Topics and Subtopics for the 2016 USAEE/IAEE Conference on Implications of North American Energy Self-Sufficiency

The topics and subtopics listed below are indicative of the types of subject matter that Conference organizers would like to see covered. However, they are by no means exhaustive, and good proposals on other energy-related subjects will be given every consideration. The main selection criterion will be the quality of a proposal, not the particular subject matter.

Energy Demand and Economic growth

  • Income and wealth effects on energy demand
  • Demand for mobility fuels in a growing economy
  • Electricity demand and economic growth
  • Impacts of fiscal and monetary policy on energy demand
  • Economic forecasting model relationships, predictions and results

Energy supply and economic growth

  • Low cost energy and economic welfare
  • Energy sector contribution to economic growth
  • Optimal policy towards energy supply
  • Policy constraints on fossil fuels and the macroeconomy
  • Total impact of shifting energy infrastructure

Energy Research and Development

  • Innovation and technological progress in energy markets
  • Investment in and returns from private & public energy R&D
  • Impact of new technologies on existing infrastructure
  • Integration of new technologies into existing markets

Energy and the Environment

  • Impacts of growing energy demand on the environment
  • Relationship between environmental improvement and energy demand
  • Air quality policy and energy markets
  • Relationships between energy and water

Non-fossil Fuel Energy: Renewables & Nuclear

  • Economics of wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower
  • Impacts of renewable portfolio standards
  • Future of nuclear energy
  • Integration of renewable into existing markets and infrastructure

Energy Efficiency and Storage

  • Government policy towards energy efficiency
  • How much, how fast?
  • Contributor to or constraint on economic growth?

Financial Markets and Energy Markets

  • Do restructured market rules support reliability?
  • Energy firm participation in financial markets
  • Integration of financial and real energy markets
  • Optimal policy framework for financial energy markets

Political Economy

  • Public policies towards energy demand and supply
  • Jobs, incomes, local and regional development, wealth and energy policy
  • Energy policy and rent seeking
  • Fostering greater competition in energy markets

International Energy Markets

  • Sources of international supply and demand growth
  • North American supply and demand
  • Implications of energy exports from the US
  • Development of international energy infrastructure (pipelines, transmission lines, and shipping)
  • Energy market integration
  • Key energy developments in Asia, Europe and Latin America

Public understanding of and attitudes towards energy

  • Information and behavior in energy markets
  • Public understanding of energy markets and energy policy
  • Supplier/customer information imbalances and market outcomes
  • Social and traditional media influences on energy markets

Other Topics of interest

  • New oil and gas projects
  • Transportation fuels and innovation in vehicles
  • Generation, transmission and distribution issues in electricity markets
  • Energy poverty and access to affordable energy
  • Other energy issues