Friends,

Thanks goodness it is Columbus Day, the holiday to celebrate Italian-Americans, because those of us that end in a vowel really do need more celebrating.  Speaking of ending in a vowel, (despite the fact that I’m not really a big Detroit Tigers fan, I still route for my hometown team some, especially against evil teams like Boston and New York), how about Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia finishing off the big comeback last night in the 9th by singling home the winning run off Tiger pitcher Rick Porcello

Speaking of thrilling finishes (or not), the government shutdown continues but there is speculation that it may be ending this week as the debt limit deadline approaches.  Despite that activity targeted around Thursday, it will still be a busy week because – as I mentioned last week – it is the 40th anniversary of the Arab Oil embargo crisis.  This was the major focus of a Washington Post Outlook piece by Steve Mufson on Sunday looking at the history of the issue and some of the challenges that remain.  The timing of the piece raising those issues is great because they will be a major focus of an energy conference on Wednesday featuring speakers like Henry Kissinger, Madeline Albright, Leon Panetta, James Schlesinger (our first US Energy Sect) and hosted by Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE).  The conference, OPEC Oil Embargo +40: A National Summit on Energy Security, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in DC will also feature GM CEO Dan Akerson, Fed Ex CEO Fred Smith, GE CEO Jeff Immelt, IN Gov. Mike Pence, former Clinton EPA head/Obama Climate Czar Carol Browner and many more.  Panels will be moderated by Andrea Mitchell, John Harwood and former White House CoS Mack McLarty.  Politico’s Darren Goode also does justice to the topic in another piece this morning in POLITICO PRO, which also features a one-on-one with Schlesinger.  SAFE also released its Oil Security Index today, a first-of-its-kind tool for measuring the oil security of more than a dozen countries globally. (See more below)

Over to mixing the cool (rockstar music groups) with the nerdy (policy): The popular band ‘The Fray’, best known for massive hits “How to Save a Life” and “Over My Head,” has an incredible interest in renewable energy back to their college/prep school days in Denver and has for years now offset the carbon emissions for their tours.  Last Week they went further shooting photos and video for their forthcoming album at BrightSource Energy’s Ivanpah solar project.  Next Saturday, the play the Smith Center at GWU and if schedules can work out, they may try to do a Press Club Newsmaker on Monday October 21st to discuss their focus on renewable energy policy (and maybe talk about some songs).  Obviously, as/if this comes together, we’ll keep you informed, but please pencil on to your agenda.

Finally, tomorrow morning, the Chairman & CEO of Southern Company, Tom Fanning will deliver a keynote address on energy policy at the North Dakota annual energy policy conference at Bismarck State College.  In addition to outlining his vision for a national energy policy, he will recognize the contributions North Dakota is making to help achieve North American energy security through the development of the full portfolio of energy resources.  Follow along on Social media at @SouthernCompany, @BSCedu @FrankTalk19 or @Policyrez.

Remember, EPA GHG listening sessions slated for Boston and Phily this week are CANCELLED.  Call with questions.

Frank Maisano
(202) 828-5864
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IN THE NEWS

SAFE Releases Oil Index – Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) released its Oil Security Index this morning with Roubini Global Economics. The Index, a first-of-its-kind tool for measuring the oil security of more than a dozen countries globally, measures the relative energy security of 13 countries using 7 energy and economic indicators.  It is available as a print report and interactive website. The website will include mapping and charting tools, access to data and statistics for each country, and detailed information on its ranking(s) and results.  The data driving the interactive web components will be updated quarterly and includes historical data back to 2000.  The Index is designed to enable policymakers, business leaders and the general public to easily compare the relative oil security of more than a dozen countries around the world. By clearly illustrating and measuring the core drivers of countries’ oil security, the Index provides a valuable resource for decision making in terms of public policy, investments, and more.

The Index Ranks What – The Oil Security Index uses seven metrics that reveal important information about different aspects of a country’s oil security. These metrics are organized into three categories: the structural dependency of a country’s economy on oil, a country’s economic exposure to the price of oil, and the security of a country’s oil supplies.

