Shifting Paradigms in Energy Industry Focus of Energy Summit Oct. 23

BATON ROUGE – Several prominent speakers from the oil, gas and power industries will present at this year’s Energy Summit on Oct. 23. The conference, presented by the LSU Center for Energy Studies, or CES, serves as a forum for energy professionals from throughout the Gulf Coast to discuss timely energy issues and energy market trends. This year’s theme is “Challenging Traditional Paradigms.”

The afternoon event begins with an introduction by CES Executive Director and Professor David Dismukes. Travis Kavulla, NRG Energy Inc. vice president for regulatory affairs, will present on new policy directions for the electric power industry. Robert Kleinberg, senior research scholar with the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy, will discuss methane emissions from upstream oil and gas facilities. Kirk Barrell, president of Amelia Resources, will provide an overview of the Louisiana Austin Chalk formation and the Louisiana-Mississippi Stack Play. Kenneth D. Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, will give an outlook for construction spending, labor and materials costs. And Sam Scupham, director for northeast U.S. solar photovoltaics with engineering firm Black & Veatch, will provide an update on battery storage.

“We’re excited about the speakers we have visiting CES and the topics they will be covering,” Dismukes said. “The industry is in such a state of change, and we have such a wide range of speakers touching on a number of these aspects of industry change that there should be something interesting for everyone at this year’s event.”

Energy Summit will begin at noon with a light lunch and run through 5:15 p.m., followed by a reception. The event takes place in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast & Environment Building, located at 93 South Quad Drive on the LSU campus.

The event is open to the public. Registration is required. Energy Summit attendees regularly include representatives from the upstream oil and gas industry, pipeline companies, storage and mid-stream companies, petrochemical companies, gas and power utilities, state environmental and utility regulators, state agency heads and staff members, legislators and legislative staff, university students, faculty and staff, and the media.

For more information and to register, visit the Energy Summit webpage:


WHAT: Energy Summit 2019: Challenging Traditional Paradigms

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 23

WHERE: Energy, Coast & Environment Building’s Dalton J. Woods Auditorium – 93 South Quad Drive; Baton Rouge





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LSU Center for Energy Studies


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