2015 Winter Energy Outlook Conference

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM ET
National Press Club, 529 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20045

NASEO 2015 Winter Energy Outlook Conference

October 6, 2015, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM ET
National Press Club
529 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20045


The following are confirmed presenters for the NASEO 2015 Winter Energy Outlook Conference:

Mark Anderson
Senior Energy Polciy Specialist, Washington State Energy Office

Mark Anderson is a senior policy advisor for the Washington State Department of Commerce.  He manages the Energy Emergencies and Security Program with primary responsibilities for energy contingency planning, critical energy infrastructure identification and protection, and coordination of energy emergency response.  Other duties include advising the agency on the benefits and costs of permitting large energy facilities in the state.  Prior to joining Commerce, he was the distribution system analyst for the state public utility commission where he investigated utility responses to storms and disasters.  Mark’s public sector employment began in 1984 as Committee Clerk for the Energy and Utilities Committee at the state House of Representatives, and from 1986 to 1996 he worked for the Washington State Energy Office in policy development. 

Mr. Anderson holds an MPA in Policy Analysis from the University of Washington, School of Public Affairs, an MDiv from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a B.A. in Philosophy from San Diego State University.

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Charles Blanchard
Lead Natural Gas Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Charlie Blanchard oversees quantitative research into gas and NGL markets at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He has developed models to predict drilling activity and rig movements, coal plant retirements, and the energy intensity of several heavy industrial processes.

Prior to Bloomberg, Charlie covered Russian equities at Troika Dialog (now a Sberbank subsidiary) in Moscow. He holds a master’s in economics from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College.

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Stephen Folga
Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

Stephen M. Folga is a senior manager in the Infrastructure Assurance Center at Argonne National Laboratory. He has been involved for the last twelve years in projects related to infrastructure assurance. During that time, he contributed to the development of systems analysis methodologies to use in natural gas and petroleum fuels infrastructure assessments. He also developed methodologies for estimating the potential consequences of component disruption and the time needed to return disrupted components into service. Dr. Folga has helped to determine the interdependencies between the natural gas and petroleum infrastructures with other critical energy infrastructures, such as electric power and telecommunications.

Dr. Folga has been employed by Argonne for 20 years. He received a Ph.D. and an M.S. in gas engineering, and a B.S. in chemical engineering, all from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Howard Gruenspecht
Deputy Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration

Dr. Howard Gruenspecht was named Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in March 2003.

As the second-in-command at EIA and the agency's top career official, Dr. Gruenspecht is involved in all aspects of analyzing, and disseminating independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policy-making, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. He works closely with the Administrator to provide overall leadership, planning, and policy direction for the agency. EIA provides a wide range of information and data products covering energy production, stocks, demand, imports, exports, and prices. It also prepares analyses and special reports on energy topics of current interest.

Over the past 35 years, Dr. Gruenspecht has worked extensively on electricity policy issues, including restructuring and reliability, regulations affecting motor fuels and vehicles, energy-related environmental issues, and economy-wide energy modeling. Before joining EIA, he was a Resident Scholar at Resources for the Future. From 1993 to 2000, Howard served as Director of Economic, Electricity and Natural Gas Analysis in the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Policy, having originally come to DOE in 1991 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Environmental Policy. His accomplishments as a career senior executive at DOE have been recognized with three Presidential Rank Awards.

Prior to his service at DOE, Dr. Gruenspecht was Senior Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers (1989-1991), with primary responsibilities in the areas of environment, energy, regulation, and international trade. His other professional experience includes service as a faculty member at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University (1981-1988), Economic Adviser to the Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission (1988-1989), and Assistant Director, Economics and Business, on the White House Domestic Policy Staff (1978-1979).

Dr. Gruenspecht received his B.A. from McGill University in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1982.

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Mike Halpert
Deputy Director, Climate Prediction Center (CPC)

Mike is the Deputy Director of the Climate Prediction Center (CPC). In this capacity, he provides support to the director ensuring the day-to-day operation of the CPC. Mike leads efforts to communicate CPC's goals and vision to customers, stakeholders, the media and the public, serving as CPC.'s point of contact for NWS Public Affairs. He also serves as CPC's property custodian and works to ensure the successful execution of budget priorities. He is also a member of the ENSO and seasonal forecast teams. He led CPC's real-time climate monitoring efforts throughout much of the 1990s and their forecast operations between 2002 and 2007. He has co-authored many peer-reviewed journal articles on numerous topics in climate variability and climate prediction, including papers detailing El Nino impacts around the globe. He received his bachelor's degree in Meteorology from Cook College, Rutgers University and his master's degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Michigan. He began is career at CPC as a summer student in 1981.

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Patricia Hoffman
Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy

Patricia Hoffman was named Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in June 2010 after serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary since November 2007. Prior to her current position, Ms. Hoffman served in a dual capacity as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Development and Chief Operating Officer within OE. Prior to joining OE, she was the Program Manager for the Federal Energy Management Program within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at DOE. Ms. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

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Seth Kleinman
Global Head of Energy Strategy, Citi Group

Seth Kleinman has been with Citi since 2011 as Global Head of Energy Strategy, covering all aspects of global oil and gas markets.  His team advises clients, whether corporate, institutional investors or hedge funds on Energy-related investments across all geographies and time horizons.  Prior to Citi, Seth was Head of Oil Analysis for Glencore in London, and prior to that he worked at Hess Energy Trading and Morgan Stanley in New York and PFC Energy in Washington DC.

