2018 Agenda

  • Monday March 5
  • Tuesday March 6
  • Wednesday March 7
  • Thursday March 8
  • Friday March 9
  • 7:30am
    Monday March 5
    7:30am - 11:30am
    Signal or noise? Reinventing the Wheel: Mobility & Energy Future Workshop

    Signal or noise? Reinventing the Wheel: Mobility & Energy Future Workshop
  • 8:00am
    Monday March 5
    8:00am - 11:30am
    Global Scenarios Workshop

    Global Scenarios Workshop
    • 9:00am
      Monday March 5
      9:00am - 11:30am
      Oil and Gas Industry Governance

      Oil and Gas Industry Governance – Balancing Risk & Efficiency
    • 9:00am
      Monday March 5
      9:00am - 11:30am
      Upstream Oil & Gas Summit

      Leadership Circle: Upstream Oil and Gas Summit
    • 9:00am
      Monday March 5
      9:00am - 11:30am
      Upstream Technology Summit

      Leadership Circle: Upstream Technology Summit
    • 9:00am
      Monday March 5
      9:00am - 11:30am
      Downstream Summit

      Leadership Circle: Downstream Summit
    • 9:00am
      Monday March 5
      9:00am - 11:30am
      Financial Officers Summit

      Leadership Circle: Financial Officers Summit
    • 9:00am
      Monday March 5
      9:00am - 6:00pm
      Private Partner Briefing

      Private Partner Briefing
    • 9:00am
      Monday March 5
      9:00am - 11:30am
      Future Energy Leaders Session

      Future Energy Leaders Session
    • 10:00am
      Monday March 5
      10:00am - 11:30am
      Ministerial Roundtable on Climate & Sustainability

      Ministerial Roundtable on Climate & Sustainability
    • 10:30am
      Monday March 5
      10:30am - 11:15am
      EPIC with Hon Daniel Sullivan

      EPIC with Hon Daniel Sullivan, Alaska
    • 11:45am
      Monday March 5
      11:45am - 12:20pm
      Plenary | Infrastructure

      Main Stage Program
      North America’s Energy Infrastructure Agenda
      • 12:20pm
        Monday March 5
        12:20pm - 1:30pm
        CERAWeek Welcome & Luncheon Dialogue

        Main Stage Program
        Luncheon & Dialogue: Geopolitical Hotspots
        • 1:30pm
          Monday March 5
          1:30pm - 7:30pm
          Agora Pods [+expand]

          Computation of Robot Motion – An Essential Tool for Automation
          1:30 – 2:00 PM
            OilCoin Digital Reserve – an introduction
            2:00 - 2:30 PM
              DNA sequencing: Revealing the reservoir – Biota, a TPH disruption company
              2:00 - 2:30 PM
                Convergence: EP’s, Cloud, & Machine Learning
                2:30 - 3:00 PM
                  Shell AI Crude Flexibility Application for Reducing Refinery Equipment Failure
                  2:30 - 3:00 PM
                    Houston Mechatronics, a TPH disruption company
                    3:00 - 3:30 PM
                      Machine Learning-Driven Asset Optimization
                      3:00 - 3:30 PM
                        Innovation Pioneer Alumni – Atrex
                        3:30 - 4:00 PM
                          Digitalizing the energy industry: Open process automation
                          3:30 - 4:00 PM
                            Saving processing costs and reducing emissions with Methaforming
                            4:00 - 4:30 PM
                              Applying Artificial Intelligence to Optimize Oil Production
                              4:00 - 4:30 PM
                                Oceans of Data: Unveiling the hidden planet
                                4:30 - 5:00 PM
                                Hydroswarm: Global Offshore IoT – an introduction
                                5:00 - 5:30 PM
                                  Beyond electric: an augmented reality, transportation experience
                                  Brought to you by ABB
                                  6:30 - 7:00 PM
                                  Beyond electric: an augmented reality, transportation experience
                                  Brought to you by ABB
                                  7:00 - 7:30 PM
                                • 1:45pm
                                  Monday March 5
                                  1:45pm - 2:10pm
                                  Plenary | Global Oil Dialogue

                                  Global Oil Dialogue
                                  • 1:45pm
                                    Monday March 5
                                    1:45pm - 2:30pm
                                    EPIC with Hon. Gabriel M

                                    EPIC with Hon. Gabriel M. Obiang Lima Minister of Mines, Industry and Energy, Equatorial Guinea
                                  • 2:00pm
                                    Monday March 5
                                    2:00pm - 3:00pm
                                    Innovation Agora Lounge | Blockchain Central

                                    Blockchain Central
                                    Come meet the people focused on blockchain and the energy system. Experts, analysts, investors, corporate project leads and early stage companies from around the world gather every day at Blockchain Central. Co-hosted with Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC).
                                  • 2:10pm
                                    Monday March 5
                                    2:10pm - 2:50pm
                                    Innovation Agora Studio | Energy + Robotics

                                    Energy + Robotics

                                    Innovation in robotics is expanding dramatically, along with its application to the energy industry. What lies ahead for the robotics revolution? What frontier technologies and opportunities are emerging? How are robotics transforming upstream and downstream oil operations? How can companies take advantage of the power of robotics?

                                    • 2:10pm
                                      Monday March 5
                                      2:10pm - 2:35pm
                                      Plenary | Global Oil

                                      Global Oil Dialogue
                                      • 2:35pm
                                        Monday March 5
                                        2:35pm - 3:10pm
                                        Plenary | Oil Markets

                                        Main Stage Program
                                        Oil Markets: As the world turns
                                      • 2:45pm
                                        Monday March 5
                                        2:45pm - 3:30pm
                                        EPIC with HE Professor Tiémoko

                                        EPIC with HE Professor Tiémoko Sangare Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Mali
                                      • 3:10pm
                                        Monday March 5
                                        3:10pm - 3:55pm
                                        Plenary | Global Energy

                                        Main Stage Program
                                        Investing in a Changing Energy Future
                                        • 3:10pm
                                          Monday March 5
                                          3:10pm - 3:55pm
                                          Innovation Agora Studio | Agora 1 – Forecasting Oil Demand; Agora 2 – Oceans, Technology & the Energy Future

                                          Waves of Innovation: Oceans, technology & the energy future

                                          Technology is making the once inaccessible planet accessible, transforming our understanding of the ocean. This will have important implications for energy – from deep water oil and gas to offshore wind, shipping and more. Breakthrough advances -- from robotics to communication to analytics -- enable deployment of increasingly sophisticated capabilities in demanding and remote environments to improve our understanding of the ocean environment. Join for an exciting glimpse of the ocean future.

                                            Forecasting Oil Demand: Art or science?

                                            Projecting the demand for oil has been a focus for researchers, oil executives, economists, and policy makers for decades. Price outlooks and investment strategies depend upon those projections. The methodologies for forecasting demand have traditionally been based on forecasts for GDP growth, motorization and population growth. How will the rise of alternative fuels for transport, in particular EVs impact the outlook for oil demand? Will recent advances in data analytics improve accuracy? What are the underlying reasons for wide range of forecasts for peak in oil demand?

