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    • 20 Apr 2021
    • 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • 21 Apr 2021
    • 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom (Eastern time zone)
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    Conference Synopsis

    Everywhere we look across the energy landscape, there are new terms and new rules. Over just the last few months, the U.S. energy policy universe reoriented towards aggressive goals to mitigate climate change risks. Concurrently, growing awareness of socio-economic disparities and evolving methods to value energy services create challenges and opportunities for regulators and the business community alike.

    With these changes comes a host of new terms and challenges. Most of us can agree on the definition of GHG, but what does net zero really mean? What about CCS vs CCUS? Is DAC a real thing? What are the implications of ESG?  Even those who have worked at the energy-environmental nexus for years acknowledge that changes are occurring at an unprecedented rate.  Except for intermittent oil shocks, the energy industry was anything but high profile in the past. Now, energy is making news headlines every day.

    The NCAC-USAEE conference will help make sense of the major shifts taking place across this new energy landscape. Economists, policy analysts, industry experts, and investors will gather to decipher critical emerging trends and policies facing the energy industry.

    Agenda


    APRIL 20


    11:30 - 12:00:  Opening Remarks 

    WELCOME: Rita Beale - President, NCAC-USAEE, and CEO, Energy Unlimited LLC

    HOST:  Bret Strogen - Vice President, NCAC-USAEE

    12:00 - 12:30 PM:  Congressional Keynote Remarks: Representatives John Curtis (R-UT) and Paul Tonko (D-NY)

    MODERATOR:  Bret Strogen - Vice President, NCAC-USAEE


    12:30 - 1:30 PM:  Reaching Net Zero by 2050: Challenges and Pathways

    MODERATOR:  Richard Meyer, Vice President, Energy Markets, Analysis and Standards; AGA

    DISCUSSANTJoel Yudken, Ph.D., Principal, High Road Strategies, LLC

    • Michael Webber - Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE and Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at the University of Texas at Austin
    • Jim Hunter - Labor Management Consultant and Former Director of the Utility Department at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
    • Sarah Ladislaw - Managing Director of the U.S. Program, Rocky Mountain Institute

    1:30 - 2:00 PM:  Breakout Sessions


    2:00 - 3:00 PM:  Challenges with Energy Forecasting

    MODERATOR: Aqeel Adenwala, Energy Ventures Analysis, Inc.

    • Angelina LaRose - Assistant Administrator for Energy Analysis, US DOE-EIA
    • Michael Cohen - Chief US Economist and Head of Oil and Refining, BP
    • Charles Rossman - Forecasting and Model Development Manager, Southern Company

    3:00 - 3:30 PM:  Breakout Sessions

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    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM:  Energy Trivia + Happy Hour

    MODERATOR:  Katherine Kulik - Quantitative Energy Investment, Alphataraxia Management

    APRIL 21


    11:30 - 12:30 PM:  Executive Agency Perspectives: Energy Sector Critical Supply Chains and U.S. Industrial Policy

    MODERATOR:  Bret Strogen - Vice President, NCAC-USAEE

    SPEAKER

    • Brian Gabriel, Industrial Analyst, Industrial Assessments, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy


    12:30 - 1:30 PM:  ESG and the Fossil Fuel Industry: Activists, Investors, and the Government

    MODERATOR: Jonathan Chanis - Managing Director of New Tide Asset Management, LLC

    • Benjamin Zycher - Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
    • Margaret Peloso - Partner, Environmental & Natural Resources, Vinson & Elkins
    • Tracey Cameron - Senior Manager, Corporate Climate Engagement, Ceres

    1:30 - 2:00 PM:  Breakout Sessions


    2:00 - 3:00 PM:  Energy Sector Resilience: Assessing Risks, Needs, and Costs

    MODERATOR: Aaron Annable - Energy Counsellor, Embassy of Canada

    • Dr. Joshua Rhodes - Research Associate, Webber Energy Group, University of Texas at Austin, and Founding Partner, IdeaSmiths LLC
    • Dr. Blake Shaffer - Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and School of Public Policy, University of Calgary  
    • Dr. Robin Hytowitz - Engineer, Electric Power Research Institute

    • Shawn Bennett - Advisor, Office of Energy Assurance, U.S. Air Force

    3:00 - 3:30 PM:  Breakout Sessions


    Registration Details

    • Select recordings will be made available to members after the event concludes in the Members Only section of www.ncac-usaee.org. 
    • Non-members can join NCAC-USAEE for $35, entitling new members to register at the member rate and to participate in NCAC-USAEE monthly webinars throughout 2021. Sign up for membership at: https://www.ncac-usaee.org/membership and then sign-up for the event.
    • 20 Apr 2021
    • 11:35 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Participation in this session is included with conference registration. Please register on the main event webpage. This specific webpage provides more details on this session, and allows attendees to save event details to their online calendars. 

