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USAEE Council/Student Lunch (By Invitation)
12:00n - 1:00pm • Statler AB Room
Sponsored By: Chevron

USAEE Council Meeting
1:00pm - 5:00pm • Massachusetts Room

12:00n - 7:00pm • Ohio Room

Opening Reception
6:00pm - 7:30pm • Congressional Room

Networking Dinners
7:30pm - 9:30pm Cost not included in conference registration; sign up during Opening Reception.


7:00am - 7:00pm • Ohio Room

Continental Breakfast
7:30am - 8:30am • Congressional Room

Presider's Huddle
8:15am - 8:25am • Michigan Room

Welcome and Introduction
8:30am - 9:00am • Presidential Ballroom

Opening Plenary Session: Changing U.S. & International Energy Policy Perspectives
9:00am - 10:30am • Presidential Ballroom

Frank A. Verrastro (Presiding)
Senior Vice President and Director, Energy and National Security Program, CSIS

David C. "Clay" Bretches
Vice President, Marketing and Minerals, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Robert M. Simon
Staff Director of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate

Christopher A. Smith
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil & Natural Gas, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

In this session, speakers will explore different aspects of changing U.S. and international energy policies.

Coffee Break
10:30am - 11:00am • Upper Lobby
Sponsored By: IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates

Concurrent Sessions 1 - 9
11:00am - 12:30am

Awards Luncheon
12:30pm - 2:30pm • Congressional and Senate Rooms

David B. Sandalow (Keynote Speaker)
Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy
"Moving Toward a Sustainable Energy Economy"

Dual Plenary Session: Prospects for Nuclear Power After Fukushima
2:30pm - 4:00pm • Presidential Ballroom

Christophe Bonnery (Presiding)
Vice President, Energy Policy, AREVA

Kyoichi Miyazaki
Senior Consultant, Poten & Partners

Laurent Stricker
Chairman, World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO)

Peter Bradford
Adjunct Professor, Vermont Law School

Wilfrid L. Kohl
Senior Advisor and Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS

International and U.S. speakers will present different viewpoints and explore changing prospects for nuclear energy, with a focus on the impact on the nuclear industry and energy policies of the recent accident in northern Japan.

Dual Plenary Session: Energy Access and Economic Development
2:30pm - 4:00pm • Federal AB Room

Charles K. Ebinger (Presiding)
Director, Energy Security Initiative, Brookings

Lawrence Jones
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Policy & Industry Relations, Alstom Grid Inc

David Elzinga
Energy Technology Analyst, International Energy Agency

Ryan Hobert
Deputy Director, Climate & Energy, United Nations Foundation

Topics addressed will include increasing access to energy, the relationship between energy and economic development, the changing World Bank perspective on energy, and over-use of oil to generate electricity in developing countries.

Coffee Break
4:00pm - 4:30pm • Upper Lobby
Sponsored By: ICF International

Concurrent Sessions 10 - 18
4:30pm - 6:00pm

Chapter Leadership Meeting
5:00pm - 6:00pm • Michigan Room

Student Poster Session and Networking Reception
6:15pm - 8:00pm • Congressional and Senate Rooms
Sponsored By: Aramco Services Company

John Holding (Presiding)
Independent Practitioner - Energy Macroeconomics

Student Reception (By Invitation)
8:00pm - 10:00pm • Science Club Restaurant Address: 1136 19th Street, NW Washington, DC


7:00am - 6:30pm • Ohio Room

Presider's Huddle
8:15am - 8:25am • Michigan Room

'Town Hall' breakfast with EIA
7:30am - 8:30am • Congressional and Senate Rooms
Sponsored By: ConocoPhillips

Lori Smith Schell (Presiding)
President, Empowered Energy

Howard K. Gruenspecht (Keynote Speaker)
Deputy Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration

How much and what kinds of data does EIA need to continue producing in order to maintain efficient energy markets? In a ‘town hall’ style forum, USAEE members will have an opportunity to dialog with EIA’s leadership on its announced reductions in energy data and analysis programs in response to Congressional funding cuts. Click here to see EIA’s cuts under its FY 2011 budget.

Concurrent Sessions 19 - 27
8:30am - 10:00am

Coffee Break
10:00am - 10:30am • Upper Lobby

Dual Plenary Session: The Changing Tenor of the Climate Policy Debate in the United States and Around the World
10:30am - 12:00n • Presidential Ballroom

Neelesh Nerurkar (Presiding)
Specialist in Energy Policy, U.S. Congressional Research Service

Stephen D. Eule
Vice President for Climate and Technology, U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy

Margot Anderson
Executive Director, Bipartisan Policy Center Energy Project

Dallas Burtaw
Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future

Speakers will broadly discuss key developments regarding environmental policy, particularly climate change. What can be expected regarding climate related policy at the state, regional, and national level in the United States? How is this affected by other energy and environmental policy concerns? What national policies can be expected in other major energy consuming countries? What are the implications for an international agreement on climate?

