Conference Program

USAEE Conference Program



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

Opening Reception

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



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

Student Breakfast Meeting

Nov 4   ·    7:00am - 8:30am
Centennial E

Networking Coffee Break

Nov 4   ·    7:45am - 8:30am
Interlocken 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

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 Goldthau
Professor in International Relations, Royal Holloway University of London

Coffee Break

Nov 4   ·    11:00am - 11:30am
Centennial and Interlocken Foyers

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
Senior Technical Director, GE Energy

Stephen 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

Fred Beach (Presiding)
Research Associate, Energy Institute, University of Texas

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

Tisha Schuller
Principal, Adamantine Energy

Keynote Luncheon

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

William “Bill” Ritter Jr (Keynote Speaker)
Former Governor of Colorado

Roundtable and Concurrent Sessions 1-9

Nov 4   ·    2:30pm - 4:00pm

Coffee Break

Nov 4   ·    4:00pm - 4:30pm
Centennial and Interlocken Foyers

Concurrent Sessions 10-18

Nov 4   ·    4:30pm - 6:00pm

USAEE Chapter Leadership Meeting

Nov 4   ·    5:00pm - 6:00pm
Fir Room

Capital Madness Reception

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

Student Reception

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

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



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

Networking Coffee Break

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

Dual Plenary Session: Government Policies Promoting Low Carbon Transition

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

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

Katherine Konschnik
Director, Climate and Energy Program, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke

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

Coffee Break

Nov 5   ·    10:00am - 10:30am
Centennial and Interlocken Foyers

Concurrent Sessions 19-26

Nov 5   ·    10:30am - 12:00n

Awards Luncheon

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

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

Dual Plenary Session: Changing Oil and Gas Company Investment

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

Mark Finley (Presiding)
GM Global Energy Markets, BP America Inc

Mark S Berg
Executive Vice President, Pioneer Natural Resources

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

Per Magnus Nysveen
Senior Partner, Rystad Energy

Coffee Break

Nov 5   ·    3:30pm - 4:00pm
Centennial and Interlocken Foyers

Concurrent Sessions 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

Networking Coffee Break

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

2020 Conference Information Meeting (By Invitation)

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

Concurrent Sessions 35-42

Nov 6   ·    8:30am - 10:00am

Coffee Break

Nov 6   ·    10:00am - 10:30am
Centennial and Interlocken Foyers

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 (Presiding)
Managing Director, Castle Placement LLC

Robert Fenwick-Smith
Founder and Managing Director, Aravaipa Ventures

Ambassador Robert C Perry
Director - Africa, The Stevenson Group

Closing Plenary: Energy Transitions - Learning Through History

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

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