From the President, USAEE
Lori Smith Schell, PhD, ERP
President, Empowered Energy
As much as I love the autumn colors, I am never quite ready to let go of summer. This summer was a busy one, highlighted by the 32nd USAEE/IAEE North American Conference in Anchorage, Alaska at the end of July. Anchorage was at its best, providing us with warm sunny days for the duration of the conference. The technical tours to the North Slope, Valdez, and local sites were well attended and provided great opportunities to engage with colleagues while taking in the magnificent Alaskan scenery. The conference organizing committee provided a great lineup of plenary session speakers and the concurrent sessions included a breadth of topics. The plenary session on Unconventional Oil and Gas Development was co-hosted with the Society of Petroleum Engineers, a professional collaboration that we hope to continue going forward. The post-conference workshop on methane hydrates was well attended and engaging and took the concept of unconventional gas development a step further into the future.
From the EditorRobert Eric BorgströmIndependent Advisor on Regulation(Washington, DC)
This issue of USAEE Dialogue focuses upon the excellent USAEE/IAEE North American Conference that we enjoyed this summer in Anchorage. Our first ever conference in Alaska was a great success and our photo and article coverage should bring back happy memories to those of us who participated as well as encourage all members to put next year’s conference in New York on their calendars for June 15-18, 2014. (Please follow this link for further information www.usaee.org/usaee2014 .)
From the Conference Program Chair
Roger MarksPrincipal, Roger Marks & Associates(Anchorage, AK)
Three years ago, when the Anchorage chapter of the USAEE (the Anchorage Association for Energy Economics) first envisioned hosting the annual USAEE North American Conference, we had several goals. We wanted to bring to the local community the international resources of the Association to discuss issues germane to Alaska, as well as the rest of the world. We believed that an event focused on Arctic themes would attract experts from other Arctic nations. And we conceived Association members would be enriched by the opportunity to visit Alaska. It appears that we met those goals. A total of 273 delegates attended from 25 states and 22 countries. This included 57 students and 107 newcomers. About 75% of the delegates were from outside Alaska.
32nd USAEE/IAEE North American Conference
Anchorage, Alaska: July 29-31, 2013
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Roger LuekenPhD Student, Engineering and Public PolicyCarnegie Mellon University
Attendees of USAEE's first ever North American conference to be held in Alaska were treated to three days of stimulating presentations and great networking opportunities as well as great weather and magnificent scenery. Highlights of the conference included the exceptional plenary sessions that covered a wide range of topics relevant to energy economics, from oil and gas markets to isolated electric power grids. Each session made a point to relate the discussion to issues in Alaska, giving conference-goers a taste of the unique energy challenges facing Alaskans today.