What Does it Say for the US – The report says the domestic oil boom and improving vehicle fuel efficiency are boosting oil security in the United States, but heavy dependence on oil pulls America back to the middle rankings of the Oil Security Index.  “Despite the domestic oil boom, America’s oil security is only middle-of-the-road,” said SAFE CEO Robbie Diamond. “This Index shows that the path to true oil security is not paved by production alone. The oil boom has generated important economic benefits, but our nation’s oil dependence leaves the economy dangerously exposed to high and volatile oil prices.”

What About the Others? – To compare the countries, results for each metric were normalized and combined to create a rank for each country. For the most recent 2013 data analyzed, the 13 countries ranked accordingly: 1 – Japan, 2 – United Kingdom, 3 – Canada, 4 – Germany, 5 – United States, 6 – South Africa, 7 – Australia, 8 – Brazil, 9 – China, 10 – Mexico, 11 – India, 12 – Russia, 13 – Saudi Arabia.

Bracewell Litigators win First Major NatGas Fracturing Case – My B&G colleagues in Houston (John Barr, Coy Connelly, Jeff Oldham and Robert Ayers) won a major victory in the first “fracking” case that was set to go to trial in the United States, Hagy, et al. v. Equitable Production Co., et al.  Plaintiffs claimed that defendants’ operations relating to the drilling, completion, and operation of a gas well contaminated their groundwater and exposed them to chemicals resulting in physical, mental, and emotional injury.  BJ Services moved for summary judgment at the conclusion of extensive discovery, which included a combined total of 28 experts for both sides.  The B&G team argued, among other things, that there was no evidence that BJ Services had acted negligently or caused any harm.   Shortly before the trial was slated to start in June 2012, a U.S. District Court in West Virginia found that there was no proof of property damage or physical harm to the plaintiffs resulting from any oil production related activities.  Just last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the victory saying Plaintiffs “failed to provide sufficient evidence to raise a genuine issue of material fact with respect to any alleged negligence on the part of BJ Services” and failed to “connect any allegedly wrongful act by BJ Services with the harm they claim to have suffered.”

White House Says Oil, Gas Permits Slow – During the shutdown, there having been many political controversies spurring back and forths between Republicans and Democrats.  One taking heighted attention is the argument over oil and gas Permits.  The White House says applications to drill for oil and gas leases are piling up during the government shutdown, with 500 permits sitting untouched in just one North Dakota office.   Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition head Jim Noe said industry is happy to see President Obama and others are acknowledging the importance of oil and gas production in the United States, but the offshore community is a little puzzled by the point they are trying to make.  Offshore production does not cost the federal government one penny, but rather contributes money every year to the federal Treasury.  In fact, the U.S. Treasury collects at least $5-6 billion annually from energy production in the Gulf of Mexico alone — making it one of the largest revenue streams for the federal government.  By way of comparison, that is some 30 times greater than President Obama’s own fiscal 2013 budget request to run the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that processes those permits.  Noe:  “We hope that our leaders in Washington will resolve their differences in a timely fashion and that America’s drive for energy independence is able to continue its impressive progress.”

SAFE Announces Finalists for Emerging Innovation Award – SAFE also said that Achates Power, Nostrum Energy and Virent are finalists in its Emerging Innovation Award (EIA) competition.  Achates has developed radically improved internal combustion engines that increase fuel efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are lower cost.  Nostrum developed an internally cooled Internal Combustion cycle for engines that can double the thermal efficiency and triple the fuel-to-wheel efficiency of a vehicle.  Virent is replacing crude oil by creating the chemicals and fuels the world demands using a wide range of naturally-occurring, renewable resources.   The three finalists will present their technologies on Wednesday during “OPEC Oil Embargo +40: A National Summit on Energy Security.” The audience vote at the Summit will be factored into each contestant’s final score in the three-round competition, and the winner will be announced at the end of the day. The first-place winner will receive $125,000 in prize money, while the first runner-up will receive $35,000 and the second runner-up will receive $15,000.

