Tuesday, June 21, 2016

KBH’s Sixth Annual Austin Electricity Conference

A US veteran, Duke Ligon of Oklahoma City is the senior vice president of Devon Energy. Duke Ligon of Oklahoma City is also the co-chairman of the executive committee for the new Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business (KBH).

Recently, between April 21 and 22, 2016, KBH hosted the sixth annual Austin Electricity Conference. The conference brings together experts including engineers, policymakers, lawyers, economists, and other professionals from government, academia, and NGOs to share insights on the electric industry.

The invites-only conference is modeled around the Aspen Institute Model where presenters are each given opportunities to make very short presentations, enabling more time for cross-disciplinary discussion.

The 2016 conference’s agenda was the transformation of the electric industry and how it was affecting states and nations. It focused on trends including the proliferation of electric cars, solar panels, and other modern energy management systems. The conference looked at the administrative policies propelling the shifts in the electric industry, as well as how technological advancements also contributed.

The conference also looked at the challenges posed by such advancements in the electric industry, including transmission across the national grid, long term viability of the new models of electric generation, and the effectiveness of planning for the new system.

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