Conference Program

USAEE Conference Program



Nov 3   ·    8:00am - 7:00pm
Outside Private Dining Room

PhD Day Session

Nov 3   ·    10:30am - 4:00pm
Cedar Room

The PhD Day is a student-only event that will be held on Sunday, November 3 from 10:30am to 4:00pm. All current PhD Students in energy economics and related fields are invited to submit papers.
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Case Competition Session

Nov 3   ·    2:00pm - 3:30pm
Alder Room

Erin Mayfied (Presiding)
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Princeton University

Team #1 - BYuiuc
Boya Hou
Yangxue Yu

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Team #2 - eVOLve
Colin Sasthav
Dustin Gilmer

University of Tennessee

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Student Mentoring Session

Nov 3   ·    4:00pm - 5:30pm
Pine Room

Join us at this opportunity to meet a selection of mentors with experience in energy economics professions. Learn from seasoned professionals in various energy fields, chat about careers and personal experiences, and make connections with other conference attendees. All student and early professional attendees are welcome.

Opening Reception

Nov 3   ·    6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lobby Court and Terrace



Nov 4   ·    7:00am - 7:00pm
Outside Private Dining Room

Morning Networking Coffee

Nov 4   ·    7:45am - 8:30am
Centennial Ballroom Foyer

Welcome and Introduction

Nov 4   ·    8:30am - 8:45am
Interlocken BCD

Keynote Presentation

Nov 4   ·    8:45am - 9:30am
Interlocken BCD

Douglas Arent (Presiding)
Deputy Associate Laboratory Director, NREL

William “Bill” Ritter Jr (Keynote Speaker)
Former Governor of Colorado
"State of the States: Driving the Energy Transition for more than 250 Million Americans"

Plenary Session: Geopolitics of Energy Transition

Nov 4   ·    9:30am - 11:00am
Interlocken BCD

The notion of an ‘energy transition’ remains an inchoate concept; its links to geopolitics and security are even less well-understood. Classically understood to encompass shifts in the national supply of energy or the discovery of new energy resources, energy transitions are now impacting markets, demand, and trade. Panelists will explore some of the contours, which range from institutional shifts in the influence and membership of multilateral organizations, to the accelerating growth of trade in natural gas, to issues of resilience and cybersecurity that are growing in importance with the rise of interconnected systems, to the changing landscape for conflict and other minerals due to these changes in technologies and their deployment in large numbers.

Morgan Bazilian (Presiding)
Director, Payne Institute of Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines

Wim Thomas
Chief Energy Advisor, Shell International BV
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Amy Jaffe
Senior Fellow and Director, Council on Foreign Relations

Andreas C Goldthau
Franz Haniel Professor for Public Policy, Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, Research Group Lead, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

Eirik Waerness
Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Equinor ASA

Coffee Break

Nov 4   ·    11:00am - 11:30am
Centennial Ballroom Foyer

Dual Plenary Session: Decarbonisation of North American Power

Nov 4   ·    11:30am - 1:00pm
Interlocken BCD

The North American power market is rapidly evolving, and decarbonizing, due to the continued economic opportunities for natural gas, renewables, and increasingly storage, demand response and other modern power system solutions. This panel will explore the critical nature of technology innovation, policy and regulation, and business model evolutions, including regional and international related issues.

Douglas Arent (Presiding)
Deputy Associate Laboratory Director, NREL
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Jesse Jenkins
Postdoctoral Environmental Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard University Center for the Environment

Debra Lew
Founder, Debra Lew LLC

Steve Berberich
President and Chief Executive Officer, California ISO

Dual Plenary Session: Challenges to Energy Infrastructure Development in U.S., Canada and Mexico

Nov 4   ·    11:30am - 1:00pm
Interlocken A

This panel will explore the challenges and potential solutions in building new energy infrastructure in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. While the three countries share similar experiences, they also have unique issues. Are their learnings about successful solutions that can be transferred between nations? To what extent does a lack of energy infrastructure limit energy flows across shared borders? How should those issues be resolved?