MSC Releases Recommended Practices for Drilling and Completions – The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released its latest guidance document for Drilling and Completions – two of the most critical aspects of the shale development process. Developed in consultation with several of the MSC’s working committees, these Recommended Practices for Drilling and Completions are designed to provide guidance to operators. The issues includes guidance on planning, health and safety, well control, high pressure equipment, drilling operations, hydraulic fracturing and flow back operations.

Ford, University of Michigan Open New Battery Lab – Our friend Dee-Ann Durbin for the AP reports that Ford and the University of Michigan are opening a new battery research and manufacturing lab that will speed the development of batteries for electric and hybrid cars.  The center will bring together battery makers, car companies and researchers who will test new batteries for prototype vehicles.  The lab will coordinate research between auto companies and battery makers so that they are achieving common goals.  The aim is improve the research, moving it earlier in the development process.  The research is vital for EVs as battery costs are expected to fall over the next decade, as new materials are discovered and production increases.

 

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Climate Officers to Launch Workshop, Training – The Association of Climate Change Officers will launch its inaugural Climate Strategies Forum Monday through Thursday at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The Forum will feature prominent leaders from across sectors in a plenary format, and a series of half-day bootcamps aligned with the core competencies. Plenary sessions will focus on climate and energy, and bootcamps will focus on topics including adaptation planning, implementing change management schemes, implementing a GHG management structure, and building a public-private partnership project.

Wellinghoff to Speak at MD Clean Energy Summit – Maryland will host its Clean Energy Summit tomorrow and Wednesday at the UMUC Marriott Inn & Conference Center and will focus on distributed energy.  FERC Chair John Wellinghoff will speak among others.

Koppel, Schlesinger to Discuss Energy Security – The U.S. Energy Security Council will hold an expert discussion on energy security and fuel competition tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. at the National Press Club. The discussion will feature a conversation between Dr. James Schlesinger, former Secretary of Defense (1973-1975) and the first Secretary of Energy (1977-1979), and noted broadcast journalist Ted Koppel on how the events of the Arab oil embargo of 1973 affected the energy policy discourse of the past four decades.  At the event, the Council will also launch its new report, “Fuel Choice for American Prosperity: Recommendations to the Nation on Opening the Transportation Fuel Market to Competition.” The report offers a set of fiscally conservative domestic and international policy recommendations to speed the entry of new fuels and vehicles into the market with the aim of allowing more competition in the transportation fuel sector.

CSIS Forum to Discuss Oil Markets – The CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host a forum tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. to hear from Fereidun Fesharaki, Chairman of FACTS Global Energy.  Fesharaki will to provide insights into oil market trends and to present his near-term energy forecast. A wide range of factors, such as geopolitical risks and new supplies, are in play that will shape the short and long term view of global oil markets.  As a leading expert on the global oil market, Fereidun Fesharaki is uniquely positioned to provide a comprehensive picture of supply and demand trends, potential market disruptions, and near-term challenges facing oil markets. David Pumphrey, Co-Director and Senior Fellow with the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, will moderate.

Summit to Focus on Smart Grid – Several groups will hold a National Summit on Integrating Energy Efficiency & Smart Grid tomorrow and Wednesday at the W Hotel in Washington.  The forum will provide a unique dialogue on building performance and smart grid technologies.  Attendees will come from utilities, state and federal agencies, technology companies, performance contractors, service companies and many other stakeholder segments. Speakers will include experts from the program, performance, technology and policy arenas who will discuss the barriers and opportunities relative to integrating smart grid and energy efficiency – as well as demand response.  FERC Chair Wellinghoff headlines a long list of speakers.