    11:30 - 12:00 PM:  Opening Remarks

    WELCOME: Rita Beale - President, NCAC-USAEE, and CEO, Energy Unlimited LLC

    HOST:  Bret Strogen - Vice President, NCAC-USAEE


    Ms. Rita Beale is an energy economist with a background in wholesale markets and supply/trading. As CEO & President of Energy Unlimited, Ms. Beale performs strategic business advisory and acts as an independent expert witness.­ Her career was launched in New York City as a Wall Street oil and natural gas commodity research analyst advising institutional clients and investors on derivatives hedging and trading strategy, also publishing market price opinions based on global supply & demand trends. She served as Goldman Sach’s representative at OPEC meetings.

    In business advisory, Ms. Beale led Power, Gas, Coal, and Renewables Americas at IHS-Markit (CERA), co-led Crude Oil, Natural Gas and LNG at Energy Ventures Analysis Inc, and was an integral part of Andersen’s energy risk management practice. She has acted as strategic advisor for more than $5 billion of M&A investment by private equity and infrastructure funds, participated in bankruptcy restructurings, and utility rate case proceedings.

    Ms. Beale’s physical industry experience includes P&L responsibility for electric power supply in ERCOT and WECC and natural gas storage trading throughout the United States.

    Ms. Beale holds a Master of Science from Colorado School of Mines and Bachelor of Science from Rider University and is an alumnus of the East-West Center in Hawaii.


    Bret Strogen has been the Vice President of the National Capital Area Chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics (NCAC-USAEE) since 2020. In early 2021, Bret started his own company, Strogen Strategic Sustainability, through which he supports innovative energy-related start-up companies with guidance and support in the areas of business development, partnership facilitation, policy analysis, sustainability assessment, and grant applications.

    From 2013 until 2021, Bret served as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, on-site consultant, and political appointee in the Department of Defense. At the Pentagon, Bret provided technical guidance and management support for the DoD's energy technology R&D and demonstration investments (including interagency alternative fuels and micro-nuclear reactor efforts); facilitated development of DoD and Army-specific energy policies, strategies, external partnerships, and congressional engagements; and oversaw the Army’s energy performance contracting and utilities privatization programs. 

    Bret completed his BS at the University of Delaware, and his MS and PhD at the University of California, Berkeley—all in environmental engineering. His doctoral and postdoctoral research entailed modeling the life-cycle environmental and economic impacts of scaling up alternative fuel production, storage, distribution, and vehicle infrastructure systems. Bret is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and resides in Washington, DC.

    • 20 Apr 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Participation in this panel is included with conference registration. Please register on the main event webpage. This panel webpage provides more details on this specific panel, and allows attendees to save event details to their online calendars. 

    12:00 - 12:30 PM:  Congressional Keynote Remarks: Representatives John Curtis (R-UT) and Paul Tonko (D-NY)

    John R. Curtis proudly represents Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, serving on the House Energy and Commerce Committees. After being elected to Congress on November 13, 2017, John sponsored 12 bills in his first year in office. Four of these bills passed through the House and three were signed into law: The POPPY Study Act to combat the opioid crisis, the Public-Private Partnership Advisory Council to End Human Trafficking Act, and the Small Business ACE Act.

    The Congressman cares deeply about hearing the diverse perspectives and feedback from his constituents: he has held hundreds of town halls. Utah’s third district is the youngest in the country, with an average age of 26 years old. John is also sensitive to the many constituents that live in rural Utah, and has focused on legislation that can fit needs of both demographics such as student loans, rural broadband access, and more.

