Back by popular demand, the Harvard University Club of Houston will hold its Sixth Annual Energy Panel Discussion and Networking Event on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 and all Yale alumni are invited. HUC reserved the main ballroom at The Briar Club from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on October 22nd for an evening of cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres and lots of networking!  Scroll down the page to view the list of panelists and the program outline.

The Energy Panel Discussion and Networking event has limited seating and advance registration is strongly recommended. Last year's energy panel discussion event sold out a week early so please avoid disappointment and register soon at the link below. The $50 HUC ember pricing is being extended for all Yale guests.  Once the energy event is full, a notice will be posted on the website and a wait list will be started.  We hope your can join us at  this year's Energy Panel.  For questions or assistance registering, please contact for immediate assistance.

The Sixth Annual Energy Panel Discussion & Networking Event

New Energy Landscape:
The industry has emerged from a painful period of stagnant crude pricing and confronts new conditions: midstream limitations, crude volatility, re-positionion of energy commodities due to growth in renewables.

How can industry participants best respond?


Wednesday, October 22, 2019

5:30 pm to 6:30  - Networking Reception
6:35 pm to 8       - Panel and Audience Discussion
8:00 pm to 8:30  - Post Networking Reception
                             {Audience Questions}


The Briar Club
{Magnolia Room}
2603 Timmons Lane
Houston, Texas 7702

 Heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails provided.

 HERE for tickets.
{you will be redirected to the HUC ticket checkout page}





Welcome: Kwame N. Cain, President, Harvard University Club of Houston and General Counsel, CAMAC International Corporation

Moderator: Jim Crump, Commerical Development - Manager, Shell Chemical


Sergio Garza, Senior Counsel, Apache Corporation

Jim Bowen, President, Momentum Development Corporation

Carl Geisler, CEO, Jones Energy, Inc.

Dylan Seff, Co-head of Trading, Americas - Vitol, Inc.



Topic I  Midstream Constraint Shale-driven growth in crude creates challenges – and opportunity – for a constrained midstream. Producers are paid less and consumers pay more as a result. In addition, midstream limitations drive volatility in wellhead-refining spreads. How will participants manage this source of price risk? How will investors assess pipeline projects that exploit physical arbitrage - will returns decline as sequential projects close the arbitrage opportunity? Expanding our perspective, the ‘law of bottlenecks’ creates ‘downstream’ constraints: dock facility expansions are now required to move crude to world markets. Again, investor viewpoint and alternatives?

Topic II  Natural Gas Growth in gas production is impressive as well. Gas marketing has also been affected by midstream constraints, with pricing spreads and greater volatility. In addition, increasing gas availability spurs investment in export infrastructure; exports are increasingly important in balancing US production. Past conditions confined gas to the role of a regional commodity; will exports widen the regional market? Can a widening regional market reach global scale?

Topic III  Electricity Generation – Renewables Policy shifts have eased regulatory burdens for coal and gas, relaxing pollution limits both. In addition, subsidies for wind and solar may expire as renewable costs move toward market parity. Will wind and solar growth continue if such economic ‘externalities’ are ignored and subsidies expire? Grid-scale storage offers a path to sustained viability, allowing a higher rate of dispatch and sale of wind/solar-generated electricity. What factors influence the value of storage projects? What are the key elements of storage valuation?