A GARP Approved Conference
Over the last decade, energy markets have experienced a period of extreme volatility. In terms of traditional energy resources, the growth in unconventional oil production in the United States, and the retreat of OPEC from stabilizing the market have both contributed to the recent sharp decline in oil prices. World events, including Nigerian militant attacks and the return of Iranian crude to the world market, will continue to create uncertainty about world oil supply. For the US, the first LNG export cargos and the prerogatives of a new presidential administration will also have far-reaching effects for oil & gas markets. In terms of electricity, the US economy's reliance on electricity continues to grow as demand for the nation's former number one fuel for dispatchable generation, coal, is dwindling. Renewable energy technologies, such as wind and solar, are also continuing to grow, and their intermittent nature continues to pose important questions about their integration. On the demand side, energy efficiency efforts also continue to alter the system, providing interesting challenges and opportunities for today's utility companies and new participants. Transportation is another sector that has been spurned into quickened action by the volatile energy markets. The 35th USAEE/IAEE Conference will provide a forum for an informed and collegial discussion of how the highs and lows of the current and future years will impact all stakeholders across all these facets of the energy sector and more - from populations to companies to governments - in North America and around the world.
What better location to discuss the past and possible future of the energy industry than Houston? It has been known as the "Energy Capital of the World" since Spindletop erupted in 1901, and has remained the home for global oil & gas companies since the early 20th century. Today it is home to the offices of most major oil and gas companies therefore maintaining its prominence as a hub for traditional primary energy sources. Houston has seen many oil market booms and busts, but these cycles have also allowed it to develop diverse energy sector industries beyond oil and gas in response. More recently, Houston has started to serve as the renewable energy innovation headquarters for the state of Texas, which is home to more than 12,000 MW of wind capacity with several thousand more megawatts still under development. Houston also hosts leading engineering and oilfield service firms focused on energy construction projects, major banks operating in energy trading and energy project finance, major law firms specializing in energy issues, a vibrant software industry focused on energy applications, and a large diplomatic community with analysts focused on energy industry developments.
As the world looks to smooth the ride in oil & gas prices, resolve the dilemmas of energy affordability and environmental responsibility, and cultivate disruptive leaps forward in technology, this conference can provide the perfect setting for discussions around policy approaches, economic indicators, and technological drivers. The 35th USAEE/IAEE Conference is sure to contribute to the analysis of these critical issues. Speakers will include key figures from industry, academia, and government focusing on an agenda that spans the breadth of energy sector issues from upstream to downstream, the supply-side to the demand-side, and from the primary energy to electricity and transportation sectors. The conference also will provide networking opportunities for participants through informal receptions, breaks between sessions, public outreach, and student recruitment. There will also be offsite tours to provide closer insight into why Houston will continue its role as the global energy hub in the years and decades to come.
Abstract Deadline: June 5, 2017
Student Best Paper Award Submissions: July 7, 2017
The USAEE is registered with GARP as an Approved Provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. USAEE has determined that attending the Houston 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.