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28th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference - December 3-5, 2008
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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

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.

Lori Smith Schell (Presiding)
President, Empowered Energy

Howard K. Gruenspecht (Discussion Leader)
Deputy Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration
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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

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?

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
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Margot Anderson
Executive Director, Bipartisan Policy Center Energy Project
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Dallas Burtaw
Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
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Dual Plenary Session: Changing Realities of Energy Supply

10:30am - 12:00n • Federal AB Room

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.

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

Thomas Helbling
Advisor, Research Department, International Monetary Fund
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Sara Banaszak
Vice President and Chief Economist, America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA)
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Michael Lynch
President, SEER, Inc.
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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"
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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

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.

Nazeer Bhore (Presiding)
Senior Technology Advisor, ExxonMobil
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Arnulf Grubler
Senior Research Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Vello Kuuskraa
President, Advanced Resources International
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Laura Diaz Anadon
Director of Energy Technology Innovation Policy Research Group, Harvard University
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Dual Plenary Session: Changing Face of Electricity: Smart Grid, Renewables, Natural Gas and Energy Efficiency

4:00pm - 5:30pm • Federal AB Room

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.

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
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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

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.

Return to Sunday
and Monday's Program



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

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.

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

Michael E. Canes
Distinguished Fellow, Logistics Management Institute
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Steve Mufson
Energy Correspondent, Washington Post

Sarah Ladislaw
Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies

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

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.

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

James L. Sweeney
Director, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Stanford University
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William Blyth
Associate Fellow, Chatham House
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Frederick L. Joutz
Professor of Economics, George Washington University
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Conference Secretariat
USAEE/IAEE Headquarters
28790 Chagrin Blvd.,
Suite 350
Cleveland, OH 44122 USA
Tel: 216-464-2785
Fax: 216-464-2768