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Contention in the Energy Sector – Webinar

October 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

–Please join the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory as they host Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian for a webinar titled Infrastructure Part 1: Contention in the Energy Sector on Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 10:00am – 11:00am MT.



TIME: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2020 – 10:00AM – 11:00AM MT



The global health pandemic has disrupted energy markets and investment and has shed light upon the frailty of key supply chains, including those critical to the clean energy transition. While oil markets have been especially hard hit, critical mineral supply chains integral to clean tech manufacturing have also been affected. Expert panelists will discuss the national security implications of the global energy transition in the United States, as well the questions COVID-19 raises regarding US preparedness for that transition.

Overview of what we know about the sources, characteristics, & effects of contentious in energy policy issues. We provide insights from energy infrastructure siting issues including solar, wind, natural gas pipelines, and electricity transmission lines in the U.S. We will share what we learned from interviews, news media analysis, & demographic data. The speakers will discuss just transitions within communities.

Cost:  Free of charge but everyone must register using this link

After webinar is completed on Oct 8, the webinar will be re-posted on this page free of charge.

Co-Hosts:  Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory (energy research partnership since 2007 between University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, and National Renewable Energy Lab) and University of Colorado Denver

Webinar host and for more info:
Maury Dobbie, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory  970-682-5707

Moderator: Joshua Sperling, Urban Futures and Energy-X Nexus engineer, Multi-disciplinary researcher, National Renewable Energy Lab


  • Tanya Heikkila, Professor & Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver
  • Chris Weible, Professor & PhD Program Director, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver
  • Morgan Bazilian, Director, Payne Institute, Professor of Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines


Josh Sperling (Moderator)
Urban Futures and Energy-X Nexus engineer
Multi-disciplinary researcher
National Renewable Energy Lab

Josh Sperling has co-led ‘Urban Science & Innovation’ to ‘Smart Cities & Energy-X Nexus’ thrusts in NSF, DOE, and State Department consortiums, after joining the NREL’s New Concepts Incubator, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, Integrated Mobility Systems, and International teams in 2016. Sperling earned his PhD in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure from the University of Colorado Denver.

Tanya Heikkila
Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
School of Public Affairs
University of Colorado Denver

Tanya Heikkila co-directs the Workshop on Policy Process Research (WOPPR). Her research and teaching focus on policy processes and environmental governance, including the context of interstate watersheds and unconventional oil and gas development. She wrote “Making Policy in a Complex World” and co-edited “Policy Debates in Hydraulic Fracturing.” Professor Heikkila earned her PhD in Management and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona, and a BA in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Oregon.

Chris Weible
Professor and PhD Program Director
School of Public Affairs
University of Colorado Denver

Chris Weible co-directs the Workshop on Policy Process Research (WOPPR). His research and teaching center on political conflict and concord in the energy and environment issues. He co-edited “Theories of the Policy Process” and “Policy Debates in Hydraulic Fracturing.” Professor Weible earned his PhD in Ecology from the University of California Davis, and a Master of Public Administration and a BS in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Washington.

Morgan Bazilian
Director, Payne Institute
Professor of Public Policy
Colorado School of Mines

Previously, Dr. Bazilian was Lead Energy Specialist at the World Bank. He has over two decades of experience in the energy sector and is regarded as a leading expert in international affairs, policy and investment.  Dr. Bazilian holds two Master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in areas related to energy systems and markets, and has been a Fulbright fellow. He holds, or has held, several affiliations including at Columbia University, Cambridge University, The Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. He is on the editorial boards of Environmental Research Letters, Energy strategy Reviews, and Energy Research and Social Science. He has published over 140 articles in learned journals. His book, Analytical Methods for Energy Diversity and Security is considered a seminal piece in the area of energy finance and security. His work has been published in Science, Nature, Foreign AffairsForeign Policy, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.   Dr. Bazilian was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Energy, and on the Global Advisory Council of the Sustainable Finance Programme at Oxford University. Previously he was a Deputy Director at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and a senior diplomat at the United Nations. Earlier in his career, he worked in the Irish Government as Principal Advisor to the Energy Minister, and was the Deputy CEO of the Irish National Energy Agency. He was the European Union’s lead negotiator on low-carbon technology at the United Nations climate negotiations. He is also Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


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