UH Energy presents Houston Energy Symposium Series Sept. 21
It’s the fifth year for the 2017-2018 Houston Energy Symposium Series at the University of Houston to deliver important, in-depth conversations addressing top energy issues facing the industry.
Presented by UH Energy, which brings critical issues in energy to the Houston community via the annual symposium series, leading experts in academia, government and industry will participate in panel discussions on select topics. The series is hosted four times annually.
The first in the Energy Symposium Series will be the discussion on Electric Power: Going Off the Grid to be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Student Center South-Houston room.
Featured panelists for the session include William John Berger, CEO of Sunnova Energy Corp.; Joel L. Mickey, senior director of wholesale market design and operations, ERCOT; and Heather Payne, assistant director and fellow at Law Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics at the University of North Carolina. Moderator is Victor Flatt, Dwight Olds Chair in Law, Law Center, University of Houston.
Dr. Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer at the University of Houston, said this session will discuss a complex set of issues and cover a broad range of topics.
“It’s about electric power and what the future of the grid looks like. There are a lot of changes happening on how we generate electric power. Distribution is getting more interesting. The consumer side is starting to dominate things.
“Most importantly with the electric grid is the issue of cyber security, where any kind of compromise could lead to not only personal angst, but economic harm. We’re looking to the future to address the combination of business and regulatory practices,” Krishnamoorti said, adding that putting conversations in motion regarding the electric grid is the goal.
“It’s such a dynamic time of change,” Krishnamoorti said. “We’ll put the issues on the table and get smart people to think about them. Solutions are not all known right now. It’s a matter of time.”
The second in the Symposium series is Permian and Peak Demand: Death of OPEC? It is scheduled for Nov. 16.
This straightforward oil-and-gas conversation also will cover a variety of issues, he said.
“What we are looking at today is very different,” Krishnamoorti said. “I think the demand is going to peak. Are we going to see a change in energy pricing and energy policy? How is this going to impact electric and gas prices? Is this price going to stay low for a long time, and who controls the price? It all has a ripple effect on the economy.”
Feedback about previous events has been outstanding, Krishnamoorti said. Guests get the chance to ask questions and continue to learn.
“They value the conversation after the symposium and the opportunity to meet with the speakers. Come and be educated. Learn something new about our future,” he said.
To register for the symposium, go to www.uh.edu/uh-energy/symposium-series.