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NCAC-USAEE 26th Annual Conference | Opportunity in Crisis: Solving for Energy Security and a Low-Carbon Transition

  • 13 Apr 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Georgetown University, Copley Formal Lounge
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Please join us for our 26th Annual Energy Policy Conference!

Opportunity in Crisis: Solving for Energy Security and a Low-Carbon Transition


U.S. Association for Energy Economics, National Capital Area Chapter


Co-hosted with Georgetown University, Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Venue: Georgetown University, Copley Formal Lounge 

3700 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Energy security has come to the fore over the past year, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine plus pandemic-related market dislocations have stoked what some have called the world’s first energy crisis. At the same time, the imperative to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon energy system has only grown as global temperatures continue to rise.

All too often, international press coverage pits these issues against one another – emphasizing the tensions between energy priorities of affordability, reliability, and sustainability. To be sure, the world needs to be clear-eyed about the challenges and tradeoffs in meeting climate and energy security goals. But we cannot lose sight of the opportunities available to address these priorities jointly – and examples abound in major policy packages like the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act and Europe’s REPowerEU.

This year’s conference will focus on the emerging opportunities we have to increase our energy security while also advancing the low-carbon transition. We will take stock of the state of the energy transition and markets, asking where we are now and where we are headed. We will discuss what actions stakeholders – governments, companies, investors, and civil society – will need to take to address energy security and transition priorities. The conference will drill into key technologies and investment opportunities that can help achieve these dual objectives, with the right policy incentives.


8:30-9:00 | Breakfast and Registration

9:00-9:15 | Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Aqeel Adenwala, Energy Ventures Analysis; President, NCAC-USAEE
  • Rod Ludema, Director, Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy; Chair, Department of Economics; Georgetown University

9:15-9:25 | Introduction: Framing the Opportunity

  • TJ Conway, RMI; Vice President, NCAC-USAEE

9:30-10:30 | Global Markets and the Energy Transition: Pump the Brakes and Full Speed Ahead?

  • Moderator: Colby Connelly, Energy Intelligence; NCAC Member
  • Panelists:
    • Phillip Cornell, Principal for Energy and Sustainability, Economist Impact
    • Dr. Sara Vakhshouri, President, SVB International
    • Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas, BNEF

10:30-10:45 | Networking Break

10:45-11:45 | Keeping the Lights on While Bringing Emissions Down

  • Moderator: Jeff Plewes, Charles River Associates; NCAC Board Member
  • Panelists:
    • Andrew Gilligan, Director of Commercial Strategy, Fluence
    • Emma Nicholson, Senior Economist, FERC
    • Karen Palmer, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future

11:45-1:10 | Lunch and Keynote: Adam Sieminski, Senior Advisor to the Board, KAPSARC

  • Moderator: TJ Conway, RMI; Vice President, NCAC-USAEE 

1:10-2:10 | Hydrogen: No Longer Just Hype

  • Moderator: Bret Strogen, Strogen Strategic Sustainability; NCAC Board Member
  • Panelists:
    • Patrick Molloy, Manager, Hydrogen Team, RMI
    • Diep Nguyen-van Houtte, Senior Manager, Climate Innovation and Business Development, IFC
    • Jonah Wagner, Chief Strategist, DOE Loan Programs Office

2:10-2:25 | Networking Break

2:25-3:25 | Slashing Oil & Gas Methane Leaks: How Low Can We Go by 2030?

  • Moderator: Richard Meyer, American Gas Association; NCAC Board Member
  • Panelists:
    • Lisa Gillison, Manager Energy Supply, WGL
    • Kenzie Huffman, Director of Strategy and Partnerships, Carbon Mapper
    • Joseph Majkut, Director, Energy Security and Climate Change Program, CSIS

3:25-4:00 | Closing Remarks and Future Careers in Energy

  • Moderator: Sam Pearl Schwartz, 2023 MSFS Candidate; President, SFS Energy Club
  • Panelists:
    • TJ Conway, RMI; Vice President, NCAC-USAEE
    • Marco Margheri, Head of Eni’s US Relations and Chairman of Eni New Energies US Inc.

4:00-6:00 | Cocktail Reception

Important Notes:

  • Pro-tip for Non-Members: If you become member and then register for the conference you can save money!

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