The Shoemaker Lectures are meant to bring outstanding leaders of the energy and mineral resource industries to the Penn State University Park Campus to discuss with students and faculty issues of critical importance to the mineral industry. The inaugural Shoemaker Lecture was presented on April 3, 1992 by B. R. Brown, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Consolidation Coal Company.
2019 G. Albert Shoemaker Lecture in Mineral Engineering
Monday, April 15, 2019, at 2:30 PM
President’s Hall, Penn Stater Conference Center
Mr. Chuck Zebula, Executive Vice President, Energy Supply for American Electric Power
“Resources that will Power our Future”
During the last decade, there have been considerable changes to the resource mix that provide capacity and energy to the electric power grid --- including changes in what we call “resources”. These changes have been driven by many factors, including the availability and price of natural gas, the declining cost of renewable energy, new regulations for coal-fired power plants, corporate sustainability objectives and the power of big data analytics. In addition, advancements in technology offer the opportunity to bring additional resources such as micro-grids, batteries, transmission optimization and virtual power plants into the mix. This transformation of the electric power industry has led to the retirement of many baseload coal and nuclear power plants and increased usage of natural gas, wind and solar resources. Maintaining a balanced set of resources, which include gas, coal and nuclear power, while utilizing new energy resources and technologies, provides the best opportunity to bring capacity and energy to the market and preserve the diversity, reliability and resiliency of the power grid. In this lecture, the history of energy will be reviewed, and thoughts about the future of the electric industry will be foretold.
The G. Albert Shoemaker Lecture Series in Mineral Engineering was established in 1992 by Mercedes G. Shoemaker to honor the memory of her husband, a Pittsburgh civic and industrial leader dedicated to the support of higher education. G. Albert Shoemaker graduated from Penn State in 1923 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and went on to lead an eminent career in the mineral industries. After working as an engineer with Babcock and Wilcox, he joined Pittsburgh Coal Company, a predecessor of CONSOL Energy, where he worked for 35 years, retiring as president of the company in 1966. After retirement he continued to consult with a number of companies developing interests in coal. Al engaged in many civic and philanthropic activities including serving on the boards of several corporate and non-profit organizations. He was elected a Distinguished Alumnus of Penn State and served on the Board of the Penn State Foundation for ten years and as a member of the University Board of Trustees for over twenty years, from 1957 to 1978, and as board president from 1970-73.