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  • 17 Sep 2020 5:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Energy is a critical commodity helping to shape the global economy and influencing the health of our climate and well-being of our communities. The importance of understanding energy economics is highlighted by the 2020 black swan events impacting demand/supply trends and prices due to covid-19 and the current uncertainty affecting energy industries, policies, and investments, already previously in flux from the ongoing energy transition. Perhaps never a more volatile period existed!

    During this historic time and with enthusiasm, I look forward to serving as President of the National Capital Area Chapter of the United States Association for Energy Economics (NCAC-USAEE). I’m also proud to hold membership (in NCAC and/or USAEE-IAEE) for more than twenty years and to have a career of more than thirty years analyzing and participating in energy markets. The success of NCAC-USAEE is also dependent on the dedication and diversity of its first-class, all volunteer Executive Board Members to help run the organization and guide our path forward.

    NCAC-USAEE’s future is bright despite the required transition to a virtual format. The organization is solid financially, membership is growing, and NCAC-USAEE is able to continue its meaningful dialogue, thereby enhancing your professional abilities to make better decisions and informed actions inside the energy space.

    While it was disappointing to cancel the 2020 Policy Conference, The Future US Energy Mix: Evolution, Revolution, Deadlock?, planned for April 29 at Georgetown University, some content is folded into the Zoom webinars of this past summer and coming autumn.

    • ·         Near term, you can register for the September 23 webinar, Innovation and Emerging Developments in Canadian Carbon Capture & Storage, and the October 15 webinar, First Hand Insights on Decarbonizing a Utility.
    • ·         At least two more webinars are planned for the autumn - an ESG panel discussion moderated by NCAC-USAEE Board Member, TJ Conway, and a US energy policy discussion in November with Katherine Hamilton following the US elections.
    • ·         Remember that members can also log into the NCAC website with their password to view recordings and presentations from past events, after clicking on the Members Only section.
    • ·         NCAC-USAEE members also can publish their research and opinions in the monthly newsletter by contacting Pat McMurray at secretary@ncac-usaee.org.
    • ·         The NCAC-USAEE annual dinner, field trip, and 2021 policy conference will be resumed in-person as possible. However, if not, look for other virtual events to enhance programming in the coming year. 
    • ·         If you are not already a member, please consider joining at https://www.ncac-usaee.org/membership

    The NCAC-USAEEE Board and I look forward to bringing members meaningful dialogue in the year ahead. Please take a moment to say hello and share your thoughts. I can be reached at president@ncac-usaee.org

    Kind Regards,

    Rita Beale

    NCAC-USAEE President, 2020-2021

  • 4 Jul 2020 1:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I have had a great year as president of the National Capital Area Chapter of the U.A. Association for Energy Economics. Thank you for letting me serve you.

    I want to make you aware of three things before my term ends on July 31:

    • 1.      You have received or will receive an email ballot for next year’s council (the governing board, or board). The current council has been speaking with candidates for some time now and we promise you an effective group of leaders for 2020-21.
    • 2.      Colorado’s power grid and electric generation resources will be discussed in a webinar with state senator Chris Hansen on July 14 at 11 a.m. Chris is not just a politician drawn into the energy debate. Energy economics is his business and his CV blew me away. He is one of the thought leaders in the field. Current NCAC vice president Rita Beale will moderate. Sign up here: https://www.ncac-usaee.org/event-3883816
    • 3.      T.J. Conway, one of our current board members, will talk about how the world’s largest energy companies are preparing for the transition to a low-carbon future in a webinar on Friday, July 24 at 10 a.m. The event is being conducted by the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and you can sign up at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__o4C5aBLSh2K8nNoj-YtfA

  • 18 Mar 2020 4:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The NCAC's 24th Annual Energy Policy Conference, which was to be held April 29, 2020 at Georgetown University in Washington DC, has been postponed. 

    We are considering a new date for the event in the fall of 2020, among other options. 

    You can reach me via email.

    David Givens, president 2019-2020

  • 15 Mar 2020 9:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    COVID-19 Updates

    | David Givens on 22 Dec 2019 1:50 PM

    Out of increased safety concerns regarding COVID-19, this event at the Inter-American Dialogue has been switched to a webinar.

    If you registered for the original lunch you must RSVP again to receive the free webinar link here

    The webinar will cover developments in Guyana, Suriname, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. Registration is not through the NCAC. You must pre-register here: https://www.thedialogue.org/events/petroleum-politics-lunch-south-americas-smaller-and-emerging-oil-gas-producers/

    Thanks to NCAC board member Lisa Viscidi for arranging this. Lisa is director of the Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program at The Dialogue.

    The status of the annual policy conference is under review pending developments regarding COVID-19. You will be notified of any changes. Please continue to check this site. 

