The Geopolitics of Energy

Amy Myers Jaffe
Leading Global Energy Consultant
Rubenstein Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations

Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical  risk, energy and sustainability. Jaffe is a David M. Rubinstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Prior to joining CFR, Jaffe has served as Executive Director, Energy and Sustainability, at the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at University of California Davis. From 2015 to June of 2017, Jaffe advised the Chief Investment Officer of the Regents, University of California on their sustainable investing policy development.


North America Policy and Perspectives

Stephen Moore
Senior Economics Analyst at CNN
Economic Advisor to Donald Trump

Stephen Moore is a prominent free-market economist and senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, where he works to advance public policies that increase the rate of economic growth to help the United States retain its position as the global economic superpower. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Moore served as an economic advisor to Donald Trump and helped draft early versions of the Trump tax plan. He is currently a senior economics analyst at CNN and is a former member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board.


Energy Market Outlook

Matt Smith
Director of Commodity Research

Matt Smith specializes in extracting key themes from technical and fundamental analysis of the global energy market, and communicating these through daily and weekly deliverables. He also provides oil and natural gas analysis and commentary to national and international media outlets that include CNBC, Fox Business, Russia 24, the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, AFP, Bloomberg, Reuters and the Oil Daily.


Energy Economics

Nicolas Loris
Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy
The Heritage Foundation

Nicolas (Nick) Loris, an economist, focuses on energy, environmental, and regulatory issues as the Herbert and Joyce Morgan fellow at The Heritage Foundation. A research fellow in Heritage’s Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, Loris studies and writes about energy supplies, energy prices, and other economic effects of environmental policies and regulations, including climate change legislation, energy efficiency mandates, and energy subsidies. He also covers coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, and renewable energy policy.


Regulatory and FERC Policy

Bob Fallon
Engleman Fallon, PLLC

Bob Fallon has spent 30 years practicing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) law, including 12 years as a FERC lawyer. Fallon has a diverse FERC practice; representing clients in all aspects of FERC regulation, including clients shipping natural gas and refined petroleum products by pipeline; participating in wholesale power markets and complying with FERC’s rules.


Client Panel and Q & A

Dimitrios Laloudakis, MBA, CEM, SSTM
Energy Manager
City of Phoenix

Mr. Laloudakis directs and manages the City of Phoenix’s $65M+ energy management budget. Energy activities include project development for energy efficiency and renewable energy, management of contracts for buy-through generation, and transportation of natural gas. He also provides strategic assistance to City departments in support of their sustainability objectives and oversees the centralized energy data management function.


Client Panel and Q & A

Erick Van Meter
Assistant Director, Energy Management – Utility Operations
University of Minnesota

Mr. VanMeter oversees business operations, maintenance, engineering and strategic planning for utility services to for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. He also provides technical engineering support to the state wide campus systems. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, VanMeter served Purdue University in various positions, most recently as Director of Engineering, Utilities & Construction.


Client Panel and Q & A

Bryan Crane
Senior Sourcing & Merchandising Risk Manager
Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Bryan Crane has been trading for 15 years, additionally managing commodity risk for the last 10 years.  He is currently developing and implementing strategies for physical procurement and derivative energy trading at Land O’Lakes, along with managing commodity risk for the Purina and Winfield United divisions.  Bryan’s responsibilities include wholesale and retail electricity in regulated and non-regulated states, natural gas, heating oil, propane, soybeans, soybean meal and wheat.


Renewable Energy Trends

Carolyn Sloan
Manager of Federal Policy
Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Carolyn Sloan is the Manager of Federal Policy for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). In this role Sloan engages in outreach, education and advocacy on behalf of BCSE’s more than 50 members in the energy efficiency, natural gas, and renewable energy sectors. She advocates for the Council’s clean energy industries with state and federal policymakers on a wide range of issues including energy and environmental policy and regulation. She manages the Council’s Clean Air Subcommittee and regularly engages with congressional staff and administration officials in support of market-based emissions reduction policies.


Energy Transformation and Implications

Rolf Nordstrom
President & CEO
Great Plains Institute

Rolf Nordstrom is the president and Chief Executive Officer of the Great Plains Institute. He has nearly 30 years of experience in energy and sustainable development policy, and practice in both governmental and non-profit settings. For much of his career Rolf has worked to broker agreement among disparate interests on difficult public policy issues. Among his other duties, he currently leads GPI’s "e21 Initiative" to better align how utilities earn revenue with evolving customer demands and public policy goals. Nordstrom has written or helped craft new laws on high performance buildings, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, resource efficient land use, and sustainable development. He serves on the advisory board of the University of Minnesota’s NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise.


Opening Session

Todd Overgard
Senior Vice President, North America
Kinect Energy Group

Todd Overgard joined Kinect Energy in August of 1999. As the Senior Vice President of North America for Kinect Energy, Todd directs the day-to-day activities of the company. And as a leader of the senior management team, Todd oversees all operations of the company, including procurement operations, credit and contracts, accounting and finance, sales and marketing, and global operations in the Americas. Overgard’s past work experience includes a variety of engineering, strategic planning, power marketing and management positions.  Todd holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wisconsin – Lacrosse, an Executive Juris Doctorate from the Concord Law School of Kaplan University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer.


Natural Gas Market Overview

Andy Huenefeld
Price Risk Manager
Kinect Energy Group

Andy Huenefeld is responsible for helping clients navigate the volatility of energy markets through the use of a variety of risk management tools. He acts as Kinect Energy Group’s primary communicator of the many drivers that impact near-and long-term energy costs, utilizing periodic reports, presentations, and conference calls tailored to the needs and objectives of each client.


Advisory Service Products

Matt Haakenstad
Vice President of Advisory Services
Kinect Energy Group

Matt Haakenstad currently leads the Advisory Services Group at Kinect Energy. This group provides consulting services for a broad spectrum of energy-related projects, including natural gas pipeline bypass analysis and project management; Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Distributed Energy Resource assessment; sustainability and energy efficiency analysis and recommendations, renewable and alternative energy assessments, and electric market dynamics management.


Renewable Markets

Brian Stuart
Senior Renewable Project Developer
Kinect Energy Group

Brian Stuart is responsible for coordinating the company’s renewable energy services, including: onsite renewable development, offsite renewable and environmental attribute procurement and renewable energy consultancy.


Virtual Power Purchase Agreements

Nick Franco
Director of Sustainability Services
Kinect Energy Group

Nick Franco is responsible for coordinating the company’s sustainability initiatives including energy efficiency, renewable energy, carbon and sustainability reporting, and sustainability strategy development. His energy and sustainability experience includes: sustainability and renewable energy strategy and metric development, carbon footprint development, carbon reduction strategy and reporting, renewable energy sourcing (onsite development, RECs, Virtual PPAs), facilitating energy assessments that identified over $7 million in savings potential and placing over 31 MW of solar contracts for clients.