Conference Program

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Grand River Dam Authority Tour

8:15am - 5:30pm • Meet in front of hotel to board the coach
Sponsored By: Grand River Dam Authority

This tour will be an opportunity to meet with GRDA’s senior management team and learn more about the decisions which went into GRDA’s unique mix of generation consisting of natural gas, conventional hydro, pumped-storage hydro, wind purchase contracts, and coal. Buses pick up from the hotel's main entrance, 2nd Street.

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12:00 - 7:00pm • Outside of Executive Room

Council Lunch (By Invitation)

12:00 - 1:00pm • Promenade Ballroom A

USAEE Council Meeting

1:00pm - 4:00pm • Promenade Ballroom C

Case Competition Session

4:30pm - 6:00pm • Promenade Ballroom B Room

Parth Vaishnav (Presiding)
Research Engineer
Carnegie Mellon University

Team #1 - Solar Solutions International
Arash Saboori
Ben White

University of California, Davis
(View Presentation)

Team #2 - CEEP@Delaware
Joseph Nyangon
Nabeel Alabbas

University of Delaware
(View Presentation)

Team #3 - The Pittsburgh Pascals
Apratim Vidyarthi
Pritham Aravind
Raafe Khan
Suyash Kela
Stephanie Beels

Carnegie Mellon University
(View Presentation)

Opening Reception

6:00pm - 7:30pm • Tulsa Ballroom South

Post-Reception Social Gathering

7:30pm - 9:30pm

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.



7:00am - 7:00pm • Outside of Executive Room

Student Mentoring Breakfast

7:00am - 8:30am • Promenade Ballroom B & C Rooms

Continental Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am • Promenade Ballroom Foyer
Sponsored By: ConocoPhillips

Welcome & Introduction

8:30am - 9:00am • Tulsa Ballroom South

Opening Plenary Session: Energy Policy - Competing Visions from the Two Parties

9:00am - 10:30am • Tulsa Ballroom South

Both the Senate and House are working on comprehensive energy legislation. If it becomes law, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016 will have far reaching implications for virtually all sectors of the energy sector. The goal of this session is to get an update on the status of the legislation from key staffers on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Will the legislation help us become more energy self sufficient? What will the legislation mean for modernizing our infrastructure? What are the goals for increasing the share of renewables? Increasing exports of domestic oil and natural gas? And if the legislation is not yet finalized by the time of the conference, what is the likely future of the legislation during the final two months of 2016?

Christine Tezak (Presiding)
Managing Director, Research, Clearview Energy Partners LLC

Angela S Becker-Dippmann
Democratic Staff Director, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Colin Hayes
Republican Staff Director, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Coffee Break

10:30am - 11:00am • Promenade Ballroom Foyer

Inaugural Government Track Session 1 and Concurrent Sessions 1-6

11:00am - 12:45pm

Awards Lunch

12:45pm - 2:30pm • Promenade Ballroom B, C, and D

USAEE Adelman Frankel Award to:
Fereidun Fesharaki

USAEE Senior Fellow Awards to:
Mary Lashley Barcella, John Felmy, Ronald Ripple

IAEE Outstanding Contributions to the Profession Award to:
Richard O'Neill

Dual Plenary Session: Managing in a Low-Price Environment

2:30pm - 4:00pm • Tulsa Ballroom South

There has been much discussion and media coverage of the implications for the oil and gas industry as a result of the extended low-price environment that we find ourselves in. However, different segments of the industry have been affected differently and have dealt with the conditions in different manners. The panel of industry participants will discuss what the effects have been on their segment and what they have done to address changes so they survive the current market and prepare for the future.

Bob Tippee (Presiding)
Editor, Oil & Gas Journal

David E Chenier
Chief Procurement Officer, ConocoPhillips
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Randy A Foutch
Chairman and CEO, Laredo Petroleum Holdings Inc
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William C Lawson
Vice President, Corporate Development and Execution, Williams Company
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Dual Plenary Session: Challenges and Opportunities in the Transport Sector

2:30pm - 4:00pm • Tulsa Ballroom Central

Some targets are easier to hold up than to hit, and doubling US vehicle mileages in nine years is no exception. This session will explore the economic, policy and technical implications involved in vastly increasing vehicle efficiencies, the role markets will play, and how quickly changes can take place while still keeping the nation moving. Top vehicle builders and transportation economists will debate prospects and costs for further petroleum engine efficiencies and lighter vehicle materials, as well as emerging electric vehicle (EV) technologies, falling battery costs, and electricity generation and delivery system economics – all amid persistently low fuel prices.

