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Objectives and Aims/Goals


North America, if not the United States alone, is expected by many to soon be energy self-sufficient. Horizontal drilling, coupled with hydraulic fracturing, reversed the downward trend in production of both crude oil and natural gas. As a result, the lower-48 U.S. will be exporting natural gas by the time we meet in Tulsa. The debate over crude oil exports from the U.S. will likely still be raging, and is likely to be an element of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. The production turnaround has shaken world energy markets, and the operation of our energy markets produced substantial reductions in CO2 emissions through economic substitution from coal to natural gas in power generation. When we add advances in renewables and the promise of industrial-capacity battery systems, the potential for North American energy self-sufficiency appears to be on the near horizon. So, the focus of the 34th USAEE/IAEE Conference will be to provide a constructive and collegial forum for extensive debate and discussion, based on solid research and evidence, to facilitate deeper and broader understanding of the implications of this transformation for North America and the rest of the world.


The Tulsa conference will bring together business, government, academic and other professionals to explore these themes through a series of plenary, concurrent, and poster sessions. Your research will be a significant contribution to this discussion. Speakers will address current issues and offer ideas for improved policies taking full account of the evolution of the North American energy sector and its implications for the rest of the world. The conference also will provide networking opportunities for participants through informal receptions, breaks between sessions, public outreach, and student recruitment. There also will be offsite tours to provide a direct and close-up perspective on Oklahoma’s dynamic energy landscape.


Tulsa became known as the Oil Capital of the World at the turn of the twentieth century, and, for a time, Oklahoma was the number one oil producer in the world. The first oil field waterflood was carried out in Oklahoma in May 1931, and the first commercial hydraulic fracturing was performed in Oklahoma in 1949. More recently, Oklahoma companies have led the way with the application of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques to commercialize the vast shale gas and oil resources in Oklahoma and across the country.


Cushing, Oklahoma is the pricing point for the most active commodity futures contract in the world, home to nearly 80 million barrels of crude oil storage, and is the junction for numerous crude oil pipelines collecting and moving crude oil from around the Mid-Continent and Canada to refining centers. The influence reaches from the wellhead, through the midstream, to the refinery and beyond.


In addition to Oklahoma’s long-standing role in oil and gas, it is the fourth largest generator of wind energy in the country. The State has five hydroelectric projects, including a rare pump storage facility.

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Topics to be Addressed


  • U.S. Oil and Gas Exports
  • Energy Demand and Economic Growth
  • Energy Research and Development
  • Non-fossil Fuel Energy: Renewables & Nuclear
  • Energy Efficiency and Storage
  • Financial Markets and Energy Markets
  • Political Economy
  • OPEC’s Role in a Changing Energy World
  • Energy Supply and Economic Growth
  • Energy and the Environment
  • International Energy Markets
  • Energy Research and Development
  • Public Understanding of and Attitudes towards Energy



Who Should Attend?

  • Energy Company Executives and Managers
  • Energy Policy Analysts
  • Governmental Employees in Energy Resource Planning
  • Academics Specializing in Energy Policy and Analysis
  • Electricity Pricing and Market Analysts
  • Energy Consultants
  • Energy Company Planners
  • Economic Energy Risk and Derivatives Specialists
  • Oil and Natural Gas Executives
  • Energy Rate Executives
  • Electric and Utility Supervisors
  • Energy Environmental Analysts
  • Geologists and Engineers
  • Environmentalists
  • Energy Journalists


Post-Reception Social Gathering

DON'T DRINK ALONE! BEGIN THE CONFERENCE WITH NEW ACQUAINTANCES! After the Opening Reception, USAEE Council members and presidential advisors will lead a group of both newcomers and oldcomers to gather for drinks and food at a local pub, McNellies, which is within walking distance of the conference hotel. This will be a great opportunity to meet a number of conference attendees at the outset of the conference! Please note that all attendees will be responsible for paying for their own tab.

Supported by

The USAEE is registered with GARP as an Approved Provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. USAEE has determined that attending the Tulsa conference qualifies for 21 GARP CPD credit hours. If you are a Certified FRM or ERP, please record this activity in your Credit Tracker at http://www.garp.org/cpd.