Energy Summit Set for Oct. 26 at LSU

Dek Terrell head shot

Dek Terrell  

October 18, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Center for Energy Studies and the LSU Economics & Policy Research Group will present Energy Summit 2016: “Managing through Energy Challenges,” on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Energy, Coast & Environment Building at LSU.

The all-day event will address the current state of, and outlook for, Louisiana’s energy-related industries in light of recent challenges, such as energy prices and the current surplus that exists in the market.

Robert Gardner, manager for corporate strategic planning with ExxonMobil, will discuss ExxonMobil’s energy outlook. Mike McKenna, president of MWR Strategies, will provide an overview of the national political implications of recent energy challenges. Martha Moore, senior director for economics & policy analysis for the American Chemistry Council, will provide insight into petrochemical industry concerns, as well as new opportunities.

The timely issue of climate risk and fossil fuels will be discussed by Jim Krane, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Allen Fore, vice president for public affairs at Kinder Morgan, will provide an outlook for energy infrastructure. Lopa Parikh, senior director for federal regulatory affairs at the Edison Electric Institute, will provide insight into baseload generation development in the current challenging energy environment.

A roundtable discussion on energy and economic implications for Louisiana will feature David Dismukes, executive director and professor at the LSU Center for Energy Studies; Dek Terrell, professor and executive director of the LSU Economics & Policy Research Group; Loren Scott, CEO Loren Scott & Associates and Professor Emeritus at LSU; and Eric Smith, associate director, Tulane Energy Institute.

The annual energy conference attracts representatives from major petrochemical and refining companies, state agencies, state legislators’ offices, regional investor-owned, municipal, and cooperative utilities, environmental groups, and university faculty.

Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business