A Research Study:  Energy Development andthe Transportation System
Colorado Ranks Highly in   Energy Production10 th   Total energy production11 th   Crude oil production6 th    Natural gas...
Potential for Energy Development              Remains High   10 of nation’s 100 largest natural gas fields   3 of nation...
Goals of the StudyProvide an industry overview for each energy sourceCorrelate phases of energy development to transport...
Research Study ProcessLiterature review  Colorado data and studies  Neighboring statesKey person interviews  Represen...
Resources ReviewedNon-Renewable        Renewable  Crude oil            Wind  Natural gas          Solar  Coal bed m...
Oil and Gas38,000 active wells in Colorado85% of wells are in 6 countiesWells typically operate 10-30 yearsNatural gas...
Key Energy Development Corridors –            Oil and Gas
Oil and Gas Trip Generation Rates
UraniumUravan mineral belt – oldest in U.S.Production halted in 2009Long distance haul to 2 processing facilities  Cañ...
Coal65% of Colorado coal goes out of state75% of rail freight volume originating in Colorado50% of rail freight coming ...
WindTurbine blades up to 130 feet long
Solar16 MW of photovoltaic capacity in Colorado6 utility-scale facilities
Biofuels125 million gallons of ethanol / year10 million gallons of biodiesel / year
Oil and Gas Model(A Planning Tool)
Recommendations for CDOT Expand planning efforts on oil and gas  development Pursue relationships and partnerships with ...
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Ports-to-Plains Energy Summit, April 7, 2011, Michelle Scheuerman, Planning Section Manager, Colorado DOT,
Robert W. Felsburg, PE, Principal, Felsburg, Holt and Ullevig

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• Energy Development and the Transportation System

  1. 1. A Research Study: Energy Development andthe Transportation System
  2. 2. Colorado Ranks Highly in Energy Production10 th Total energy production11 th Crude oil production6 th Natural gas production9 th Coal production6 th Wind power capacity
  3. 3. Potential for Energy Development Remains High 10 of nation’s 100 largest natural gas fields 3 of nation’s 100 largest oil fields Oil shale – estimated 1 trillion barrels Sunny climate for solar energy Windy conditions ideal for wind energy Agriculture base key for biofuel production
  4. 4. Goals of the StudyProvide an industry overview for each energy sourceCorrelate phases of energy development to transportation activityProvide a relative comparison of transportation activity between sourcesDevelop a planning tool to assess future energy development scenariosProvide recommendations for further CDOT planning efforts
  5. 5. Research Study ProcessLiterature review  Colorado data and studies  Neighboring statesKey person interviews  Representatives of energy industry  Energy professional organizations  State regulatory agencies  Local community officials
  6. 6. Resources ReviewedNon-Renewable Renewable  Crude oil  Wind  Natural gas  Solar  Coal bed methane  Biofuels  Oil shale  Uranium  Coal
  7. 7. Oil and Gas38,000 active wells in Colorado85% of wells are in 6 countiesWells typically operate 10-30 yearsNatural gas – pipelinesCrude oil – tanker trucks
  8. 8. Key Energy Development Corridors – Oil and Gas
  9. 9. Oil and Gas Trip Generation Rates
  10. 10. UraniumUravan mineral belt – oldest in U.S.Production halted in 2009Long distance haul to 2 processing facilities  Cañon City  Utah
  11. 11. Coal65% of Colorado coal goes out of state75% of rail freight volume originating in Colorado50% of rail freight coming into ColoradoTransported by 120-130 car coal trains
  12. 12. WindTurbine blades up to 130 feet long
  13. 13. Solar16 MW of photovoltaic capacity in Colorado6 utility-scale facilities
  14. 14. Biofuels125 million gallons of ethanol / year10 million gallons of biodiesel / year
  15. 15. Oil and Gas Model(A Planning Tool)
  16. 16. Recommendations for CDOT Expand planning efforts on oil and gas development Pursue relationships and partnerships with energy sector Build partnerships with resource/regulatory agencies to ensure CDOT’s interests are considered Take a statewide perspective in identifying best routes for oversized loads (wind turbines) Continue focus on improving safety at highway/rail crossings Incorporate energy development into regional and statewide transportation plans

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