Conference Program

SUNDAY 10/25 | MONDAY 10/26 | TUESDAY 10/27 | WEDNESDAY 10/28 | Printable Program



12:00 - 7:00pm • Duquesne Room

Council Lunch (By Invitation)

12:00 - 1:00pm • Sky Lounge - 24th Floor
Sponsored By: Williams

USAEE Council Meeting

1:00pm - 4:00pm • Benedum Room

Opening Receiption

6:00pm - 7:30pm • Commonwealth 1, 2

Case Competition

7:30pm - 9:30pm • Benedum Room

Eric Hittinger, Presiding
Assistant Professor
Rochester Institute of Technology

Team #1 - Oil Solutions International
Hanjiro Ambrose
Arash Saboori
Ben White

University of California, Davis
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Team #2 - CMU EPP
Nathaniel Horner
Erin Mayfield

Carnegie Mellon University
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Team #3 - Haas Energy Team
Stephanie Moon
Avanti Tamhane
Yuriy Pryadko
Andrey Gutkovsky

University of California, Berkeley
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Student Mentoring Session

7:30pm - 10:00pm • Sterlings 1, 2, 3



7:00am - 7:00pm • Duquesne Room

Student Breakfast Meeting

7:30am - 8:30am • Commonwealth 1

Continental Breakfst

7:45am - 8:30am • Kings Garden 4 & 5 Foyer
Sponsored By: ConocoPhillips

Presider's Huddle

8:10am - 8:25am • Liberty Room

Welcome and Introduction

8:30am - 9:00am • Kings Garden 1, 2, 3

Opening Plenary: The Dynamic Energy Landscape: Natural Gas in the U.S.

9:00am - 10:30am • Kings Garden 1, 2, 3

The astonishing growth of natural gas production from Marcellus and Utica shales raises bold possibilities throughout the region, the nation and the rest of the world. A panel of leading energy economists and stakeholders will define and probe the extent of the domestic and global resource, and discuss opportunities and challenges in capturing and sustaining the broad economic, employment, trade and even environmental benefits of shale gas, while ensuring public health and safety.

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

Vello Kuuskraa
President and Chairman, Advanced Resources International, Inc.
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David J Spigelmyer
President, Marcellus Shale Coalition
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Rusty Braziel
President, RBN Energy
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Coffee Break

10:30am - 11:00am • Bridges Room

Concurrent Sessions 1 - 6

11:00am - 12:45pm

Awards Luncheon

12:45pm - 2:30pm • Kings Garden 4 & 5

USAEE Adelman Frankel Award to:
Adam E. Sieminski & Howard Gruenspecht

USAEE Senior Fellow Awards to:
Robert Borgstrom, Amy Jaffe and Andrew Slaughter

IAEE Outstanding Contributions to the Profession Award to:
Severin Borenstein

David A Hounshell (Keynote Speaker)
David M. Roderick Professor of Technology and Social Change, Carnegie Mellon University
"Two Centuries of Energy Transitions in the Pittsburgh Region"

Dual Plenary: Renewable Energy Integration

2:30pm - 4:00pm • Kings Garden 1 & 2

Most agree that renewable energy will play a significant role our future energy needs. Simply complying with existing federal and state environmental policies will add several GW to the U.S. electricity grid over the next decade. However, integrating renewables to the grid is not without cost and technical challenges. This session hosts three panelists that are leaders in different aspects of the energy industry (regulatory, project development/finance, and academia) to discuss these challenges and possible solutions.

Julian Lamy (Presiding)
Research Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University

Jay Apt
Professor Tepper School of Business and Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Mike Speerschneider
Chief Permitting & Public Policy Officer, EverPower

Resmi Surendran
Senior Manager, Market Analysis and Design, ERCOT

Severin Borenstein
E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Dual Plenary: USAEE/SPE Plenary Session - Water at the Well-site: Production, Handling and Disposal

2:30pm - 4:00pm • Commonwealth 2

The rapid growth of oil and gas production from unconventional resource plays has raised concerns about water withdrawal and use in well completion as well as post-completion water handling. While the intersections between energy and water are significantly deeper than just water use for oil and gas production, the recent concerns regarding water at the well-site have led to a wave of interest in developing new technologies and establishing new regulatory frameworks to allay any stresses. Speakers will address these issues in a technically-oriented discussion to shed light on emerging policy actions and new technological innovations aimed at alleviating concerns over water at the well-site.

