November Lunch
Paul J. Feldman, Former Chairman of the Midwest ISO
Cybersecurity and the Grid

October Lunch
Adam Sieminski, U.S. Energy Information Administration
EIA Winter Fuels Outlook

September Lunch
Janet Gellici, Chief Executive Officer of the National Coal Council
Coal Industry Update

July Lunch
Basil Karatzas, Founder and CEO, Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.
US Energy Exports and the Panama Canal Expansion

June Lunch
Paul Sotkiewicz
, Ph.D.
Senior Economic Policy Advisor for the PJM Wholesale Power Market
PJM Updates: Capacity Auctions, CPP Implementation, New Investments

June Tour
Andrew Knox

US Navy, Energy Initiatives and Integration Manager
Getting to Zero: A DC Family’s Project to Cut Net Home and Vehicle CO2 Emissions Down to Zero

May Lunch
Jamie Webster

Global Energy Expert
Global Oil Markets: Is It Recovery Time?

20th Energy Policy Conference

March Lunch
David Abraham

Technology, Rare and Electronics Materials Center
The Elements of Power

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Happy Hour Event
NCAC -- Women's Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) Happy Hour July 2016
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Adam Sieminski, Lunch Speaker Presentation
Adam Sieminski, Speaker at
the NCAC Annual Conference
Monthly Lunch Meeting
NCAC Annual Conference
NCAC Anual Conference
Mark Lively, Peri Ulrey,
and Mark Finley at a
Monthly Lunch Event

National Capital Area Chapter of the
U.S. Association for Energy Economics

The National Capital Area Chapter of the United States Association for Energy Economics (NCAC-USAEE) is a non-profit organization of 400 energy professionals in the Washington metropolitan area. We are dedicated to providing a forum that fosters the exchange of ideas and the sharing of professional experiences. We also seek to promote an improved understanding of energy economics and energy related issues by all interested parties.

To accomplish these goals we hold lunch meetings (usually on the third Friday of each month) to provide an opportunity for networking, followed by a presentation from an expert speaker on a timely and important energy topic. Our luncheons are held in downtown Washington, DC. We also hold an annual dinner, where our members have a chance to interact in a more relaxed setting, and we co-host a comprehensive, one-day, policy conference, collaborating in recent years with Johns Hopkins SAIS, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Georgetown University. We have begun sponsoring field trips to energy-related sites in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Please check on this site for updated luncheon, conference and field-trip schedules.

The President's Letter

Welcome to the 2016/2017 NCAC year.


I am honored to serve as your President this year.  While there are many professional organizations, none stand out like the NCAC.  Our organization, with a focus on all matters related to the economics of energy, provides a forum where relevant issues can be discussed in an open, challenging and professional way and where all views are welcome.  We are an all-volunteer organization and, with no sponsors, we have no biases or potential conflicts of interest.  In today’s hyper-partisan world, the NCAC is a real gem.   


We have an all-star Council.  Returning this year are:

Roger Lueken, (Treasurer) The Brattle Group
Garry Tyran (Secretary) UCLA Anderson School of Management
Brad Groters Cheniere Energy
Devin Hartman  R Street Institute
Joel Hicks (Student Rep) George Mason University
Natalie Kempkey Independent Energy Analyst
Michael Ratner Congressional Research Service
Barney Rush Rush Energy Consulting
James Koehler (IPP) Berkeley Research Group
Omar Cabrales (Advisor) Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
New to the Council are:  
Elaine Levin (Vice President) Powerhouse
Pat McMurray  Natural Gas Roundtable
Jennifer Reichert CRDF Global
Joel Yudken High Road Strategies

Our theme for the year is Energy in Transition as suggested by Jennifer Reichert.  Transition is the reality of the industry – nothing is more relevant or timely.  Thank you Jennifer. 
Topics planned for the fall include, (i) an update on the coal industry, (ii) the EIA Winter Fuels Outlook, (ii) grid security, and (iv) distributed generation.  We are also planning technical tours and happy hours.  More on these and other initiatives to follow.  


When I first met with Elaine Levin, we talked about plans for the year ahead.  At the end of our conversation, she summarized by saying, “Let’s keep it fun and lively.”  I was taken aback for a moment and then responded, “Yes, let’s keep it fun and Lively.” 


Our first lunch meeting will be on Friday, September 23 at Chinatown Garden on H Street.  I look forward to seeing you at this and other NCAC events this coming year.


Jim McDonnell
Avalon Energy Services, LLC

Upcoming Events

Location: Chinatown Garden, 618 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro)

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Location: Clyde’s Gallery Place, 707 7th Street, N.W.

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Location: Carmine's Restaurant - 425 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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The NCAC Membership Corner
Featured Member

On occasion, NCAC will take the opportunity to feature a member with his/her interests and achievements in energy and environment. The profiling will take the form of a Q&A.

Our Featured
Member Profile is:


Charles Foster

Program Manager,

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Our Member's Profile

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Previous Featured Members' Profiles

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**** In Memoriam ****

Mark Lively

February 4, 1948 - March 4, 2016

Mark Lively

NCAC Past President,
Vice President, Treasurer and Longtime Member

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2013 PowerPlant/Wind/CoalMine Tour
2013 PowerPlant/Wind/CoalMine Tour
NCAC Tours Calvert Cliffs 2016
2016 Tour at Calvert Cliffs
USAEE members on oil sands tour during the 2010 Calgary Conference
2010 Oil Sands Tour in Calgary
NCAC members at 150th Anniversay of Drake Well in Titusville, PA
NCAC members at 150th Anniversay
of Drake Well in Titusville, PA
NCAC members at historic Venango Museum in Oil City, PA  (Aug 2009)
NCAC members at historic
Venango Museum in Oil City, PA