GEMI Symposium to Focus on Need for New Energy Infrastructure

Published on February 5, 2015

Energy Company Executives Tapped as Keynotes for March 11 Event

The C. T. Bauer College of Business Global Energy Management Institute will host a symposium on March 11, focusing on the energy value chain, discussing urgent issues facing energy markets today.

The C. T. Bauer College of Business Global Energy Management Institute will host a symposium on March 11, focusing on the energy value chain, discussing urgent issues facing energy markets today.

The C. T. Bauer College of Business Global Energy Management Institute (GEMI) has announced details for its March 11 symposium, “Reliability and Security across the Energy Value Chain.”

Beginning with a 7 a.m. breakfast and running until 4:30 p.m., the event promises a lively and essential discussion of some of the most urgent issues facing energy markets today — in particular, the need to rebuild the North American oil and gas infrastructure to accommodate changes wrought by the tapping of shale reservoirs, the construction of massive wind farms and the growth of solar-powered homes.

Organized by Christopher Ross, executive professor of Finance at the C. T. Bauer College of Business; UH Law professor Tracy Hester; and former Texas PUC Commissioner Brett Perlman of Vector Consultants, the lineup of panelists and keynote speakers includes experts from the worlds of energy, finance and law.

“We have a whole re-plumbing and rewiring of the United States and the Canadian energy system that is taking place,” Ross said in an interview. “This symposium is designed to investigate what is needed to cause that to happen in an environmentally friendly and economically viable way.”

Gregory Harper, Enbridge Inc.’s president of pipelines and processing, will give the opening keynote address. The head of Enbridge’s natural-gas business, Harper is a Bauer MBA and sits on the Bauer College Board.

“Greg is in the business of gas pipelines and processing,” Ross said, “and he’ll be able to talk in depth about how his company is responding to the need for new infrastructure.”

Bauer professors will moderate panel discussions on four major topics: regulation (Victor Flatt); contracts and financing (Praveen Kumar), infrastructure (Art Smith) and risk management (Craig Pirrong).

“They’ll be bringing their academic and industry credentials to bear on the problems,” Ross said.

They’ll be joined by representatives from GDF Suez, Vinson & Elkins, Port of Houston, TransCanada, Halliburton, the North American Energy Standards Board, PwC and other organizations.

The symposium, intended for middle- and senior-level managers from energy and power companies, is at the Hilton University of Houston. Individual tickets are $150. And, announced on Feb. 24, discounted tickets are available for certain groups, including alumni, faculty and staff, and students. Click here for a full list of ticket prices and to register.

Tables for 10 are $1,250. First-row tables for lead sponsors are $2,500. Registration is required. Bauer students qualify for free admission, though tickets are limited. For student information, contact Jessica Mosby (jmosby@bauer.uh.edu).

Says Ross: “I think anybody who comes to this conference will find a very intelligent and experienced set of panelists discussing the critical issues that need to be resolved to enable the U.S. to benefit from reliable, secure and affordable energy.”

Housed at Bauer College, GEMI serves as a resource to prepare and support the energy workers of today while exploring issues important to the industry’s future.

By Wendell Brock