A key project on how to promote energy knowledge is the Energy Lectorium, through which open lectures with global experts are held on a monthly basis. Invited speakers are the true ‘stars’ of world energy, people renowned for their achievements in science, business, or in public administration. In addition to possessing vast expertise, these people are also incredibly interesting and unconventional. The topics for these open lectures are chosen on the basis of their relevance to a wide audience, and always involve active communication between the speakers and the audience. Answers are provided to the myriad questions posed by our listeners. Participation is free, and the lectures are recorded.
Market Pricing For Gas: The Role of Hubs.
18 October 2017, Patrick Heather
Mr. Heather has 35 years of experience in the areas of brokerage and risk management in the markets of natural gas, electricity, oil and petroleum products, as well as experience as an expert in the gas market for European suppliers of utility services and gas, British investment banks and international companies. He has been a senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies since 2006.
During the first half of the lecture, Mr. Heather looked at the history of the development of gas trade in Europe and Asia and the role of gas hubs in gas price formation in the world. He also examined types of hubs and various factors which influence their development. The second half of the lecture was an active discussion of the current issues and problems in the field of gas trading. Mr. Heather responded to questions from the audience, basing the answers on his own research.
Creating the image of the future gas sector in the world of renewable energy resources
25 September 2017, Robert Kleiburg
Robert Kleiburg is the owner of Recoy BV consulting company, specialising in providing smart energy solutions for large industrial energy consumers and investment in new technological solutions for heat and electricity storage. Until 2017, he headed ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands), which deals with R & D programmes in the field of wind, solar, bioenergy, environmental engineering, etc. Robert Kleiburg held various senior positions at Shell, including Programme Manager Business Transformation, Shell Trading, VPStrategy and Planning Shell Renewables & Hydrogen, Business Manager Power / Energy Procurement, etc. He holds a Ph.D. from the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and an MBA from Henley Management College.
During the first half of the meeting, Mr. Kleiburg considered the approaches to creating the image of the future gas sector in the world of renewable energy sources and spoke about the main global trends affecting innovation in the energy sector. The second half of the lecture was a two-way discussion of the role of the gas industry in the world of RES. The listeners actively asked the speaker questions and Mr. Kleiburg gave interesting detailed answers, based on his own research.
The Trump Administration and the US Energy Policy
26 June 2017, Jonathan Elkind
Jonathan Elkind, a senior researcher at the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, who served as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the United States Department of Energy (2009-2014), presented an open lecture on the topic ‘The Trump Administration and the US Energy Policy’. In terms of relevant experience, Mr. Elkind supervised the US climate negotiations and was responsible for the external energy policy of the Barack Obama Administration.
During the lecture, Mr. Elkind commented on the initial changes in US energy policy under the Trump Administration and their impact on energy markets. He also spoke about the impact of shale oil production on the traditional, cyclical nature of world oil prices and a possible tightening of competition in the markets for natural gas due to shale gas production. Of particular interest to the audience was the question of whether President Trump's recent decision on the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement would undermine the development of clean energy in the US and global efforts to combat climate change.
Wheel of Fortune: The Battle for Oil and Gas in Russia
23 May 2017, Thane Gustafson
Mr. Gustafson’s presentation centered around his book, Wheel of Fortune: The Battle for Oil and Gas in Russia, which was short-listed by the Pushkin House book prize committee, and was recently translated into Russian and Chinese. This scientific bestseller tells the story of the modern oil industry in Russia against the background of political events, in essence the portrait of era, which the author depicts with fascination and deep knowledge. Gustafson narrates with great skill a vision of the industry processes and factors that influenced the development of the modern Russian oil industry, providing a unique eyewitness account of the working mechanisms of the oil industry. He outlined the conditions of the birth and establishment of modern companies and the interaction between Russia and the West on energy issues, also discussing many other aspects of the fuel and energy sector.
LNG Markets in Transition: The Great Reconfiguration
11 May 2017, Anne-Sophie Corbeau
On May 13, Anne-Sophie Corbeau, one of the world's leading experts in the field of LNG markets, took part in the Energy Lecture Hall. She presented a book that she co-edited entitled LNG Markets in Transition: The Great Reconfiguration.
Burning our Bridges: The Rise and Fall of Long-term Gas Contracts
19 April 2017, Simon Blakey
Simon Blakey is a Managing Director at SABGlobalEnergy, a Senior Research Associate of EnergyGroup, IHSMarkit (previously CERA – Cambridge Energy Research Associates). His lecture, entitled ‘Burning our Bridges: The Rise and Fall of Long-term Gas Contracts’, examined the changing character of long-term gas contracts on the European Market, exciting great interest from an audience of students and of persons whose scientific, professional, and business interests aligned with the subject of the lecture. Even though Mr. Blakey answered many questions during the presentation, discussion continued after the lecture as audience members lined up to engage in individual conversations with Mr. Blakey.
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