Conference Program

SUNDAY 9/23 | MONDAY 9/24 | TUESDAY 9/25 | WEDNESDAY 9/26 | Printable Program


PhD Day

9:00 am - 1:45 pm • Richmond Room

The PhD Day is a student-only event that will be held on Sunday, September 23 from 9:00am to 1:45pm. All current PhD Students in energy economics and related fields are invited to submit papers. This year’s event follows the success of the inaugural PhD Day in Houston last year. Click here to learn more.


12:00 - 7:00pm • Outside Old Dominion Room

Workshop: Making Good Presentations

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm • TBD

Separate registration is required

Great ideas do not sell themselves. They have to be communicated to colleagues and clients in a compelling way. This session will offer advice on: (1) what to include and, perhaps more importantly, what to leave out; (2) creating visual aids that significantly enhance your presentation; (3) making a good impression on your audience; and (4) avoiding the most common mistakes presenters make. The most often ignored rule is that the goal of your talk is not to "present the paper" but rather to "hook" the audience with a few key concepts that will make them want to learn more.

Adam E. Sieminski
Energy & National Security Program, Center for Strategic & Int’l Studies

Case Competition Session

4:00pm - 5:30pm • Washington II Room

Opening Reception

6:00pm - 7:30pm • Crystal Ballroom



7:00am - 7:00pm • Outside Old Dominion Room

Student Breakfast Meeting with Mentoring Opportunities

7:00am - 8:30am • Crystal Ballroom

Networking Coffee Break

7:45am - 8:30am • Commonwealth Foyer

Welcome and Introduction

8:30am - 8:45am • Commonwealth Ballroom

Keynote Presentation

8:45am - 9:30am • Commonwealth Ballroom

Opening Plenary Session: U.S. Energy Resurgence - Impact on the Global Geopolitics of Energy

9:30am - 11:00am • Commonwealth Ballroom

Panelists will discuss the implications for US foreign policy and multilateral agreements such as the Iran nuclear accord, the Paris Agreement of 2015 on climate change, and NAFTA negotiations, arising out of the decade-long surge in US oil and gas production. Much to the dismay of OPEC members, oil prices have declined steeply since mid-2014. US exports of crude oil and refined petroleum products reached new highs in 2017, net exports of natural gas will climb steadily by 2020, and major oil exporting countries’ government revenues have declined sharply, putting political pressure on their leadership. In response, panelists will also discuss the impact of US oil and gas production growth on the global geopolitics of energy including the Trump administration’s quest for “energy dominance.”

Herman Franssen (Presiding)
Executive Director, Energy Intelligence Group

Frank Verrastro
Senior Vice President, CSIS

Molly Williamson (Invited)
Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute

Coffee Break

11:00am - 11:30am • Commonwealth Foyer

Concurrent Sessions 1 to 9

11:30am - 1:00pm

Awards Luncheon

1:00pm - 2:30pm • Adams / Madison Rooms

Edie Fraser (Keynote Speaker)
Chairman and Founder, STEMconnector/Million Women Mentors

Dual Plenary Session: U.S. Energy Policy Deep Dive

2:30pm - 4:00pm • Richmond / Roanoke Rooms

Reconciling the nation's competing energy goals/priorities/costs: domestic energy prices, energy security, stimulating investment in rebuilding energy infrastructure, US export promotion/trade balance, strategic counter to Russia, improving China relations, strengthening/weakening NAFTA, and how do these play out in terms of energy security choices, cost/value of GHG mitigation, flexibility in energy trade, catastrophic energy planning.

Natalie Kempkey (Presiding)
Office of Intg and Intl Energy Analysis, U.S. Energy Information Admin

Dual Plenary Session: Demand and the Vehicle Revolution

2:30pm - 4:00pm • Williamsburg / Yorktown Rooms

U.S. leadership in two competing arenas heading for collision? High efficiency engines versus electrification, market evolution to EVs/AVs/No-Vs, social costs of automated driving, policy toward small vs large vehicles, rail and air, marine, CAFÉ effects/update, cost of change, GHG effects.

