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NGI Workshop — Global Competition Between Coal and Natural Gas

Affiliated members, Stanford community and guests

October 15, 2018
Tresidder Memorial Union
459 Lagunita Drive, Ste. 6
Stanford, CA 94305-2072

NGI Workshop — Global Competition Between Coal and Natural Gas

This one-day workshop will bring together experts on the global competition between coal and natural gas. Drawing experts from the coal and natural gas industries, governments, and academia we will discuss how different countries are making decisions between these two fuels, how global markets are developing, and how changing technology, commercial, and policy drivers may influence the future of coal and natural gas around the world.

The meeting will be limited in size to allow for meaningful audience participation and open discussion organized around a number of speakers and panels.

Topics will include:

1. Factors affecting global coal - natural gas competition

2. Coal versus gas in backing up renewables

3. Policy levers influencing coal-gas competition

4. The future of U.S. coal

Stanford economists Frank Wolak and Mark Thurber will host this workshop, in cooperation with the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative.

We are currently finalizing workshop speakers and panelists and will release a draft agenda in August 2018. We welcome expressions of interest to either speak or attend this workshop, directed to NGI Managing Director Brad Ritts at

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Francesco Mele, Partner, Azimuth Capital Management
  • Ted O'Brien. Capital Markets and Marketing, XCoal
  • Sam Andrus, Executive Director, North America Gas, IHS Markit
  • Najla Jamoussi, Director, Market Fundamentals - Global LNG, Cheniere
  • Todd Snitchler, Group Director, Market Development, API
  • Kelly Carmichael, Vice President, Environmental, NiSource
  • Morgan Bazilian, Executive Director, Colorado School of Mines
  • Mark Thurber, Stanford
  • Frank Wolak, Stanford

Contact Info

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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.