Conference Program

USAEE Conference Program



Nov 3   ·    8:00am - 7:00pm
Outside Private Dining Room


Nov 3   ·    10:30am - 4:00pm
Centennial E

The PhD Day is a student-only event that will be held on Sunday, September 23 from 8:30am to 1:45pm. All current PhD Students in energy economics and related fields are invited to submit papers. This year’s event The PhD Day is a student-only event that will be held on Sunday, November 3 from 10:30am to 4:00pm. All current PhD Students in energy economics and related fields are invited to submit papers. follows the success of the inaugural PhD Day in Houston last year. Click here to learn more.

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Nov 3   ·    1:00pm - 4:00pm
Centennial F

Student Mentoring Session

Nov 3   ·    4:00pm - 5:30pm
Pine Room

Join us at this opportunity to meet a selection of mentors with experience in energy economics professions. Learn from seasoned professionals in various energy fields, chat about careers and personal experiences, and make connections with other conference attendees. All student and early professional attendees are welcome.

Opening Reception

Nov 3   ·    6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lobby Court and Terrace



Nov 4   ·    7:00am - 7:00pm
Outside Private Dining Room

Morning Networking Coffee

Nov 4   ·    7:45am - 8:30am
Centennial Ballroom Foyer

Welcome and Introduction

Nov 4   ·    8:30am - 8:45am
Interlocken BCD

Keynote Presentation

Nov 4   ·    8:45am - 9:30am
Interlocken BCD

Hal Harvey (Keynote Speaker)
CEO, Energy Innovation
"Energy Policy Solutions: Getting to Zero on Climate Change"

Plenary Session: Geopolitics of Energy Transition

Nov 4   ·    9:30am - 11:00am
Interlocken BCD

The notion of an ‘energy transition’ remains an inchoate concept; its links to geopolitics and security are even less well-understood. Classically understood to encompass shifts in the national supply of energy or the discovery of new energy resources, energy transitions are now impacting markets, demand, and trade. Panelists will explore some of the contours, which range from institutional shifts in the influence and membership of multilateral organizations, to the accelerating growth of trade in natural gas, to issues of resilience and cybersecurity that are growing in importance with the rise of interconnected systems, to the changing landscape for conflict and other minerals due to these changes in technologies and their deployment in large numbers.

Morgan Bazilian (Presiding)
Director, Payne Institute of Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines

Wim Thomas
Chief Energy Advisor, Shell International BV

Amy Jaffe
Senior Fellow and Director, Council on Foreign Relations

Andreas C Goldthau
Franz Haniel Professor for Public Policy, Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, Research Group Lead, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

Coffee Break

Nov 4   ·    11:00am - 11:30am
Centennial Ballroom Foyer

Dual Plenary Session: Decarbonisation of North American Power

Nov 4   ·    11:30am - 1:00pm
Interlocken BCD

The North American power market is rapidly evolving, and decarbonizing, due to the continued economic opportunities for natural gas, renewables, and increasingly storage, demand response and other modern power system solutions. This panel will explore the critical nature of technology innovation, policy and regulation, and business model evolutions, including regional and international related issues.

Douglas Arent (Presiding)
Deputy Associate Laboratory Director, NREL

Jesse Jenkins
Postdoctoral Environmental Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard University Center for the Environment

Debra Lew
Founder, Debra Lew LLC

Steve Berberich
President and Chief Executive Officer, California ISO

Dual Plenary Session: Challenges to Energy Infrastructure Development in U.S., Canada and Mexico

Nov 4   ·    11:30am - 1:00pm
Interlocken A

Paula A. Gant
SVP, Corporate Strategy and Innovation, Gas Technology Institute

Luis Serra Barragan
Executive Director, Tecnologico de Monterrey Energy Initiative at the School of Government and Public Trasnportation

Tisha Schuller
Principal, Adamantine Energy

Jean-Denis Charlebois
Chief Economist, National Energy Board

Keynote and Award Luncheon

Nov 4   ·    1:00pm - 2:30pm
Centennial Ballroom

USAEE Adelman Frankel Award to:
BP Statistical Review of World Energy

William “Bill” Ritter Jr (Keynote Speaker)
Former Governor of Colorado
"State of the States: Driving the Energy Transition for more than 250 Million Americans"

Roundtable and Concurrent Sessions 1-9

Nov 4   ·    2:30pm - 4:00pm

Coffee Break

Nov 4   ·    4:00pm - 4:30pm
Centennial Ballroom Foyer

Roundtable and Concurrent Sessions 10-18

Nov 4   ·    4:30pm - 6:00pm

USAEE Chapter Leadership Meeting

Nov 4   ·    5:00pm - 6:00pm
Cedar Room

Capital MadnessSM #4 Reception

Nov 4   ·    6:30pm - 8:00pm
Centennial Ballroom

Dennis J. O’Brien USAEE/IAEE Best Student Paper Awards
Best Working Paper Award
Case Competition Awards