                                            • 3:45pm
                                              Monday March 5
                                              3:45pm - 4:30pm
                                              EPIC with Hon. Ryan Zinke

                                              EPIC with Hon. Ryan Zinke Secretary of the Interior, United States
                                            • 3:45pm
                                              Monday March 5
                                              3:45pm - 4:30pm
                                              EPIC with Hon. Ryan Zinke

                                              EPIC with Hon. Ryan Zinke Secretary of the Interior, United States
                                            • 4:00pm
                                              Monday March 5
                                              4:00pm - 6:00pm
                                              North American Independents CEO Summit

                                              Leadership Circle: North American Independents CEO Summit
                                            • 4:00pm
                                              Monday March 5
                                              4:00pm - 6:00pm
                                              Superbasins Technical Workshop

                                              MOVE TO MARCH 4 IN CVENT AND CROWDCOMPASS

                                              Superbasins Technical Workshop
                                            • 4:00pm
                                              Monday March 5
                                              4:00pm - 6:00pm
                                              Ministerial Roundtable with Financial Community

                                              Ministerial Roundtable with Financial Community
                                            • 4:05pm
                                              Monday March 5
                                              4:05pm - 4:55pm
                                              Plenary | Energy Innovation

                                              Main Stage Program
                                              Innovation & Investment in a World of Transition
                                              • 4:15pm
                                                Monday March 5
                                                4:15pm - 5:00pm
                                                Innovation Agora Studios | Agora 1 – Manufacturing Without Borders

                                                Manufacturing Without Borders: Agile and additive

                                                Additive manufacturing is combining with agile design to drive fundamental change in global supply chains. How will the new world of distributed manufacturing disrupt traditional borders and supplier relationships? What are the risks and opportunities for the energy industry arising from this technology revolution?

                                                • 4:15pm
                                                  Monday March 5
                                                  4:15pm - 5:15pm
                                                  Innovation Agora Studios | Agora 2 – Blockchain Rising

                                                  Blockchain Rising: What does it mean for upstream and trading?

                                                  Blockchain has powerful potential energy applications – and risks. This technology promises to enable “smart” supply chains, e-governance platforms, asset tracking systems and contracts. What does blockchain portend for new and disruptive business models? Gain insight from oil blockchain pioneers on emerging oil industry applications and strategies at this session co-hosted with Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC)

                                                  • 4:55pm
                                                    Monday March 5
                                                    4:55pm - 5:35pm
                                                    Plenary | Climate

                                                    Main Stage Program
                                                    Energy and Climate Policy: Searching for the balance
                                                    • 5:00pm
                                                      Monday March 5
                                                      5:00pm - 5:45pm
                                                      Innovation Agora Studio | Agora 1 – What Future for Hydrogen?

                                                      What Future for Hydrogen?

                                                      Is it time to re-evaluate the potential of hydrogen to carry energy efficiently and with low emission across multiple applications? How is technology driving disruptions needed to push hydrogen into reality? How are the changing supply and technology improvements driving hydrogen's role in the clean energy sector?

                                                      • 5:35pm
                                                        Monday March 5
                                                        5:35pm - 6:30pm
                                                        Plenary | Globalization

                                                        Main Stage Program
                                                        Globalization, Automation, and the Future of Work
                                                        • 6:00pm
                                                          Monday March 5
                                                          6:00pm - 9:00pm
                                                          Ministerial Reception & Dinner with NA Independents

                                                          Leadership Circle: Ministerial Reception & Dinner with NA Independents
                                                        • 6:00pm
                                                          Monday March 5
                                                          6:00pm - 7:00pm
                                                          Superbasins Reception

                                                          Superbasins Reception
                                                        • 6:00pm
                                                          Monday March 5
                                                          6:00pm - 7:00pm
                                                          The Future of Exploration Reception

                                                          The Future of Exploration Reception
                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                          Monday March 5
                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                          Innovation Agora Conference-wide Reception

                                                          Innovation Agora: CERAWeek Opening Reception
                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                          Monday March 5
                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                          North Sea Renaissance: The rising global impact

                                                          Private Reception – North Sea Renaissance: The rising global impact
                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                          Monday March 5
                                                          6:30pm - 9:00pm
                                                          Future Energy Leaders Reception

                                                          Future Energy Leaders Reception
                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                          Monday March 5
                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                          Women in Energy Reception

                                                          Women in Energy Reception
                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                          Monday March 5
                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                          Mitsubishi Private Partner Reception

                                                          Mitsubishi Private Partner Reception
                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                          Monday March 5
                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                          BP Private Partner Reception

                                                          BP Private Partner Reception
                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                          Monday March 5
                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                          Emerson Private Partner Reception

                                                          Emerson Private Partner Reception
                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                          Monday March 5
                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                          Indian Oil Company Private Partner Reception

                                                          Indian Oil Company Private Partner Reception
                                                        • 6:45pm
                                                          Monday March 5
                                                          6:45pm - 7:15pm
                                                          Innovation Agora Studio |
                                                          Agora 1 – Mobility

                                                          Driving innovation in mobility: ABB Formula E

                                                          Formula car racing is all about accelerating the pace of innovation. How is Formula E (E for electric) reinventing both car racing and EVs - especially batteries? Will it lead to new innovations in electric cars just as Formula One transformed the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)?

                                                          • 7:00pm
                                                            Monday March 5
                                                            7:00pm - 9:30pm
                                                            The Future of Exploration Dinner

                                                            The Future of Exploration Dinner
                                                          • 7:30pm
                                                            Monday March 5
                                                            7:30pm - 9:00pm
                                                            Insight Dinners [+expand]

                                                            The Workforce of the Future, Accelerating Into the Present
                                                            The energy industry faces great uncertainties in developing and planning for the workforce of the future. Strategies for skill and workforce planning are now key element of competitive advantage for the energy company of the future. While experiencing an exciting wave of innovation, the industry contends with perceptions, especially among millennials, that energy is a “sunset” business. Low and volatile oil prices have compounded the challenge of attracting, training, and retaining talent. Automation, digitalization and “energy transition”—all are drivers that will transform the skill requirements and competencies for the industry to serve the needs of growing global energy demand. What mix of skills and competencies are needed for the energy company of the future? How will automation and digitalization change the complexion of the work force? How can the industry win in increasingly competitive global marketplace for workers of all levels? What are emerging strategies and best practices for building the workforce of the energy future?
                                                              Stategic Program
                                                              How Will the Innovation Tsunami Change the Energy Sector?
                                                              Today’s energy sector challenges have never been more complex, as the sector seeks to supply energy to meet growing demand with increasing focus on decarbonized, socially responsible, efficient extraction processing and distribution of energy, and to serve new models for energy consumption; for example, in developing economies and in relation to transportation. Yet across the sector—from fossil fuels to renewables and end user markets—there is an “Innovation Tsunami” bearing down. It offers perhaps more opportunities than ever before to learn and from which to design solutions to deal with these challenges. Its elements include AI, robotics, automation, IoT, predictive analytics, cloud computing, battery technologies, and more. This session will explore how the sector can learn to surf this “Tsunami”—how to select the relevant solutions it offers without getting engulfed by it.
                                                                Investment Strategies in the Low Carbon World
                                                                As the energy sector wrestles with the transition to lower carbon future, investors and shareholders are asking for increased transparency and clarity of strategy on how companies are addressing this transition—reactively and proactively. In this dinner dialogue, the panelists will address a number of questions: Does climate change pose systemic risk to the energy sector? How well prepared are companies to address this transition? How far and how fast will the drive to stop investing in fossil fuel go? Will energy incumbents be faced with stranded assets? What should energy companies do to successfully manage through this transition? Should oil/gas companies invest in power-related businesses? How are companies testing their own strategies going forward in addition to responding to investor requests for transparency?
                                                                  North Sea Renaissance: The rising global impact


                                                                  The North Sea is the focus of intense global interest, driven by innovation in cost reductions, sanctioning of new fields and short-cycle investments within existing areas, new entrants, and re-ignition of M&A. Despite being one of the more mature offshore oil and gas provinces, the North Sea now presents exciting opportunities for upstream and midstream investors, both traditional and new participants. The North Sea is back, offering returns many believe are competitive with onshore North American plays. This dinner will offer perspectives from key leaders on what lies ahead for the North Sea and what this means for the global industry. How do the latest North Sea developments and returns stack up versus those in the Permian Basin? What can PE capital do that majors are unable or unwilling to do? How are participants creating value in this mature producing province, and what’s ahead? What regulatory and tax policies are needed to sustain the region and encourage new investment and innovation? Was 2017 “peak M&A” or just the start?