Paula A. Gant (Presiding)
SVP, Corporate Strategy and Innovation, Gas Technology Institute

Luis Serra Barragan
Executive Director, Tecnologico de Monterrey Energy Initiative at the School of Government and Public Transportation

Tisha Schuller
Principal, Adamantine Energy
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Jean-Denis Charlebois
Chief Economist, Canadian Energy Regulator

Award Luncheon

Nov 4   ·    1:00pm - 2:30pm
Centennial Ballroom

USAEE Adelman Frankel Award to:
BP Statistical Review of World Energy

USAEE Senior Fellow Awards:
Dr. Wallace E. Tyner (posthumous)
Dr. Andrew Kleit

Case Competition Awards
Best Working Paper Award

Roundtable and Concurrent Sessions 1-9

Nov 4   ·    2:30pm - 4:00pm

Coffee Break

Nov 4   ·    4:00pm - 4:30pm
Centennial Ballroom Foyer

Roundtable and Concurrent Sessions 10-18

Nov 4   ·    4:30pm - 6:00pm

Your Time to Engage – Energy Networking Reception

Nov 4   ·    6:30pm - 8:00pm
Centennial Ballroom

Dennis J. O’Brien USAEE/IAEE Best Student Paper Awards

This event is a networking reception with beverages and hors d'oeuvres where participants get to discuss energy-related topics of interest. There will be 8 tables with leaders on various energy topics and four 15-minute intervals will be allocated allowing participants to switch topics 4 times during the reception. Participants can also chose to remain at one table if the topic is of particular interest. This is a good way to get to know people with similar interests.

Student Reception

Nov 4   ·    8:00pm - 10:00pm
Gordon Biersch Brewery

Immediately following the Energy Networking Reception, come join fellow students at Gordon Biersch Brewery, a 5 minute drive from the conference hotel. Enjoy food and dessert in our reserved space, with drinks available for purchase. Transportation to/from the hotel will be provided.
Gordon Biersch Brewery, 1 West Flatiron Crossing Dr. #428, Broomfield CO
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Nov 5   ·    7:00am - 6:30pm
Outside Private Dining Room

Morning Networking Coffee

Nov 5   ·    7:45am - 8:30am
Centennial Ballroom Foyer

Dual Plenary Session: Government Policies Promoting Low Carbon Transition

Nov 5   ·    8:30am - 10:00am
Interlocken BCD

The. U.S. has cut carbon emissions around 13% from 2005 to 2017 led by the electricity sector. Market forces contributing to the cut include lower natural gas prices, cost reductions in wind and solar, and energy efficiency investments in buildings, power plants, vehicles, and industry. A myriad of government policies have also contributed including federal R&D investment and tax incentives, stricter energy standards, and state and regional carbon cap-and-trade programs. Since these emissions cuts, though welcome, do not meet the even-deeper cuts recommended by the scientific community to safe guard our climate, this session explores a number of questions: What is ahead on the state and federal policy agenda? What policies will support efficient and effective pathways to lower-carbon energy economies given the myriad policy makers at various levels of government? What policies have a chance of being adopted, and why? How does the Green New Deal fit into this discussion?

Susan Tierney (Presiding)
Senior Advisor, Analysis Group

Kelly Sims-Gallagher
Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts

Sarah Ladislaw
Senior Vice President; Director and Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, CSIS

Carrie Jenks
Executive Vice President, M.J. Bradley & Associates

Dual Plenary Session: U.S. Energy Trade

Nov 5   ·    8:30am - 10:00am
Interlocken A

This session will discuss North American energy trade in a global context. Globalization and international trade are pivotal to the energy complex, especially for coal, oil and refined products and increasingly for natural gas. By contrast, renewables and electricity generated from them are local and largely non-tradeable energy sources. These energy sources are competing to enhance domestic and export-related infrastructure, with energy and environmental policies at all levels of government playing increasing role.