Join us for the grand finale of Capital MadnessSM #4. At this capital raising bracket tournament, the Final Four contestants will pitch their business ideas to the judges and the USAEE/IAEE conference attendees. Capital MadnessSM #4 is sponsored by Castle Placement and the USAEE. Throughout the tournament, USAEE/IAEE students, entrepreneurs and existing companies will pitch their businesses on the tournament app as if they were presenting to investors to raise capital. Online voting on will narrow the field from October 1st to October 20th. The champion will be decided by the judges (prominent institutional investors, a USAEE representative and a Castle Placement representative) and attendees (via the mobile app). Entry Prize is a free listing on Final Four Prize is a free Conference registration (finalists will cover their travel and lodging). The Champion Prize is a free CPGO Network capital raise by Castle Placement which includes 100 targeted investors with contact information, access to Castle Placement’s proprietary capital raising CPGO App and a three-month listing on Capital MadnessSM is wholly owned by Castle Placement and is subject to FINRA/SEC regulatory requirements.

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Student Reception

Nov 4   ·    8:00pm - 10:00pm
Gordon Biersch Brewery

Immediately following the Capital Madness Reception, come join fellow students at Gordon Biersch Brewery, a 5 minute drive from the conference hotel, for some food, drinks, and networking opportunities. Transportation will be provided.

1 West Flatiron Crossing Dr. # 428
Broomfield, CO 80021

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Nov 5   ·    7:00am - 6:30pm
Outside Private Dining Room

Morning Networking Coffee

Nov 5   ·    7:45am - 8:30am
Centennial Ballroom Foyer

Dual Plenary Session: Government Policies Promoting Low Carbon Transition

Nov 5   ·    8:30am - 10:00am
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Susan Tierney (Presiding)
Senior Advisor, Analysis Group

Kelly Simms-Gallagher
Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts

Sarah Ladislaw
Senior Vice President; Director and Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, CSIS

Kate Konschnik
Director, Climate and Energy Program, Duke Nicholas Institute

Dual Plenary Session: U.S. Energy Trade

Nov 5   ·    8:30am - 10:00am
Interlocken A

This session will discuss North American energy trade in a global context. Globalization and international trade are pivotal to the energy complex, especially for coal, oil and refined products and increasingly for natural gas. By contrast, renewables and electricity generated from them are local and largely non-tradeable energy sources. These energy sources are competing to enhance domestic and export-related infrastructure, with energy and environmental policies at all levels of government playing increasing role.

R Dean Foreman (Presiding)
Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute

Kevin Book
Managing Director, ClearView Energy Partners

Horace Hobbs
Chief Economist, Phillips 66

Christopher Smith
Senior Vice President, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Cheniere

Coffee Break

Nov 5   ·    10:00am - 10:30am
Centennial Ballroom Foyer

Concurrent Sessions and Government Track 19-26

Nov 5   ·    10:30am - 12:00n

Keynote and Awards Luncheon

Nov 5   ·    12:00n - 2:00pm
Centennial Ballroom

USAEE Senior Fellow Awards:
Dr. Wallace E. Tyner (posthumous)
Dr. Andrew Kleit

Consul General Stephane Lessard (Keynote Speaker)
Consul General, Consulate General of Canada
"Canada and the United States: Partners for North American Energy Security"

Dual Plenary Session: Paths to a Sustainable Future

Nov 5   ·    2:00pm - 3:30pm
Interlocken BCD

The majority of decision makers now seem to believe we should reduce atmospheric concentrations of CO2 with a move to renewables and storage. However, the best paths from a 40,000 Calorie daily per capita fossil fuel diet is rather controversial. We focus on three possibilities – a continuing dash to gas, nuclear, and carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). We have the technology for each of these solutions, but each has its benefits and costs. For example, gas is abundant but it too emits carbon from burning and fugitive emissions. Nuclear has little carbon emissions but there are visions of mushroom clouds and toxic wastes dancing in many heads. With CCS, where can we economically put all the carbon we capture. For these and some other less mainstream solutions (dilithium crystals, anyone?), we will consider their potential, their costs, their drawbacks along with the needed technology breakthroughs and carbon policies to incentivize their application.