                                                                  Stategic Program
                                                                  Outlook for the Global Economy
                                                                  In a welcome change from the past few years, global growth is strong, economic slack is diminishing and there are early signs that inflation is beginning to rise. This increases the risk that central banks may be “behind the curve” and may have to tighten sooner and more than financial markets expect. Will this do serious damage to the global expansion?
                                                                    Stategic Program
                                                                    Oil and the Future of Mobility

                                                                    New technologies and changing preferences for when to drive, what to drive, and how to drive are disrupting the transportation industry and its future. With big changes ahead, what role will the transport sector play in future global oil demand? What key drivers are shaping this transformation?

                                                                      US Energy Policy: Where markets, deregulation, and geopolitics meet
                                                                      The Trump Administration has aggressively pursued campaign promises to abolish energy regulations and unleash American productivity while scrapping commitments to reduce CO2 emissions. As the Administration has implemented deregulation policies, how have energy markets responded? What has been the impact on oil and gas? On trends in power generation? What has been the impact on US states and municipalities? Has US policy had an impact on global energy trends or the geopolitical interests of hydrocarbon-producing nations?
                                                                      • 7:30am
                                                                        Tuesday March 6
                                                                        7:30am - 8:40am
                                                                        Breakfast & Strategic Dialogues [+expand]

                                                                        Stategic Program
                                                                        Africa upstream: What’s next?
                                                                        Competition for investment across Africa is driving established producers to enact reforms and streamline their NOCs, and new players to launch bid rounds and develop their capacity to monetize hydrocarbons. In this landscape, countries are striving to address widespread lack of energy access, improve infrastructure, and become positioned as regional hubs. In addition, a growing number of indigenous upstream players and emerging NOCs are entering the market as partners and competitors. What strategies are these countries and companies employing to achieve their goals, and how will this affect prospects for regional upstream investment?
                                                                          Stategic Program
                                                                          Asia’s Refining Future: New business models

                                                                          As the home of the world’s largest refining capacity, Asia faces challenges in the refining sector from shifting demand patterns of refined products (globally as well as regionally), changing business priorities owing to new entrants, to investing purely for national energy security. What are the evolving business trends, players, and investments in Asia? How are they reshaping the regional refining sector?

                                                                            Stategic Program
                                                                            Climate-Related Financial Disclosure: What happens next?

                                                                            The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) recommendations that were published in June 2017 have fast become the standard for any discussion of the low carbon transition risks facing the energy sector. Oil and gas producers are under increasing pressure from different stakeholders to enhance their reporting activities and adopt the TCFD recommendations. In this rapidly evolving space, what are the risks associated with company response strategies to the TCFD and where can an informed discussion of metrics and targets take disclosure practices in the future?

                                                                              Stategic Program
                                                                              Future of Vienna Alliance: OPEC and non-OPEC collaboration?
                                                                              Oil prices are up, global supply is constrained, and inventories are down. All of this is in line with the mission of the Vienna Alliance, a pact between 24 OPEC and non-OPEC countries with Russia and Saudi Arabia at its core. So what is the future of the Alliance once it officially declares its mission to “balance” markets has been accomplished, something that could happen later this year?
                                                                                Stategic Program
                                                                                Latin America Exploration: What’s next?

                                                                                Latin America has been a leading hot spot for exploration in a variety of plays and hydrocarbon types for the last two years, with giant and supergiant oil discoveries in Mexico, Guyana, and Brazil; the “tight rock revolution” in Argentina’s Neuquén Basin; and Colombia’s shift from onshore oil to offshore gas. Much of this has been made possible by a more competitive open market—with frequent bid rounds, farmouts, and direct negotiations—that developed as Latin American countries have dealt with economic and leadership changes. But with signs that the competition for investment dollars may be shifting as operators focus on development and suffer from bid fatigue, how long will this success continue? What steps can regulators and governments take to maintain the momentum? Can these exploration opportunities expand to other countries in Latin America?

                                                                                  Stategic Program
                                                                                  New Models of Growth in Western Canada
                                                                                  Despite changes in the policy landscape and delays to proposed export pipelines for Canada’s upstream sector, western Canada is seeing the birth of a new growth engine with unconventional supply growing by leaps and bounds, and new business models and technology beginning to take shape in the oil sands. What are these new models for growth? What are some of the key challenges facing the western Canadian upstream industry?
                                                                                    Stategic Program
                                                                                    North American Downstream: Opportunities and challenges
                                                                                    The North American downstream market and industry, while widely seen as mature, continues to provide opportunities and challenges for market participants. Opportunities include growing exports and ample crude supply are contrasted by challenges created by policy and mature demand. In this session, our speakers will provide their views and insights on these and other topics that are important to the industry and customers.
                                                                                      Stategic Program
                                                                                      Outlook for Upstream Costs and Technology

                                                                                      With the reality of low oil prices, a given, and upstream construction forecasted to rise, assets are still struggling to meet economic hurdles, and operators are still turning to lower supply chain costs, leaner designs, and new development approaches to improve their viability. Can technology continue to enable these new design concepts and operating models or will cost escalations continue to slow down upstream activity? What impact is technology having on current industry capital and operating efficiency?

                                                                                      Stategic Program
                                                                                      The New US Oil Export Powerhouse

                                                                                      Rising U.S. crude oil exports have created both opportunities and challenges for the midstream sector and U.S. refiners. What midstream developments are needed to accommodate higher export volumes and what are the risks to overinvestment? Are U.S. refiners likely to invest to run more domestic crude oil or will they stick with sour crude slate? As exports rise, where are the opportunity markets for exports and what port facilities are needed? And is there sufficient investment interest to fund this additional infrastructure?

                                                                                        Stategic Program
                                                                                        The Next Strategic Step for Asia NOCs

                                                                                        The low oil price environment shifted the spotlight back toward core assets at home. However, the widening demand/supply balance necessitates greater focus on international growth. As oil prices start to recover, how will companies respond to increasing competition in the M&A space? What are some of the key lessons learnt from past international pursuits? What portfolio choices will drive their growth plans?

                                                                                          Stategic Program
                                                                                          The Return of the Global Offshore
                                                                                          The advent of oil shales and a shorter production cycle onshore North America has captured the interest of financial markets. Over and beyond the pure play North American companies, the opportunity for portfolio diversification and growth has lured IOC and NOC investment as well as that of international independents. Short cycle times, structural changes to cost structures, capital efficiencies, volume growth, lower perceived risk, and investor pressures have together cast the offshore business in a less favorable light in contrast to the onshore. However, there are clear signs that offshore E&P has reached bottom and is recovering. Cost reductions continue in contrast to the onshore US. Upstream sector openings have created access to underexplored shallow water and deepwater resource potential and undeveloped discovered resources. Some older offshore basins are being rejuvenated using whole basin strategies that employ horizontal wells, unconventional completion, and production technologies packaged with new seismic, digitalization, logistics, infrastructural, and operational approaches and a focus on new play concepts. The offshore is returning but with new strategies, lower global expenditures, and investments concentrated in fewer places.
                                                                                          • 7:30am
                                                                                            Tuesday March 6
                                                                                            7:30am - 8:40am
                                                                                            Innovation Agora Studio Breakfasts | Agora 1 – Voices of Innovation with Fatih Birol; Agora 2 – Inclusion & Diversity

                                                                                            Voices of Innovation with Fatih Birol: Are we at a tipping point?