Kenneth B Medlock (Co-Presiding)
Senior Director of the Center for Energy Studies (CES), James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy Resource Economics, Baker Institute, Rice University

William Furlow (Co-Presiding)
Senior Manager Business Development, Society of Petroleum Engineers

Meagan Mauter
Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

John Walsh
Director of Consulting Services, CETCO Energy Services
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Coffee Break

4:00pm - 4:30pm • Bridges Room

Concurrent Session 10 - 18

4:30pm - 6:15pm

USAEE Chapter Leadership Meeting

5:15pm - 6:15pm • Liberty Room

Poster Session and Networking Reception

6:30pm - 8:00pm • Kings Garden 4 & 5

1. Understanding the Potential for Electricity Savings and Assessing Feasibility of a Transition towards DC Powered Buildings
Brock Glasgo
Chris Hendrickson
Ines Azevedo
Carnegie Mellon University
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2. Potential Impacts of Materials on Future Low Carbon Transition: A Case of Low Carbon Technologies in Road-transport Sector
Seyed Mehdi Mohaghegh
UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR)
Ilkka Keppo
UCL Energy Inistitue
Christophe McGlade
UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources
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3. The Impact of Climate Change and Air Pollution Information on Support For CO2 Emissions Regulations
Brian Sergi
Alex Davis
Inês Azevedo
Department of Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
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4. Can The Interdependence Between Energy And Matter Resources Lead to An Economic Collapse?
Fatma Rostom
University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Gaël Giraud
Agence Française du Développement
Olivier Vidal
University Joseph Fourier
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5. An Analysis for Promoting Residential-scale Solar Photovoltaic (PV) in Bangkok
Aksornchan Chaianong
Carey W. King
The University of Texas at Austin
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6. Adjustment Costs, Uncertainty, and the Proved reserves of Crude Oil
Xiaoli Zheng
University of Calgary
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7. Willingness to Pay to Avoid Environmental Impacts of Electricity Generation
Cristobal De La Maza
Alex Davis
Ines Azevedo
Carnegie Mellon University
Claudia Aravena
Trinity College
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8. Portfolio Analysis of Renewable Energies
Mehdi Shahriari
Seth Blumsack
Pennsylvania State University
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9. Introducing Probability into Energy Forecasting
Lynn H Kaack
Jay Apt
Granger Morgan
Evan Sherwin
Inês Azevedo
Carnegie Mellon University
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10. The Impact of Virtual Trading on Wholesale Electricity Markets
Juan S Giraldo
Paul V Preckel
Purdue University
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11. Efficiency and Productivity of Cross – Country Electricity Generation: A parametric Approach
Victor A Ajayi
Anthony Glass
Tom Weyman-Jones
Loughborough University
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12. Energy Price Increases and Firm Entry
Soma Patra
Southern Methodist University
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13. Economic Analysis of Gas Subsidy Reform and FiT Mechanism in the Malaysia Electricity Sector Based on the CGE Model
Fatemeh Chatri
Masoud Yahoo
National University of Malaysia
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Student Reception

8:00pm - 10:00pm • Olive or Twist

140 6th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222



7:00am - 6:30pm • Duquesne Room

Bergen Conference Planning Meeting

7:30am - 8:30am • Sterlings 2 Room

Continental Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am • Bridges Room

Presider's Huddle

8:10am - 8:25am • Liberty Room


Concurrent Sessions 19 - 27

8:30am - 10:15am

Coffee Break

10:15am - 10:45am • Bridges Room

Dual Plenary: Industrial Resurgence

10:45am - 12:15pm • Kings Garden 1 & 2

US Industrial Renaissance Panel -- Energy abundance is expected to revive production of key products and innovative activity in the US. Three panelists are planned: one who will address the potential manufacturing sectors that will thrive in this new environment and one who will focus exclusively on the petrochemical space. The third and final speaker will focus on technology's contribution to encouraging either a return of key economic sectors or the birth of new ones.

Mine K Yucel (Presiding)
Senior Vice President and Research Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Peter C Balash
Senior Economist, U.S. Department of Energy
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Martha Gilchrist Moore
Senior Director - Policy Analysis and Economics, American Chemistry Council
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Tom Duesterberg
Program Director, Retired Executive Director, Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century, Aspen Institute

Dual Plenary: Future of Coal

10:45am - 12:15pm • Commonwealth 2

The combined uncertainty in energy and environmental policy and the increasing competition from natural gas bring increasing pressure on the coal and power sectors. What is the future of coal in this environment? Can research in coal utilization and carbon management affect the demand for coal both in the US and abroad? A panel of experts will consider technical and policy issues important in understanding the dynamics and future of coal in the current environment.

Jerald J Fletcher (Presiding)
Professor and Director Natural Resource Analysis Center, West Virginia University

James F Wood
Director of the Advanced Coal Technology, US-China Clean Energy Research Center, West Virginia University

Steve Winberg
Program Manager, Global Laboratory Operations, Battelle Global Laboratory Operations
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Christopher Nichols
Senior Analyst, DOE-NETL Office of Strategic Energy Analysis and Planning (SEAP), U.S. Department of Energy

Awards Luncheon

12:15pm - 2:00pm • Kings Garden 4 & 5

IAEE Journalism Award to:
John Kingston

Student & Other Awards/Recognitions

Concurrent Sessions 28 - 36

2:00pm - 3:45pm

Coffee Break

3:45pm - 4:15pm • Bridges Room

Dual Plenary: Climate

4:15pm - 5:45pm • Kings Garden 1 & 2

This is an important year for international climate negotiations, as diplomats gear up for the twenty-first session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change set to take place in Paris this December. The goal of COP 21 is to forge a binding international agreement to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the national level. An expert panel will convene to discuss the importance of reaching an agreement, the challenges that must be overcome in order to negotiate an effective deal and the panelists will offer their views regarding potential Paris outcomes.

