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Critical Minerals and Why Utilities Should Care

Thursday, June 23, 2022
12:00 PM 1:00 PM

As the world transitions to renewable energy such as solar, wind, battery storage, and electric vehicles, the demand for mined materials will continue to rise significantly. Access to the critical minerals needed for advanced digital components used in renewable energy production has become a flashpoint for national and energy security for the United States. This lunch and learn will identify the critical minerals at issue, how they are used in energy, and the quantities needed to meet national and global decarbonization goals.

Alex Moyes is the Director of Innovation for Dominion Energy.

His team is responsible for culture and capabilities within Dominion, covering areas like teaching design thinking, commercializing employee innovations, and managing Dominion’s new business incubator – the Lyra Innovation Lab. These initiatives allow Dominion to continue leading the energy transition by ensuring that innovative ideas from employees come to light. Additionally, his team looks at new venture opportunities and conducts research on current and emerging energy technologies.

Previously, Alex was the Director of Geoscience and Engineering for Dominion Energy Wexpro, where he was responsible for managing Dominion’s exploration and production team that provides the majority of natural gas to Dominion’s utility in Utah and Wyoming.

Alex serves on the advisory board of VCU’s Da Vinci Center for Innovation, was a member of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute Energy Advisory Council, a member of the Utah Governor’s Energy Advisory Committee, and is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Utah.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Geoscience, a master’s degree in Geology, an MBA, and a PhD in Mining Engineering, all from the University of Utah.

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