    John has been committed to helping Utah’s growing tech scene flourish, and was recognized by Silicon Slopes as their first Community Hero Award recipient. Other personal awards comprise of Civic Innovator of the Year by Utah Valley University, Thayne Robson Award for Leadership in Economic Development, and Outstanding Citizen Award from the Office of Civic Engagement Leadership by Brigham Young University.

    Prior to coming to Washington, John was the 45th mayor of Provo City, serving two terms. Known for his personal approach to city government, Mayor Curtis prioritized his outreach to residents of Provo by utilizing various channels including his popular blog. He was named the #1 Top Elected Official on Social Media 2015 by the Government Social Media group and has been recognized by Forbes for his commitment to citizen engagement. Curtis was re-elected for a second four-year term as mayor in 2013 with 86.49% of the vote. As mayor, he averaged an approval rating of 93%.

    During his terms in office, the city of Provo ranked #1 in the nation for Business and Careers by Forbes as well as #1 for Well-Being by Gallup. Other recent awards include national recognition for the quality of life, family environment, a booming tech and entrepreneur culture and a successful revitalization of downtown. With the help of the City Council, employees, and residents, Mayor Curtis’ administration brought Google Fiber to Provo, regularly scheduled air service at the airport, expanded parks and trails, and completed Provo’s state-of-the-art recreation center.

    Before becoming mayor, John was a small business owner in Provo, working with his partners to build their business “Action Target,” where he led sales and operations strategy.

    Congressman Curtis and his wife Sue have six children and seven grandchildren. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and almost certainly has more socks than you do.

    Congressional Corner With Paul Tonko | WAMC

    Congressman Paul Tonko represents New York’s 20th Congressional District, including the communities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs and Amsterdam. He represents all of Albany and Schenectady Counties and parts of Montgomery, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties.

    He is serving his sixth term, after first being sworn into Congress in 2009.

    Paul serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the oldest standing committee in the House, created in December of 1795. He is the first Upstate New York Democratic member to serve on the committee since Leo O'Brien, who resigned the post in October 1966. He was elected by his peers in the 116th Congress to chair the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change. He was also selected to continue his service on the Science, Space and Technology Committee, as well as on the Natural Resources Committee.

    He has previously served on the Education and Labor Committee and the Budget Committee.


    • 20 Apr 2021
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Participation in this panel is included with conference registration. Please register on the main event webpage. This panel webpage provides more details on this specific panel, and allows attendees to save event details to their online calendars. 

    12:30 - 1:30 PM:  Reaching Net Zero by 2050: Challenges and Pathways

    1:30 - 2:00 PM:  Breakout Sessions

    • CONTEXT:

      • This panel will explore the plans and approaches proposed and analyzed to put the US on a path to carbon-neutrality by mid-century. Participants in this session will learn about the political, economic, and governance considerations shaping the practicality of strategies to meet aggressive emissions reductions.

      • Technological & socio-economic challenges of the transition 

    • MODERATOR: 

      • Richard Meyer, Vice President, Energy Markets, Analysis and Standards; AGA

    • DISCUSSANT

      • Joel Yudken, Ph.D., Principal, High Road Strategies, LLC

    • SPEAKERS:

      • Michael Webber - Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE and Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at the University of Texas at Austin

      • Jim Hunter, Labor Management Consultant and Former Director of the Utility Department at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

      • Sarah Ladislaw, Managing Director of the U.S. Program, Rocky Mountain Institute

    Dr. Michael E. Webber is based in Paris, France where he serves as the Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a global energy & infrastructure services company. Webber is also the Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at the University of Texas at Austin. Webber’s expertise spans research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization on topics related to innovation, energy, and the environment. His latest book, Power Trip: the Story of Energy was published May 7, 2019 by Basic Books with a 6-part companion series that will air on PBS starting Earth Day 2020. His first book, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survivalwhich addresses the connection between earth’s most valuable resources and offers a hopeful approach toward a sustainable future, was published in 2016 by Yale Press and was converted into a documentary by Alpheus Media.  

      Michael  was selected as a Fellow of ASME and as a member of the 4th class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars, which is a leadership training program organized by Presidents George W. Bush and William J. Clinton. Webber has authored more than 400 publications, holds 6 patents, and serves on the advisory board for Scientific American. A successful entrepreneur, Webber was one of three founders in 2015 for an educational technology startup, DISCO Learning Media, which was acquired in 2018. 