                                                                                            In December 2017, Financial Times named Fatih Birol, Executive Director of IEA, “Energy personality of the year”. Under his leadership, the IEA has become the authoritative voice on all matters energy. When Dr. Birol speaks - people across the world listen. Join a conversation with Dr. Birol about his outlook on the future of the energy: Is it the end of the coal age? Will EVs rule the world? What happened to the golden age of gas? Are we paying too much attention to shale oil? How long will OPEC/non-OPEC deal survive? Why is climate change such a difficult problem to tackle? And, is peak oil demand round the corner?

                                                                                            Inclusion and Diversity: Faces of the energy future

                                                                                            The traditional image of an “oil man” is undergoing profound change. Companies increasingly recognize that inclusion and diversity in the workforce fosters innovation and reduces turnover. Women and minorities are underrepresented at most levels of the energy industry. An IHS Markit study for the American Petroleum Institute found that African Americans comprise 8% of the industry workforce, compared with 14% of the overall US workforce; and that women are dramatically underrepresented in blue- and white-collar oil and gas jobs. The industry faces a global challenge in transitioning its workforce to become inclusive and diverse. What obstacles do underrepresented groups face in entering and advancing in the industry? How can companies attract and retain a more diverse talent pool? What are the lessons and emerging best practices for developing a diverse workforce?

                                                                                            • 7:30am
                                                                                              Tuesday March 6
                                                                                              7:30am - 8:40am
                                                                                              Ministerial Roundtable on Mobility

                                                                                            • 8:50am
                                                                                              Tuesday March 6
                                                                                              8:50am - 9:15am
                                                                                              Welcome & Special Address

                                                                                              Welcome & Special Address
                                                                                              • 9:00am
                                                                                                Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                9:00am - 12:30pm
                                                                                                Agora Pods [+expand]

                                                                                                Beyond electric: an augmented reality, transportation experience
                                                                                                Brought to you by ABB
                                                                                                9:00 - 9:30 AM
                                                                                                Revolutionizing the onshore seismic industry
                                                                                                9:00 - 9:30 AM
                                                                                                  Digital 2.0: The refinery of the future
                                                                                                  9:30 - 10:00 AM
                                                                                                    Pipelines 4.0: Emerging opportunities and challenges
                                                                                                    10:00 - 10:30 AM
                                                                                                      Reducing the Risk of Digitalization in Oil and Gas
                                                                                                      10:30 - 11:00 AM
                                                                                                        How to restore capital project confidence
                                                                                                        11:00 - 11:30 AM
                                                                                                          Nanolaminated Alloys for Improved Return on Oilfield Assets
                                                                                                          11:00 - 11:30 AM
                                                                                                            21st Century Energy Innovation Strategies
                                                                                                            11:30 - 12:00 PM
                                                                                                              AI and the workforce of the future
                                                                                                              11:30 - 12:00 PM
                                                                                                                The future of human-plant collaboration: A case study demo
                                                                                                                12:00 - 12:30 PM
                                                                                                                  How data liberation is creating and shaping new winners and alliances
                                                                                                                  12:00 - 12:30 PM
                                                                                                                  • 9:00am
                                                                                                                    Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                    9:00am - 9:45am
                                                                                                                    EPIC with Hon. Kanat Aldabergenovich

                                                                                                                    EPIC with Hon. Kanat Aldabergenovich Bozumbayev Minister of Energy, Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
                                                                                                                  • 9:15am
                                                                                                                    Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                    9:15am - 9:40am
                                                                                                                    Plenary | Opening Oil Dialogue

                                                                                                                    US Policy Dialogue
                                                                                                                  • 9:40am
                                                                                                                    Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                    9:40am - 10:25am
                                                                                                                    Innovation Agora Studios |
                                                                                                                    Agora 1 – Bio Fuel;
                                                                                                                    Agora 2 – Upstream Technology

                                                                                                                    Bio Fuel: Fulfilling the promise?

                                                                                                                    The perfect biofuel - renewable, cost competitive, and low emissions - has been the holy grail of the oil and energy industry for decades. Recent research indicates that the combination of new genetic and deep learning technologies have advanced to a stage that, at a minimum, warrant a re-examination of these underlying trends. Which technologies look promising? Will biofuels make a material contribution to the future energy mix?

                                                                                                                    The Long Game: What’s next in upstream tech?

                                                                                                                    Technology has always been the critical enabler in the upstream industry. 3D seismic (deepwater) and horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing (unconventionals) are just two examples of game changing technologies that helped unlock new resource types. This session discusses what technical innovations will help the industry reaching a new step change in exploration and production.

                                                                                                                    • 9:40am
                                                                                                                      Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                      9:40am - 10:00am
                                                                                                                      Plenary | Global Oil Dialogue

                                                                                                                      Global Oil Dialogue
                                                                                                                    • 10:00am
                                                                                                                      Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                      10:00am - 10:25am
                                                                                                                      Plenary | Global Oil Dialogue

                                                                                                                      Global Oil Dialogue
                                                                                                                      • 10:00am
                                                                                                                        Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                        10:00am - 10:45am
                                                                                                                        EPIC with HE Suhail Mohammed

                                                                                                                        EPIC with HE Suhail Mohammed Al-Mazroui Minister of Energy & Industry, UAE
                                                                                                                      • 10:15am
                                                                                                                        Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                        10:15am - 12:15pm
                                                                                                                        Global Gas Summit

                                                                                                                        Leadership Circle: Global Gas Summit
                                                                                                                      • 10:25am
                                                                                                                        Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                        10:25am - 10:45am
                                                                                                                        Plenary | Global Oil Dialogue

                                                                                                                        Global Oil Dialogue
                                                                                                                      • 10:25am
                                                                                                                        Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                        10:25am - 11:20am
                                                                                                                        Innovation Agora Studios | Agora 2 – EV vs. ICE

                                                                                                                        EV vs. ICE: Battle of technologies

                                                                                                                        Daily headlines announce the planned production of new EV models by auto industry incumbents around the world. At the same time, Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) continues to chug along as a well-oiled machine. Dramatic improvements in the efficiency and emission reduction, as well as the millions of ICE vehicles on the roads of the world, will mean that both technologies will be with us for decades to come. How will these technologies compete in the future? Will autonomous vehicles accelerate take up of EVs? Will China and India leapfrog to EVs? Will policymakers choose winners and losers?

                                                                                                                        • 10:45am
                                                                                                                          Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                          10:45am - 11:20am
                                                                                                                          Plenary | Upstream

                                                                                                                          Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                          Future of Upstream Partnerships
                                                                                                                          • 10:45am
                                                                                                                            Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                            10:45am - 11:30am
                                                                                                                            Innovation Agora Studio | Voices of Innovation with Diane Greene and Ashok Belani

                                                                                                                            Voices of Innovation with Diane Greene, CEO, Google Cloud and Ashok Belani, CTO, Schlumberger: Cloud meets energy

                                                                                                                            Is the cloud an opportunity or a threat for the energy sector? Data ownership and security long have been paramount concerns. How is the cloud changing this? Join the conversation of a preeminent Silicon Valley innovator with an energy technology leader on what disruptive changes and opportunities lie in store, as the Cloud meets oil and gas.