VA Gov. to Hold Energy Forum – Gov. Bob McDonnell will hold his 4th Annual Governor’s Conference on Energy on Tuesday through Thursday at the Greater Richmond Convention Center to discuss global and domestic energy supply and demand, current market circumstances and what all of that means for securing energy security.   The forum focus will be on energy in the global marketplace, its impact on our domestic energy landscape, and the important role energy plays in Virginia’s economic development efforts.   Luncheon Speaker will be Ripudaman Malhotra, Co-author of A Cubic Mile of Oil.  Other speakers will include our friends George Hagerman of VA Tech, Wind developer Don Giecek, Dominion’s Emil Avram, EID’s Steve Everly, Charles Falter of AES and former NC Utility Commissioner Jim Kerr, among many others.

MD Gov, FERC Chair Kick Off Solar System – Standard Solar, a leader in the full-service development, construction, integration, financing and installation of solar electric systems, in collaboration with Solar Grid Storage, a pioneer in energy storage deployment, and the Maryland Energy Administration will officially activate the Konterra solar microgrid system during a ribbon cutting ceremony. Special guest speakers include Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff.   The Konterra solar microgrid project, one of the nation’s first commercial scale microgrids, is located at Konterra’s corporate headquarters in Laurel, Maryland. It is a grid-interactive energy storage system co-located with a new 1,368 panel photovoltaic canopy array. This 402 kW groundbreaking system is estimated to generate 20 percent of the building’s annual power. The canopied solar array, which includes two electric vehicle charging stations with infrastructure for four additional stations, is financed by Konterra, PNC Bank, Solar Grid Storage, and supported through a Maryland Energy Administration “Game Changer” Grant.

EPA GHG Listening Sessions THIS WEEK CANCELLED – The EPA was scheduled to begin 11 public listening sessions across the country this week in Boston and Philadelphia to solicit ideas and input from the public and stakeholders about the best Clean Air Act approaches to reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants.  Both have been cancelled because of the Shutdown even as for members from coal states call for more meetings in there region, which they say was purposely left off the list.  Other meetings are still on, but subject to change, include Wednesday October 23 in New York and Atlanta, Wednesday October 30th in Denver, Monday November 4th in Lexana, KS, Tuesday November 5th in San Francisco, Thursday November 7th in DC, Dallas and Seattle and finally, Chicago on Friday November 8th.  For more information on these sessions and to register online, go to EPA’s Site.

SAFE Oil Embargo Forum Set – Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) will hold a major national energy conference, OPEC Oil Embargo +40: A National Summit on Energy Security, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.  At the event, it will also award its inaugural Energy Security Prize, which aims to reward companies whose ingenuity, leadership, and perseverance are poised to advance American energy security by helping bring an end to U.S. oil dependence.   The SAFE Energy Security Prize will be divided into two categories including 1) Emerging Innovation Award (EIA), which will recognize up to three technologies not currently in the marketplace that are expected to be available for sale within five years that have the potential to meaningfully reduce long-term U.S. oil consumption; and 2) the Advanced Technology Award (ATA) will recognize up to three groundbreaking technologies already established in the marketplace today that reduce the amount of oil consumed in the United States.

Webinar to Focus 40 Years Since Oil Embargo – The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) is hosting a webinar Wednesday to discuss the significance of the 40th anniversary of the Iran Oil embargo and to provide an overview of changes in the nation’s energy situation during the past four decades.   Speakers will include former CIA head James Woolsey, Scott Sklar, and others.  Details about the webinar are on ACORE’s web page: www.acore.org.

Forum to Look at Nordic Country Successes, Innovation – The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation will host a forum on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. featuring representatives from Finland, Denmark and Sweden who will share insights from the successes-and ongoing challenges-these nations have experienced in crafting innovation policy and building globally competitive, 21st-century innovation economies.  Since 2000 the Nordic economies have thrived by increasing government funding for R&D and innovation, implementing competitive tax codes with lower corporate rates and investment incentives, deploying ICTs, and introducing labor flexicurity models. Moreover, led by innovation agencies including Finland’s Tekes and SITRA, Sweden’s Agency for Growth Policy and Analysis and VINNOVA, and Denmark’s Agency for Science, Technology, and Innovation, the Nordic countries have been pioneers in developing national innovation strategies and building innovation-based economies.  Speakers include Niels Heltberg, Minister Counselor, Danish Embassy in the United States; Rolf Höijer, Science and Innovation Counselor, Swedish Embassy in the United States and Jukka Salminiitty, Director, FinNode USA.

