers have been highly critical of inadequate utility preparedness and response 9. Enable more resilient energy systems Natural gas infrastructure Digital technologies + Joining capabilities Resilient Sustainable infrastructure + Building next generation resilient-sustainable infrastructure 10. Digital Age + Age of Gas Regulation Asset productivity Network synergies Work System resilience US energy system 11. Digital Age and Age of Gas Peter Evans, PhD Vice President Center for Global Enterprise April 16, 2013 Sam Nunn Policy Forum Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center