Energy industry a challenge for women
CONSOL Energy and Young Professional Women in Energy hosted a panel last week to discuss women's role in the oil and gas industry.
The panel of energy executives offered a unique perspective about the challenges they believe women face in the industry and the ways in which women can “break the glass ceiling.” The panelists included LuAnn Datesh, CONSOL Energy's vice president of land resources; Steve MacDonald, CEO of Noise Solutions; Michael Segura, strategic business manager for Halliburton and Gary Hlavinka, regional operations manager for Cabot Oil & Gas.
Stephanie Gill, vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary for CONSOL Energy moderated, presenting the panel with questions submitted by YPWE members.
“Positions in the energy industry are challenging, dynamic and provide a path of real and meaningful advancement,” said Gill. “Being a part of the process that provides reliable and affordable energy is a noble and rewarding endeavor. Events that encourage individuals, men or women, to pursue opportunities in the energy industry and/or further their existing positions in the energy industry are invaluable.”
Nearly 100 women attended the networking event, which was held at CONSOL Energy's CNX Center. The discussion focused on barriers, best practices and strategies to overcome challenges in order to succeed in the energy industry. Women make up 13.2 percent of the workforce in the mining, quarrying, oil and gas extraction industries. The YPWE hopes that by encouraging gender gap discussions among industry leaders, these numbers will increase.
“It is very important to YPWE that we leverage individuals from all stages in their careers because the energy industry is always evolving,” said Amelia Roncone, YPWE founder. “What the industry was yesterday is not what it is today, and what it is today is not what it will be tomorrow.”
Last week, CONSOL Energy's West Virginia Gas Operations hosted a rig tour for the West Virginia chapter of Young Professional Women in Energy and the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. The panel discussion and tour illustrate the ongoing relationship between CONSOL Energy and YPWE.
“YPWE is happy to partner with industry-leader CONSOL Energy to provide an evening of education, networking, and leadership,” Roncone said. “By partnering with companies such as CONSOL, we can better prepare and empower women and organizations to compete in the growing energy industry and dynamic marketplace.”
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.