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Douglas Kimmelman: Inconvenient Truths about Energy (Energy Seminar)

October 29, 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm
NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center

Free and open to all.

Event Sponsor: 
Precourt Institute for Energy
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A discussion surrounding several more controversial topics related to power generation:

  • the ongoing role of coal in the global fuel mix
  • the modest global contribution to CO2 emissions from California and the U.S.
  • the true cost of renewables and the faster declining cost of natural gas powered generation
  • the impact on CO2 levels of nuclear shutdowns
  • California electricity rates – why so high?
  • Are electric vehicles the answer?

Speaker Biography:

Mr. Kimmelman is Founder of Energy Capital Partners, a private equity firm formed in 2005 to focus on infrastructure investments in North American power generation, midstream oil and gas, environmental infrastructure assets and related service businesses.

Energy Capital Partners has over $19.0 billion of capital commitments across private equity and credit vehicles. The firm has owned as a control investor nearly 50,000 MWs of power generation capacity across over 150 individual facilities, including the recent Calpine acquisition. ECP has also been active in the midstream sector having constructed or purchased over 2500 miles of gas and oil gathering pipeline systems in multiple shale basins. In the renewable and environmental area, ECP currently owns a large wind power portfolio in California, has developed and sold two of the largest solar fields in the world, owns a significant nuclear decommissioning business as well as a diverse portfolio of waste to energy assets and a residential solar business.

Prior to the formation of Energy Capital, Mr. Kimmelman was a Partner of Goldman Sachs, having spent 22 years with the firm exclusively focused on electric and gas utility matters.

Mr. Kimmelman received a BA in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Mr. Kimmelman serves as Chairman on the Board Of Trustees at Blair Academy. He is also a member on the Advisory Board for the USTA Foundation and Advisory Council for the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy.

Recommended Readings:

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