Benjamin Schlesinger (Presiding)
President, Benjamin Schlesinger & Assoc LLC
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Sanya Carley
Associate Professor, Indiana University
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Kenneth Gillingham
Assistant Professor of Economics, Yale University
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Nancy Homeister
Manager, Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Economy Regulatory Strategy, Ford Motor Company
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Coffee Break

4:00pm - 4:30pm • Promenade Ballroom Foyer

Inaugural Government Track Session 2 and Concurrent Sessions 7-12

4:30pm - 6:15pm

USAEE Chapter Leadership Meeting

5:15pm - 6:15pm • Oklahoma Ballroom North

Poster Session & Networking Reception

6:30pm - 8:00pm • Promenade Ballroom B, C, D and Foyer

1. Do Energy Retrofits Work? Evidence from Commercial and Residential Buildings in Phoenix
Jing Liang
Yueming (Lucy) Qiu
Arizona State University
View Extended Abstract | View Poster

2. Weather-Based Long-Term Electricity Demand Forecasting Model for Saudi Arabia: A Hybrid Approach Using End-Use and Econometric Methods for Comprehensive Demand Analysis
Nabeel H Alabbas
Center for Energy and Environmental Policy/University of Delaware (Sponsored by Saudi Aramco)
Joseph Nyangon
Center for Energy and Environmental Policy/University of Delaware
View Extended Abstract | View Paper | View Poster

3. On the Climate Policy Implications of Substitutabilty and Flexibility in the Economy
Melanie Craxton
James Merrick
Christos Makridis
John Taggart
Stanford University
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4. Drivers of Royalty Rates and Primary Terms in Private U.S. Mineral Leases
Mark J Agerton
Rice University
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5. Economic Feasibility of Integrating Renewable Energy into the Nigerian Power Generation Mix by 2030 (Unable to attend)
Nathaniel A Babajide
CEPMLP, University of Dundee, UK
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6. Ethanol and Non-Ethanol Gasoline Price Dynamics
Jade E Davis
University of Central Oklahoma
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7. Empirical Analysis on Vertical and Horizontal Wells in San Juan Basin
Elmira Kalhor
Janie Chermak
Katie M Zemlick
University of New Mexico
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8. World LNG Outlook
Niágara R Silva
Fluminense Federal University
Renato P Queiroz
Edmar L F Almeida
William C Vitto
University Federal of Rio de Janeiro
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9. Carbon Implications of Energy Storage in Grids with Expanded Wind Energy
Naga S Goteti
Eric Williams
Eric Hittinger
Rochester Institute of Technology
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10. Shale Oil Producer Hedging Policies and Firm Value
Eleanor Morrison
SOAS University of London
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Student Reception

8:00pm - 10:00pm • Prairie Brew Pub

Immediately following the Poster Session & Networking Reception come join fellow students at the Prairie Brew Pub, a 10 minute walk from the conference hotel, for further drinks and networking opportunities.



7:00am - 6:30pm • Outside of Executive Room

Continental Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am • Promenade Ballroom Foyer
Sponsored By: Laredo Petroleum

Inaugural Government Track Session 3 and Concurrent Sessions 13-18

8:30am - 10:15am

Coffee Break

10:15am - 10:45am • Promenade Ballroom Foyer

Dual Plenary Session: U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Exports - How have the economics changed?

10:45am - 12:15pm • Tulsa Ballroom South

The oil and natural gas industries are facing uncertainty as the rate of demand growth has failed to match either expectations or that of supply. The resulting low prices have damaged the economics of investments worldwide, with many factors having led to the change in industry dynamics. How will oil and natural gas and their roles in the larger energy mix, in both domestic and international markets, evolve to regain balance and provide new arbitrage opportunities? Are export market incentives necessary to promote domestic energy self-sufficiency? Our panel of experts will aim to provide insights into the changing conditions and answers to these questions.

Tina Vital
President, TJV Consulting LLC

Kathleen Eisbrenner
Founder, Chairman & CEO, NextDecade
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John Felmy
Consultant, Midnight Energy Economics
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Chris Pedersen
North American LNG Analyst, S&P Global Platts
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Dual Plenary Session: Challenges and Opportunities for Renewables

10:45am - 12:15pm • Tulsa Ballroom Central

The real-world promise and challenge of integrating large volumes of variable renewable energy are driving change in the center of the US. This panel is composed of a leader of the emerging transmission industry conveying that energy to market, a leader of a regional system operator integrating that energy in a reliability-first grid, and a leader of a major utility struggling with the market effects of that integration, moderated by an expert on renewable energy cost trends. What are the real market economics of renewables in today's power sector, and what further change should be expected?

