USAEE Case Competition

The United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) Case Competition is a team-based competition focused on energy economics, open to teams of current students. Participating teams will work on the designated case problem over a period of three weeks and submit a written report detailing their methods and solution to USAEE. A complete solution to the problem will require teams to have knowledge in economics, engineering, and policy analysis. The two teams with the best solutions will be invited to present their results at a session at the November 3-6, 2019 37th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference in Denver, CO.

By participating in the USAEE Case Competition, students will be able to demonstrate their skills and ideas for potential employers and can win monetary prizes while contributing to solutions for challenging current energy economics problems. The top two teams will be invited to publicly present their results at the USAEE/IAEE North American Conference in Denver, CO and compete for the top two positions. The prizes will be $3500 for the first-place team, and $2,500 for second place. In addition, conference fees will be waived for up to two members of each invited team).

The competition is open to students from all over the world. Teams need not be USAEE/IAEE members to register and send in an entry. The two teams that are invited to present at Denver must be USAEE/IAEE members to receive their conference fee waivers and members must be students as of July 28, 2019. Selected teams will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Denver.

The USAEE Case Competition registration form is located here.

Examples of successful submissions from the 2018 USAEE Case Competition can be found here.

Competition Schedule:

USAEE Case Competition Rules

  • The two teams that are invited to present at Denver must be USAEE/IAEE members to receive their conference fee waivers and must be a student as of July 28, 2019. (Note: USAEE membership automatically grants IAEE membership and international teams are invited to participate.)
  • Teams must be between 2 and 5 participants.
  • The written report must be less than 8,000 words (excluding references), with figures and tables counting as 200 words each.
  • A panel of judges will read the submitted reports and choose two teams to present their work at the USAEE/IAEE Conference. Conference fees will be waived for up to two students from each team. (Note: students that are selected as one of the top teams and have already registered for the conference will get their conference fees reimbursed)
  • At the USAEE/IAEE Conference in Denver, CO, each of the two teams will present their case competition solution at a special concurrent session. The panel of judges will determine the order of the top two teams based on the contents of the presentations.
  • The prizes will be $3,500 for the first-place team, and $2,500 for second place.
  • More detailed instructions will be provided with the case competition materials.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and sponsors are invited to participate in defining the case problem and judging the submitted solutions. All inquiries about the USAEE Case Competition should be directed to Parth Vaishnav (parthv@cmu.edu).

Support for student participation in the competition is made possible by the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC). www.kapsarc.org