                                                                                                                            • 11:35am
                                                                                                                              Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                              11:35am - 12:35pm
                                                                                                                              Strategic Dialogues [+expand]

                                                                                                                              Stategic Program
                                                                                                                              Biofuels: Are current policies an aid or risk to development?
                                                                                                                              Policy continues to be the major driver in biofuels demand, but it is also the major uncertainty for the industry. The compounded effect of uncertainty across several policy and trade areas as well as the existing unintended consequences of past policy decisions, are making the investment environment in biofuels is increasing investment risk. Two key questions have emerged for the biofuels industry. First, is policy keeping pace with science and innovation? And, second, is policy fostering or inhibiting investment today? In this session, the speakers will provide opinions and insights to the policy-related challenges and opportunities facing the biofuels industry today.
                                                                                                                                Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                Eurasian Upstream at a Crossroad
                                                                                                                                The key Eurasian oil producers, led by Russia, have joined with OPEC over the past year in a unprecedented agreement to cut oil production and help rebalance the global oil market. Despite the recent arrangement to extend the deal to the end of 2018, the path forward remains uncertain: When will the deal end? Will market conditions and interests keep the groups together for longer? What will happen during the exit?
                                                                                                                                  Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                  Financing the Upstream: Who, where, and how much?
                                                                                                                                  Access to capital for oil and gas investments was an essential driver of the great revival of US oil production, but investment has been mixed outside of North America. In today's market, is access to capital changing? Will this divergence of financing continue and what are the implications for future supply? And who will provide the capital for future upstream investment?
                                                                                                                                    Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                    New Directions for the Upstream Industry
                                                                                                                                    Three years on from the step change in oil price, IOCs have continued to reduce costs, refocus capital allocation, and divest noncore assets. With debt burdens starting to reduce, IOCs are gradually returning their E&P businesses toward more progressive investment and acquisitions to meet mid- and long-term goals. And yet, the “lower-for-longer” oil and gas price remains, challenging profitability and forcing continued discipline. In some cases, E&P investments need to compete with corporate moves into New Energy solutions. How do these trends impact IOCs’ value proposition for investors in the mid-term? What are the appropriate performance metrics? How can “growth” be defined in this new environment?
                                                                                                                                      Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                      New Mobility: Who owns the future?
                                                                                                                                      Change is coming quickly to the global transportation sector. Increasingly frequent announcements of new business models and new policies have drawn attention to the automotive sector. This discussion will connect these new developments to the evolving realities of the automotive and energy industries, distilling some of the hype from the reality and providing a clearer focus on the future ahead.
                                                                                                                                        NOCs: Growth after survival?
                                                                                                                                        Many NOCs have used the downturn in the industry to reposition themselves into fiscally sound and stable entities. As oil price has recovered, companies are starting to evaluate growth options outside of their home territories, across the energy value chain, and in future growth markets. Technology and innovation are being used as levers for performance improvement and to achieve sound financial footing. How do the NOC leaders see the future for their companies? Is the focus on value or growth? How will the anticipated peak in oil demand impact their strategic choices? What is their assessment of the potential from US shale oil?
                                                                                                                                          Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                          North America Shale: How much can it grow?
                                                                                                                                          The growth of North American shale production altered the course of the global oil market. New technologies continue to rejuvenated production, but how far can it run? And how fast? This session explores the future potential from a number of angles—geologic, competitive, technological, and infrastructure—to consider when thinking about future growth.
                                                                                                                                            Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                            Oil Market Outlook: A new triangle?
                                                                                                                                            The global economy, US production, and the Vienna Alliance—the OPEC and non-OPEC countries coordinating supply restraint—were the principal actors in the global oil market over the past year. Do they form a new triangle of price determination? How will they interact and influence crude oil market trends in 2018‒19? Are there other factors at play as well?
                                                                                                                                              Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                              Sanctions, NAFTA, and Energy: Economic tradecraft and geopolitics
                                                                                                                                              Countries apply sanctions and other economic policy tools to influence geopolitical interests—often as a stopgap measure short of war, when diplomacy alone will likely fail. Between allegations of electoral interference and sanctions, the United States and Russia remain hamstrung in their ability to engage on global problems. Sanctions have become a centerpiece of international strategy to constrain North Korea. US decertification of compliance on the Iran Nuclear Agreement and a possible sanctions “snapback” has heightened uncertainty on Iran. Venezuela teeters politically and economically, with US sanctions structured to restrict external relief. At the US border, the renegotiation of NAFTA has raised muddied future cooperation with America’s closest neighbors. In these hot spots, how will sanctions and other economic policy tools shape short-term outcomes? When do sanctions foster or undermine long-term political stability?
                                                                                                                                                Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                Changing dynamics: New models for service sector and E&P interaction
                                                                                                                                                The intense focus on ensuring profitability throughout the energy industry is causing a radical rethink of delivery mechanisms, project designs, and enhanced use of technology. E&P companies and service sector providers are proposing new models to increase value while lowering costs in a sustainable way. This strategic dialogue offers a view into different ways to achieve a new level of cooperation and results.
                                                                                                                                                  Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                  The Big Disruption: Fueling the world’s ships
                                                                                                                                                  The IMO bunker fuel specification change in 2020 is expected to have a disruptive impact on the shipping and refining industries. How will the companies prepare for these changes, and will they be compliant in time? How will the shipping industry address a lack of compliant fuel, and how will the IMO ensure compliance? Refiners will need to choose how to operate after the specification change: They may require lower-sulfur crudes and may create new formulations to blend bunker fuel, or they may need to dispose of the higher sulfur residual streams. What will be the impact on pricing relationships between crude, intermediates, and products during this period?
                                                                                                                                                  • 11:35am
                                                                                                                                                    Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                    11:35am - 12:35pm
                                                                                                                                                    Innovation Agora Studio – Voices of Innovation with Ahmad Al Khowaiter and Bob Armstrong

                                                                                                                                                    Voices of Innovation with Ahmad Al Khowaiter and Bob Armstrong: R&D Strategies for the Energy Future

                                                                                                                                                    As Director of the MIT Energy Initiative, Robert Armstrong leads one of the major hubs of energy research, education and outreach. Chief Technology Officer, Ahmad Al Khowaiter, directs long range technology research and development at Saudi Aramco, one of the preeminent energy companies in the world. Join a conversation between these two industry leaders on how they think about investing in a developing a portfolio of technologies, what makes innovation successful, which technologies excite them and is this industry far too risk averse?

                                                                                                                                                    • 12:45pm
                                                                                                                                                      Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                      12:45pm - 1:55pm
                                                                                                                                                      Luncheon & Dialogue

                                                                                                                                                      Luncheon & Dialogue
                                                                                                                                                    • 12:45pm
                                                                                                                                                      Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                      12:45pm - 1:15pm
                                                                                                                                                      Voices of Innovation with Juan Enriquez

                                                                                                                                                    • 1:15pm
                                                                                                                                                      Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                      1:15pm - 1:30pm
                                                                                                                                                      Innovation Agora Café

                                                                                                                                                      Voices of Innovation with Juan Enriquez: Book Signing

                                                                                                                                                      Evolving Ourselves: Redesigning the Future of Humanity--One Gene at a Time


                                                                                                                                                      Book signing. Seating is limited.

