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Fletcher Set to Speak at Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) this Tuesday

Schriever, La —  
This Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Fletcher Technical Community College will participate in the “Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) Public Meeting:  Petroleum Product Transmission & Distribution”, hosted by the United States Department of Energy.  Invited to participate by the Department of Energy, newly appointed Interim Chancellor Earl Meador, J.D. will represent Fletcher and Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges on the Workforce Development for Economic Development panel.  Meador will speak specifically about Fletcher’s recent designation as the official LA Deepwater Center for Workforce Excellence and how the Center will help to ensure workforce needs are being met for the oil and gas industry.

 The meeting will be held at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.  The program begins at 9am and is open to the public.  There will be three separate panels of experts making statements and participating in facilitated discussions.   Opening remarks will be made by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor, and U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.   Following the panels, there will be an opportunity for additional stakeholders to give three minute statements via an open microphone session.  

 In January 2014, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum establishing a QER.  The Secretary of Energy was directed to provide support to the QER Task Force, including coordination of activities related to the preparation of the QER report, policy analysis and modeling, and stakeholder agreement.

 The New Orleans meeting this Tuesday will be the third in a series of regionally and topically focused meetings held in areas around the country examining issues related to petroleum transmission, storage, and distribution (TS&D) infrastructure.  The meeting will consider the implications of shifting energy flows for the U.S. petroleum industry, with a particular focus on the on- and offshore regions surrounding the Gulf of Mexico.  Some of the topics to be covered include petroleum storage (especially the Strategic Petroleum Reserve), interdependencies between and within various infrastructure energy systems (e.g. pipelines, rail, electricity, and telecommunications), workforce issues (e.g. bimodal age distribution of the U.S. energy workforce), and rapidly evolving challenges such as resilience to increasingly severe weather patterns. 

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