Heritage to Feature Conservative Enviro Book Author – The Heritage Foundation will Host a book event on Wednesday at Noon with Author Greg Walcher.  While many books assess the history of the environmental movement and offer perspectives of what has gone right or wrong since its inception around 1970, there is no doubt that the issue has become less about science and practical conservation as it has become more highly polarized and politicized. Property rights, the Endangered Species Act, forest management, energy, natural resource development production and other critical issues have been reduced to political footballs, while responsible efforts stall and Americans grieve dying forests and record gasoline prices.  In Smoking Them Out, Greg Walcher, President of the Natural Resources Group and an American leader in natural resource policy, offers a fresh approach. A mountain of entangling regulations have inflicted unintended consequences upon “stewards of the land” – farmers, ranchers, and landowners. Walcher presents a way out of this wilderness. He argues the solution to many of our environmental problems is simple, measurable, and sustainable both economically and from a conservation standpoint.

Webinar to Look at Wind, Property Values – Wind Powering America will be hosting a live webinar on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. focused on the effects of wind energy facilities on surrounding property values in the United States. The webinar features Ben Hoen, principal research associate in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and lead author of the new report A Spatial Hedonic Analysis of the Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States. This report builds on a 2009 study that also investigated impacts on home values near wind facilities. As part of the new study, the researchers analyzed more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities in 27 counties across nine states. The research did not find any statistically identifiable impacts of wind facilities to nearby home property values. Audio access: 888-396-0679 Participant passcode: 8466385.  You can also get Web access here.

RINs/RFS 2 Forum to Discuss Ethanol Issues – The 5th Annual Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) RFS2, RINs & Biodiesel Forum will be held on Thursday and Friday at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

JHU Forum to address Climate Geoengineering – The Johns Hopkins University will host a forum on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. on climate change geoengineering.  The forum will discuss the serious consideration of the potential role of geoengineering as a potential means to avert a “climate emergency,” such as rapid melting of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets, or as a stopgap measure to buy time for effective emissions mitigation responses. This roundtable will examine the ethical, legal, and political issues associated with climate change geoengineering research and development and potential deployment.  Panelists will include Hudson Institute scholar Lee Lane, Visiting Scholar, Climate Institute expert and former Clinton Climate Science Advisor Michael MacCracken and Simon Nicholson of the American University.

Forum to Look at World Nuclear Status – The Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Federation of American Scientists will host a luncheon discussion on Thursday with Mycle Schneider, the lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013. The plummeting natural gas prices, sovereign debt crisis, proliferation concerns and improved economic conditions for renewable energy sources have created a challenging global environment for nuclear power. Contrary to beliefs that there is a global renaissance in nuclear power, the use of nuclear power around the world is on the decline. This is especially true in the United States, where operating reactors are being closed for the first time in 15 years. The World Nuclear Industry Status Report provides a vital reality check to the current situation of the global nuclear industry as well as identifying important nuclear trends.

JHU Forum to Feature BP Exec – The Johns Hopkins University will host a forum on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the Rome Building Auditorium – The Rome Building featuring Dev Sanyal, executive vice president at BP in London.  Sanyal will discuss this “The Energy Roadmap – Setting the Direction for 21st Century Energy.”

 

FUTURE EVENTS

BIOCYCLE To look at Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling – The American Biogas Council will hold the 13th annual BIOCYCLE Conference on October 20-23 in Columbus, OH at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.  Biocycle is the official conference of ABC and will have industry experts and policy makers providing the latest technological information on how to turn municipal, industrial and agricultural organic waste streams into power, renewable natural gas, vehicle fuels and high-value digestate and compost products.  For press credentials, contact Rill Ann Miller, at 610-967-4135, ext. 22, or biocycle@jgpress.com.