                                                                                                                                                      • 1:55pm
                                                                                                                                                        Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                        1:55pm - 2:25pm
                                                                                                                                                        Plenary | Technology Dialogue

                                                                                                                                                      • 2:00pm
                                                                                                                                                        Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                        2:00pm - 5:30pm
                                                                                                                                                        Agora Pods [+expand]

                                                                                                                                                        Coal to Carbon Products
                                                                                                                                                        2:00 - 2:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                          Beyond electric: an augmented reality, transportation experience
                                                                                                                                                          Brought to you by ABB
                                                                                                                                                          2:00 - 2:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                          Innovative Energy Technology Ventures Models
                                                                                                                                                          2:30 - 3:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                            Powering digital transformation in the energy industry with predictive digital twins
                                                                                                                                                            2:30 - 3:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                              Innovation Pioneer Alumni – GlassPoint
                                                                                                                                                              3:00 - 3:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                Digital Upstream for Optimizing Life Cycle of Wells
                                                                                                                                                                3:00 - 3:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                  Tribomechadynamics: The future of oil & gas efficiency
                                                                                                                                                                  3:30 - 4:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                    Modern CAD Tools For Modern Design
                                                                                                                                                                    3:30 - 4:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                      Mineral foundations of the energy transition
                                                                                                                                                                      4:00 - 4:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                        Machine Learning-Driven Asset Optimization
                                                                                                                                                                        4:00 - 4:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                          Why blockchain will reshape your industry
                                                                                                                                                                          4:30 - 5:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                          Is “Net-Zero” a progressive or regressive design policy?
                                                                                                                                                                          4:30 - 5:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                            A Future Energy Leaders conversation: Attracting and retaining great talent
                                                                                                                                                                            By invitation only
                                                                                                                                                                            5:00 - 5:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                            • 2:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                              Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                              2:00pm - 3:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                              Innovation Agora Lounge | Blockchain Central

                                                                                                                                                                              Blockchain Central
                                                                                                                                                                              Come meet the people focused on blockchain and the energy system. Experts, analysts, investors, corporate project leads and early stage companies from around the world gather every day at Blockchain Central. Co-hosted with Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC).
                                                                                                                                                                            • 2:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                              Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                              2:30pm - 3:15pm
                                                                                                                                                                              EPIC with Terje Søviknes

                                                                                                                                                                              EPIC with Terje Søviknes
                                                                                                                                                                            • 2:40pm
                                                                                                                                                                              Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                              2:40pm - 3:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                              Plenaries | Upstream, Downstream & Technology [+expand]

                                                                                                                                                                              Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                              Game-Changing Technologies for Oil & Gas
                                                                                                                                                                                Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                North American Oil: The supply disrupter
                                                                                                                                                                                  Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                  Petrochemicals: Future pillar of growth for hydrocarbons?
                                                                                                                                                                                  • 3:40pm
                                                                                                                                                                                    Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                    3:40pm - 4:35pm
                                                                                                                                                                                    Innovation Agora Studio |
                                                                                                                                                                                    Agora 1 – Digitalization

                                                                                                                                                                                    Innovation Agora
                                                                                                                                                                                    Digitalization and Oil & Gas: What’s next?

                                                                                                                                                                                    While it’s clear from industry announcements that oil and gas is fully embracing a more digitalized approach to its business, it’s less clear what this means in practical terms. Which segments of the oil and gas value chain are most ripe for digital disruption? Are digital and automation technologies raising performance and enabling new operating models? What is the role of partnerships in both developing solutions and ensuring organizational uptake? How is digitalization improving the bottom line?

                                                                                                                                                                                    • 3:40pm
                                                                                                                                                                                      Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                      3:40pm - 4:35pm
                                                                                                                                                                                      Plenaries | Ministerial Dialogue & Upstream [+expand]

                                                                                                                                                                                      Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                      Ministerial Dialogue
                                                                                                                                                                                        Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                        Putting Carbon to Work: The future of CCUS
                                                                                                                                                                                        • 4:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                          4:00pm - 4:45pm
                                                                                                                                                                                          EPIC with Hon. Pedro

                                                                                                                                                                                          EPIC with Pedro Joaquín Coldwell
                                                                                                                                                                                        • 4:50pm
                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                          4:50pm - 5:40pm
                                                                                                                                                                                          Plenaries | Upstream, Downstream & Technology [+expand]

                                                                                                                                                                                          Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                          How Policy and Technology Are Transforming and Disrupting the Downstream
                                                                                                                                                                                            How Will Technology Disrupt the Upstream Oil Business?
                                                                                                                                                                                              Oil & Gas in a World of Transition
                                                                                                                                                                                              • 5:45pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                5:45pm - 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                EPIC with Rick Perry

                                                                                                                                                                                                EPIC with Rick Perry United States Secretary of Energy
                                                                                                                                                                                              • 5:50pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                5:50pm - 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                IHS Markit Expert Discussions [+expand]

                                                                                                                                                                                                Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                Asian Gas Markets: Demand surprises ahead?
                                                                                                                                                                                                From the biggest LNG importers in northeast Asia to emerging gas markets in the southern parts of Asia, significant uncertainties face Asia’s gas markets. Japan’s nuclear future remains uncertain. South Korea has just issued a new energy plan envisioning a different power sector fuel mix. China’s winter demand has surprised many on the upside. Meanwhile, Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh, and Pakistan all appear intent on increasing their gas consumption. What is the LNG demand potential in each market? Which role will government policies play in these markets’ gas demand overall and LNG imports in particular? What infrastructures are needed to realize the LNG demand expectation?
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Capital Efficiency to Manage Short- and Long-Cycle Investments
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Following the dramatic, sustained drop in commodity prices, upstream companies are grappling with the speed at which they can return to growth and generate adequate returns. With historically high levels of debt, companies need to execute a winning strategy to rebalance their assets and capital. As the backlog of unsanctioned projects largely sits idle, M&A will play its part in portfolio realignments. With limited economic opportunities at this new price model, competition for quality assets is intense. What are the challenges facing Independents, IOCs, and NOCs? What are their emerging strategies? What companies are in position to execute?
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Changing Supply Dynamics and Patterns: Risk and investment implications and changes in the concentration of supply
                                                                                                                                                                                                    The advent and maturation of US oil shale plays, combined with the size and sophistication of its capital markets, has transformed the global oil supply system. Key factors in this “New Supply Equation” include capital allocation decisions, the potential for enhanced scale efficiencies, the attractiveness of US tight oil versus global opportunities, the speed that US tight oil reacts to price signals and its impact on risks for medium-term investments globally. And that’s just the supply side. As larger basins receive more investment, how will changes in the concentration of supply impact global crude oil production? How will it affect supply security and aboveground risk? What are the implications for investment?
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Future of Motor Fuel and the Role of Octane
                                                                                                                                                                                                      To meet CAFE standards for light-duty vehicles in 2025, engine manufacturers will need to know now what motor fuels will look like in the next decade. One popular solution is gasoline with a higher octane rating, but with high octane refining capacity constrained, how does the industry get to the higher levels of octane in fuel? This session will discuss the trends in downstream fuel markets and the role of octane.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Global Scenarios: Future disrupters?
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The long-term outlook for energy demand and the pace at which an energy transition away from fossil fuels might take place is a critical question being posed by investors. We will discuss the IHS Markit energy scenarios and potential future disruptors.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Latin America Upstream: Growth and decline
                                                                                                                                                                                                          America is the hottest upstream geography in the world today after the US onshore, with notable openings in Brazil deepwater Santos Basin; Mexico’s offshore and onshore basins; further exploitation of Argentina’s Vaca Muerta play, and the Equatorial Margin play offshore Guyana. The region contains a number of the newly defined Super Basins that have the potential to generate significant growth over time with the right aboveground measures in place. Will private sector upstream companies make money in the region? How durable are these openings? Are these new policies undergirded by multiparty (and even local) political support in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina? Are the regulatory structures and capacities (including, but not limited to, environmental policies) ready to effectively handle and police large investments by multiple operators?
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                            NGLs: Will the global chemical market be required to absorb NGL production growth?
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Supply of NGLs is expanding—and at a much faster rate than crude oil. What will be the future NGL mix to support the continued strong growth in olefins demand in the future?
                                                                                                                                                                                                              North American Breakeven Pricing: How viable are upstream projects?
                                                                                                                                                                                                              With the change in domestic and international breakeven prices over the past 18 months, what developments can we expect in 2018 and what strategies can companies adopt to be ahead of the curve? Can efficiency or market softness reduce prices enough to improve project viability? Who are the possible winners and losers in the supply chain?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Permian: Great expectations, potential disappointments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                After decades of decline, 2017 saw the Permian Basin surpass its 1973 previous peak production. Currently in excess of 2 MMb/d, liquids output may approach or pass 4 MMb/d in the coming decade. What level of liquids production can the basin attain, for how long, and at what cost? Active basin operators have stated targets suggesting company intentions exceed the whole basin’s production estimate. What is the production ceiling (and its sustainability) for the Permian and is it driven by capital availability, subsurface potential, infrastructure capacity, or regulation? The answers to these questions have repercussions for global and regional supply, and the portfolio performance (and credibility) of many E&P companies, including some of the largest in the world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Understanding the Biofuel Feedstock Landscape and Outlook on Reducing Carbon Intensity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In the last few years, the imbalances and constraints of renewable fuel standard (RFS) and low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) volume obligations have become clearer and recent renewable identification number (RIN) and LCFS credit prices reflect this. With obligated parties—refiners, blenders, and importers of gasoline or diesel fuel—incurring incremental costs, understanding the agricultural landscape on biofuel feedstock will soon become vital. Key RFS and LCFS stakeholders will need to execute a winning strategy to maneuver through challenging regulatory policies. What are current biofuel feedstock conditions? What potential hurdles will need to be overcome? What is the IHS Markit outlook for the 2018 US grain oil market and the effects on biofuel feedstocks?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Resurgence in a Mature Basin: The Alaska North Slope
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 5:50pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5:50pm - 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Innovation Agora Studios | Agora 1 – Data & Analytics;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agora 2 – Financing Energy Innovation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Innovation Agora
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Data and Analytics: The next frontier

