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Center on Global Energy Policy
41 minutes | May 14, 2018
2018 Columbia Global Energy Summit - Keynote Conversation: Fatih Birol and Jason Bordoff
On Thursday, April 19, 2018, CGEP celebrated its 5th anniversary and hosted the annual Columbia Global Energy Summit. The half-day forum included keynote remarks, interviews and plenary conversations with senior energy sector leaders focused on key issues and questions at the intersection of energy policy, financial markets, the environment and geopolitics. This is a recording of a keynote conversation between: Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency, and Jason Bordoff, CGEP.
55 minutes | May 14, 2018
2018 Columbia Global Energy Summit - U.S. Energy Markets in Transition
On Thursday, April 19, 2018, CGEP celebrated its 5th anniversary and hosted the annual Columbia Global Energy Summit. The half-day forum included keynote remarks, interviews and plenary conversations with senior energy sector leaders focused on key issues and questions at the intersection of energy policy, financial markets, the environment and geopolitics. This panel discussion focused on U.S. energy markets in transition. Panelists: Charif Souki, Chairman of the Board, Tellurian Inc. Peter Kagan, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus LLC Scott Sheffield, Chairman of the Board, Pioneer Natural Resources Amy Jaffe, David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the Energy Security and Climate Change program, Council on Foreign Relations; Chair of CGEP Women in Energy Steering Committee Dan Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS-Markit Moderator: Mona Sutphen, Partner, Macro Advisory Partners; Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff
38 minutes | May 14, 2018
2018 Columbia Global Energy Summit - Keynote Conversation: Dan Brouillette and Jason Bordoff
On Thursday, April 19, 2018, CGEP celebrated its 5th anniversary and hosted the annual Columbia Global Energy Summit. The half-day forum included keynote remarks, interviews and plenary conversations with senior energy sector leaders focused on key issues and questions at the intersection of energy policy, financial markets, the environment and geopolitics. This is a recording of a keynote conversation between Dan Brouillette, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Energy, and Jason Bordoff, Founding Director, CGEP.
49 minutes | May 14, 2018
2018 Columbia Global Energy Summit - Global Energy Outlook
On Thursday, April 19, 2018, CGEP celebrated its 5th anniversary and hosted the annual Columbia Global Energy Summit. The half-day forum included keynote remarks, interviews and plenary conversations with senior energy sector leaders focused on key issues and questions at the intersection of energy policy, financial markets, the environment and geopolitics. This panel discussion focused on the global energy outlook. Panelists: Fu Chengyu, Former Chairman of SINOPEC and CNOOC, Member of UN global compact board, Chairman of UNGC Network China Matt Harris, Founding Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners Avril Haines, Senior Researcher for Columbia World Projects, former US Deputy NSA and US Deputy CIA Director Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute John McCarrick, Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Bureau of Energy Resources, US Department of State Moderator: Jonathan Elkind, Sr. Research Scholar, CGEP
54 minutes | May 14, 2018
2018 Columbia Global Energy Summit - Climate Change: What's Next on Technology and Policy?
On Thursday, April 19, 2018, CGEP celebrated its 5th anniversary and hosted the annual Columbia Global Energy Summit. The half-day forum included keynote remarks, interviews and plenary conversations with senior energy sector leaders focused on key issues and questions at the intersection of energy policy, financial markets, the environment and geopolitics. This panel discussion focused on climate change - what's next on technology and policy? Panelists: Cameron Hepburn, Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Oxford Jeannette Wing, Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University George David Banks, Former Special Assistant to President Trump for International Energy and Environment Tom Werner, President and CEO, Sun Power Ruth DeFries, Denning University Professor of Sustainable Development, Columbia University Moderator: David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, CGEP
38 minutes | May 14, 2018
2018 Columbia Global Energy Summit - Keynote Conversation: Ryan Lance and Dan Yergin
On Thursday, April 19, 2018, CGEP celebrated its 5th anniversary and hosted the annual Columbia Global Energy Summit. The half-day forum included keynote remarks, interviews and plenary conversations with senior energy sector leaders focused on key issues and questions at the intersection of energy policy, financial markets, the environment and geopolitics. This keynote conversation is with Ryan Lance, CEO, ConocoPhillips, and Dan Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS-Markit.