Nissan EVs to Be Focus of Oct WAPA Event – The Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) will hold a luncheon with Nissan on Tuesday October 22nd at the National Press Club.  Erik Gottfried, Director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing for Nissan North America will speak about the growing adoption of Nissan LEAF in markets across the U.S. With LEAF now price competitive with comparable gas-powered cars, people can easily see the benefit of giving up buying gas and driving the all-electric Nissan LEAF.  While sales have continued to rise in the traditional EV strongholds on the west coast like San Francisco, L.A., Seattle and Portland, a new wave of EV markets in the eastern half of the country have started to emerge. Sales are growing quickly in markets like Atlanta, St. Louis, Chicago and Washington D.C., driven by a number of factors.  Gottfried will discuss this phenomenon, some of the reasons behind it for D.C. and other markets, and how factors such as infrastructure development are getting even more customers to consider driving electric

ELI Dinner to Honor Steyer, Shultz – The Environmental Law Institute will hold its annual dinner on October 22nd at The Omni Shoreham Hotel, honoring political energy gadfly Tom Steyer and former Secretary of State George Shultz.  Of course, the annual event will lead off with the Miriam Hamilton Keare Policy Forum at 4:00 p.m., which will focus on the environmental and human effects of modern agriculture. This year’s Keare Forum will not only consider the potential environmental costs and benefits of the legislation, but also the effects on consumers and the 47 million Americans who depend on food assistance.  The event will also feature a forum on energy issues and big data which will include comments from Intel’s Stephen Harper, CEQ’s Gary Guzy and others.

FERC to Hold Hydro Workshop – Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff will hold a workshop on Tuesday October 22nd to begin investigating the feasibility of a two-year process for the issuance of a license for hydropower development at non-powered dams and closed-loop pumped storage projects in compliance with section 6 of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013.

Offshore Wind Conference Moves to Providence – AWEA’s 7th annual Offshore Wind Conference will be held in Providence, RI on October 22nd through 24th.  Topics will include the Federal PTC/ITC extension, DOE demonstration project funding and new state off-take mechanisms. Each day of the conference will include powerful General Sessions featuring high-level government officials, visionaries for the offshore wind industry, a panel of leading OEM companies active in the offshore market, and another panel of U.S. offshore wind developers giving the latest insights into their projects.

Galbraith Book Forum Set – The New America Foundation will hold a forum for our former NY Times reporter Kate Galbraith on Wednesday October 23rd at 12:15 p.m. discussing her book, The Great Texas Windrush.  Our friends Galbraith and Asher tell the fascinating story behind Texas’ unlikely wind-energy boom. In the late 1990s the small towns of Texas were being decimated by the oil crisis and few would have thought alternative energies might be the solution. But in a state known for bristling at environmental regulation, entrepreneurs, politicians, and environmentalists – from T. Boone Pickens to George W. Bush – saw the potential and began to embrace wind farming. By 2012, Texas was generating about 9 percent of its electricity from wind, and some of those same towns are now thriving in the shadow of 300-foot-tall turbines.

Forum to Discuss Clean Energy Deployment – The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation will hold a forum on Wednesday, October 23rd at 9:00 a.m. to discuss the roots of the Clean Energy deployment.  The Deployment Consensus, the reasons why a “deployment-first” strategy will fail, and why innovation-driven energy policies are the solution will be discussed.  A majority of clean energy advocates believe that the world has all the low-carbon technologies it needs to address climate change; what we lack is the political will to mandate and subsidize their deployment. To support this view advocates of this “Clean Energy Deployment Consensus” point to a number of studies assessing the technical readiness of clean energy technologies. Unfortunately, as ITIF shows in its new report Challenging the Clean Energy Deployment Consensus these reports often gloss over major challenges facing clean energy, including significantly higher costs, sub-optimal performance, and challenges in grid integration and storage. In addition many advocates miss the critical message of the need for innovation inherent in the literature. Without a comprehensive and aggressive innovation strategy clean energy will not be cheap enough and good enough to be adopted voluntarily around the planet.

