2015 Presentations

December 18, 2015 Lunch

Fireside Chat with Guy Caruso
No presentation available.

November 19, 2015 - Lunch

Bob McNally, NCAC member and president of the energy-advisory firm The Rapidan Group
I Hate Myself For Loving You, Oil Price Stability Without OPEC

November 9, 2015 - Happy Hour Event

Highlights of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER)
Bill Hederman, Deputy Director for Systems Integration and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy

NCAC recently had a well-attended Happy Hour event at the Dirty Martini Restaurant. Bill Hederman, Deputy Director for Systems Integration and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, provided a very stimulating presentation on Highlights of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), that was followed by question and answer. QER is the first-ever review, which focuses on energy infrastructure and identifies the threats, risks and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security, enabling the government to translate policy goals into a set of integrated actions.

Hederman has had an extremely successful career. He is a public policy analyst and electrical engineer with decades of executive experience in the private and public sectors. He holds engineering degrees from MIT and the University of Notre Dame, and a professional degree from UC-Berkeley.

October 16, 2015 - Lunch

Adam Sieminski, Adminstrator of the US Energy Information Administration (EIA)
EIA Winter Fuels Outlook

September 18, 2015 Lunch

Fred H. Hutchison is the executive director and founder of LNG Allies. He coordinates the team of consultants and is principal liaison with the membership on US and European LNG structure, markets, and policy.
Transatlantic LNG Trade in a World in Flux

June 19, 2015 - Lunch

Jeff Kralowetz, Vice-president of business development with Argus
Reversing Flow: How the Shale Revolution Redefined Where Oil Trades and How it Moves There

May 22, 2015 - Lunch

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
Everything old is new again: The U.S. electricity industry after 20 years of restructuring

April 29th - 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

Introduction and Opening Remarks
R. Omar Cabrales, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Division of Energy Markets Oversight; President, National Capital Area Chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics
No presentation available.

Deborah Bleviss, Administrative Director of the SAIS Energy, Resources and Environment Program
No presentation available.

Opening Keynote Speaker

Dr. Joe Romm, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Founding Editor, ClimateProgress.org, Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy, and Chief Science Advisor, Emmy-winning TV Series “Years of Living Dangerously
Climate Change: The Cost of Ac3on Vs. The Cost of Inaction

Panel I. Fossil Fuels: What Are They Worth to the Economy?

Dr. Ben Schlesinger, President, Ben Schlesinger and Associates (Moderator)
The value of probable, potential, and possible reserves for companies operating in natural resources extraction | 

Gretchen French, Vice President and Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investor Service
Moody’s approach to assessing credit risk for companies with upstream operations, and the importance of reserves in that analysis; credit impact of carbon-reduction regulations

John Felmy, Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute (API)
The outlook and economic dynamics of oil and gas production, demand, and markets

Paul Forward, Managing Director, Coal Mining and Base Metals, Stifel Equity Research

US coal trends; Potential for export markets, current and future demand; impact of potential stranded assets on shareholders and company valuations

Panel II. What is the Economic Cost of Climate Change?

John Jimison, Managing Director, Energy Future Coalition (Moderator)
The challenge in valuing the economic effects and unforeseen impacts of climate change

Dr. Jae Edmonds, Chief Scientist and Battelle Laboratory Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Joint Global Change Research Institute
The role of technology in addressing climate change; cost trends and implications

Capt. James Goudreau, Director of Policy and Partnerships, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy)
How does the US Navy plan for the national security effects of potential climate impacts

Lunch Keynote Speaker

Jeff Eckel, CEO Hannon Armstrong Capital (NYSE: HASI), Principal Deputy Asst. Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE
De-Carbonization of the US: Technology or Finance Problem?

Panel III. What are the Real Costs of Effective Substitution for Fossil Fuels?

James Koehler, NCAC Vice President and Professor of Practice, Energy Structure and Markets, Georgetown University (Moderator) Remaining structural barriers to renewable resources; market impact and outlook
No presentation available.

Dr. Irving Mintzer, Managing Director, Potomac Energy Fund and Professor, SAIS Energy, Resources and Environment Program
How high-speed, computationally-intensive, advanced management hardware systems allow utility dispatch operators to support high(er) levels of renewable energy penetration

Ethan Zindler, Director of Policy Analysis, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Are renewables complimentary or true alternatives; Can we continue to assume continued progress in the pace of cost reductions and uptake

Dr. Paul Sotkiewicz, Chief Economist, Market Services Division, PJM
Market trends in PJM’s wholesale power markets; planning for and integrating new resources onto the grid; impact of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Panel IV. Can These Resources be Left in the Ground?

Omar Cabrales, NCAC President and Energy Industry Analyst, Division of Energy Markets Oversight, FERC (Moderator)

Ruth Greenspan Bell, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
All or Nothing At All: The case for diversifying global negotiations toward the control of greenhouse gas emissions

Mandy Gunasekara, Senior Counsel, Majority Staff, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
Is there an effective policy mechanism to address energy, environment, and climate issues; outlook for Congressional activity

Closing Remarks

Adele Morris, Senior Fellow and Policy Director, Climate and Energy Economics Project, Brookings Institute
How should economists be contributing to the debate and to policy formation?
No presentation available.

March 20, 2015 - Lunch

Dr. Jonathan Pershing, Principal Deputy Director, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, & Deputy Asst. Sec. for Climate Change Policy and Technology, Office of International Affairs, U.S. DOE
Climate Change & Energy Policy: DOE Perspective
No presentation available.

March 16, 2015 - BEST Speaker Series

Dr. Catherine Wolfram, Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley and Faculty Director of the Energy Institute at Haas, and of The E2e Project, a research organization focused on energy efficiency.
Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program
No presentation available.

January 16, 2015 - Lunch

Katherine Hamilton, Policy Director of the Energy Storage Association
The State of Electric Storage Technologies, and its economic, operational, institutional, and policy implications

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