Energy conference to explore future of America’s energy grid

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

National Energy Policy Institute presents “Power for the 21st Century” Oct. 7

NEPI conference imageIndependent analysis of and long-term solutions to the nation’s energy grid are the focus of the inaugural national energy conference hosted by the National Energy Policy Institute (NEPI) and The University of Tulsa on Oct. 7, 2009.

“Power for the 21st Century: Reinventing America’s Energy Grid” will feature leading experts in energy generation, transmission and regulation who will discuss: 

  • Challenges of establishing a national transmission system 
  • Advancing evolving public policies through state regulation
  • Broadening the sources of electric energy supply 
  • Demand-side management

William W. Hogan, research director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, will deliver the keynote address. Hogan also serves as the Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has been actively engaged in the design and improvement of competitive electricity markets in many regions of the United States, as well as around the world.

Joining Hogan are more than 20 conference speakers and panelists from a wide range of interests: 

  • traditional and alternative energy companies
  • environmental groups 
  • international businesses based in the United States 
  • regulatory entities in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas

“This working conference will bring together recognized experts to address the challenge of developing and implementing a national energy policy through 50 independent state regulatory commissions,” said Tony Knowles, president of NEPI.

Conference registration is $50 with meals provided. The all-day event will be held on the TU campus at the Allen Chapman Activity Center.

For more information, visit or contact Mary Haddican at (918) 631-6374 and

About the National Energy Policy Institute (NEPI)
The mission of the Institute is to provide an unbiased framework for developing a rational national energy policy that reduces the need for imported oil and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and thereby to provide national decision-makers with a quantifiable basis for identifying and pursuing the optimum portfolio of energy strategies for achieving this goal. The establishment of NEPI was funded through support from the George Kaiser Family Foundation. For more information, visit

About TU
The University of Tulsa is a private university providing a comprehensive educational experience to more than 4,200 students. With outstanding facilities, a vibrant residential campus and a student-faculty ratio of 10 to 1, TU has been recognized as one of the 50 “Best Value” private universities by USA Today and the Princeton Review, and ranked 83rd among doctoral institutions and 47th among private universities on U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 survey.

David Hamby