Energy Economics is coming to New York City! 

IAEE International Conference - New York City: June 15-18, 2013

Jonathan McClelland
Director, M. J. Beck Consulting
New York, NY 

The 37th IAEE International Conference will take place at the New Yorker Hotel between June 15 and 18, 2014, and will focus on the relationship between economic growth and energy.  Between a great line up of speakers, thought provoking plenary sessions, truly awesome technical tours (see related article), opportunities to socialize with your colleagues, dozens of substantive industry and academic papers, and a great selection of student activities, this IAEE conference, hosted by USAEE, is set to be the best yet.

Did we mention that this year’s conference is in New York City?  According to Miuccia Prada, “One’s life and passion may be elsewhere, but New York is where you prove what you think in theory makes sense in life.”  Sweet words to an economist’s ears!  What’s more, the conference is located in the heart of Manhattan, a quick stroll or subway ride to all that New York City has to offer – the Empire State Building, Central Park, Fifth Avenue, the Statue of Liberty, the High Line (it’s amazing, look it up), Times Square, and more.  What’s more, New York City is the financial center of the United States, a place where multi-billion dollar bets are laid on future economic growth and on energy technologies.

This year’s conference starts with a bang and keeps up the tempo throughout (you’ll be sleeping on the trip home). In the opening session, Adam Sieminski, former Chief Energy Economist for Deutsche Bank and now the Administrator of the US Energy Information Administration will give his views on what the U.S. energy renaissance means for the country and the world.  Adam will be joined by the ever insightful and always forthright David Hobbs, previously of CERA but now enjoying the heat (both climactic and intellectual) at the prestigious KAPSARC think tank in Riyadh where he is Head of Research. 

On Monday afternoon, Mine Yucel of the Dallas Federal Reserve and Doug Arent of NREL will respectively chair sessions on ‘Energy & the Economy’ and ‘Renewables and Grid Integration’ each with a great mix of international speakers.  Doug’s experience herding research cats at the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) has served him well in corralling a superb line up of speakers including the talented Karsten Neuhoff of the German Institute for Economic Research.

Monday will also include no less than twenty concurrent sessions where academics and industry practitioners will be presenting working papers and case studies for their fellow delegates’ erudite consumption. If you would like to submit a paper to the conference, you can do so at http://www.usaee.org/usaee2014/submissions.aspx by January 10, 2014.  Monday also kicks off our student activities with the enormously popular poster session – certainly a highlight of Anchorage 2013 (albeit second to the husky sled rides).  At this year’s event, you can enjoy a social lunch while perusing the poster entries at your leisure.

After a night out in New York, Tuesday keeps up the pace with the delightful Dr. Benjamin Schlesinger (ask for a ride in his Tesla) moderating among others, the thought provoking Edward Morse, now at Citi Research, exploring prospects and challenges of International Shale Development.  Tuesday will also include plenary sessions on Transportation Developments (Amy Jaffe of UC Davis moderating), Lessons and Perspectives on Climate Change Policies (Christian von Hirschhausen of TU Berlin & DIW Berlin moderating), and a special session with our colleagues from the Society of Petroleum Engineers on Oil & Gas Reserve Valuation and Financing (Ken Medlock of the Baker Institute moderating).  If that’s not enough, there will more concurrent sessions, more posters, more networking, and another night out in New York City.

As delegates come crashing into the final day of the conference, they’ll face a tough choice between the dual plenary sessions – ‘Energy Financing’ and the ‘Future of the Utility Business Model’ ably moderated by New York’s own David Knapp of Energy Intelligence and John Jimison of the Energy Future Coalition.  Jimison will be hard to beat, having already lined up the nonpareil solar entrepreneur Jigar Shah; visionary utility CEO, Ralph Izzo of PSEG; Dymphna van der Lans of the German Marshall Fund; David M. Newbery of the University of Cambridge. Those considering an early flight home will reconsider when they hear that Ricardo B. Raineri of the World Bank Group will moderate an all star international panel in the final session of the day, exploring ‘Global Energy Demand Growth’. 

The conference will wrap up on Wednesday at 5.30pm leaving plenty of time to catch an overnight flight back to the far corners of the world from which an expected 500+ delegates will have come to be part  of the 2014 IAEE New York City conference.  If you wish to attend or participate, please see the following links on how to get involved.  Don’t forget, discounted early registration closes April 14 for speakers; April 23 for general delegates.