Stephen Munro (Introductory Analysis and Discussion Moderator)
U.S. Policy Analyst and Editor, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
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Scott Vogt
VP of Energy Acquisition, ComEd
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Jameson T (JT) Smith
Director, Policy Studies, MISO
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Mario Hurtado
Executive Vice President Development, Clean Line Energy Partners

Awards Lunch

12:15pm - 2:00pm • Promenade Ballroom B, C, and D

IAEE Journalism Award to:
Russell Gold

Student & Other Awards/Recognitions

Michael J Teague (Keynote Speaker)
Secretary of Energy and Environment, State of Oklahoma
"Impacts of Induced Seismicity in Oklahoma"

Concurrent Sessions 19-23

2:00pm - 3:45pm

Coffee Break

3:45pm - 4:15pm • Promenade Ballroom Foyer

Dual Plenary Session: Shale and the Future of World Oil

4:15pm - 5:45pm • Tulsa Ballroom South

Our expert panel will discuss how the advent of shale oil is likely to impact OPEC’s strategic role in the world oil market. Implications for long-term price trends, market structure, and international trade patterns will be considered, in addition to the prospects for, and potential significance of North American self-sufficiency in petroleum.

James L Smith (Presiding)
Professor of Finance, Southern Methodist University

Philip K Verleger Jr
President, PK Verleger LLC
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Marianne S Kah
Chief Economist, ConocoPhillips
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James M Griffin
Professor and Bob Bullock Chair in Public Policy and Finance, Texas A & M University
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Harold G Hamm
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Continental Resources Inc.

Dual Plenary Session: Clean Power Plan - Implications and Strategies

4:15pm - 5:45pm • Tulsa Ballroom Central

In 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the Clean Power Plan, an ambitious regulatory plan to reduce electricity sector emissions 32% by 2030. This panel will discuss critical issues and implications of the plan, including its costs and economic efficiency, effects on energy markets, current legal challenges, and utility strategies for implementation.

Eric Hittinger (Presiding)
Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
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Christine Tezak
Managing Director, Research, Clearview Energy Partners LLC

Charles Rossmann
Forecasting & Model Development Manager, Southern Company

Erica Bowman
Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute
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USAEE General Membership Meeting

5:45pm 6:15pm • Oklahoma Ballroom South


6:30pm - 8:30pm • The Summit

Spectacular views for miles in every direction await you from The Summit's perch on the 30th floor of the Bank of America Building. This reception is a short 10 minute walk from the Hyatt Regency. No bus transportation will be provided. Come mingle and network with conference delegates and enjoy the beautiful Tulsa skyline at the Summit!

Walk to Address: 15 W 6th Street, in the Bank of America Center (about 3 blocks from the hotel)

Student Reception

8:30pm - 10:30pm

Immediately following the Reception at the Summit come join fellow students for further drinks and networking opportunities. Meet in front of the Summit elevators at 8:30pm to walk together to one of Tulsa’s hottest nightspots!



7:00am - 6:00pm • Outside of Executive Room

Houston Conference Planning Meeting

7:30am - 8:30am • Oklahoma Ballroom North/South

Continental Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am • Promenade Ballroom Foyer

Dual Plenary Session: Across the Borders - Updates from Canada and Mexico

8:30am - 10:00am • Tulsa Ballroom South

Recent political developments in Canada and Mexico may impact energy markets and North America energy trade. The new left-of-center government in Alberta has been taking a very different view of the oil sands operations in that Province, while the new Canadian Federal government is also intending to change policies toward the energy sector. Meanwhile, Mexico has begun to implement significant new policies affecting the Pemex monopoly on oil and gas development, while it has also embarked on a radical restructuring of its electricity industry. How might these developments affect North American energy markets and trade in oil, natural gas and electricity? How might developments in energy markets in turn influence political developments in both countries longer term?