  • 1 Feb 2020 7:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 2020 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 is currently Senior Advisor in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs in the U.S. Department of Energy. 

    She has also been a Senior Advisor to the Administrator at the U.S. 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. I look forward to joining you to hear Karen's remarks, and honoring Shirley. 

  • 22 Dec 2019 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It was a pleasure for me to host a half-dozen past presidents of the NCAC two Fridays ago at Chinatown Garden to hear their views on how the business has changed.

    I want to tell you about two events we have planned next month.

    Our monthly lunch will be an affordable brown bag event on Friday, January 17, at 918 F Street NW, 4th Floor North, in the history National Union Building

    Chris Bliley, vice president of regulatory affairs at trade association Growth Energy, will tell us about the evolution of the Renewable Fuels Standard, always a key motor fuels issue. 

    Chris will update us on Renewable Volume Obligations, Renewable Identification Numbers and the small refinery exemption. He will also talk about E15 blending, E10 in Mexico and other ethanol production drivers. Registration is open. 

    The evolution and development of the carbon cycle has become critical to an understanding of energy. Dr. Scott Wing, Research Geologist and Curator of Paleobotany at the Smithsonian Institute, will lead NCAC members on a private, guided tour of the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils. During the tour, special attention will be given to energy science related aspects of the Hall, particularly the formation of fossil fuels and how they fit into the carbon cycle.

    Attendance is capped at 30 members and their guests. Registration will open shortly and you will be notified.

  • 3 Nov 2019 8:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Friday, November 15, we will have three experts discuss the effect of Chinese tariffs on U.S. energy exports. I am very grateful that these individuals took the time to join us for lunch at Carmine's in Penn Quarter. They are:

    • Dean Foreman, Chief Economist, API
    • Gregory Dolan, CEO, Methanol Institute 
    • Jane Nakano, Senior Fellow, CSIS
    Register now: https://ncac-usaee.org/event-3602097

    On Friday, December 13, a group of past NCAC presidents will look back on trends in the energy industry while they were leading the group, and discuss how our business has changed. It will be be a great opportunity to assess the evolution of our Washington-based organization, and reconnect with friends and colleagues. The location is to be determined, but block off this lunch on your calendar. Registration will be open for the event soon.

    -- David Givens, president

  • 25 Aug 2019 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. Join us at our next lunch at Carmine's on Friday, Sept. 13, when Christine Tezak, managing director of ClearView Energy Partners, will answer the question: Have Capacity Markets Outlived Their Utility? Register here:  ncac-usaee.org/event-3525115 The restaurant is near the Gallery Place metro stop at 425 7th Street NW at, E St NW, Washington, DC 20004.

    2. Here's a GS-15 position open at FERC until 8/30: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/542875500 The title is Supervisory Energy Industry Analyst, also known as Branch Chief, in the Office of Enforcement, Division of Analytics and Surveillance.

    3. Going forward, NCAC does not intend to use PayPal. Our web platform developed its own online payment system and decided to impose a hefty surcharge on organizations that choose not to switch. The new system is called AffiniPay and has the same functionality. When you register for Christine Tezak's lunch, it might take you a little more time than in the past. Thank you for your patience. 

  • 7 Aug 2019 2:49 PM | Anonymous

    David Givens

    August 7, 2019

    Thanks for choosing me as the president of the National Capital Area Chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics for 2019-2020.

    We have a rich tradition going back more than 40 years. We’re going to continue many of the informative, fun activities that you have enjoyed in the past.

    I understand we all want to use our time and talents wisely, but there are a lot of other things we can undertake. I will be charting our course for the next year shortly along with the leadership council. Field trips, technical tours and mentorship come immediately to mind. If you personally can’t organize an event, you certainly have contacts that can be helpful to the group.

    We will be announcing some events shortly. You can reach me at president@ncac-usaee.org

  • 6 Sep 2018 6:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I have been a member of NCAC for almost 10 years, and I am honored to lead the 2018-2019 Council as President. Simply put, NCAC is a great organization, and I encourage all its members to consider being on the Council and volunteering in some way, shape, or form. NCAC is an all-volunteer organization, so please give us your ideas, enthusiasm, and energy to contribute to NCAC’s continued success as the top professional group for energy here in Washington, DC.

    Washington has a never ending revolving door of people coming and going, which includes for energy. NCAC has been a welcoming and stabilizing force for Washington’s energy community for decades. I am sure all of us remember our first NCAC lunch and standing up before the group and introducing ourselves. That time-honored tradition has plugged us all into the NCAC network and helped foster some great professional relationships.

    Thank you for choosing me as President of NCAC and for providing such a fantastic Council. We look forward to seeing you at NCAC’s events in the coming year.

    Michael Ratner, NCAC President

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