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November 8th 2017 Meeting

November 08, 2017
11:15 AM to 1:00 PM
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Green Building Resource Center, 2nd Floor Rm 2D
1002 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77002

November 2017 Meeting Announcement:

11:15-    Check-in & Networking
11:30-    Begin Lunch Service
11:50-    Meeting & Presentation
1:00 -     Adjourn

Are you thinking about how changes in public policy might impact the life-cycle cost of your energy-related projects over the next 10-20 years? The AEE Lone Star Chapter is honored to announce that Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D. from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy has agreed to join us to discuss how energy project choices that we make today might be influenced down the road by public policy.

The economic performance of an energy efficiency measure or project is a function of more than just technical factors. Political and regulatory influences can play a significant role on the ultimate outcome. The domestic shale production boom is dramatically impacting the energy market in the United States and globally. It has driven domestic natural gas prices lower, contributed downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices, and is prompting natural gas to gain market share from other fuel sources. There are a myriad of public policy issues that have potential to inject influences into the equation. For example, will concerns regarding water use result in new regulations on unconventional oil and gas development, will public environmental sensitivity lead to continued or expanded governmental investment in renewables, or will legislative actions designed to protect jobs gain traction? How might key public policy issues change the outcome of energy efficiency choices that are made today?

Presenter Biography

Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute and the senior director of the Center for Energy Studies. He is also the director of the Masters of Energy Economics program, holds adjunct professor appointments in the Department of Economics and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and is the chair of the faculty advisory board at the Energy and Environment Initiative at Rice University. He teaches advanced courses in energy economics and supervises Ph.D. students in the energy economics field. He has published numerous scholarly articles in his primary areas of interest: natural gas markets, energy commodity price relationships, gasoline markets, transportation, national oil company behavior, economic development and energy demand, and energy use and the environment. He has testified multiple times on Capitol Hill on U.S. oil and natural gas exports, has spoken at OPEC, and is frequently asked to speak about global and domestic energy issues. Medlock is the past vice president for conferences for the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE), and previously served as vice president for academic affairs. Medlock has served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission in their respective energy modeling efforts. Medlock received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice University in May 2000.

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