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Alice Lippert
Senior Technical Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy

Ms. Alice Lippert has over 30 years in federal service.  She is currently employed with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) where she serves as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis (EIMA). She was formerly the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for EIMA.  Ms. Lippert specializes in energy infrastructure risk and reliability analyses and has over 25 years dealing with energy supply disruptions and emergency response events. She is a resident senior expert on domestic energy markets, critical infrastructure and energy-supply trends.  She has extensive experience in working with State and local governments on risk assessment, energy assurance planning and contingency programs. She holds an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. from the University of North Dakota.

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Douglas MacIntyre
Director, Office of Petroleum and Biofuels Statistics, U.S. Energy Information Administration

Douglas MacIntyre is the Director of the Office of Petroleum and Biofuels Statistics for U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in Washington, DC.  Prior to this, Mr. MacIntyre was the Director of Energy Markets and Contingency Information for EIA.  He has a B.S. in Management Science Statistics from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University (Fort McNair, Washington, DC).

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Alex Morese
Manager, Emergency Management, Michigan Agency for Energy

Alex Morese is the manager of the Emergency Management section of the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE).  Prior to the formation of MAE in 2015, Alex was with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) for 14 years.  Alex serves as the Energy Assurance Coordinator for the State and is responsible for maintaining and implementing energy emergency plans, such as the Michigan Energy Assurance Plan and the Michigan Petroleum Shortage Response Plan.  He is a member of the Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure for NARUC, and co-leads a team of staff at MAE/MPSC who concentrate on cybersecurity issues. Alex also serves as the lead editor for the Michigan Energy Appraisal, a semiannual assessment of Michigan’s energy markets.  Alex previously worked in the Renewable Energy section of the MPSC where he reviewed renewable energy plans filed by Michigan utilities and helped stakeholder groups in their efforts to enter the renewable energy field.  Alex has a Bachelor's in Economics and International Affairs from Florida State University.

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David St. Jean
Program Manager, Maryland Energy Administration

Mr. St. Jean had a 20 year career as a residential building contractor before joining MEA in 2011. Since joining MEA he has been working in residential and commercial energy efficiency program management. His portfolio of projects has included managing the closeout of over $6 million of ARRA funded programs, current management of the revolving $1.5 million State Agency Loan Program for energy efficient retrofits of State buildings, management of a $720,000 DOE grant for Leading by Example in State facilities, a $760,000 DOE grant testing the effectiveness of training on code compliance, an annual $20,000 DOE-EIA State Heating Oil and Propane Pricing Survey and management of several grantees of an MEA low to moderate income energy efficiency program. He is a member of the Maryland Green Building Council, the Public Service Commission Smart Grid Working Group and a past member of the Governor’s Grid Resiliency Task Force. His work with energy codes has included managing over $1million in projects devoted to training and other compliance related activities in the State since 2012. Mr. St. Jean is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Master’s degree in urban and regional planning.

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David Terry
Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials

David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry leads NASEO's programs in support of the nation's 56 State and Territory Energy Offices. The organization communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues, including electricity policy, energy efficiency market transformation, renewable energy commercialization and deployment, industrial energy efficiency, energy assurance and reliability, building codes and efficiency, and climate oriented energy programs.

Mr. Terry has 20 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Association of State Energy Research Institutions, Governors' Biofuels Coalition, National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was a statistical analyst for a market research firm, an analyst with the National Academy of Sciences, and a researcher for The Washington Post. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Susan Tierney
Senior Advisor, Analysis Group, Inc.

Dr. Tierney is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries. She has consulted to companies, governments, non-profits, and other organizations on energy markets, economic and environmental regulation and strategy, energy and renewables policy, and energy facility projects.

A former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, she is chairman of the board of the Energy Foundation and a co-chair of the National Commission on Energy Policy. She has published widely and frequently speaks at industry conferences.

In Massachusetts, Dr. Tierney was previously Secretary of Environmental Affairs, Chair of the Board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Agency, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, and executive director of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Council. Dr. Tierney has a Ph.D. in Regional Planning from Cornell. Her dissertation: Congressional policy making on energy policy issues.

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Kelly Van Hull
Manager, Energy Analytics, RBN Energy LLC

Prior to joining RBN Energy, Kelly worked for BENTEK Energy where she built supply/demand models covering all U.S. NGLs. Kelly was also the developer, lead analyst, and writer for BENTEK’s North American NGLs Market Call report specializing in supply and demand fundamentals for natural gas liquids markets, and the lead analyst and writer for BENTEK's NGL Supply Report. Prior to joining BENTEK, Kelly was an analyst for a midstream company developing greenfield projects in the Williston Basin. Kelly is a fundamentals analyst and presenter at industry conferences. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

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