Dec 26, 2023

Episode 13 – Reducing Methane Emissions with ONE Future’s Jim Kibler

Let's Clear the Air Energy Podcast
Let's Clear the Air Energy Podcast
Episode 13 - Reducing Methane Emissions with ONE Future’s Jim Kibler
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Natural gas is abundant, accessible, and affordable, and it powers 38% of the US electric grid. In this episode, ONE Future Executive Director Jim Kibler joins Adam and Andrew to discuss his organization’s mission to ensure the future of natural gas by preserving the industry’s leadership in energy production and emissions reduction.

ONE Future focuses on identifying policy and technical solutions that yield continuous improvement in managing methane emissions associated with producing, processing, transmitting, and distributing natural gas. ONE Future set a goal of reducing methane emissions to 1% or less by 2025, Kibler told Adam and Andrew. According to its sixth Annual Methane Intensity Report published in late 2023, ONE Future surpassed that goal for a sixth consecutive year.

The hosts get Jim’s thoughts on:

  • How ONE Future helps its 50 member companies reduce methane emissions.
  • The need for science-based, performance-focused solutions to prevent, find, and fix methane emissions in a cost-effective manner.
  • The importance of investing in technological innovation to measure emissions more precisely than ever before.
  • Differences between ONE Future’s approach and the methods of other excellent emissions reduction programs being used.
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“When we started this process a decade ago, we undertook an inventory of technology across the entire value chain,” Kibler said. “We set targets where we knew the activity was taking place. We also knew technology would catch up. Our members are using more than 80 different approaches to reducing emissions.”

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Jim Kibler Bio

Jim Kibler serves as the Executive Director of ONE Future. He is responsible for day-to-day operations, expanding membership, meeting with legislators and industry regulators, and promoting the organization at industry events. Jim was one of the original founding directors of ONE Future.

Jim held a variety of roles at Southern Company Gas and its predecessor, AGL Resources, most recently as president of Virginia Natural Gas. In this role, he was responsible for the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern Virginia. Prior to his role as VNG president, he served as senior vice president of external affairs and public policy for AGL Resources, directing the company’s overall public policy initiatives. In this role he helped to co-found ONE Future.

Before joining AGL Resources in January 2005, Kibler was an energy and telecommunications attorney in private legal practice, where he counseled clients in acquiring, permitting and operating energy infrastructure, as well as serving as pro-bono counsel for eNGOs. Additionally, he served as special counsel to the Commonwealth of Virginia on various matters.

Kibler serves on the boards of the Hampton Roads Business Roundtable, ReInvent Hampton Roads, RVA-757 Connects, and the advisory boards of The Mead Endowment at The University of Virginia and Chesapeake Integrated Biofuels Complex. He previously served on the Executive Committee of the Virginia Chamber and the board of Special Olympics-Virginia. He is a former Vice Rector of the Board of Visitors at Radford University.

Kibler is past chair of the American Gas Association’s legislative committee and task force on energy and environment, as well as the Southern States Energy Board’s associate members program. He is a past member of the board of trustees of The Georgia Conservancy and advisory council of the Trust for Public Lands in Georgia.

Kibler earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree, with honors, from the University of Richmond. He is rated AV/Preeminent™ for legal ability and ethics by Martindale Hubbell.

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