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Although U.S. legislators have largely avoided efforts to address climate change, other countries, activists, and younger generations are putting increased pressure on their politicians and governments to take action. At the same time, renewables and cheap natural gas are displacing coal as a primary energy source for electricity generation. In this live-video linked panel presentation, the Senior Vice Present of Policy, Economics and Regulatory Affairs at the American Petroleum Institute will discuss the current and future role of the oil and gas industry in the broader U.S. energy economy. An economics professor will describe the impacts of the transition and decline on the coal industry on local economies and where the coal industry is headed. And a former Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and energy law professor will provide her thoughts on how the growing market for renewables will impact fossil fuel industries and how the overall energy mix may evolve with changes in law and policy. This program has been organized by the Young Professionals Committee.
Robert W. Godby
Director of Energy Economics and Public Policies Center and Associate Professor in Economics and Finance at the University of Wyoming College of Business. His research focuses on the areas of natural resource, energy and environmental economics and policy, industrial organization and macroeconomic policy.
Suedeen G. Kelly
Partner at Jenner & Block in Washington, DC. Ms. Kelly served three terms as a Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and is currently on the board of the American Wind Energy Association. She served as chairwoman and commissioner of the New Mexico Public Service Commission and taught energy law for more than 15 years at the University of New Mexico School of Law.
Frank J. Macchiarola
Senior Vice President of Policy Economics and Regulatory Affairs at the American Petroleum Institute. Before that he served as Executive Vice President of Government Affairs at America's Natural Gas Alliance. He has also served in several senior staff positions in the United States Senate, including Staff Director, Minority Staff Director, and Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.