Dual Plenary Session: Changing Realities of Energy Supply
10:30am - 12:00n • Federal AB Room

Shirley J. Neff (Presiding)
Sr Advisor to the Administrator, Energy Information Administration

Thomas Helbling
Advisor, Research Department, International Monetary Fund

Sara Banaszak
Vice President and Chief Economist, America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA)

Michael Lynch
President, SEER, Inc.

Speakers will explore all aspects of new energy supply including shale gas and shale oil and their impact on other fuels, the role of coal in the energy mix, and the ability for nuclear and renewables to compete with coal and natural gas.

Awards Luncheon
12:00n - 2:00pm • Congressional and Senate Rooms

Masakazu Toyoda (Keynote Speaker)
Chairman and CEO, Institute of Energy Economics - Japan
"The New Challenges for Japanese Energy Policy after the Great Earthquake"

Concurrent Sessions 28 - 35
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Coffee Break
3:30pm - 4:00pm • Upper Lobby

Dual Plenary Session: Energy Technologies: From Development to Deployment
4:00pm - 5:30pm • Presidential Ballroom

Nazeer Bhore (Presiding)
Senior Technology Advisor, ExxonMobil

Arnulf Grubler
Senior Research Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Vello Kuuskraa
President, Advanced Resources International

Laura Diaz Anadon
Director of Energy Technology Innovation Policy Research Group, Harvard University

Speakers will explore topics on new energy technology development such as renewables, nanotechnology and algae-to-oil, as well as address issues and challenges in an era of energy R&D funding constraints by industry and government.

Dual Plenary Session: Changing Face of Electricity: Smart Grid, Renewables, Natural Gas and Energy Efficiency
4:00pm - 5:30pm • Federal AB Room

Douglas Arent (Presiding)
Executive Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Mark Fulton
Managing Director and Global Head of Research DB Climate Change Advisors, Deutsche Bank

Michael Sachse
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel, OPOWER

Bryan Mignone
Sr Policy Advisor, Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy

Speakers will address issues affecting electricity supply and demand in North America with focus on: Investment requirements for transmission and distribution infrastructure, energy efficiency investments and impediments to economically sound efficiency investments, better throughput/usage of existing natural gas-fired capacity, and proposed retirement of aging coal and nuclear generation assets.

USAEE General Membership Meeting
5:30pm - 6:00pm • South American B Room

Offsite Reception
6:30pm - 8:30pm • Mexican Cultural Institute
Sponsored By: Statoil
2829 16th Street NW
Washington, DC

Make Reservations Early - Space is Limited to 300 Persons!

Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks served. Participation is limited to the first 300 delegates that sign-up on the conference registration form given capacity restraints at the Mexican Cultural Institute. There is no public parking available at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Buses will begin loading at 6:00pm at the hotel side entrance (K Street). Transportation will be provided to and from the Reception. Note, you must bring your name badge and special reception entrance ticket, as well as drink tickets with you to attend this event.


7:00am - 6:00pm • Ohio Room

2012 North American Conference Planning Meeting
7:30am - 8:30am • Senate Room

Presider's Huddle
8:15am - 8:25am • Michigan Room

Plenary Session: Energy Policy in an Era of Chronic Budget Deficits
8:30am - 10:00am • Presidential Ballroom

Robert McNally (Presiding)
Founder and President, The Rapidan Group

Michael E. Canes
Distinguished Fellow, Logistics Management Institute

Steve Mufson
Energy Correspondent, Washington Post

Sarah Ladislaw
Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies

In an "Davos-style" interactive panel, analysts and policy experts will comment on four key energy policy topics (taxes, subsidies, data, and R&D) from the viewpoint of how Congress and the Administration can manage energy policy objectives while under increasing pressure to reduce budget deficits. The group will explore the usefulness of energy economics to the policy process and examine how USAEE members might advance the quality of public discourse on these issues.

Coffee Break
10:00am - 10:30am • Upper Lobby

Concurrent Sessions 36 - 40
10:30am - 12:00n

Closing Plenary Session: The Last Word - Toward a Secure Energy Future
12:00n - 1:30pm • Presidential Ballroom

Benjamin Schlesinger (Presiding)
President, Benjamin Schlesinger and Associates, LLC

James L. Sweeney
Director, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Stanford University

William Blyth
Associate Fellow, Chatham House

Frederick L. Joutz
Professor of Economics, George Washington University

What does energy security really mean? In the world that is emerging, energy security means more than just having lots of supply – it extends as well to transportation and end-use options and efficiencies, and having an informed public and policy environment. Energy security overlaps with economic and environmental security issues as well. Three top analysts will wrap-up the conference with final thoughts going forward, with parting words to the wise on the key challenges in the energy space.