      Michael  holds a B.S. and B.A. from UT Austin, and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.  He was honored as an American Fellow of the German Marshall Fund and an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow on four separate occasions by the University of Texas for exceptional teaching.


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      Jim Hunter is a labor management consultant in the Washington D.C. area. He is former Director of the Utility Department of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), serving in that position from 2004 to 2017. The IBEW has 220,000 members in the Utility branch, which includes electric, gas and water utilities in the U.S. and Canada. Jim joined the IBEW International staff in 2002, after working 20 years for Potomac Electric Power Company, and serving as President, Business Manager of IBEW Local 1900 in Washington D.C. since 1994. From 1997 to 2002 he intervened and testified in numerous cases before FERC, the D.C. and Maryland Public Service Commissions and at Department of Energy Hearings. He also has testified before Congress on workforce issues as well as electric system reliability. 

        In 1998 Maryland Governor Paris Glendenning appointed Jim to the Governor’s Taskforce on Electric System Reliability. He previously served on the advisory boards for Carnegie Mellon Institute, on sustainability Boards for American Electric Power and Energy Future Holdings, on EPRI’s advisory board, and on the EPA Clean Air Act Advisory Committee from 2010 to 2012. In addition, Jim worked as a subject matter expert to help formulate the IBEW’s position on global warming and represented the IBEW at the U.N. climate change conferences from 2008 thru 2015. Jim is also former president, Unions for Jobs and Environment Progress (UJEP) a non-profit group representing 9 International unions with over 3 million members.


        Sarah Ladislaw is a managing director at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization of experts across disciplines working to accelerate the clean energy transition and improve lives. RMI’s mission is to transform the global energy system to secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. Sarah leads the U.S. program at RMI and works on other global initiatives to reduce industrial sector emissions and support the development of green banks.

          She was previously senior vice president and director of the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she led the think tank’s work in energy policy, geopolitics, and technology analysis. Ladislaw spearheaded new work at CSIS on climate change and foreign policy, deep decarbonization, and just transitions.

          Before CSIS, Sarah worked in the Office of the Americas in the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, where she covered a range of economic, political, and energy issues in the Western Hemisphere. In addition, she spent a short period of time working at Statoil as its senior director for international affairs in the Washington office.

          Sarah is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Initiative, and the University of California, Davis Institute of Transportation Studies Board of Advisors. Ladislaw received her bachelor’s degree in international affairs/East Asian studies and her master’s degree in international affairs/international security from the George Washington University.


          Richard Meyer: Richard Meyer serves as Vice President of Energy Markets, Analysis, and Standards at the American Gas Association, which represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver natural gas throughout the United States.

            Richard is responsible for overseeing AGA’s energy markets, analysis, and codes and standards activities that support the association’s outreach to advance awareness of the vital role that natural gas utilities serve in meeting the needs of a clean energy economy.

            In his tenth year at AGA, Mr. Meyer’s work relates to natural gas supply and demand fundamentals, gas end-use economics, greenhouse gas emissions including methane topics, climate change policy, renewable gases, energy efficiency, and distributed generation technologies like combined heat and power, reliability and resilience, and innovation including advanced gas production and end-use technologies.

            Before AGA, Mr. Meyer was a Senior Associate with ICF International in its Fuels and Technology group. He worked on a range of natural gas and propane market modeling, analyses, and climate-related projects. He has an M.A. in Global Environmental Politics from American University and an M.S. in Physics from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.

            Richard serves on the Business Council for Sustainable Energy Board of Directors and Council of the National Capital Area Chapter of the United States Association of Energy Economics.

            Richard and his wife Samantha, with their son Rex, live in Washington DC.


            Joel Yudken: Dr. Joel S. Yudken is principal and founder of High Road Strategies LLC, Arlington, VA, an economic policy research, analysis and design consultancy since 2006, with a focus on manufacturing, energy and workforce issues. Clients have included not-for-profit policy and environmental organizations, business associations, labor organizations, universities, and think-tanks.  He is past treasurer and a current council member of the National Capital Area Chapter-U.S. Association for Energy Economics.

