Log in

2021 Annual Energy Policy Conference: Uncharted Trajectories [Virtual]

  • 20 Apr 2021
  • 11:30 AM
  • 21 Apr 2021
  • 3:30 PM
  • Online via Zoom (Eastern time zone)
  • 393


  • This discounted registration price is available to friends and colleagues of NCAC-USAEE Councilmembers.

Conference Synopsis

Everywhere we look across the energy landscape, there are new terms and new rules. Over just the last few months, the U.S. energy policy universe reoriented towards aggressive goals to mitigate climate change risks. Concurrently, growing awareness of socio-economic disparities and evolving methods to value energy services create challenges and opportunities for regulators and the business community alike.

With these changes comes a host of new terms and challenges. Most of us can agree on the definition of GHG, but what does net zero really mean? What about CCS vs CCUS? Is DAC a real thing? What are the implications of ESG?  Even those who have worked at the energy-environmental nexus for years acknowledge that changes are occurring at an unprecedented rate.  Except for intermittent oil shocks, the energy industry was anything but high profile in the past. Now, energy is making news headlines every day.

The NCAC-USAEE conference will help make sense of the major shifts taking place across this new energy landscape. Economists, policy analysts, industry experts, and investors will gather to decipher critical emerging trends and policies facing the energy industry.



11:30 - 12:00:  Opening Remarks 

WELCOME: Rita Beale - President, NCAC-USAEE, and CEO, Energy Unlimited LLC

HOST:  Bret Strogen - Vice President, NCAC-USAEE

12:00 - 12:45 PM:  Congressional Keynote Remarks: Representatives John Curtis (R-UT) and Paul Tonko (D-NY)

MODERATOR:  Bret Strogen - Vice President, NCAC-USAEE

12:45 - 1:45 PM:  Reaching Net Zero by 2050: Challenges and Pathways

MODERATOR:  Richard Meyer, Vice President, Energy Markets, Analysis and Standards; AGA

DISCUSSANTJoel Yudken, Ph.D., Principal, High Road Strategies, LLC

  • Michael Webber - Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE and Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Jim Hunter - Labor Management Consultant and Former Director of the Utility Department at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • Sarah Ladislaw - Managing Director of the U.S. Program, Rocky Mountain Institute

1:45 - 2:00 PM:  Breakout Sessions

2:00 - 3:00 PM:  Challenges with Energy Forecasting

MODERATOR: Aqeel Adenwala, Energy Ventures Analysis, Inc.

  • Angelina LaRose - Assistant Administrator for Energy Analysis, US DOE-EIA
  • Michael Cohen - Chief US Economist and Head of Oil and Refining, BP
  • Charles Rossman - Forecasting and Model Development Manager, Southern Company

3:00 - 3:30 PM:  Breakout Sessions


***  BREAK  *** 


5:00 PM - 7:00 PM:  Energy Trivia + Happy Hour

MODERATOR:  Katherine Kulik - Quantitative Energy Investment, Alphataraxia Management


11:30 - 12:30 PM:  Executive Agency Perspectives: Energy Sector Critical Supply Chains and U.S. Industrial Policy

MODERATOR:  Bret Strogen - Vice President, NCAC-USAEE


  • Brian Gabriel, Industrial Analyst, Industrial Assessments, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy

12:30 - 1:30 PM:  ESG and the Fossil Fuel Industry: Activists, Investors, and the Government

MODERATOR: Jonathan Chanis - Managing Director of New Tide Asset Management, LLC

  • Benjamin Zycher - Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Margaret Peloso - Partner, Environmental & Natural Resources, Vinson & Elkins
  • Tracey Cameron - Senior Manager, Corporate Climate Engagement, Ceres

1:30 - 2:00 PM:  Breakout Sessions

2:00 - 3:00 PM:  Energy Sector Resilience: Assessing Risks, Needs, and Costs

MODERATOR: Aaron Annable - Energy Counsellor, Embassy of Canada

  • Dr. Joshua Rhodes - Research Associate, Webber Energy Group, University of Texas at Austin, and Founding Partner, IdeaSmiths LLC
  • Dr. Blake Shaffer - Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and School of Public Policy, University of Calgary  
  • Dr. Robin Hytowitz - Engineer, Electric Power Research Institute

  • Shawn Bennett - Advisor, Office of Energy Assurance, U.S. Air Force

3:00 - 3:30 PM:  Breakout Sessions

Registration Details

  • Select recordings will be made available to members after the event concludes in the Members Only section of 
  • Non-members can join NCAC-USAEE for $35, entitling new members to register at the member rate and to participate in NCAC-USAEE monthly webinars throughout 2021. Sign up for membership at: and then sign-up for the event.
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software