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Tulsa to host national energy conference Oct. 23-26, 2016

Collage of Power and energy conceptsThe United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) and its sister organization, the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), will hold the 34th annual North American Conference, “Implications of North American Energy Self-Sufficiency,” Oct. 23-26, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa.

Horizontal drilling, coupled with hydraulic fracturing, has dramatically reversed the downward trend in production of both crude oil and natural gas. Advances in renewables and the promise of industrial-capacity battery systems mean the potential for North American energy self-sufficiency is on the horizon. The Tulsa conference offers a unique opportunity for business, government, academic and other professionals to gather to explore these themes through a series of plenary, concurrent and poster sessions.

Panels will discuss the various policy and investment decisions that will need to be made to balance the use of those natural resources with their impact on the environment and local economies. Three special sessions also will focus on “U.S. Presidential Transitions.”

The Collins College of Business is a platinum sponsor of the conference; and Ron Ripple, Mervin Bovaird Professor of Energy and Finance, serves as the local representative on the conference executive committee and technical tour coordinator. Mike Troilo, Wellspring Associate Professor of International Business, is co-chair for concurrent sessions, and both Ripple and Troilo serve on the conference program committee.

Working press is invited to attend the conference free of charge. A pressroom will be available throughout the conference for media who present press credentials upon registration.

Agenda and Highlights

The full program can be found at

Energy Policy – Competing Visions from the Two Parties
Both the U.S. 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 energy. 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.

Managing in a Low-Price Environment
The panel of industry participants will discuss the effects of the extended low-price environment on their respective segments and what they have done to address changes so they survive the current market and prepare for the future.

Inaugural Government Track
What do the impending election and subsequent transition mean for the energy industry? Three sessions examine the transition from the distinct perspectives of the incoming political party, agency personnel and outside stakeholders.

Highlighted Speakers

  • Michael J. Teague, secretary of energy and environment, State of Oklahoma
  • James L. Smith, professor of finance, Southern Methodist University
  • Philip K. Verleger, Jr., president, PK Verleger LLC
  • Marianne S. Kah, chief economist, ConocoPhillips
  • Harold G. Hamm, chairman and chief executive officer, Continental Resources Inc.
  • David H. Knapp, 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
  • Mark Finley, GM global energy markets, BP America Inc.
  • Randy Foutch, chairman and CEO, Laredo Petroleum Holdings Inc.
  • Kathleen Eisbrenner, founder, chairman and CEO, NextDecade
  • William C. Lawson, vice president, corporate development and execution, Williams Company
  • Jeff Brown, energy efficiency and consumer programs manager, Public Service Company of Oklahoma
  • Christine Tezak, managing director, research, Clearview Energy Partners LLC
  • Angela S Becker-Dippmann, Democratic staff director, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • Brian Hughes, Republican deputy staff director, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

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The USAEE was founded in 1994 to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, experience and issues among professionals interested in energy economics. It is the largest affiliate of the International Association for Energy Economics, a worldwide organization founded in 1977 comprising over 4,200 corporate, academic, scientific and government professionals concerned with energy and related issues in the international community.