Talk: Natural gas may help in short term

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By Roger Snodgrass

How will large utilities companies invest their money over the next 20 years?

Answers to relatively short term questions like this, will also have long-term impacts on energy supply choices, costs to generate power and whether or not goals for stabilizing global carbon emissions can be met in time.

A small group of people were invited recently to hear a high-level overview of what’s driving electric policy issues these days.

The talk was hosted by the Los Alamos Education Group, a local study group closely associated with nuclear issues, including nuclear energy.

The presentation was given by Frank C. Graves, who graduated from Los Alamos High School in the 1970s, went on to an MBA at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is now a principal and energy consultant at the Brattle Group in Cambridge, Mass.  

The company is made up largely of professional economists who are mostly involved with energy policy, long-range planning, forecasting, financing, timing and scaling of electric energy investments.

“My work is to help analyze and screen those kinds of things and appear as a witness at public hearings,” Graves explained.

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