A GARP Approved Conference

Objectives and Aims/Goals


Over the last decade, energy markets have experienced a period of extreme volatility. The growth in unconventional oil production in the United States, and the retreat of OPEC from stabilizing the market, have both contributed to the recent sharp decline in oil prices. World events, including Nigerian militant attacks and the return of Iranian crude to the world market, will continue to create uncertainty about world oil supply. Other events out of the US, from first LNG export cargos and the prerogatives of a new presidential administration will also have far-reaching effects for oil & gas markets. At the same time, the US economy’s reliance upon electricity continues to grow as demand for the nation’s number one fuel for dispatchable generation, coal, is dwindling. The 35th USAEE/IAEE Conference will provide a forum for informed and collegial discussion of how the highs and lows of the current and future years will impact all stakeholders – from populations to companies to governments – in North America and around the world.

What better location to discuss the past and possible future of the energy industry than Houston? It has been known as the “Energy Capital of the World” since Spindletop erupted in 1901, and has remained the home for global oil & gas companies since the early 20th century. Today it is home to offices of most major oil and gas companies.

Houston has seen many oil market booms and busts, but, partly in response to these cycles, it has also developed diverse energy sector industries beyond oil and gas. In particular, Houston serves as the renewable energy innovation headquarters for the state of Texas, which is home to more than 12,000 MW of wind capacity with several thousand more megawatts still under development. Houston also hosts engineering firms focused on energy construction projects, major banks operating in energy trading and energy project finance, major law firms specializing in energy issues, a vibrant software industry focused on energy applications, and a large diplomatic community with analysts focused on energy industry developments.

As the world looks to smooth the ride in oil & gas prices, resolve the dilemmas of energy affordability and environmental responsibility, and cultivate disruptive leaps forward in technology, this conference can provide the perfect setting for discussions around policy approaches, economic indicators and technological drivers. The 35th USAEE/IAEE Conference is sure to contribute to the analysis of these critical issues. Speakers will include key figures from industry, academia and government. The conference also will provide networking opportunities for participants through informal receptions, breaks between sessions, public outreach, and student recruitment. There also will be offsite tours to provide closer insight into why Houston will continue its role as the global energy hub in the years and decades to come.


Hurricane Harvey

The recent hurricane will not affect the upcoming USAEE Houston conference.
Be a part of the effort to help rebuild Houston. http://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief

Important Dates

Abstract Deadline: June 5, 2017
Student Best Paper Award Submissions: July 7, 2017

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Topics to be Addressed


  • How to Survive, Adapt & Evolve in Oil & Gas
  • Energy Finance and Commerce
  • Lifecycle Costs of Energy Technologies
  • LNG Markets
  • Community Impacts of the Energy Industry
  • Energy Risk & Uncertainty
  • Electricity Market Outlook:  Supply & Demand
  • Midstream/Downstream Oil & Gas Trends
  • Electricity Grids
  • The Future of the Energy Sector & Geopolitical Impact
  • Energy in The Age of Volatility



Who Should Attend?

  • Energy Company Executives and Managers
  • Energy Policy Analysts
  • Governmental Employees in Energy Resource Planning
  • Academics Specializing in Energy Policy and Analysis
  • Electricity Pricing and Market Analysts
  • Energy Consultants
  • Energy Company Planners
  • Economic Energy Risk and Derivatives Specialists
  • Oil and Natural Gas Executives
  • Energy Rate Executives
  • Electric and Utility Supervisors
  • Energy Environmental Analysts
  • Geologists and Engineers
  • Environmentalists
  • Energy Journalists



Supported by

The USAEE is registered with GARP as an Approved Provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. USAEE has determined that attending the Houston conference qualifies for 21 GARP CPD credit hours. If you are a Certified FRM or ERP, please record this activity in your Credit Tracker at http://www.garp.org/cpd.