R Dean Foreman (Presiding)
Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute
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Kevin Book
Managing Director, ClearView Energy Partners

Horace Hobbs
Chief Economist, Phillips 66
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Oliver Tuckerman
Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy, Cheniere
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Coffee Break

Nov 5   ·    10:00am - 10:30am
Centennial Ballroom Foyer

Concurrent Sessions and Government Track 19-26

Nov 5   ·    10:30am - 12:00n

Keynote Luncheon

Nov 5   ·    12:00n - 2:00pm
Centennial Ballroom

Consul General Stephane Lessard (Keynote Speaker)
Consul General, Consulate General of Canada
"Canada and the United States: Partners for North American Energy Security"

Dual Plenary Session: Paths to a Sustainable Future

Nov 5   ·    2:00pm - 3:30pm
Interlocken BCD

The majority of decision makers now seem to believe we should reduce atmospheric concentrations of CO2 with a move to renewables and storage. However, the best paths from a 40,000 Calorie daily per capita fossil fuel diet is rather controversial. We focus on three possibilities – nuclear, a continuing dash to gas, and carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). We have the technology for each of these solutions, but each has its benefits and costs. For example, nuclear has little carbon emissions but there are visions of mushroom clouds and toxic wastes dancing in many heads. Gas is abundant but it too emits carbon from burning and fugitive emissions. Nuclear has little carbon emissions but there are visions of mushroom clouds and toxic wastes dancing in many heads. With CCS, where can we economically put all the carbon we capture. For these and some other less mainstream solutions (dilithium crystals, anyone?), we will consider their potential, costs, and drawbacks along with the needed technology breakthroughs and carbon policies to incentivize their application.

Carol Dahl (Presiding)
Senior Fellow, Payne Institute of Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines

Sara Banaszak
Senior Advisor, Exxon Mobil Corporation
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Shannon Bragg-Sitton
Manager of the Systems Integration Department in the Nuclear Systems Design & Analysis Division, Idaho National Laboratory

Cindy A. Yeilding
Senior Vice President, BP America Inc.

Dual Plenary Session: Changing Oil and Gas Company Investment

Nov 5   ·    2:00pm - 3:30pm
Interlocken A

This panel will explore how oil and gas company investment has changed and the impact on oil and gas supply. Changing expectations for prices, technological progress (including the sustainability of US tight oil), policy, and geopolitics have impacted company thinking re: oil/gas investment, both in absolute terms and relative to renewables. How have these factors changed company investment plans, and what will the implications be for future supply? Are prospects different for oil vs gas?

Mark Finley (Presiding)
Fellow in Energy and Gobal Oil, Rice University

Mark S Berg
Executive Vice President, Pioneer Natural Resources
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Chris Birdsall
Manager Economics & Energy, Corporate Strategic Planning, Exxon Mobil Corporation
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Per Magnus Nysveen
Senior Partner, Rystad Energy
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Coffee Break

Nov 5   ·    3:30pm - 4:00pm
Centennial Ballroom Foyer

Concurrent Sessions and Government Track 27-34

Nov 5   ·    4:00pm - 5:30pm

USAEE General Membership Meeting

Nov 5   ·    5:30pm - 6:00pm
Fir Room

An Evening At CSM's Geology Museum

Nov 5   ·    6:30pm - 9:30pm
Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, 1310 Maple Street, Golden, CO 80401

Join us for an evening of conviviality (tango lessons optional) at The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum. The museum is home to one of the state’s two Goodwill moon rocks collected during the Apollo 17 mission. It was started in 1874 and displays mineral, fossil, gemstone, meteorite and historic mining artifact exhibits on two floors. The museum serves as the state repository for Colorado’s mineral heritage and promotes its importance and understanding to the university community and the public. It aims to inspire scientific curiosity through education and research while encouraging appreciation of the earth and responsibility for its mineral, fossil, meteorite, and historic mining treasures.