Jared Anderson (Presiding)
Editor, Breaking Energy

Eliza Northrop
Research Analyst II for the International Climate Action Initiative, World Resources Institute
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M Granger Morgan
Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
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Kevin Massy
Director International Affairs, Statoil

Dual Plenary: Electricity Markets

4:15pm - 5:45pm • Commonwealth 2

Wholesale electricity markets and electricity deregulation have been in place almost 20 years, and yet markets are still constantly evolving. Changes to ISO/RTO area footprints, the energy and capacity market structures, along with various layers of regulatory uncertainty and the unique perspective of the players create a dynamic environment. This session will profile some of the market opportunities and challenges facing the electricity industry today.

Steve Bossart (Presiding)
Senior Energy Analyst, NETL
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Mario S DePillis
Principal, Economic and Energy Analysis
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Ingmar Sterzing
VP, Power Supply and Energy Service, Pedernales Electric Cooperative
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Howard Haas
Chief Economist, Monitoring Analytics
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USAEE General Membership Meeting

5:45pm - 6:15pm • Sterlings 2

Reception: Andy Warhol Museum

6:30pm - 8:30pm • The Andy Warhol Museum

117 Sandusky Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks served. Buses will begin loading at 6:00pm at the hotel front entrance. Transportation will be provided to and from the Reception. Weather abiding, we encourage those able to take the short 15 minute walk to the museum, see walking directions here. There is parking in the surrounding areas of the Warhol, should you wish to drive yourself. Please note, you must bring both your name badge as well as drink tickets with you to attend this event.
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7:00am - 6:00pm • Duquesne Room

Tulsa Conference Planning Meeting

7:30am - 8:30am • Sterlings 2 Room

Continental Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am • Bridges Room

Presider's Huddle

8:10am - 8:25am • Liberty Room

Dual Plenary: Geopolitics

8:30am - 10:00am • Kings Garden 1 & 2

Oil and to a lesser extent natural gas markets have gone through a period of reduced impact from geopolitical events in 2014 and 2015. But the events and their future importance in particular to oil supplies and oil prices should certainly be remembered. The evolution of market geography with demand for energy in general shifting eastward creates a new potentially more difficult set of geopolitical uncertainties.
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David H Knapp (Presiding)
Managing Director - Energy Intelligence Research Division, Energy Intelligence Group

Guy Caruso
Senior Advisor, Energy and National Security Program, CSIS

Edward Morse
Managing Director, Citigroup

Frank Linden
Senior Risk Management Officer, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

Dual Plenary: Energy Infrastructure

8:30am - 10:00am • Commonwealth 2

America's energy infrastructure - consisting of millions of miles of pipelines, railways and electricity lines - serves a vital role in the transmission, storage and delivery of the nation's energy. This panel will present different perspectives from across a variety of energy delivery modes.

Christopher Nichols (Presiding)
Senior Analyst, DOE-NETL Office of Strategic Energy Analysis and Planning (SEAP), U.S. Department of Energy

John Schmitter
President, KEP, LLC
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Donald F Santa
President and CEO, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
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William F Hederman
Deputy Director for Systems Integration and Sr Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
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Coffee Break

10:00am - 10:30am • Bridges Room

Concurrent Sessions 37 - 45

10:30am - 12:15pm

Closing Plenary: Energy Finance & Risk Management

12:15pm - 1:45pm • Kings Garden 1 & 2

The collapse in global oil prices caught market participants by surprise and is redefining the energy landscape – particularly for U.S. onshore shale oil & gas producers. A panel of leading energy economists, financial and risk managers will discuss events which led up the fall in global oil price, implications for the energy market and what may lie ahead.

Tina Vital (Presiding)
Energy Investment Analyst

Michael Sell
Senior Vice President, ERP Program Manager, Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)
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Glen Swindle
Managing Partner, Scoville Risk Partners
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Amy M Jaffe
Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability, University of California, Davis
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Workshop: Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage

2:00pm - 5:00pm • Commonwealth 1, 2
Sponsored By: Rice University's Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies

For more information, please click here.

Separate registration is required.

Kenneth Medlock (Presiding)
Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy

Traci Rodosta

Chuck Zelek

Peter Kobos
Sandia National Laboratories

Haibo Zhai
Carnegie Mellon University

Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) is gaining attention in energy policy discussions, particularly as policies aimed at reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions gain traction. Reconciling climate change policy with the existing deep and well-established fossil fuel supply chains presents a challenge that technology has the potential to address through carbon capture and storage. However, any new technology must be commercially viable in its own right to have an economically sustainable footprint. Thus, the potential value proposition in utilizing CO2 to enhance profitability in the extractive industries has grabbed significant attention. This workshop will address the technical challenges of CCUS and demonstrate multiple efforts aimed at modeling the implications of expanded CCUS on energy markets.

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