            Prior positions include sectoral economist and technology policy analyst, AFL-CIO, and manufacturing policy analyst, AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council; senior advisor on modernization and workforce development, NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership; professional staff, U.S. House Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs; and American Association for the Advancement of Science congressional science & engineering fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA).  

            He has written and spoken extensively on a wide range of policy issues, including manufacturing competitiveness, climate, energy and electricity regulation, economic conversion, the Internet, workforce development, and technology R&D. In the energy area, his work has included studies of workforce readiness in the unconventional energy sector (shale gas and tight oil), potential impacts of privatizing the Tennessee Valley Authority, the economic benefits of the military biofuels program, clean-energy manufacturing policies in California and Michigan, energy issues facing Ohio manufacturers, and climate policy impacts on energy intensive manufacturing.

            He holds a Bachelor Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Master of Science in engineering-economic systems (Dept. of Management Science and Engineering) and Ph.D. in technology and society from Stanford University.





            • 20 Apr 2021
            • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
            • Zoom

            Participation in this panel is included with conference registration. Please register on the main event webpage. This panel webpage provides more details on this specific panel, and allows attendees to save event details to their online calendars. 

            2:00 - 3:00 PM:  Challenges with Energy Forecasting

              3:00 - 3:30 PM:  Breakout Sessions

              • CONTEXT:

              • This panel will explore how the practice of Energy Forecasting is changing in the face of greater uncertainty over the pace & nature of the energy transition, as well as changing demands from executives/policymakers. Attendees will learn from the panelists how changes in policy, technology and behaviors are shaping the way public- and private-sector energy forecasts are created and used. 

              • QUESTIONS: 

                • How have analytics/forecasting methods changed in response to changing demands from executives/policymakers and greater uncertainty over energy transition? 

                • What are key uncertainties (policy, behavior, technology) affecting energy forecasting? 

                • How do analytics tools need to change to keep up with the changing landscape of energy forecasting?

              • MODERATOR:

                • Aqeel Adenwala, Energy Ventures Analysis, Inc. 

              • SPEAKERS:

                • Angelina LaRose, Assistant Administrator for Energy Analysis, US DOE-EIA

                • Michael Cohen,  Chief US Economist and Head of Oil and Refining BP

                • Charles Rossmann, Forecasting and Model Development Manager, Southern Company

              • SPEAKER BIOS:


              Angelina LaRose: Angelina LaRose is the Assistant Administrator for Energy Analysis. In this role, Angelina directs EIA’s energy modeling program, which supports EIA’s forecasts and projections. Angelina also manages the topical analyses that EIA produces that span a range of fuels and activities.

              Angelina has worked in support of EIA’s mission for nearly 20 years. From 2016 to 2019, Angelina was the Director of the Office of Integrated and International Energy Analysis. In that role, she was responsible for the integration of analysis and modelling for EIA's long-term domestic and international projections, as published in EIA's Annual Energy Outlook and International Energy Outlook, respectively, as well as short-term forecasts, as published in EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook. In addition, her office produced EIA's country-level analysis and international energy statistics.

              Prior to serving in that role, Angelina led EIA's natural gas analysis. For more than 10 years, she worked in natural gas analysis for EIA and contributed to many of her team’s products, including the Natural Gas Weekly Update and the Effects of LNG Exports on Domestic Energy Markets report. Prior to her leadership of the natural gas team, she was the product manager of EIA's Today in Energy when that publication was launched. Before she worked at EIA, she worked as a senior energy analyst at a private consulting firm.

              Angelina earned her Masters of Business Administration with a finance concentration and Bachelors of Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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              Michael Cohen is Chief US Economist and Head of Oil and Refining in bp’s Strategy and Sustainability group. In this role, he is responsible for short-, medium-, and long-term oil market and US policy analysis that informs bp’s Leadership Team, the bp Energy Outlook, and the Statistical Review. 

              Prior to joining bp in May 2019, Mr. Cohen was Barclays’ Global Head of Commodities Research and was responsible for preparing and delivering differentiated research on commodities markets to Barclays’ global corporate and institutional investor client base.  He worked for a decade in the public sector as an Economist with the US Energy Information Administration, the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, and as a senior member of the Oil Markets Division at the IEA.  Prior to government service, Mr. Cohen worked on electricity market design for LECG (now Navigant) and as a trading desk analyst for American Electric Power. 

