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NGI Symposium — Future Energy Systems: Natural Gas in a High-Renewables, Decarbonizing World

Desired Audience and Speaker Participants: Global thought leaders and experts, representing a cross-section of industry, government, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and academia.

October 16, 2018 to October 17, 2018

Tresidder Memorial Union
459 Lagunita Drive, Ste. 6
Stanford, CA 94305-2072

A discussion about the future of energy around the world, grounded in real economic and engineering constraints

Energy systems around the world are changing, and these changes are expected to continue and accelerate as jurisdictions around the world work to address the challenges of population and economic growth, energy access, air pollution, and climate change. Technological developments, ranging from more efficient generators and engines, to solar energy, and energy storage, are combining with commercial opportunities and policy drivers to deliver new energy mixes for power generation, industry, transportation, and other uses. Over the coming 20, 40, or 60 years, we expect energy systems to continue to evolve, subject to real economic and engineering constraints, and to evolve differently in different parts of the world, depending on factors such as existing infrastructure, resource availability, economic strength, political pressures, and environmental and human health needs.

The Future Energy Systems symposium at Stanford University is designed to facilitate discussions and discovery of what future energy systems may look like over the coming decades in different parts of the world, based on a clear-eyed, realistic assessment of the state of energy technologies and economic realities driving energy decisions. Within this range of uncertainty in future energy systems, we seek to investigate what role natural gas will play in enabling these future energy systems and how existing, mainly fossil-fuel, energy sources will persist, be replaced, or change in their uses in the coming decades.

Topic #1: Gas integration in power systems with very high renewable penetration
Topic #2: Gas peakers versus storage
Topic #3: Long-term energy storage
Topic #4: Renewable natural gas
Topic #5: Specific market and regional sessions
Topic #6: Energy forecasting and future energy uncertainty
Topic #7: Investment in future energy systems
Topic #8: Carbon capture, sequestration, and utilization in future energy systems
Keynote Speakers:
  • Nick Stavropoulos: President and Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Kim Greene: Chairman, President, and CEO, Southern Company Gas
  • Cosma Panzacchi: Executive Vice President Digital Transformation & Technology, Snam SpA
  • Brian Davis: Vice President, New Energies, Shell
  • Kelly Charmichael, Vice President, Environmental, NiSource
  • Kimball Chen, Chairman, Global LPG Partnership


Contact Info

Travel Information


Stanford is roughly equidistant from the San Francisco and San Jose airports. Three major airports serve the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco International (SFO)San Jose Mineta International (SJC), and Oakland International (OAK). Although San Francisco is the largest of the area airports and offers the most airlines and flights, some visitors find that San Jose’s smaller size makes it a somewhat more convenient alternative, especially for domestic flights.

Where to Stay

Visit Stanford's lodging guide which includes website links, rates, and contact information of local hotels, B&Bs and motels.

Stanford has two properties for lodging:

  • Rosewood Sand Hill offers luxury accommodations at special rates for Stanford visitors, as well as a spa and fine dining restaurant.
  • The Stanford Guest House, on the grounds of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, is an economical favorite of Stanford visitors.

Directions & Parking

The nearest visitor parking lot is located next to the Tresidder Union, between Mayfield Ave. and Lagunita Dr. Other parking lots can be found here. Please note that parking on campus is very challenging and we recommend visitors to use public transportation or shared rides.