The Impact & Importance of the Natural Gas Vehicle
Case Western Reserve University - White 411
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The Impact and Importance of the Natural Gas Vehicle
The use of natural gas as a transportation fuel is growing. The US natural gas supply is the largest in the world and recent technological advances have provided access to resources previously out of reach. As a transportation fuel, natural gas is clean, cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
Industry support and government incentives have fueled the natural gas vehicle industry in recent years. In his talk, Bob Lukefahr will provide insight on what is involved in building and running a natural gas vehicle conversion and fueling system business.
Carol Battershell will provide and introduction to the talk based on her work at the Department of Energy around advanced technology vehicles.
Department of Energy, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA)
Carol joined the Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) after 25 years in the energy industry with Standard Oil and BP. In 2008 and 2009 she led the technical evaluation for the $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program as well as the $2.3 billion Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit initiative. In 2010 she took over management of EERE field operations, including direct leadership of the Golden, Colorado office which provides service for all of EERE. This office typically is responsible for about $1billion of clean energy grants and research projects and during the Recovery Act managed $7 billion of grants, research and construction. She recently accepted a one year assignment to the new DOE office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis where she will work on Quadrennial Energy Review.
Her last roles at BP included Vice President, Policy and Strategy for BP Alternative Energy where she was instrumental in developing the strategy and business case for an $8 billion investment to launch and grow the new BP Alternative Energy division, and Vice President, Renewables and Alternative Fuels where she directed BP's global activities in hydrogen research and wind power, as well as managed BP's "green energy" marketing and consulting company.
Carol has a BS in engineering from Purdue University where she specialized in environmental engineering and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. She has worked in a variety of locations in the United States, and has spent ten years living and working in Europe.
Co-Owner/Co-CEO at Nat G CNG Solutions
Bob is the Co-Owner of Nat G CNG Solutions based in Houston, Texas. Nat G is a leading Natural Gas Vehicle conversion and fueling systems business that assists companies and government agencies in transitioning to their vehicle fleet to run on natural gas.
Bob has worked in the energy industry for nearly two decades.
He served as the CEO of Tessera Solar in Houston, Texas and as President of BP’s wind and power businesses. Bob also served as Head of Strategy for BP’s Gas, Power &
Renewables Segment and for its Integrated Supply & Trading businesses.
Prior to joining BP Bob was a Partner at the strategy-consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton (now Booz & Co.) where he specialized in the Energy Sector.
Bob holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a veteran of the US Air Force and has served on several boards including the American Wind Energy Association.