Carol Dahl (Presiding)
Senior Fellow, Payne Institute of Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines

Sara Banaszak
Senior Advisor, Exxon Mobil Corporation

Shannon Bragg-Sitton
Manager of the Systems Integration Department in the Nuclear Systems Design & Analysis Division, Idaho National Laboratory

John Minge
Chairman, Study on Carbon Capture, Use & Storage, National Petroleum Council

Dual Plenary Session: Changing Oil and Gas Company Investment

Nov 5   ·    2:00pm - 3:30pm
Interlocken A

Mark Finley (Presiding)
Fellow in Energy and Gobal Oil, Rice University

Mark S Berg
Executive Vice President, Pioneer Natural Resources

Chris Birdsall
Manager Economics & Energy, Corporate Strategic Planning, Exxon Mobil Corporation

Per Magnus Nysveen
Senior Partner, Rystad Energy

Coffee Break

Nov 5   ·    3:30pm - 4:00pm
Centennial Ballroom Foyer

Concurrent Sessions and Government Track 27-34

Nov 5   ·    4:00pm - 5:30pm

USAEE General Membership Meeting

Nov 5   ·    5:30pm - 6:00pm
Fir Room

An Evening At CSM's Geology Museum

Nov 5   ·    6:30pm - 9:30pm
Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

Join us for an evening of conviviality (tango lessons optional) at The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum. The museum is home to one of the state’s two Goodwill moon rocks collected during the Apollo 17 mission. It was started in 1874 and displays mineral, fossil, gemstone, meteorite and historic mining artifact exhibits on two floors. The museum serves as the state repository for Colorado’s mineral heritage and promotes its importance and understanding to the university community and the public. It aims to inspire scientific curiosity through education and research while encouraging appreciation of the earth and responsibility for its mineral, fossil, meteorite, and historic mining treasures.



Nov 6   ·    7:00am - 6:00pm
Outside Private Dining Room

2020 Conference Information Meeting (By Invitation)

Nov 6   ·    7:30am - 8:30am
Pine Room

Morning Networking Coffee

Nov 6   ·    7:45am - 8:30am
Centennial Ballroom Foyer

Concurrent Sessions and Government Track 35-42

Nov 6   ·    8:30am - 10:00am

Coffee Break

Nov 6   ·    10:00am - 10:30am
Centennial Ballroom Foyer

Dual Plenary Session: Global Decarbonization of Road Transport

Nov 6   ·    10:30am - 12:00n
Interlocken BCD

Marianne Kah (Presiding)
Senior Research Scholar, Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy

Lewis Fulton
Director, STEPS (Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways), UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies

Amitai Bin-Nun
Vice President, Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility Innovation, Securing America's Energy Future

Paul Leiby
Distinguished Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dual Plenary Session: Energy Entrepreneurship and Finance

Nov 6   ·    10:30am - 12:00n
Interlocken A

This session explores changes in the private securities industry are giving private companies unprecedented access to a wide range of equity and debt institutional funding – and giving institutional investors (including family offices, sovereign wealth funds, private equity, hedge funds, banks, venture capital, pension funds, and strategic investors) access to curated, targeted equity and debt investment opportunities. Panelists will probe challenges facing local and international investment in energy infrastructure projects – and why some succeed and others fail.

Tina Vital
Managing Director, Castle Placement LLC

Robert Fenwick-Smith
Founder and Managing Director, Aravaipa Ventures

Ambassador Robert C Perry
Director - Africa, The Stevenson Group

Greg Taylor
Partner, Sequoia Investment Management Company

Closing Plenary Session: Energy Transitions - Learning Through History

Nov 6   ·    12:00n - 1:30pm
Interlocken BCD

Energy market have changed drastically in the past few years but this panel will seek to answer the question: have the changes been any different from what's gone on previously? Sometimes a person's perspective on history is set by their own time span, which may be limited. Our discussion will hear from people who have been watching energy markets and ecosystems change and change again for many years. They will give us their perspective on just where the current shifts stand compared to what has gone on before. A push to decarbonize fuels as the world deals with the reality that oil and natural gas supplies won't be in anything resembling a tight market for the foreseeable future is a paradigm that we haven't seen previously. But there have been other upheavals in the past as well. Where do our current changes stand compared to the shifts of the past? People who know their history will help provide answers.

John Kingston (Presiding)
Executive Director and Oil Market Expert, FreightWaves

Richard Newell
President and CEO, Resources for the Future

Amory Lovins
Cofounder, Chief Scientist, and Chairman Emeritus , Rocky Mountain Institute

Workshop: Energy Asset Valuation and its Uses

Nov 6   ·    1:30pm – 6:00pm
Centennial E

Increased uncertainty about long-term energy supply and use, driven in part by threats to atmospheric and oceanic chemistry, has made investment decision-making by energy suppliers and users increasingly difficult. Applying appropriate long-term real asset valuation techniques can help give organizations, financial analysts, and government policy-makers better insights into energy investment decision making.

Participants in this workshop will receive an introduction to the valuation methods used to support futures and options trading, as these are applied to estimating payoffs to energy supply and use decisions in an uncertain environment. Topics will include:

- long-term/short-term tradeoffs
- equipment cost/quality tradeoffs
- value of flexibility in future decision-making

In addition to working some examples we shall discuss how to minimize the changes in organizational workflow needed to support the use of these methods while maximizing the insights made available.
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