Energy Journalism: A Changing Landscape - Steve Mufson (Washington Post) & Amy Harder (Axios) (3/20/17)
New markets dynamics, technological innovation, and evolving climate and geopolitical issues have made the energy sector incredibly dynamic and increasingly complicated to understand for policymakers, business leaders, academia and the general public alike. To help decode and explain these issues and their significance within a greater global context, journalists covering the energy beat have never been more important. On this episode of the Columbia Energy Exchange host Bill Loveless sits down with veteran energy reporters Steve Mufson from the Washington Post and Amy Harder, who has recently moved from the Wall Street Journal to a new startup called Axios, to discuss the importance of energy literacy and how the energy beat has dramatically changed in the last decade. Among many topics Bill, Steve and Amy discussed, several include: The importance of energy literacy and key challenges journalists face when covering the energy beat; Energy's interconnectedness to other economic, public health, and political factors; How the energy beat has changed over the years; The first months of the Trump Administration and energy policy.
Eirik Wærness, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Statoil - The Short & Long-Term Energy Outlook (3/13/17)
Jason Bordoff speaks with Eirik Wærness, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Statoil, about the short and long term energy outlook. Eirik is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil & Gas, and prior to his time at Statoil, he served as a member of the Executive Board of the Central Bank of Norway, in the Norwegian Ministry of Finance and he worked at Total E&P Norway. Jason and Eirik spoke at an international energy conference in Oslo, Norway. Among many topics they discussed, several include: The role of peak oil demand in energy markets; The growth of international LNG exports; China's demand for energy; The integration of renewables into the power grid.
Robert Powelson, President of National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners - U.S. Energy Policy and State Regulation (3/6/17)
Host Bill Loveless speaks with Robert Powelson, the new President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Robert is a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, he has chaired the NARUC Committee on Water and he formerly served as the President of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry. Bill and Robert discussed: what state utility regulators expect to see from the Trump Administration and how it will differ from regulation under President Obama; the future of the Clean Power Plan and state approaches to decarbonization; nuclear waste and the future of Yucca Mountain; the need for a renaissance in energy infrastructure; and energy innovation.
Sheikh Nawaf Saud Nasir Al-Sabah, CEO Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) - Transition in the Oil Sector (2/27/17)
Host Jason Bordoff speaks with Sheikh Nawaf Saud Nasir Al-Sabah, the CEO of the Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC), the international upstream and wholly-owned subsidiary of the State-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC). Jason and Sheikh Nawaf discussed: new KUFPEC projects in Norway and Thailand; transitions in oil-reliant economies including the Aramco IPO and Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030; reactions to the new U.S. administration; the potential for more integration in global gas pricing; and the role of renewables in the energy sector.
Hon. Dharmendra Pradhan, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister of India - The Role of Oil & Gas in India's Energy Mix (2/20/17)
Host Jason Bordoff speaks with India's Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, on issues including: India's energy model and the country's path to energy security; the energy sector opening up to private companies and investment; Indian policies aimed at increasing domestic energy production; and gas pricing reform.