90 minutes | May 14, 2018
Renewables: The Politics of a Global Energy Transition by Johannes Urpelainen and Michaël Aklin
CGEP hosted a book talk with Dr. Johannes Urpelainen, the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and CGEP Fellow, on his new book, Renewables: The Politics of a Global Energy Transition where he and co-author Michaël Aklin offer a comprehensive political analysis of the rapid growth in renewable wind and solar power. Following Dr. Urpelainen's presentation, he joined by Shayle Kann, CGEP Non-Resident Fellow and Senior Vice President of Research and Strategy at Energy Impact Partners, and Colleen Regan, Head of U.S Utilities and Market Reform, North America at Bloomberg New Energy Finance for a discussion on renewable energy deployment more broadly including cost declines, power sector economics, carbon markets, and climate-finance. CGEP Inaugural Fellow, David Sandalow moderated the discussion.
90 minutes | May 14, 2018
Digitalization: A New Era in Energy?
Over the coming decades, digital technologies are set to make energy systems around the world more connected, intelligent, efficient, reliable, and sustainable. But getting everything right will not be easy. The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently completed its first ever analysis to comprehensively depict how digitalization is reshaping the energy sector and to provide more clarity for decision makers on what digitalization means for the energy sector – http://www.iea.org/digital/. The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a presentation and discussion with Dave Turk, IEA’s Acting Director for the Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks Directorate and Head of the Energy Division, who co-led this new IEA analysis and will present the report’s key findings. Following Mr. Turk's presentation, Patricia Culligan, Robert A.W. and Christine S. Carleton Professor of Civil Engineering and member of the Data Science Institute's Smart Cities Committee at Columbia University, joined him on a panel to engage in a discussion on the fascinating confluence of digital technologies and energy. CGEP Fellow and Senior Research Scholar, Jonathan Elkind moderated the conversation.
80 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Book Talk and Discussion: Taming the Sun by Dr. Varun Sivaram
Solar energy, once a niche application for a limited market, has become the cheapest and fastest-growing power source on earth. What’s more, its potential is nearly limitless—every hour the sun beams down more energy than the world uses in a year. But in his new book, Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Save the Planet (MIT Press, 2018), Dr. Varun Sivaram, Philip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations and CGEP Adjunct Senior Research Scholar, warns that the world is not yet equipped to harness erratic sunshine to meet most of its energy needs. And if solar’s current surge peters out, prospects for replacing fossil fuels and averting catastrophic climate change will dim. Innovation can brighten those prospects, Dr. Sivaram argues. Financial innovation is already enticing deep-pocketed investors to fund solar projects around the world, from the sunniest deserts to the poorest villages. Technological innovation could replace today’s solar panels with coatings as cheap as paint and employ artificial photosynthesis to store intermittent sunshine as convenient fuels. Systemic innovation could add flexibility to the world’s power grids and other energy systems so they can dependably channel the sun’s unreliable energy. Unleashing all this innovation will require visionary public policy: funding researchers developing next-generation solar technologies, refashioning energy systems and economic markets, and putting together a diverse clean energy portfolio. To discuss the state of solar energy and his new book, which Bloomberg has called "the first important policy book of 2018," the Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a talk with Dr. Sivaram. Following Dr. Sivaram's presentation, CGEP Founding Director, Jason Bordoff moderated the discussion.