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New levels of computing power, data lake architecture and analytical techniques are driving dramatic improvements in productivity and costs. How will the next generation of data and analyses drive growth and value in the oil and energy company of the future? How can the industry harness the potential while also aligning with competitive, social and regulatory environments?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Innovation Agora
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        New Ways to Finance Energy Innovation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Traditional finance of early stage energy related projects are giving way to alternative financing mechanisms. These include industry consortia, foundation funding, venture and private equity, super angels, cypto-currencies and more. How will these new investors and new funding techniques impact innovation and time to market? What will be the future role for traditional funding sources? What are the lessons of the recent cycle on investment models and expectations?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Conference-wide Reception

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reception
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Emerson China Reception

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Emerson China Reception
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          South Asia Reception

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          South Asia Reception
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday Reception for Future Energy Leaders

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday Reception for Future Energy Leaders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cheniere Private Partner Reception

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cheniere Private Partner Reception
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ConocoPhillips Private Partner Reception

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ConocoPhillips Private Partner Reception
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Statoil Private Partner Reception

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Statoil Private Partner Reception
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Venture Global LNG Private Partner Reception

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Venture Global LNG Private Partner Reception
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          7:30pm - 9:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dinner & Keynote

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dinner & Keynote
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 9:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tuesday March 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            9:00pm - 10:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ABB Bourbon Tasting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ABB Bourbon Tasting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 7:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7:30am - 8:40am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Breakfast & Strategic Dialogues [+expand]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Assessing Gas Demand from Asia’s Growth Markets

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LNG demand grew and fell in some expected and some not-so-expected areas in 2017. Going forward, the make-up of LNG demand is changing with a significant number of countries planning to start or rapidly increase LNG use. What key risks and factors need to be addressed to bring more countries into the LNG market? How can project developers actively support their development?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              New Technology and the Future of Oil Trading: Strategies for a changing world
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              New technology is transforming trading and risk management. Blockchain, algorithms, AI, and machine learning have shown promise and are beginning to influence trading strategies and markets. They also are bringing more liquidity to the market. The new technologies are impacting risk management as well as ETF and CTA. The pace and implications of new technologies has introduced considerable uncertainty for traders—as well as the broader market: What are the most promising new technologies and strategies and how quickly will they be adopted? How will they impact trading strategies, regulation, and operations? What competitive challenges and opportunities do they present for incumbent and new participants?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Deregulation of Latin America Downstream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Political shifts in recent years have brought a wave of deregulation in the oil and gas sector in many Latin American countries. Crude and oil product price controls are being phased out, and markets are opening up for more competition. But the nature and magnitude of changes are different from country to country as issues and challenges are diverse and complex. What does the future hold for the downstream sector in these countries in terms of competition, industry structure, and investment? Are these reforms here to stay for the long run? Will we see a multitude of new entrants, seeking expansion and growth opportunities or are the uncertainties and risks still too great, deterring any big moves? What impacts do these changes have to the NOCs that have had either monopoly or dominant market positions? Our speakers will provide insights to the challenges and opportunities in the downstream sector in Latin America.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Next Wave of Gas to Advance South Asia’s Key Energy Transitions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  South Asia’s energy markets are united by a common theme of confidence in gas as a fuel of choice for accelerated delivery of cleaner energy. The next wave of natural gas demand growth in South Asia is expected to emerge from unregulated sectors that reflect the countries’ economic growth and energy transition trends in reliability, urbanization, and mobility. India’s gas economy will be strengthened by the government’s three-pronged policy actions to support a Clean India and a 24X7 India: completing gas market creation, completing gas grids, and implementing regulations to support gas at 15% of the primary energy mix. Sri Lanka plans to develop indigenous gas resources and access LNG in partnership with India and Japan. How does India, with its planned new gas hub, implement its move to complete gas markets and possibly lead to a regional South Asia reference point for pricing? How quickly can the region’s physical and virtual gas infrastructure be completed to support future supply growth? How will the regulatory interfaces evolve for gas to be viable at higher levels in the primary energy mix?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    North American Gas: Outlook in a globally interdependent market

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The North American shale boom has vastly expanded the natural gas resource base and reduced its unit cost. At the same time, unconventional oil and natural gas exports are creating international and interfuel dependencies, opportunities, and challenges for North American natural gas producers. Will North America experience sub $3 gas for the next 20 years? With a significant portion of US natural gas production coming from oil activity, are gas prices destined to be driven by global oil prices? What fundamental conditions will drive market outcomes? Are producers focused on growing production or profits? Can producers borrow to grow production or will cash flow constrain the pace of activity? Is there a growing interdependency between Henry Hub and WTI?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oil & Gas Abundance and Super Basins: The end of exploration?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The challenge and industry response, new drilling and completion technologies, and operational management strategies demonstrated in the onshore North America shale and tight conventional plays have indicated that recoverable resources in existing basins are now much larger than estimated previously. The most potential is recognized in basins with materiality and two or more working petroleum systems, stacked reservoirs (shale, tight conventional, and depleted high-quality conventional), existing infrastructure, service sector capacity, and technical knowledge. The largest of these basins are Super Basins. This potential and the risk, timing, and cost competitiveness challenges indicative of the exploration business (specifically the deep water) has resulted in companies radically altering investment strategies (toward exploitation and the rebuilding of these older basins via whole basin strategies), slashing exploration spending, and in the extreme postulating the end of exploration. But this is not the case for all E&P companies. Some companies seek to further differentiate themselves on the basis of exploration prowess and or have increased new ventures and exploration while also pursuing exploitation strategies. The result is a wide spectrum of distinct choices based on differing strategic assumptions about the business, global opportunity set, desired returns, and the ability to execute. What are the critical strategic assumptions about the external business environment and internal investor needs and capabilities that drive these different choices?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Future of Trucking: A quicker change of gear than light-duty vehicles?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Increased demand for oil from trucking has been cited as one of the future pillars for demand growth. However, while the electrification of the light-duty vehicle fleet and the emergence of new mobility models has attracted the attention of the mainstream media and policy makers, changes to the technology and business models driving the trucking sector have gone largely unnoticed. What are the emerging trends in trucking and what is their potential to disrupt future oil demand growth?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The New Natural Gas Story in the Southern Cone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Following the growing competitiveness of renewable generation and the drop in international oil prices, Southern Cone countries need new strategies to grow their natural gas markets. Upstream projects in the region continue to move forward despite lower global oil prices. Gas-fired thermal power generation is the premier choice to back up intermittent renewables. Industries face increased competition from other regions with access lower cost gas supplies. How can market participants navigate this new gas story?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Vying for Europe’s Gas Markets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            With Europe’s requirement for gas imports set to grow as indigenous production continues its decline, the gap will be filled chiefly by LNG and Russian pipeline gas. Competition between these two supply sources will shape the European gas market in the years ahead. Europe’s emergence as the backstop market for uncommitted LNG is creating a strong link between European hub prices and the global LNG market. Meanwhile Gazprom faces complex strategic choices in Europe from a position of strength—but in a politically contentious environment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 7:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7:30am - 8:40am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Innovation Agora Studio Breakfasts |
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Agora 1 – Voices of Innovation with Lord John Browne;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Agora 2 – Energy Innovation Pioneers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Voices of Innovation with Lord John Browne: Progress, & the Energy Future