Peter R Hartley (Presiding)
Professor and Baker Institute Scholar, Rice University

Andre Plourde
Dean Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University
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Juan Rosellon
Professor, CENACE (Mexican ISO)
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Alejandra Elizondo
Research Fellow, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE)
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Dual Plenary Session: On the Other Side of the Meter - Demand Side Issues

8:30am - 10:00am • Tulsa Ballroom Central

In the past, discussions of the electricity sector have been mainly focused on supply-side issues. However, in recent years demand-side considerations have become increasingly important. With advances in technology, policy developments, and increased efforts to understand consumer behavior, the time is ripe to investigate the 'other side of the meter'. An expert panel will convene to discuss these demand-side considerations for individual households and users as well as their impact on the electricity system as a whole.

Melanie Craxton
PhD Candidate, Stanford University

Seth Blumsack
Associate Professor, Penn State University

Jeff Brown
Energy Efficiency & Consumer Programs Manager, Public Service Company of Oklahoma

James L Sweeney
Director of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Professor, Stanford University
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Coffee Break

10:00am - 10:30am • Promenade Ballroom Foyer

Concurrent Sessions 24-28

10:30am - 12:15pm

Closing Plenary Session: Outlook and Global Perspectives

12:15pm - 1:45pm • Tulsa Ballroom South

The US remains a growing presence in global energy markets just as these markets are playing a growing role in on the US energy scene. Pulling together the various strands running through the previous two days requires both a broad view and long experience in energy markets as represented on the panel before you and among the audience of which you are all a part. This is meant to be a participatory session, with panel interaction and hopefully ample audience participation. Each of the four panelists will spend about five minutes laying out what they think the key energy issues are, where they think things are going globally and how that will affect the US.

David H Knapp (Presiding)
Chief Energy Economist, Energy Intelligence Group

Adam E Sieminski
Administrator, Energy Information Administration

Fereidun Fesharaki
Chairman, FACTS Global Energy

Jeffrey R Currie
Global Head of Commodities Research, Global Investment Research Division, Goldman Sachs

Workshop: The Cause and Consequence of Induced Seismicity

1:45pm - 5:00pm • Promenade Ballroom D
Coordinating Partner: Society of Petroleum Engineers
Sponsored By: Center for Energy Studies at Rice University's Baker Institute


Separate registration is required.

Ken Medlock (Presiding)
Director, Center for Energy Studies, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy

Linda Capuano
Fellow in Energy Technology, Center for Energy Studies, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy

Jeremy Boak
Director, Oklahoma Geological Survey, University of Oklahoma

Kyle Murray
Hydrogeologist, Oklahoma Geological Survey, University of Oklahoma

Wide spread shale oil and gas development across the United States has triggered a number of environmental concerns related to the energy-water nexus. Water captured during production (so-called produced water or flowback) has created a very particular set of challenges. In general, waste water from production activities can be treated and recycled, treated and released, temporarily stored in retention pits, or disposed of in deep injection wells. In the case of disposal in deep injection wells there is growing concern that waste water injection can trigger earthquakes, or induce seismic activity. This workshop will explore the technical elements of deep injection disposal wells and induced seismicity, then raise the policy issues and technical solutions that accompany expanded waste water disposal activities.

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Workshop: Global Energy Risk management: Turning Risk into a Competitive Opportunity

1:45pm – 6:00pm • Promenade Ballroom B

Separate registration is required.

Glenn Labhart (Presiding)
Chairman of Energy Oversight Committee of the GARP ERP Program & Senior Partner Labhart Risk Advisors
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Joe Byers
Senior Director of Risk Management, Direct Energy

Bob Broxson
Managing Director, BDO Consulting

Energy risk management requires focus on the complexities associated with asset transformation, storage, processing, treatment and transportation of energy commodities to develop sound risk management strategies. This session will communicate from lectures and case studies to gain an understanding of:
· The basics of energy risk management.
· Fostering a mindset of real option valuation to address risk and value added strategies.
· Hedging strategies to add extrinsic value to a company’s asset structure.
· Developing leadership skills of managing assets and value added strategies.

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Cushing Tour: Enbridge Cushing Terminal, Petro Warrior, and University of Tulsa North Campus

7:30am - 5:00pm • Meet in front of hotel to board the coach at the hotel's 2nd Street entrance
Sponsored By: American Petroleum Institute

This tour will visit crude oil tank farm storage and pipeline handling facilities in Cushing, OK; the pricing point for the NYMEX crude oil futures contract. It will also visit an operating lease site, and University of Tulsa oil and gas production research facilities. These will give a first-hand overview of cutting edge research into production performance, an actual producing lease, and the handling and storage of crude oil.

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