94 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Where Next on Climate? Responses from America’s Corporate Board Rooms
In the wake of President Trump’s announcement that he intends to have the United States leave the Paris climate accord, many American states, cities, and corporations declared: “We are still in.” Beyond the rhetoric, however, how strongly committed is America’s corporate sector to taking steps to reduce climate change? Can corporate actions on climate support, rather than detract from, growth in markets and profitability? How much impact are corporations feeling from the abrupt change in climate policies between the last US Administration and the current one? What kinds of climate policies are most favored by the corporate sector? As part of our on-going speaker series “Where Next on Climate?” the Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a presentation and panel discussion on climate, energy, and development. Kevin Knobloch of Tufts University’s Climate Policy Lab presented results from a soon-to-be-completed research project entitled “The Relationship between Clean Energy/Climate Policy and Expanding Corporate Markets.” This project involved structured interviews with C-suite leaders in major corporations and private equity houses. After Knobloch’s presentation, we had a panel discussion with: • Kevin Knobloch, Tufts University • Geoffrey Heal, Columbia Business School • Nancy Meyer, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) • John MacWilliams, Center on Global Energy Policy
92 minutes | Mar 23, 2018
Energy, Economics, and Geopolitics in the Gulf Arab States
No region remains more important for the global energy scene than the Middle East, and the influence of the Gulf Arab States remains extremely high. In order to understand current trends in energy markets, and their implications for economies and geopolitical relations of the Gulf states, the Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a discussion with an outstanding panel of leading decision-makers and analysts: • Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Under Secretary, UAE Ministry of Energy • Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science • Dr. Helima Croft, Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy, RBC Capital Markets • Dr. Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies & Director, Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, Princeton University • Nabil Al-Khowaiter, Senior Advisor, Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources
88 minutes | Mar 23, 2018
BP Energy Outlook - 2018 Edition
The global energy landscape is changing. What are the key factors influencing the shift in the energy mix and the pace at which it is changing? The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a presentation of the BP Energy Outlook - 2018 Edition with Group Chief Economist Spencer Dale. The BP Energy Outlook outlines BP’s views of future global energy markets through to 2040 and explores key uncertainties.
61 minutes | Mar 8, 2018
Student Townhall With The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Like many nations around the world grappling with climate change and threats to the natural environment and public health, Canada is taking action to address these challenges, including ratification of the Paris Agreement and a pledge to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions by thirty percent in 2030 from 2005 levels. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for a national carbon pricing plan among other policies, at the same time that the government is making strategic investments to sustain the country’s transition to a clean-growth economy. The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a conversation with the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Minister McKenna offered brief remarks focused on Canada’s work in climate change, but most of the time was devoted to answering students' questions. CGEP Fellow and Senior Adjunct Research Scholar, Jonathan Elkind moderated the conversation.
86 minutes | Mar 8, 2018
EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2018
On February 13, 2018, the Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a presentation by John Conti, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, of the EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2018. The Annual Energy Outlook provides modeled projections of domestic energy markets through 2050, and includes cases with different assumptions of macroeconomic growth, world oil prices, technological progress, and energy policies. CGEP Fellow John MacWilliams moderated the discussion following the presentation.
97 minutes | Mar 8, 2018
Where Next on Climate? Energy Access, Development and Climate Change: Implications for Policy
In a world struggling to respond adequately to the challenge of climate change, how should we think about the implications of efforts to alleviate poverty by facilitating energy development that enables economic opportunity – and what are the implications of success on climate change? A better understanding of the implications for climate change of energy access and of energy for further development can inform effective policy responses and investments in technology and R&D – which may be especially important in a time of uncertainty about national policies across the industrialized world. As part of CGEP's on-going speaker series “Where Next on Climate?” the Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a presentation and panel discussion on climate, energy, and development. Philippe Benoit, Senior Associate for the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), presented findings from his on-going work on these topic. Following Mr. Benoit's presentation, he joined a panel discussion with the following experts: Ellen Morris, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia/SIPA Kathleen Auth, Deputy Energy Office Director, Power Africa, US Agency for International Development (USAID)
60 minutes | Mar 8, 2018
Fireside Chat: Commissioner Neil Chatterjee, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a fireside chat with Commissioner Neil Chatterjee of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Commissioner Chatterjee discussed a number of pertinent issues including power markets and efforts to promote grid reliability and resilience, natural gas markets, and infrastructure development, among others. CGEP Founding Director, Jason Bordoff moderated the discussion.
