28th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference - December 3-5, 2008
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Opening Plenary Session: Energy Development in the Arctic

9:00am - 10:30am • Mid Deck Room

This session focuses on the geopolitical aspects of Arctic energy development. Important issues include potential energy resources of the Arctic Offshore, competing claims to the Outer Continental Shelf, the Law of the Sea Treaty and future U.S. participation, onshore transportation, the risks of oil spills and other pollution, and international cooperation in dealing with issues and events.

Concurrent Sessions 1 - 7

11:00am - 12:45pm

Dual Plenary Session: Natural Gas Markets

2:30pm - 4:00pm • Mid Deck Room

Natural gas production and trade is fragmented into many regional markets that often have completely independent pricing. The largest markets are in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region and each has widely different prices.

These persistent wide prices differences indicate that natural gas has not yet become a true global commodity. Today, one might expect natural gas is poised to evolve into a true global commodity with unprecedented amounts of capital dedicated to the construction of LNG liquefaction plants and trans-continental pipelines. This plenary session aims to explore the future of natural gas as a global commodity. It will discuss current arbitrage opportunities in natural gas markets and the future of natural gas supply, demand and prices.

Dual Plenary Session: Isolated / Dedicated Power Grids: Making Them Work

2:30pm - 4:00pm • Aft Deck Room

Alaska is home to hundreds of isolated power grids, with unique electric supply and demand profiles creating difficult integration problems demanding new innovations and solutions. Similar isolated power grids exist throughout the world and much benefit would come from increased sharing of experiences.

Unfortunately, most of these grids exist in in remote communities with high travel and communication costs. These communities also tend to be small with limited resources to bridge the remoteness gap. This session will survey the newest solutions being developed and discuss their implications in global power markets.

Concurrent Sessions 8 - 14

4:30pm - 6:15pm

Poster Session and Networking Reception

6:30pm - 8:00pm • Fore Deck Room
Sponsored By: Anchorage Association for Energy Economics, USAEE and SPE International - Alaska Petroleum Section


Concurrent Sessions 15 - 20

8:30am - 10:15am

Dual Plenary Session: Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

10:45am - 12:15pm • Mid Deck Room

Unconventional resources - shale oil, shale gas, oil sands, etc. - have altered the international energy landscape in a relative short period of time.

This has been accompanied by intense study of the geology and flow characteristics of these resources. New findings, in turn, lead to a constant revamp of the economics of unconventional resources and the associated broader market implications of their development. This panel will bring both technical and economic aspects of unconventional resource development into focus.

Dual Plenary Session: Managing Resource Wealth

10:45am - 12:15pm • Aft Deck Room

The ways that governments manage resource revenues and distribute them among citizens can affect the size and structure of regional economies and change the distribution of income and wealth.

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Specific attention will be given to savings strategies, sovereign wealth funds, and spending on infrastructure and social welfare programs.

Concurrent Sessions 21 - 26

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Dual Plenary Session: Petroleum Fiscal Regimes

4:00pm - 5:30pm • Mid Deck Room

There are widely different goals and strategies between sovereign jurisdictions for collecting rents from petroleum production. And there are vastly different ways government take materializes, with variations in form and timing of take, and risk-sharing for price, geology, and costs.

Many governments are interested in getting a "fair share" for these non-renewable resources. However, investment by international oil companies for development takes place in an international milieu of a plethora of opportunities. This plenary session will examine how governments balance fair share with being internationally competitive. It will address how jurisdictions compete, how to compare jurisdictions, metrics to measure competitiveness, and case studies of attempts to be competitive.

Dual Plenary Session: Industrial Energy Use and Efficiency

4:00pm - 5:30pm • Aft Deck Room

Industry plays a critical role in a region’s energy system and economy. Industrial production remains the main engine of economic output in most regions. The industrial sector is also a large consumer of energy.

Since energy is a major production cost factor, industries continually seek innovation in their operations to achieve higher energy efficiency, while governments also try to limit the challenges surrounding access to low cost energy to motivate economic growth in their regions. This plenary session will specifically feature issues on industrial energy use, trends in energy efficiency, and opportunities for improvement. The presentations in this session will enable a constructive dialogue around effective strategies for achieving complementary environmental and economic outcomes.

Reception: Alaska Native Heritage Center

6:30pm - 9:30pm • ANHC

Address: 8800 Heritage Center Drive, Anchorage, AK 99505

Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks served. Buses will begin loading at 6:00 pm at the hotel side entrance (I Street). Transportation will be provided to and from the Reception. There is plenty of parking at the ANHC should you wish to drive yourself. Note, you must bring your name badge as well as drink tickets with you to attend this event.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center, a renowned cultural center and museum in Anchorage, is designed to help learn and understand Alaska's Indigenous people. Good food, games and entertainment will be provided.

For more information, visit http://www.alaskanative.net/


Dual Plenary Session: Developments in Electricity Generation and Distribution

8:30am - 10:00am • Mid Deck Room

Smart grids and appliances, technical and financial integration of alternative energy sources into existing power grids. Technology and regulation for isolated electricity systems.

Dual Plenary Session: Arctic Transport: Technology and Opportunities

8:30am - 10:00am • Aft Deck Room

The melting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean increases the potential for marine transportation and resource development. Ice-breaking tankers, pipeline developments in the Artic, and Arctic LNG.

Concurrent Sessions 27 - 29

10:30am - 12:00n

Closing Plenary Session: The Interconnection Between Industry and Government

12:00n - 1:30pm • Mid Deck Room

Incentives, subsidies, regulation, publicly utility price regulation with limited buyers and sellers. Who should be responsible for infrastructure development to support resource projects?









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