              Mr. Cohen serves as a non-resident fellow at the Colorado School of Mines and frequently lectures on energy, oil markets, and geopolitics at several universities. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with dual undergraduate degrees in Business and Political Science from The Ohio State University and a Masters in International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

              Dr. Charles Greer Rossmann is an economist and manager of forecasting and model development at Southern Company. He leads scenario analyses that help the company to understand uncertainty in future fuel prices, environmental pressure, technology cost and performance, and load growth. Southern Company engages a full portfolio of energy resources including nuclear, carbon capture, natural gas, solar, end-use efficiency and storage. Charles and his teams develop customer-centered paths toward net-zero carbon-dioxide emissions. He has been with Southern Company since 1998. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to joining Southern Company he was Research Scholar at IIASA in Laxenburg, Austria. During 2010 he served as president of the US Association for Energy Economics.

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              Dr. Charles Greer Rossmann is an economist and manager of forecasting and model development at Southern Company. He leads scenario analyses that help the company to understand uncertainty in future fuel prices, environmental pressure, technology cost and performance, and load growth. Southern Company engages a full portfolio of energy resources including nuclear, carbon capture, natural gas, solar, end-use efficiency and storage. Charles and his teams develop customer-centered paths toward net-zero carbon-dioxide emissions. He has been with Southern Company since 1998. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to joining Southern Company he was Research Scholar at IIASA in Laxenburg, Austria. During 2010 he served as president of the US Association for Energy Economics.

              Mr. Adenwala is a Manager at Energy Ventures Analysis Inc., responsible for providing comprehensive energy markets advisory services to Regulated & Deregulated Electric Utilities, IPPs, Regulatory Agencies, Private Equities, Investment Banks, Hedge Funds, Commodity Traders, Fuel Producers etc. He also manages projects involving short-term and long-term energy forecasting, asset valuations, regulatory impact analysis, policy analysis etc.

              Mr. Adenwala also manages and authors EVA's Monthly Gas & Coal Price Sensitivity Outlook and Daily Energy Trader Dashboard: Term Power Outlook.

              Prior to EVA, Mr. Adenwala worked for Tata Consultancy Services, providing technology consulting to GE Energy and Aviation Services.

              Education: MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology from Dharmsinh Desai University, India.

              • 20 Apr 2021
              • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
              • Zoom (link to be provided)

              Participation in the evening program is free for all conference attendees. Register on the main event webpage

              5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Energy Trivia + Happy Hour

              DESCRIPTION: Test your energy knowledge through fast-paced rounds of trivia and mingle over a cocktail with other energy nerds in sequential breakout sessions. 

              MODERATOR: Katherine Kulik, Quantitative Energy Investment, Alphataraxia Management


              Katherine Marie Kulik is a 2020 Clean Energy Leadership Institute Fellow and current Energy Investment Analyst at Alphataraxia Management, an energy-focused quantitative investment management group with offices outside of Washington, DC and in Southern California. Katherine is originally from the greater Boston area and graduated from Harvard College in 2015, where she studied History and Science and Earth and Planetary Sciences. She now enjoys living with her fiancé James in Rosslyn, Arlington, VA, and pursuing energy-related projects such as a Community Choice Aggregation feasibility study with Virginia Clean Energy, hosting for District Trivia, and (once again, with renewed enthusiasm post-vaccine!) exploring DC’s restaurant scene. 



              • 21 Apr 2021
              • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
              • Zoom

              Participation in this panel is included with conference registration. Please register on the main event webpage. This panel webpage provides more details on this specific panel, and allows attendees to save event details to their online calendars. 

              11:30 - 12:30 PM:  Executive Agency Perspectives: Energy Sector Critical Supply Chains and U.S. Industrial Policy

              • SPEAKER:

                • Brian Gabriel - Industrial Analyst, Industrial Assessments, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy

              Mr. Brian Gabriel serves as an Industrial Analyst within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy.  His focus areas include rare earth elements and the space industrial base.  Prior to his current role, Mr. Gabriel was Chief of Planning for the strategic materials stockpile program at the Defense Logistics Agency.  Mr. Gabriel started his career as a Material Engineer at the Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, MD.  His research focused on advanced materials processing technologies including Cold Spray.   Mr. Gabriel has a B.S. and M.S. in Material Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. in Applied Economics with an accompanying Graduate Certificate in Investments from the Johns Hopkins University.  He has co-authored several technical papers and is a co-inventor on one U.S. patent.