93 minutes | Jan 30, 2018
Book Launch: The Fracking Debate by Daniel Raimi
Center on Global Energy Policy launched The Fracking Debate, the upcoming book in the Center on Global Energy Policy Series published by the Columbia University Press. In his book, author Daniel Raimi, Senior Research Associate at Resources for the Future, Lecturer at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and faculty affiliate with the University of Michigan Energy Institute, gives a balanced and accessible view of oil and gas development, explaining the key issues surrounding the shale revolution. Following Mr. Raimi’s presentation, he joined Thomas Murphy, Director, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research and John Hanger, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, on a panel on fracking. The discussion was moderated by CGEP Founding Director, Jason Bordoff.
92 minutes | Dec 20, 2017
Book Launch: The Art of Sanctions by Richard Nephew
Economic sanctions are a key part of international affairs, but they have been widely criticized for decades as being too inefficient, unwieldy, inconsistent with the interests of business and industry, and brutally inconsiderate of humanitarian concerns. At the center is a question of whether and how to do sanctions right. The Center on Global Energy Policy celebrated the launch of a new book by Senior Research Scholar Richard Nephew, The Art of Sanctions: A View From the Field. Mr. Nephew, the former Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the Department of State, presented key conclusions from his new book and then joined a panel discussion about current events and U.S. sanctions policy. The conversation focused on sanctions design, particularly as it relates to industry and foreign countries. Expert panelists will include: Ed Crooks, U.S. Energy Editor, Financial Times (moderator) Jackie Shire, former member of the United Nations Panel of Experts on Iran Dr. Tim Boersma, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy
72 minutes | Dec 20, 2017
Code Red - Venezuela’s Oil and Debt Crises
Recent events in Venezuela – from missed debt payments and calls for debt restructuring to the arrest of Citgo officials and the appointment of a general with no experience in the oil business as oil minister and head of state oil company PdVSA – signal an acceleration of the country’s crisis. Although President Nicolas Maduro consolidated his political power following the Constitutional Assembly election of July 31, the situation on the ground continues to spiral downwards. Accelerating oil production declines and recently-imposed US financial sanctions are muting the effect of recent oil price gains, even as the quality of Venezuelan crude exports becomes increasingly erratic. Meanwhile, the links between Caracas and Moscow appear to be deepening. To discuss these momentous developments, CGEP organized a panel discussion featuring three experts on the country's finances, economy, politics and oil industry: Francisco Monaldi, Rice University and Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy Luisa Palacios, Medley Global Advisors and Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy Miguel Angel Santos, Harvard University The discussion was moderated by Antoine Halff, Senior Research Scholar and Director of Global Oil Markets at the Center on Global Energy Policy.
117 minutes | Dec 20, 2017
Belt and Road Initiative: Green Development
Under the Belt and Road Initiative, the Chinese government will provide hundreds of billions of dollars for thousands of projects across Asia, Europe and Africa. This will include funding for power plants, transmission lines and other energy infrastructure. The Chinese government has emphasized “green development” as an important feature of the Belt and Road Initiative, highlighting its commitment to environmental protection, low-carbon development and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. CGEP hosted a discussion of the Belt and Road Initiative and its impacts on sustainable development. David Sandalow – Inaugural Fellow and Director, US-China Program for the Center on Global Energy Policy and Xu Qinhua from Renmin University moderated the discussion with the following group of experts: Fu Chengyu — former Chair, China National Offshore Oil Company and former Chair, Sinopec Li Junfeng — former Director-General, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, NDRC Han Wenke — former Director, Energy Research Institute, NDRC Zhao Xijun, Renmin University Qinhua Xu — Director, Center for International Energy and Environment Strategy Studies, Renmin University Michael Eckhart — Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance of Citigroup & Adjunct Professor of Columbia University's School for International and Policy Affairs Deborah Lehr — Vice Chairman, Paulson Institute Nobuo Tanaka — President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and CGEP Fellow
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