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October 24, 2012 12:30 ET

University of Calgary: Symposium explores future of transportation fuels

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2012) - University of Calgary

Will gasoline become obsolete as drivers of the future fill up their vehicles with natural gas or plug into electric cars? What infrastructure is needed to retrofit a fleet of gasoline stations with biofuel pumps? And what could a wider switch to alternative fuels mean for the Alberta economy?

Fueling the Future: Advancing Technology for North America's Transportation Future is a morning symposium at the University of Calgary's Rozsa Centre on Thursday, October 25, 2012. The gathering of transportation experts will discuss the future of alternative fuels, based on a two-year study Advancing Technology for America's Transportation Future. This comprehensive study was coordinated by the National Petroleum Council in the United States and released earlier this year.

Karen Hamberg, VP Sustainable Energy Futures with Vancouver-based Westport Innovations Inc., and Graham Williams, principal with G-PWilliams Consulting and Co-chair of the Natural Gas Group for the National Petroleum Future Transportations Fuels study, helped write the natural gas portion of the American study and will present their findings along with highlights of the overall study.

Industry, academic and government officials will then comment on the future of sustainable fuel alternatives and how policies must be shaped to address them. This panel includes: Mike Ekelund, Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Initiatives for the Government of Alberta, Bob Skinner, interim executive director for the Canada School of Energy and Environment, Tim Weis, director of renewable energy, efficiency policy for the Pembina Institute, and Sam Shaw, VP natural gas policy development with Encana Corp.

The University of Calgary's Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE) is presenting this free public event in collaboration with the Van Horne Institute and Calgary Economic Development.

The Advancing Technology for America's Transportation Future study is available online at: http://www.npc.org/FTF-80112.html

Media Advisory

What: Fueling the Future: Advancing Technology for North America's Transportation Future Conference.

When: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 9 a.m. until noon.

Where: University of Calgary's Rozsa Centre, Husky Great Hall Room. See campus map at: http://www.ucalgary.ca/map/

Who: Karen Hamberg, VP Sustainable Energy Futures for Westport Innovations Inc. and Graham Williams, principal of G-PWilliams Consulting and Co-chair of the Natural Gas Group and the National Petroleum Future Transportations Fuels study. Both will present their findings and highlights from the Advancing Technology for America's Transportation Future study coordinated by the National Petroleum Council in the United States.

What: Media are invited to attend. There will also be opportunity for one-on-one interviews with panelists immediately following the event at noon.

EVENT CO-PRESENTED BY:

The Van Horne Institute

University of Calgary

Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy

Calgary Economic Development

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Contact Information

  • Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy
    (ISEEE) - University of Calgary
    Mark Lowey
    Communications Director
    403.210.8659
    mlowey@ucalgary.ca