              • 21 Apr 2021
              • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
              • Zoom

              Participation in this panel is included with conference registration. Please register on the main event webpage. This panel webpage provides more details on this specific panel, and allows attendees to save event details to their online calendars. 

              12:30 - 1:30 PM:  ESG and the Fossil Fuel Industry: Activists, Investors, and the Government

              1:30 - 2:00 PM:  Breakout Sessions

              • CONTEXT:

                • This panel will examine how environmental, social and governance investing (ESG) practices are impacting the fossil fuel industry. It will detail the perspectives of all concerned parties (fossil fuel corporations, environmentalists, political activists, investors, and government regulators) and it will  review how they interact to shape emerging energy production and policy.

              • QUESTIONS:

                • How active should asset managers be in promulgating ESG standards in the fossil fuel sector? Is there a conflict between asset managers and their ultimate clients (the retail and institutional investors)?

                • Will successful ESG efforts strand fossil fuel assets before alternative energy strategies can satisfy U.S. energy needs? Will successful ESG efforts hobble the domestic fossil fuel industry and cedes market share to foreign, primary state-owned companies that undermine U.S. national security?

                • How will, and how should, the Biden administration proceed regarding ESG policy and the fossil fuel sector?

              • MODERATOR:

                • Jonathan Chanis, Managing Director of New Tide Asset Management, LLC

              • SPEAKERS:

              • Benjamin Zycher (Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute) 

              • Margaret Peloso (Partner — Environmental & Natural Resources, Vinson & Elkins). 

              • Tracey Cameron - Senior Manager, Corporate Climate Engagement, Ceres

              • SPEAKER BIOS:


              Margaret Peloso’s practice focuses on climate change risk management and environmental litigation.  She advises energy companies, financial institutions and funds on climate risk analysis and disclosure.  The other significant component of Margaret’s practice focuses on translational science.  She advises clients on a broad range of litigation and regulatory matters in which there are significant scientific or technical issues that require the use of outside experts.

              Prior to joining Vinson & Elkins, Margaret completed her Ph.D. in environment at Duke University, where she wrote her doctoral dissertation on legal and policy issues associated with sea-level rise adaptation.  Margaret frequently authors articles on climate change, environmental law and environmental shareholder activism, including a recently published book titled Adapting to Rising Sea Levels: Legal Challenges and Opportunities.


              Benjamin Zycher is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he works on energy and environmental policy.

              Before joining AEI, Zycher conducted a broad research program in his public policy research firm, and was an intelligence community associate of the Office of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, US Department of State.  He is a former senior economist at the RAND Corporation, a former adjunct professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the California State University Channel Islands, and is a former senior economist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.  He served as a senior staff economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, with responsibility for energy and environmental policy issues.

              Benjamin Zycher has a doctorate in economics from UCLA, a Master in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from UCLA.

              Tracey Cameron joined Ceres in 2019 to develop and execute Ceres’ organizational strategy for advancing the Carbon Asset Risk campaign. Prior to joining Ceres, Tracey was at Fidelity Investments where she provided voting analysis and recommendations for the Fidelity funds and engaged with portfolio companies on environmental, social and governance issues across sectors with particular focus on companies operating in the energy and materials sectors. Tracey played an integral role in launching the Fidelity ESG Office, working across the enterprise to raise awareness of material ESG issues to the investment process. Earlier work in fixed income spanned a range of asset managers and roles in data analysis, trading and syndicate.


              Jonathan Chanis has worked in investment management, emerging markets finance, and commodities trading for over 25 years. Currently he manages New Tide Asset Management, a company focused on global and resource trading. He previously worked at Citigroup and Caxton Associates where he traded energy and emerging market equities, and commodities and currencies. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on political economy, public policy, international politics, energy security and other subjects at several higher education institutions including Columbia University. Jonathan also is a Board Member of NCAC-USAEE.