Nov 6   ·    7:00am - 2:00pm
Outside Private Dining Room

2020 Conference Information Meeting (By Invitation)

Nov 6   ·    7:30am - 8:30am
Pine Room

Morning Networking Coffee

Nov 6   ·    7:45am - 8:30am
Centennial Ballroom Foyer

Concurrent Sessions and Government Track 35-42

Nov 6   ·    8:30am - 10:00am

Coffee Break

Nov 6   ·    10:00am - 10:30am
Centennial Ballroom Foyer

Dual Plenary Session: Global Decarbonization of Road Transport

Nov 6   ·    10:30am - 12:00n
Interlocken BCD

As the global power sector decarbonizes, the transport sector will become the main driver of CO2 emissions growth. Much of the focus today is on the electrification of road transport since fuel substitution is considered to be less challenging than for other transportation modes. This session addresses the challenges and prospects of electrifying passenger cars and trucks around the world, including the infrastructure needs of the transition. What are the advantages and disadvantages of electrification vs. other decarbonization alternatives (e.g., hydrogen, biofuels)? Which countries or regions will be leaders in electrifying road transport, and which countries will lag? The panel also assesses the impact of automation and shared mobility on energy demand. Will they increase the efficiency of travel, thereby reducing energy demand. Alternatively, if they increase the convenience of driving and reduce cost, will they instead increase vehicle miles traveled and energy demand in road transport? What happens to CO2 emissions if power for electrification is generated by coal?

Marianne Kah (Presiding)
Senior Research Scholar, Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy
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Lewis Fulton
Director, STEPS (Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways), UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies
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Amitai Bin-Nun
Vice President, Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility Innovation, Securing America's Energy Future
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Paul Leiby
Distinguished Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dual Plenary Session: Energy Entrepreneurship and Finance

Nov 6   ·    10:30am - 12:00n
Interlocken A

This session explores changes in the private securities industry are giving private companies unprecedented access to a wide range of equity and debt institutional funding – and giving institutional investors (including family offices, sovereign wealth funds, private equity, hedge funds, banks, venture capital, pension funds, and strategic investors) access to curated, targeted equity and debt investment opportunities. Panelists will probe challenges facing local and international investment in energy infrastructure projects – and why some succeed and others fail.

Tina Vital
Managing Director, Castle Placement LLC

Robert Fenwick-Smith
Founder and Managing Director, Aravaipa Ventures
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Ambassador Robert C Perry
Director - Africa, The Stevenson Group
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Greg Taylor
Partner, Sequoia Investment Management Company
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Closing Plenary Session: Energy Transitions - Learning Through History

Nov 6   ·    12:00n - 1:30pm
Interlocken BCD

Energy market have changed drastically in the past few years but this panel will seek to answer the question: have the changes been any different from what's gone on previously? Sometimes a person's perspective on history is set by their own time span, which may be limited. Our discussion will hear from people who have been watching energy markets and ecosystems change and change again for many years. They will give us their perspective on just where the current shifts stand compared to what has gone on before. A push to decarbonize fuels as the world deals with the reality that oil and natural gas supplies won't be in anything resembling a tight market for the foreseeable future is a paradigm that we haven't seen previously. But there have been other upheavals in the past as well. Where do our current changes stand compared to the shifts of the past? People who know their history will help provide answers.

John Kingston (Presiding)
Executive Director and Oil Market Expert, FreightWaves

Richard Newell
President and CEO, Resources for the Future
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Amory Lovins
Cofounder, Chief Scientist, and Chairman Emeritus , Rocky Mountain Institute

Tour the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Energy Systems Integration Facility

Nov 6   ·    1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Golden, CO

We will meet and board the bus at the Omni Interlocken Hotel lobby at 1:30 p.m. sharp and drive to NREL, where their staff will conduct the tour. At the end of the tour we will board the bus for the trip back to the Omni. Please note that because of traffic, we cannot guarantee a return time to the hotel, so please plan your flights and reservations accordingly.
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Tour Noble Energy’s O&G Production Facilities

Nov 7   ·    7:00am - 5:00pm (estimated)
DJ Basin

We will travel to Greeley Colorado. On route, Noble staff will provide us an overview of their operations in the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin. In Greely, we will tour the NOSTC, a full-scale training facility and competency center that features simulated operations equipment.
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