CANCELLED: MIT Energy Expert Talk

September 28, 2011 -- This event has been cancelled due to illness.

SOCORRO, N.M. September 22, 2011 – An internationally renowned expert on energy policy is giving a special public presentation on the future of the oil and gas industry at New Mexico Tech.

  Melanie Kenderdine
  MIT Energy Institute board member and former Department of Energy deputy director
Melanie A. Kenderdine, a key member of the MIT Energy Initiative since 2007, will discuss the state of the natural gas industry, nationally and globally. Kenderdine is widely regarded as an expert in the field. She will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in MSEC 101.

“Melanie is leading expert – scientifically and policy-wise – on many energy issues, particularly natural gas,” Tech Vice President of Research Dr. Van Romero said. “We’re privileged to have such a distinguished national figure come speak here at Tech.”

Appointed by President Bill Clinton, Kenderdine served eight years in leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Energy. Beginning in 2007, Kenderdine is a member of the management team of the MIT Energy Initiative, a large and growing program designed to help meet the world’s energy challenges through research, education and outreach.  She leads research and analysis for MIT’s Future of Natural Gas Study.

“Melanie will be discussing MIT’s seminal study on the future of natural gas,” Romero said. “Natural gas is important to the economy of New Mexico from resource standpoint and from tax revenue standpoint. Recent shale gas finds have driven down the price of natural gas, which has suppressed the industry.”

Before joining MIT, she served as the Vice President of Washington Operations for the Gas Technology Institute, where she was involved in major initiatives to increase domestic natural gas supply, enhance energy efficiency and security, and promote the research needs of the natural gas industry. She was the principal architect of the Ultra-deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas Supply Research and Development Program, a $500 million natural gas supply R&D trust fund established in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. She was a co-founder of the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, a non-profit research management company, which now manages a $375 million federal research contract and has 170 consortium members.

At the Department of Energy, her last position was Director of the Office of Policy. Concurrently, Kenderdine served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy for oil, gas, coal and nuclear issues. She was the primary architect of the exchange of Strategic Petroleum Reserve oil in 2000, managed Department’s response to the Japan nuclear accident, helped manage the federal response to the California electricity crisis, and oversaw the establishment of the Home Heating Oil Reserve in the northeastern United States.

Kenderdine has served on a Council on Foreign Relations Task Force to develop a national energy strategy and on the Consumers Energy Council of America Working Group on Distributed Energy. She was on the Board and Executive Committee of the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America from 2002 to2010, and also serves on its Strategic Advisory Committee. She has published articles in the World Energy Forum magazine, Harts E&P and Physics Today, and co-authored a chapter in “Energy Security in the 21st Century: A New Foreign Policy Strategy,” titled “Technology Development and Energy Security.”

Ms. Kenderdine is a frequent speaker on energy issues at global conferences. In 2010, she delivered the Presidential Lecture at Boston University and was the first woman invited to the 2010 Rahmania Seminar on Energy in Saudi Arabia.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech