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

Upcoming Events

Thursday Apr 06 2017 NCAC-GMU Energy Policy Conference
Topic: Energy Reset? Conflicting Forces in the Energy Space: Moderated by Former EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski

                            The 21st Annual Washington Energy Policy Conference

                                                                        Energy Reset?
                                                     Conflicting Forces in the Energy Space

Keynote Speakers: Thad Hill, President and Chief Executive Officer, Calpine Corporation

                             Thomas Pyle, President, American Energy Alliance
Moderator: Adam Sieminski, James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics, CSIS


                                                         Thursday, April 6, 2017


                                                        George Mason University
                                               Schar School of Policy and Government
                                    Founders Hall - 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201


8:30 – 9:00 am       Coffee and Registration


9:00 – 9:10 am       Introduction and Welcome
                              Jim McDonnell, President, NCAC-USAEE
                              Dr. Mark Rozell, Dean of the Schar School, George Mason University


9:10 – 10:00 am     Keynote Speaker
            Speaker:       Thad Hill, President and CEO, Calpine


10:00 – 11:15 am    PANEL 1: U.S. Petroleum and Natural Gas Markets: Globalization vs. Protectionism
            Moderator:   Adam Sieminski, James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics, CSIS
            Speakers:    Gary Hufbauer, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
                               Erica Bowman, Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute

                                Michael Cohen, Director and Head of Energy Commodities Research, Barclays


Topics:  The growth of U.S. production of oil and natural gas has been remarkable, giving the U.S. the potential for energy independence. So too has growth in U.S. exports of energy. Increased U.S. shale production led to a change in OPEC policy. What role will U.S. exports play in the global markets?  How would policies such as a Border Tax Adjustment alter the landscape? Our panel will explore the possibility for U.S. production, exports and the impact of protectionist legislation.


11:15 – 11:30 am:      Break


11:30 – 12:30 pm     PANEL 2: Electricity Generation - Free Markets vs. Government Influence
            Moderator:    Melanie Kenderdine, Former Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems                                                                                   Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy.   
            Speakers:     Stephen Munro, Editor, New Energy Finance, Bloomberg
                                Tom Matzzie, President and CEO, CleanChoice Energy

                                Ray Shepherd, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Federal Government Affairs, Peabody                                                                                                  Energy

Topics:  Alternative sources of energy such as wind, solar and biomass have been growing, aided by federal policies. Would a change in administration matter? Have alternative technologies become price competitive even without tax credits? What sources of energy do end users want from their suppliers (and what are they willing to pay for)? Could a push from the new administration encourage a renaissance of more traditional sources of energy, namely, coal? The panel will discuss the future of power generation, from both the producer’s and supplier’s points of view.


12:30 - 1:30 pm         Lunch


1:30 – 2:15 pm         Keynote: Energy Reset? Views from a Transition Team Veteran
          Speaker:        Thomas Pyle, President, American Energy Alliance


2:15 – 3:15 pm         PANEL 3: Energy Infrastructure: Slow Fixes vs. Economic Drivers
          Moderator:      Adam Sieminski, James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics, CSIS
          Speakers:       Bruce McKay, Senior Energy Policy Director, Dominion Energy

                                  Christi Tezak,  Managing Director, ClearView Energy Partners

                                 Terry Turpin, Director of the Office of Energy Projects, FERC


Topics:  There is no debate that the U.S. needs to address its existing energy infrastructure, including oil and gas pipelines and the electric transmission grid. The new administration has vowed to invest in infrastructure as a way to spur job growth. What projects will be priorities? How will the U.S. pay for them? Will state and local government support or delay implementation? What role will publicprivate partnerships play? Opposition from interest groups has blocked infrastructure across the country. How can companies work with the public to gain support for these projects? Our panel will explore what industry is doing now and what we can expect to achieve over the coming years.


3:15 – 3:30 pm          Break


3:30 – 4:30 pm         PANEL 4: Point/Counterpoint
         Moderator:       Barney Rush, Rush Energy Consulting & Board Member, ISO - New England
         Speakers:        Bob McNally, President, The Rapidan Group

                                 David Goldwyn, President, Goldwyn Global Strategies


Topics:  Building off the topics addressed earlier in the day, the discussants will debate these issues the vantage point of what does the left and right agree on and what they do not. This session should illuminate the key issues confronting the U.S. Administration and Congress and where change is likely to occur.


4:30 – 4:45 pm         Closing Remarks
                               Jim McDonnell, President, NCAC-USAEE


4:45 – 6:00 pm        Cocktail Reception


Note: Chatham House Rules apply. Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker, nor that of any other participants, may be revealed.  


Conference Fees:

NCAC-USAEE Members: $125
Non-Members: $150
George Mason University Faculty: $50
Student Members: $20/$10 no lunch
Student non-Members: $30/$20 no lunch


Register at the NCAC-USAEE Website

*** Registration closes April 5 th at noon ***


National Capital Area Chapter, U.S. Association for Energy Economics & George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government


For questions please contact:


Elaine Levin, NCAC-USAEE Vice President


Joel Hicks, George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government

Speaker: Keynote:Thad Hill, President and CEO Calpine Corp.

Thad Hill, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thad Hill became Calpine’s President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of its Board of Directors in May 2014. Mr. Hill joined the company in September 2008 as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. He became Chief Operating Officer in November 2010 and was named President in December 2012. Prior to Calpine, Mr. Hill was with NRG Energy from 2006 to 2008, serving as President of NRG Texas in 2007- 2008. Prior to NRG, Mr. Hill was Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Texas Genco LP from 2005 to 2006. From 1995 to 2005, he was with Boston Consulting Group Inc., where he rose to Partner and Managing Director and led the North American energy practice, serving companies in the power and gas sector with a focus on commercial and strategic issues. Mr. Hill received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University magna cum laude and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Amos Tuck School of Dartmouth College, where he was elected an Edward Tuck Scholar.

Keynote:Thomas Pyle, President, American Energy Alliance

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Thomas J. Pyle, President, American Energy Alliance

Thomas J. Pyle is the president of the American Energy Alliance (AEA).  In this capacity, Tom brings a unique backdrop of public and private sector experience to help manage AEA's Washington, DC-based staff and operations.  He also helps to develop the organization's free market policy positions and implement education efforts with respect to key energy stakeholders, including policymakers, federal agency representatives, industry leaders, consumer entities and the media.  

Flyer: Click Here to Download Flyer.
Date: Thursday Apr 06 2017
Time: 8:30 AM until 4:45 PM
Location: George Mason University - Arlington Campus - Schar School of Policy and Government
Tickets: Click to Register / Purchase
RSVP: Required
For Information:

Roger Lueken, NCAC Treasurer

Cost: Members: $125.00
Non-Members: $150.00
Student Members $20.00
Student Non-Members $30.00
Tuesday Apr 18 2017 Joint Lively/Happy Hour
Topic: Joint Lively/Happy Hour

NCAC will be cohosting with (OEP), which is a nonpartisan, nonprofit that has hosted more than 300 policy discussions over the past four years.  The mission of OEP is to facilitate responsible dialogue on energy policy issues, and provide this dialogue as a resource for the American people, policymakers and the media.

Appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar.  The event starts at 5:30 PM with networking through 8 PM.  There is no registration fee for this event, however, registraton is required.  

Date: Tuesday Apr 18 2017
Time: 5:30 PM until 8:00 PM
Location: Cities Restaurant and Lounge - 1909 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
Tickets: Click to Register / Purchase Only 35 Places Open
RSVP: Yes please, see contact info below.
For Information:

NCAC-USAEE Treasurer, Roger Lueken

Cost: Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $0.00
Student Members $0.00
Student Non-Members $0.00