Sanya Carley (Presiding)
Associate Professor, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

Coffee Break

4:00pm - 4:30pm • Commonwealth Foyer

Concurrent Sessions 10 to 18

4:30pm - 6:15pm

USAEE Chapter Leadership Meeting

5:15pm - 6:15pm • Shennandoah Room

Poster Session & Networking Reception

6:30pm - 8:00pm • Adams / Madison Rooms

Student Reception

8:00pm to 10:00pm • Location TBA



7:00am - 6:30pm • Outside Old Dominion Room

Networking Coffee Break

7:45am - 8:30am • Commonwealth Foyer

Concurrent Sessions 19 to 27

8:30am - 10:15am

Coffee Break

10:15am - 10:45am • Commonwealth Foyer

Dual Plenary Session: Electricity Market Design and Operations in Stress

10:45am - 12:15pm • Richmond / Roanoke Rooms

Panelists will probe major challenges facing the electricity industry: How will RTOs maintain reliability as the grid is powered increasingly by gas and renewables? Will markets work to sustain needed conventional generation, in an era of low energy prices? How should ISOs adjust their markets and planning to account for demand side management and distributed generation? Can these challenges be addressed with continued reliance on markets, or will we enter a new era of asset regulated returns?

Barney Rush (Presiding)
Board Member, ISO New England, Rush Energy Consulting

Dual Plenary Session: Energy Innovation Extends Supply Curve

10:45am - 12:15pm • Williamsburg / Yorktown Rooms

The session explores how innovative extraction technologies, big-data analytics, standardization, and reduction of unnecessary complexity have enabled energy firms to survive, adapt and evolve while exploiting new resources. What encourages innovation, and what preconditions allow it to flourish and spread in the industry?

Shree Vikas (Presiding)
Director Market Intellience & Business Analysis, ConocoPhillips

Awards Lunch

12:15pm - 2:00pm • Adams / Madison Rooms

Concurrent Sessions 28 to 36

2:00pm - 3:45pm

Coffee Break

3:45pm - 4:15pm • Commonwealth Foyer

Dual Plenary Session: Energy Demand and Efficiency - The Negawatt Challenge

4:15pm - 5:45pm • Richmond / Roanoke Rooms

Changing energy demand patterns, potential for peak demand, intensifying seasonality, urbanization/zoning/demographic evolution and impacts, solar demand from sunbelt, tropical energy demand patterns creeping north, adaptation, military (largest single U.S. buyer).

James Sweeney (Presiding)
Director, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Stanford University

Dual Plenary Session: Energy Trading and Optimization - How the Business is Changing

4:15pm - 5:45pm • Williamsburg / Yorktown Rooms

Global energy commodity trading is undergoing a paradigm shift driven by the transformation in market structure and the entrance of new U.S. players in oil and LNG exports. Panelists involved in the business in leadership roles, and in energy market analysis, will discuss how U.S. LNG trading and, more recently, exports have challenged the old regime which was based on oil-indexed agreements with destination restrictions, and has introduced a new framework in pricing, contracting, spot trading/marketing, and other flexible commercial mechanisms.

Tina Vital (Presiding)
President, TJV Consulting LLC

Margarita Brouwer-Boulankova
Vice President, ABN AMRO

USAEE General Membership Meeting

5:45pm - 6:15pm • Shennandoah Room



7:00am - 6:00pm • Outside Old Dominion Room

Denver Conference Planning Meeting

7:30am - 8:30am • Washington I & II

Networking Coffee Break

7:45am - 8:30am • Commonwealth Foyer

Dual Plenary Session: The Battery Revolution

8:30am - 10:00am • Richmond / Roanoke Rooms

The energy storage industry is experiencing lower prices, rapid scale-up in production, and a growing set of on- and off-grid applications. This session will discuss current and future implications of these trends: storage applications, coupling with renewable generation, market/policy barriers and opportunities, effects on electricity system emissions, and the potential threat to centralized electricity & natural gas markets.

Eric Hittinger (Presiding)
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Rochester Institute of Technology

Dual Plenary Session: Changing Balance of Government Policy and Regulation

8:30am - 10:00am • Williamsburg / Yorktown Rooms

This session will explore the changed federal perspective on energy regulation and policy, the incidence of federal regulation across different states, and areas of agreement or contention with differing states and/or regions. Implications for economic growth and consequent energy planning will be discussed.

Peter Balash (Presiding)
Senior Economist, National Energy Technology Laboratory

Coffee Break

10:00am - 10:30am • Commonwealth Foyer

Concurrent Sessions 37 to 45

10:30am - 12:15pm

Closing Plenary Session: Energy Technology Leapfrogging - Changing Perspectives of Energy Economics

12:15pm - 1:45pm • Richmond / Roanoke Rooms

Implications of all the foregoing: fossil fuels and renewable interactions/conflict, role of new technologies in reshaping/redefining traditional energy institutions, e.g., enable skipping utilities' functions in developing economies, combating energy poverty, energy equality, case of restoring power in Puerto Rico versus rebuilding/re configuring to small scale & storage options.

Adam E. Sieminski
Energy & National Security Program, Center for Strategic & Int’l Studies

Workshop I

1:45pm - 6:00pm • Adams Room

Workshop II

1:45pm - 6:00pm • Madison Room

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