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Past NCAC Treasurer Joel Yudken at Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Hall of Fossils
NCAC Private Guided Tour - January 29, 2020
January 17, 2020 lunch
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Growth Energy
Shirley Neff to receive the Lively Award at NCAC Annual Dinner on February 26, 2020
The board of the National Capital Area Chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics is proud to announce that Shirley Neff will receive the Lively Award.
The award recognizes contributions to the chapter and the field of energy economics at large. It will be presented to Shirley at the chapter’s annual dinner on Wednesday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Embassy of Canada at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, DC.
Shirley is a former chapter president who many of you know and have met. Her contributions to the field and to the NCAC as an economist, mentor, scholar, researcher and public servant are unmatched.
Shirley Neff is currently Senior Advisor in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs in the US Department of Energy.
She has also been a Senior Advisor to the Administrator at the US Energy Information Administration.
Shirley has had many roles that I know NCAC members will admire. For instance, she was detailed to the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Commission and has also been a Senior Associate in the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
She has also been an adjunct professor at Columbia University, and staff economist at the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
The award is named in honor of Mark Lively, a longtime NCAC member and former president who passed away in 2016.
Registration is now open for the dinner. Karen Harbert, CEO of the American Gas Association, will be our featured speaker.
2019 Annual Conference
Heather Greenley, Analyst, Energy Policy, Congressional Research Service
Affiliation and years of experience in the energy/environmental field:
I am currently an Analyst in Energy Policy with the Congressional Research Service. At CRS, my work focuses primarily on international energy and Department of Defense energy use. Prior to joining CRS, I worked as a Program Coordinator with the U.S. Energy Association, working on various contracts with the Department of Energy and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Prior to USEA, I was the Senior Research Assistant with the Brookings Institution's Energy Security and Climate Initiative in the Foreign Policy Department. I have an M.S. in Global Affairs from New York University where she served as president of the Energy Policy International Club.
Any particular achievement/interest in energy/environment you would like to mention?
I was awarded the 2014 AFCEA Intelligence Graduate Scholarship for my work on cybersecurity and the North American electricity grid.
In your opinion, what are the important issues facing the energy industry nowadays?
I’m not sure this is the most important issue, but to me it is certainly a fascinating aspect to watch. I am particularly interested in following big data and blockchain issues and how the energy sector may evolve if these technologies get adopted broadly. Some people may consider these technologies transformative, some consider them as disruptive, and others don’t think they have a place in the energy sector. Still, I am curious to see how it all unfolds.
How long have you been a member of NCAC? Any particular NCAC memory you would like to share with us?
I’ve only been a member for less than a year and am interested in creating new memories with NCAC.