2017 Presentations

dECEMBER 8 - Lunch | U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Outlook

Frederick LawrenceVice President for Economics and International Affairs  | Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)

Fred Lawrence discusses the outlook for U.S. oil and natural gas. Topics include:

  • Shale Goes Global – Export Trends Over the Past Two Years
  • Focus on the Independents in a Sector that is Becoming More Niche-Focused
  • Demand & Geopolitics – Reality vs. Ideology

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OCTOBER 20 - Lunch | A Brave New World:  How Big Data Is Transforming Weather Markets

Ed Byrns, Managing Director, Client Calibrated Solutions

Description: Weather can be unpredictable, potentially costing energy buyers and sellers plenty. Variations in temperature, snow, wind or sun can make planning and budgeting difficult at best. It’s possible to protect budgets by hedging weather risks. Big data is changing how we look at weather and the risks it poses to everyone throughout the supply chain, from producers of energy to marketers, even down to the owner of a single residential building. Ed Byrns has specialized in weather hedging for many years. His talk focuses on how the new world of big data is creating innovative weather risk products to manage business exposure. This presentation is a journey from the past to the present and on to the future. Throughout this journey, we will learn what weather risk management is, where market capabilities are today and how future solutions could target micro-level risks.  Click here for the presentation


Jason Burwen, Policy & Advocacy Director, Energy Storage Association

Description: While battery energy storage has long been sought as a “game-changer” for the power sector, rapid cost declines and increasing deployment in recent years suggest that the game is already changing. In this presentation,Jason Burwen will provide a general overview of the U.S. battery energy storage market and economics, as well as describe the core services and value to the electric grid that storage provides. Jason will also discuss the policy barriers to greater storage deployment, both in RTOs/ISOs and at state PUCs, and offer some thoughts on future policy discussions for enabling the power system to realize the full value of flexible battery storage.  Click here for the presentation

July 21 - Lunch

Mark Finley, General Manager, Global Energy Markets and US Economics at BP 
2017 BP Statistical Review of World Energy

June - Energy Demand Disruptions: Aspirations vs Reality

Mark P. Mills, Partner, Co-Founder Cottonwood Venture Partners; Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research; Faculty Fellow, Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering 
Energy Demand Disruptions: Aspirations vs Reality

May 22 - Petroleum Geology of Shale Gas & Tight Oil -and- How To Do It: Drill and Frack a Horizontal Well

Robert Kleinberg, Schlumberger, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Petroleum Geology of Shale Gas & Tight Oil -and- How To Do It: Drill and Frack a Horizontal Well


Introduction and Opening Remarks

Jim McDonnell, President, NCAC-USAEE

Dr. Mark Rozell, Dean of the Schar School, George Mason University

Panel I. U.S. Petroleum and Natural Gas Markets: Globalization vs. Protectionism

Moderator: Adam Sieminski, James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics, CSIS

Speakers: Gary Hufbauer, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics: No presentation available | Erica Bowman, Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute: No presentation available | Michael Cohen, Director and Head of Energy Commodities Research, Barclays: Energy Exports: Outlook and Impact

Topics: The growth of U.S. production of oil and natural gas has been remarkable, giving the U.S. the potential for energy independence. So too has growth in U.S. exports of energy. Increased U.S. shale production led to a change in OPEC policy. What role will U.S. exports play in the global markets? How would policies such as a Border Tax Adjustment alter the landscape? Our panel will explore the possibility for U.S. production, exports and the impact of protectionist legislation.

Panel II Electricity Generation - Free Markets vs. Government Influence

Moderator: Melanie Kenderdine, Former Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy.

Speakers: Stephen Munro, Editor, New Energy Finance, Bloomberg: Energy Reset? | Tom Matzzie, President and CEO, CleanChoice Energy: American Energy Has Always Operated with Government Involvement | Ray Shepherd, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Federal Government Affairs, Peabody Energy: No presentation available

Topics: Alternative sources of energy such as wind, solar and biomass have been growing, aided by federal policies. Would a change in administration matter? Have alternative technologies become price competitive even without tax credits? What sources of energy do end users want from their suppliers (and what are they willing to pay for)? Could a push from the new administration encourage a renaissance of more traditional sources of energy, namely, coal? The panel will discuss the future of power generation, from both the producer’s and supplier’s points of view.

Keynote Topic: Energy Reset? Views from a Transition Team Veteran

Keynote Speaker: Thomas Pyle, President, American Energy Alliance: A Look at Energy Policy Under the Trump Administration

Panel III. Energy Infrastructure: Slow Fixes vs. Economic Drivers

Moderator: Adam Sieminski, James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics, CSIS

Speakers: Bruce McKay, Senior Energy Policy Director, Dominion Energy: No presentation available | Christi Tezak, Managing Director, ClearView Energy Partners: No presentation available | Terry Turpin, Director of the Office of Energy Projects, FERC: No presentation available

Topics: There is no debate that the U.S. needs to address its existing energy infrastructure, including oil and gas pipelines and the electric transmission grid. The new administration has vowed to invest in infrastructure as a way to spur job growth. What projects will be priorities? How will the U.S. pay for them? Will state and local government support or delay implementation? What role will publicprivate partnerships play? Opposition from interest groups has blocked infrastructure across the country. How can companies work with the public to gain support for these projects? Our panel will explore what industry is doing now and what we can expect to achieve over the coming years.

Panel IV. Point/Counterpoint

Moderator: Barney Rush, Rush Energy Consulting & Board Member, ISO - New England

Speakers: Bob McNally, President, The Rapidan Group: No presentation available | David Goldwyn, President, Goldwyn Global Strategie: No presentation available

Topics: Building off the topics addressed earlier in the day, the discussants will debate these issues the vantage point of what does the left and right agree on and what they do not. This session should illuminate the key issues confronting the U.S. Administration and Congress and where change is likely to occur.

Closing Remarks: Jim McDonnell, President, NCAC-USAEE


No presentation available.

February 17 - Lunch

E. Russell (Rusty) Braziel, President, CEO & Principal Consultant at RBN Energy, LLC
"Back in the Saddle Again"
No presentation available

January 25 - Dinner Meeting

Amy Myers Jaffe, Executive Director for Energy and Sustainability, UC Davis
"Market Outlook: Is the Expected 2018-2020 Oil Supply Crunch? Real or Chimera?"
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