              • 21 Apr 2021
              • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
              • Zoom

              Participation in this panel is included with conference registration. Please register on the main event webpage. This panel webpage provides more details on this specific panel, and allows attendees to save event details to their online calendars. 

              2:00 - 3:00 PM:  Energy Sector Resilience: Assessing Risks, Needs, and Costs

                3:00 - 3:30 PM:  Breakout Sessions

                • CONTEXT:

                  • The dramatic impacts of the February 2021 extreme cold front in a large swath of the country have brought resilience to the forefront as an issue of focus, both for the grid and for the energy sector writ-large.

                • QUESTIONS:

                  • Are there lessons learned coming out of this crisis? 

                  • How are different parts of the energy sector approaching this? 

                  • How is resilience priced into utility contracts and facility investments? 

                  • What new business models exist that support enhanced resilience in response to extreme weather due to climate change? 

                  • Do current policies and regulations adequately address the associated issues and risks? 

                  • This panel will explore these and other issues related to this important topic.

                • MODERATOR:

                  • Aaron Annable, Energy Counsellor, Embassy of Canada

                • SPEAKERS:

                  • Dr. Joshua Rhodes, Research Associate, Webber Energy Group, University of Texas at Austin, and Founding Partner, IdeaSmiths LLC

                  • Dr. Blake Shaffer - Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

                  • Dr. Robin Hytowitz, Engineer, Electric Power Research Institute

                  • Shawn Bennett, Advisor, Office of Energy Assurance, U.S. Air Force

                Dr. Joshua Rhodes

                Research Associate, Webber Energy Group, University of Texas at Austin, and Founding Partner, IdeaSmiths LLC

                Joshua D. Rhodes, Ph.D. is a Research Associate at The University of Texas at Austin, and a Founding partner of IdeaSmiths LLC. His current work is in the area of smart grid and the bulk electricity system, including spatial system-level applications and impacts of energy efficiency, resource planning, distributed generation and storage. He is also interested in policy and the impacts that good policy can have on the efficiency of the micro and macro economy. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes and is an AXIOS Expert Voice. He sits on the boards of the Texas Solar Energy Society and Pecan Street Inc. (Data Advisory Board). He holds a double bachelors in Mathematics and Economics from Stephen F. Austin State University, a masters in Computational Mathematics from Texas A&M University, a masters in Architectural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing and a good cup of coffee.

                 

                Dr. Blake Shaffer

                Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and School of Public Policy, University of Calgary 

                Blake Shaffer is an assistant professor in the department of economics and school of public policy at the University of Calgary. His work focusses on electricity markets, climate policy and energy transitions. He uses empirical methods to evaluate policy effectiveness and better understand consumer and firm behaviour. Prior to returning to academia, Shaffer had a 15 year career in energy trading, specializing in electricity, natural gas and emissions markets. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Calgary, Master of Philosophy in economics from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from Queen’s University. He has recently held visiting scholar and Fulbright postdoctoral scholar positions at the Toulouse School of Economics and Stanford University. His recent research has been published in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Canadian Journal of Economics and the Energy Journal. His popular writing has appeared in several Canadian media outlets. Shaffer has also served as policy advisor for the governments of Alberta, British Columbia and Canada on various energy and environmental policy matters.

                 

                Dr. Robin Broder Hytowitz

                Engineer, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

                Robin Broder Hytowitz is a principal project engineer in Grid Operations and Planning at EPRI, focusing on wholesale market design and operations, supply resilience, and renewable integration. Dr. Hytowitz leads a North American Independent System Operator (ISO)/Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) working group on price formation in energy markets at EPRI, and is the EPRI PI for an ARPA-E PERFORM award on delivery risk in wholesale markets. Prior to EPRI, she completed a PhD at the Johns Hopkins University and worked part-time in the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation at FERC. Robin received her master’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University, a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, Columbia University, and was a Fulbright Fellow in Denmark.

                 

                Shawn Bennett

                Advisor, Office of Energy Assurance, United States Air Force

                Shawn is an advisor with the Air Force Office of Energy Assurance, where he focuses on enhancing energy resilience at AF installations across the US by developing third-party financed energy projects.  He is also piloting an energy-as-a-service demonstration within the Department of Defense.  Shawn is an engineer and economist by training, and previously worked at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Siemens.

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