“Energy in Alaska” 2012

Mark Johnson, the General Counsel of Chugach Electric Association, Inc., and I are Co-Chairs the week after next (Monday and Tuesday, December 3 and 4) of a two-day conference on Energy in Alaska.  The conference does not focus just on the North Slope, or the Cook Inlet, or the OCS, or oil and gas, or electricity, or the instate energy crisis, or federal, or state issues.

Instead, uniquely among Alaska energy conferences, it covers all of the above, providing a pre-session review of both state and federal issues likely to be of interest in the coming legislative and business years.  I am honored to be serving my third year as Co-Chair of the Conference, the last two with Mark.

As in previous years, this year we have assembled an outstanding set of speakers, including DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan, ADEC Commissioner Larry Hartig, incoming Senate Resources Chair Cathy Giessel, Alaska Arctic Policy Commission (and former Alaska Northern Waters Task Force) member Rep. Bob Herron, and AOGCC Chair Cathy Foerster.

From the non-governmental side, among others, Damian Bilbao from BP will discuss the investment climate for North Slope oil, Paul Carpenter from the Brattle Group will discuss LNG development and Dan Fauske from AGDC will provide an update on Alaska’s instate pipeline project.  The full agenda is available here.

In my opinion both as a past attendee and now, Co-Chair, there is not a better two-day overview of the full set of energy issues facing Alaska than is provided by this conference.

If you have the days open and an interest in the subject, check out the agenda and consider attending.  Perkins Coie is hosting the reception for faculty and attendees following the first day of the conference.

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