John Harpole is founder and president of Mercator Energy LLC, a natural gas services, brokerage and energy market analysis company. During his career, Harpole has provided strategic advice and counseling to independent oil and gas producers, power producers, major electric and gas utilities, hedge funds and energy traders, retail and wholesale energy marketers, equipment vendors and large energy users typically at the CEO level. He has also played a key role in developing innovative new business structures and in helping to transform energy and environmental policy at the state and federal levels.
Harpole founded Mercator Energy in 1994 after a career with several oil-and-gas companies where he served as a land man, and natural gas marketer among other responsibilities. Mercator assists both producers and end-users throughout the United States in selling and sourcing natural gas supplies. Mercator is considered to be one of the largest natural gas brokers in the U.S., currently trading, scheduling and balancing in excess of 1 BCF per day of natural gas. Mercator also conducts specific research projects for client groups exploring the impact of industry trends on various regional markets.
Harpole is an Advisory Board Member of the Western Energy Alliance (formerly IPAMS), the Leadership Program of the Rockies, University of Colorado’s Global Energy Management Program (GEM) and Energy Outreach Colorado. He is also the moderator for the annual Wyoming Oil and Gas Fair and was recently invited to serve as a judge in the Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Case Competition. Litigators frequently call upon him to serve as an expert witness in oil-and-gas related court cases; and he has testified on numerous occasions before Congressional committees and other governmental bodies. He has been named to the Denver Business Journal's Who's Who in Energy for the last four straight years (2014-2017).
At the request of the Grand Junction Energy Partnership and three Western Slope counties, Harpole recently authored a white paper entitled, "From the Piceance Basin to the Pacific Rim." The paper focused on potential partnerships between West Slope Colorado producers and Asian LNG consumers. His 2013 analysis on “Poverty and Fracking” was featured in a Wall Street Journal editorial and on Fox News.
Harpole has traveled to China twice in the last few years to instruct employees of PetroChina on the regulatory and marketing history of natural gas in the United States.
He has his Bachelor of Arts degree in business from the University of Colorado, and he lives in Littleton, Colo., with his wife and three children.