National Capital Area Chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics

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Wednesday Apr 29 2015 19th Energy Policy Conference
Topic: Fossil Fuel Reserves: Will We Leave Them In The Ground? Can We Afford Not To?


The National Capital Area Chapter, U.S. Association for Energy Economics & 
The Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies


Present the 19th Energy Policy Conference, 


"Fossil Fuel Reserves: Will We Leave Them In The Ground? Can We Afford Not To?"

The Economic Costs of (Not) Utilizing Existing Reserves to Meet Potential Limits on GHGs


The NCAC-USAEE, in coordination with JHU-SAIS invite you to a one-day discussion on the costs and consequences of stranding fossil fuel reserves, if concern and policies over climate change lead individuals, companies and countries to sharply reduce or eliminate their use in order to keep GHG levels below the recommended levels.

This is a timely topic on which financial companies, market participants, and governments have began to focus.   

The full agenda with more information on speakers and panel discussions is available.

Use the link below to download the full agenda



Speakers & Moderators



Omar Cabrales, President, NCAC-USAEE

Dr. Wil Kohl, Founding Director and Sr. Advisor, SAIS Energy, Resources and Environment Program


Opening Keynote Address

Dr. Joe Romm, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, and Chief Science Advisor, Emmy-Winning TV Series "Years of Living Dangerously"


Panel 1:  Fossil Fuels - What are they worth to the economy?

Ben Schlesinger, President, Ben Schlesinger and Associates (Moderator)

Gretchen French, Senior Vice President, Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investor Service
John Felmy, Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute (API)

Dr. Julio Friedmann, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Clean Coal and Carbon Management, U.S. Department of Energy (Invited)


Panel 2:  What is the Economic Cost of Climate Change

John Jimison, Managing Director, Energy Future Coalition (Moderator)

Dr. Anand Patwardhan, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland and co-Chair, Executive Committee, Global Energy Assessment

Dr. Jae Edmonds, Chief Scientist and Battelle Laboratory Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Joint Global Change Research Institute

Tom Hicks, Depute Undersecretary and Deputy Chief Management Officer, United States Navy (Invited)


Lunch Keynote Speaker

Jeff Eckel, CEO Hannon Armstrong Capital 


Panel 3:  What are the Real Costs of Effective Substitution of Fossil Fuels

James Koehler, NCAC Vice President and Professor of Practice, Energy Structure and Markets, Georgetown University

Dr. Irving Mintzer, Managing Director, Potomac Energy Fund, Professor, JHU-SAIS Energy, Resources, and Environment Program

Ethan Zindler, Director of Policy Analysis, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Dr. Paul Sotkiewicz, Chief Economist, Market Services Division, PJM


Panel 4:  Can these resources be left in the ground?
Omar Cabrales, NCAC-USAEE President, Energy Industry Analyst, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Moderator)

Ruth Greenspan Bell, Pubilc Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars

Mandy Gunasekara, Senior Counsel, Majority Staff, Senate Enveironment and Public Works Committee

Karen Palmer, Senior Fellow and Research Director, Resources for the Future (RFF)

Register at



Flyer: Click Here to Download Flyer.
Date: Wednesday Apr 29 2015
Time: 8:30 AM until 6:00 PM
Location: JHU-SAIS Kenney Auditorium - 1740 Massachusetts Av. NW, Washington, DC 20036
Tickets: Click to Register / Purchase Only 125 Places Open
RSVP: By Noon, Tuesday, April 28
For Information:

James Koehler
NCAC-USAEE Vice-President


NOTE:  This event is free to current JHU-SAIS students.


Cost: Members: $125.00
Non-Members: $150.00
Student Members $40.00
Student Non-Members $50.00
Friday May 22 2015 Lunch with Speaker
Topic: Everything old is new again: The U.S. electricity industry after 20 years of restructuring

Dr. Severin Borenstein, Professor at the Hass School of Business and Research at UC Berkeley will discuss the state of the electricity industry 20-years after restructuring.

Speaker: Dr. Severin Borenstein is E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business and a Research Associate of the Energy Institute at Haas

Dr. Borenstein is also Director emeritus of the University of California Energy Institute and the Energy Institute at Haas.   He received his A.B. from U.C. Berkeley and Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T. 


His research focuses on business competition, strategy, and regulation.  He has published extensively on the airline industry, the oil and gasoline industries, and electricity markets.  His current research projects include the economics of renewable energy, economic policies for reducing greenhouse gases, alternative models of retail electricity pricing, and competitive dynamics in the airline industry. 


Borenstein is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA. He served on the Board of Governors of the California Power Exchange from 1997 to 2003. During 1999-2000, he was a member of the California Attorney General's Gasoline Price Task Force.  In 2010-11, Borenstein was a member of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood's Future of Aviation Advisory Committee.  In 2012-13, he served on the Emissions Market Assessment Committee, which advised the California Air Resources Board on the operation of California’s Cap and Trade market for greenhouse gases.

Date: Friday May 22 2015
Time: 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Location: Carmine's Restaurant, 425 7th St NW
Tickets: Click to Register / Purchase Only 114 Places Open
RSVP: COB 05/21/2015
For Information:

NCAC-USAEE Treasurer, James Crandall

Cost: Members: $25.00
Non-Members: $30.00
Student Members $5.00
Student Non-Members $10.00

NOTE ON PRICING:  Starting with the January 2015 lunch, we will institute a $5.00 surcharge for payment at the door.  We need to do this because we need to give the restaurant a headcount two days before the event, and we often have quite a large number of no-shows that we have to pay for.


Please note that Chatham House Rule applies; attendees can use the information presented but are not allowed to quote the source or the event.