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  • 7 Sep 2021 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear NCAC members,

    The  new NCAC Council would like to invite you to join us at a "Welcome Back Happy Hour" September 30th, starting @6pm.  Location is TBD, but will be in the immediate DMV area. 

    Please join us at our first in-person event in over a year. We have missed our regular monthly luncheons, and we hope that this event can bring us together to say hello and reconnect with our members. We will gather in person, while outside and obeying the DC COVID precautions (please bring a mask). 

    Please register for the event (it is free) so that we have an idea of a how many members to expect.

    We hope to see you there! 

    Natalie Kempkey, NCAC-USAEE President, and the NCAC Council Members


  • 14 Jul 2021 2:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NCAC-USAEE is pleased to announce that membership has elected the new Executive Council for August 2021 through July 2022.

    Officers

    Natalie Kempkey, DOE -- President 

    Aqeel Adenwala, Energy Ventures Analysis -- Vice President

    Sreekanth Venkataraman, SIA Solutions -- Treasurer

    Open -- Secretary

    Rita Beale, Energy Unlimited -- Immediate Past President  

    New Executive Council Members:

    Jeff Plewes, Charles River Associates

    Peter Whitman, FERC

    Martha Moore, American Chemistry Council

    Ben Deering, DOE cyber directorate

    Madalin How, George Washington University (Student representative)

    Returning Executive Council Members: 

    Casey Ling, Georgetown University (Student representative)

    Jonathan Chanis, New Tide Asset Management

    TJ Conway, Energy Intelligence Group

    Joel Yudken, High Road Strategies

    Richard Meyer, American Gas Association

    Mark Finley, Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies

    Bret Strogen, Boundless Impact Research & Analytics

    It's been my great pleasure serving membership for 2020-2021. A short list of some of our accomplishments during this past year includes:

    -held 16 events virtually, including the annual dinner and an unforgettable virtual conference, now accessible under Members Only Presentations

    -raised dues from $20 to $35, after many many years

    -retained 75% of members as of July 14, 2021

    -enhanced the NCAC-USAEE website  

    -transitioned to youtube for all videos and storage

    -hired the first NCAC-USAEE intern, Bryn Kirk

    -increased our bank balance

    I look forward to meeting many of you once more in person, hopefully in the coming months. Thank you for your support of NCAC-USAEE.

    Kind Regards,

    Rita Beale

    NCAC-USAEE President, 2020-2021
  • 3 May 2021 10:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Annual Energy Policy Conference - Uncharted Trajectories

    We are honored to welcome Representatives John R. Curtis (R-UT) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) for the Opening Keynote. Fourteen other speakers and 6 Board Members are confirmed discussing Reaching Net Zero, Forecasting Challenges, ESG, and Resilience.

    NCAC-USAEE Vice President & Conference Chair, Bret Strogen, has also arranged professional production of the virtual event to enhance our experience. Members are welcome to enter/exit the Conference as often as desired, running from 1130 am to 330 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday and capped by a fun Energy Trivia event on Tuesday at the close of business.

    Fast approaching is the conclusion of my 2020-2021 term as President on July 31. I’ve been honored to help sustain NCAC-USAEE during this unusual and memorable year of all virtual meetings and look forward to meeting in person once again as soon as practical.   

    NCAC-USAEE is seeking new Board members. If you are interested in supporting this worthwhile all-volunteer organization, please contact David Givens at pastpresident@ncac-usaee.org. Also NCAC-USAEE members can publish their research and opinions in the monthly newsletter by contacting Pat McMurray at secretary@ncac-usaee.org.

    I’ll see you at the Annual Energy Policy Conference, Uncharted Trajectories in less than two weeks.

    As always, please send your thoughts to me at president@ncac-usaee.org

    My Best,

    Rita Beale

    NCAC-USAEE President

  • 26 Dec 2020 11:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    December 11, 2020

    As the sun begins to set on 2020, NCAC-USAEE wishes you holidays filled with health, happiness, and peace. 2021 has an exciting kickoff and we hope that you will be a part of it by renewing your membership.*

    NCAC-USAEE brings you expert speakers with great content and plans to enhance your virtual networking capabilities until the time when we are able to meet in person again. Monthly events are free to members, with a nominal charge of $10 for the Annual Dinner.

     

    NCAC-USAEE newsletter caps off 2020 in lively commentary, Regulatory Whiplash, by Johnathan Chanis.#

    Thank you for support of NCAC-USAEE during 2020. The Executive Council & Officers look forward to continuing a strong program through 2021. Please send your thoughts or say hello at president@ncac-usaee.org

     

    Kind Regards,

    Rita Beale

    NCAC-USAEE President

    *NCAC-USAEE operates on a calendar year basis. #Members can send articles and opinions to Pat  McMurray at Secretary@ncac-usaee.org

  • 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.

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