Government Affairs and Community Relations
Jason Begger has 20 years of public policy, government affairs, communications, public affairs, and management experience. He has worked extensively in the energy and mining industries, having worked on issues with utilities, coal, gold and copper mining, oil and gas production, energy export terminals, solar and renewables, and carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS). As the former Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority under Wyoming Governors Matt Mead and Mark Gordon, he has a unique understanding of the energy markets, transmission infrastructure and export capabilities. He started his career working for the late U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) and later staffing the House Agriculture Committee and House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee for former U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg (R-MT). Following his work in Washington, DC, Jason served in roles with the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, Rio Tinto Energy America, and Cloud Peak Energy.
Jason serves as the Managing Director of the Wyoming ITC near Gillette, Wyoming, leading the project through the development, construction and now operations phases; partnering with Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Tri-State Generation and Power Cooperative, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the Wyoming Municipal Power Authority. The ITC is now the largest facility of its kind in the western hemisphere, hosting CCUS technologies from all over the world, including the final round of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. The ITC has relationships with global CCUS leaders, such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC), the International Carbon Capture Test Centre Network, the Japan Coal Frontier Organization (JCOAL), Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Membrane Technology and Research (MTR), Air Liquide, TDA Research, Gas Technology Institute (GTI), the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, the University of Kentucky, and Columbia University.