Hispanic Energy Group to Hold National Summit – Hispanics In Energy will hold their Final National Energy Policy Summit in Washington DC on October 23-24th at the Heritage Center.  The groups launched the National Energy Policy Series in Sacramento, CA on June 24th.  Our friend Joe Desmond of BrightSource Energy will be among the speakers.

Wilson Forum to Look at Greece Economy, Energy – The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will hold a forum on Thursday, October 24th at 12:00 p.m. on the future economic & energy prospects in Greece & the Eastern Mediterranean.  Speakers will include Asimakis Papageorgiou, Deputy Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Hellenic Republic of Greece and Panayiotis (Peter) G. Mihalos, The Secretary General for International Economic Relations and Development Cooperation, Hellenic Republic of Greece.

Shelanski to Headline Cost-Benefit Forum – The NYU School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity will hold a forum on October 28th in NYU’s Vanderbilt Hall to discuss cost-benefit analysis.  The event will feature leading practitioners, government officials, and academics for NYU’s 5th annual practitioners’ workshop on the federal regulatory process.  The workshop will be an introduction to economic analysis and its role in the regulatory process, as well as a nuanced look at how the technique is used by federal administrative agencies. This year’s workshop will also mark the 20th anniversary of Executive Order 12,866. Howard Shelanski, Administrator of OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs will keynote.

Argus Carbon Summit Set for Cali – Argus will hold its California Carbon Summit on October 28-30 at the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California. The event will feature informative sessions that will address the business and transactional aspects of the Cap-and-Trade program including the dynamics of procuring carbon allowances at auction and in the secondary market, offset procurement and strategies, managing regulatory and market changes, among many other relevant topics.  Speakers will include our Argus friends Caroline Gentry, Kim Moore and Bill Peters, as well as Cal EPA’s Mark Wenzel, BP’s Ralph Moran, Tanya Peacock of the Southern California Gas Company and Belinda Morris of the American Carbon Registry, among others.

OPIS Event to Look at Oil Market Dynamics – The 15th annual OPIS National Supply Summit will be held in Las Vegas on October 28-30 at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental.  Speakers will include PBF Energy Executive Chairman Thomas O’Malley, Tesoro Corporation Operations VP Dan Romasko, and expert Phil Verleger, among many others.  Topics will include “re-wiring” of the North American distribution system, the architectural shifts in North American and world crude oil prices, and the inter-market and intra-market refined products price volatility.

Ex-Officials, Hofmeister to Address Energy Conference – The NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence and the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) will host the Target Energy 2013 Conference on October 31st and November 1st at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The conference will address the latest issues facing energy operations and security across NATO Member and Partner nations.   Target Energy 2013 will address energy issues ranging from how best to protect on-and-offshore infrastructure to preventing the increasingly frequent millisecond cyber-attacks against network systems and infrastructure.   The objectives are to actively stimulate civil-military co-operation and exchange on shared energy concerns, further public outreach between NATO bodies and private industry technology and solutions’ providers.  Speakers will include former EU Ambassador Boyden Gray, former CIA Director James Woolsey, former NSA head Robert McFarlane and former Shell CEO John Hofmeister, among many others.

NASEO Reschedule Winter Fuels Outlook – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), and the National Association of State Energy Officials will host the rescheduled 2013–2014 Winter Fuels Outlook Conference on November 1st at the National Press Club.   The conference will address global oil supply uncertainty, and the effects of projected winter weather on the demand for heating and key transportation fuels.  A range of market factors that may impact the supply, distribution and prices of petroleum, natural gas and electricity this winter will be discussed in great detail by some the nation’s leading energy data and forecasting experts.

NARUC Set for Orlando – The 125th annual NARUC meeting will be held in Orlando, Florida at the Hilton Bonnet Creek, November 17th through 20th.  Speakers include NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, FCC Chair Mignon Clyburn and AWEA Tom Kiernan, among many others.