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Energy & Environment

Energy intervention: alternatives to oil

Thursday, Nov. 12 | 3:30–5 p.m.

Rising oil prices and potential security risks posed by an over-reliance on foreign sources of oil heightens the need for the U.S. to explore alternatives to oil, especially in light of regulations governing CO2 emissions. Panelists at this workshop will discuss the potential for emerging technologies—including coal-to-liquids, biofuels and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles—to quench our thirst for oil.  



Kelley Goes

Henry Toll Fellow Class of 2009
Kelley Goes joined the West Virginia Department of Commerce July 1, 2006, as deputy secretary and general counsel. She now serves as cabinet secretary and is also the executive director of the West Virginia Development Office, .
In 2002 Goes joined the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office as assistant attorney general. She primarily served as chief legal counsel to three state agencies with combined personnel in excess of 1,000 employees.
She grew up in Braxton County, W. Va., and graduated from Braxton County High School in 1987. She attended Vanderbilt University and then went on to law school. After graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1995, Goes practiced law with private firms for seven years focusing primarily on intellectual property and business litigation.
Goes is married and resides in Scott Depot with her husband and two children.


Christopher G. Standlee

Christopher G. Standlee is the executive vice president for Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation and Abengoa Bioenergy of Nebraska.  He also serves as executive vice president and member of the Board of Directors for Abengoa Bioenergy US Holding, Inc.
Abengoa Bioenergy, headquartered in Chesterfield, Mo., is one of the largest international producers of ethanol. It operates four production facilities in the U.S., three facilities in Spain, one in France and two recently acquired facilities in Brazil.  Four new production facilities are under construction in the U.S and Europe, including a Department of Energy- sponsored biomass to ethanol facility in Hugoton, Kan. Standlee previously served as vice president and general counsel of High Plains Corporation, which was acquired by Abengoa, S.A. in 2002. 
He serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Renewable Fuels Association, the national trade association of the ethanol industry, and is active as an officer and board member of both the Nebraska and Kansas ethanol producer associations.  He obtained his undergraduate degree from Yale University, and his law degree from the University of Kansas.