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lord John Browne, Executive Chairman L1 Energy is one of the visionaries of energy. In the late 1990s, he led the transformation of BP into one of the world’s largest companies. A prolific author with keen sense to foretell change, he believes that “as the industry adjusts to a new reality, the outlines of a new cycle are beginning to take shape.” What makes companies successful in a cyclical industry? How can the industry tackle the dual challenges of energy demand growth and climate change? What can we expect in the future? Join us in a wide-ranging conversation with Lord Browne.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Energy Innovation Pioneers: Increasing Resilience by Leveraging Technology to Find New Opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In this highly competitive environment of lower for longer, the E&P industry is increasingly turning to technology to increase resilience of their operations. Harnessing innovation from startups is critical to this strategy. This panel explores the role entrepreneurs play in developing new technologies to create opportunities for the E&P industry in the New Energy Future.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 7:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7:30am - 8:40am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Private Breakfast with Secretary Perry and US Producers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Private Breakfast with Secretary Perry and US Producers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 8:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  8:30am - 12:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Agora Pods [+expand]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Innovation Pioneer Alumni: Azima Global
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  8:30 - 9:00 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GCEP and Beyond
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9:00 - 9:30 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Beyond electric: an augmented reality, transportation experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brought to you by ABB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9:00 - 9:30 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Meta: Augmented reality for productivity in energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9:30 - 10:00 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How Chevron is Using AI-Driven Knowledge Models for Piping Consolidation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        9:30 - 10:00 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tachyus, a TPH disruption company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          10:00 - 10:30 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Innovation Pioneer: Introduction to Water Lens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            10:00 - 10:30 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5G Implications for the energy systems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10:30 - 11:00 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Innovation Pioneer: Introduction to FogHorn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10:30 - 11:00 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Authentix: Fingerprinting petroleum for product authentication & integrity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                11:00 - 11:30 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Innovation Pioneer: Introduction to Claroty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11:00 - 11:30 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Digital Innovation & Transformation with Salesforce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Innovation Pioneer: Introduction to EsXplore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      11:30 - 12:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Israeli innovative water treatment and desalination technologies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        12:00 - 12:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Urban mobility: GM initiatives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          12:00 - 12:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 8:50am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            8:50am - 9:20am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Plenary | Opening Address

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Opening Address
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 9:20am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              9:20am - 9:45am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Plenary | Global Energy Dialogue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Global Energy Dialogue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 9:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                9:30am - 10:15am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Innovation Agora Studios |
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agora 1 – AI & Energy;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agora 2 – Voices of Innovation with Adam Jonas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                AI & Energy: Revolution or Evolution?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Artificial Intelligence (AI) is in fashion and is impacting multiple industries - consuming ever larger sets of information to enable faster, more informed decision making. As techniques such as Reinforcement Learning begin to create so-called “superhuman” capabilities, we ask - what are the implications across the energy sector from upstream production to electricity generation and distribution? Is there a revolution brewing because of the step up of information analytics and decision support?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Voices of Innovation with Adam Jonas: Future of Mobility

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Adam Jonas is an influential Wall Street analyst covering the rapidly evolving mobility sector. Join this “up close” conversion on what lies ahead for this disrupting and disruptive sector, and what might be the shape of the mobility future. What will be the next surprise?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 9:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9:30am - 10:15am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    EPIC with HE John Munyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    EPIC with HE John Munyes Cabinet Secretary, Petroleum & Mining, Kenya
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 9:45am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9:45am - 10:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Plenary | Global Gas Markets

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What’s Ahead for Global Gas Markets?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 10:00am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      10:00am - 10:45am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EPIC with HE Dr Emmanuel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EPIC with HE Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Nigeria
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 10:15am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      10:15am - 11:00am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Innovation Agora Studios |
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agora 1 – Methane;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agora 2 – Blockchain

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Methane: The challenge of zero emissions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Methane emissions across the entire energy value chain from production to transportation to distribution to gas storage is a well-known challenge. What innovative technologies are being developed to trace, measure and eliminate methane emissions? How can detection and monitoring be improved? What are some of the successful partnership models? What will it take to get to zero methane emissions?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Blockchain: The potential to disrupt power and the consumer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What is the potential for blockchain across power and utilities, and how might it impact consumers? Building on mechanisms to codify trust, blockchain technology can improve efficiency, security, and accountability across a broad range of power applications. Blockchain may also expand investment in emerging and frontier markets, and play a critical role in expanding renewables in the power mix. Join some of the leading start-ups in a session co-hosted with Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) to explore innovative approaches, governance challenges, and effective business models from this nascent technology.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 10:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          10:30am - 11:15am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Plenary | Global Gas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Evolving Global Gas Business Models
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 10:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            10:30am - 12:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Global Power Summit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Leadership Circle: Global Power Summit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 11:00am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            11:00am - 11:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EPIC with Carlos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EPIC with Carlos Pérez
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 11:00am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            11:00am - 12:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            US-Africa Energy Roundtable

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            US-Africa Energy Roundtable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 11:00am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            11:00am - 12:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Energy Innovation Forum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Energy Innovation Forum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 11:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            11:30am - 12:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Strategic Dialogues [+expand]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coal & Gas in American Power
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fuel choices for US electricity production have undergone massive, fundamental change as coal and natural gas compete for generation share and gas takes a greater role in baseload generation. Generators, coal producers, and transportation providers, especially, have been asked to adjust to a new fuel paradigm. Coal is needed to support a secure electric grid, but at what volume level? Both the coal and gas industries must also adjust to the impact of renewables on market share and power prices. How are these challenges being met?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Creating Open Gas Markets: Getting deregulation right
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Driven by various pressures including needs to eliminate subsidy costs, to support the development of higher cost indigenous gas, and to improve the efficiency of industry and energy supply, countries with long histories of administered gas markets are embarking on processes of change to promote open gas markets. What models can be expected and will they further dismantle barriers to regional gas trade and pricing? What are the approaches and expectations of decision makers from key countries?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Emerging Gas Trading Hubs: What implications for LNG markets and pricing?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Several national governments and large LNG buyers in Asia have recently set up trading hubs for gas and LNG to price LNG based on Asian market fundamentals to allow for price diversity and optimization amid long-term demand uncertainty. LNG hubs and associated pricing mechanisms have been proposed in Singapore, Shanghai, and Tokyo. FOB hubs at two supply points—East Coast Australia and US Gulf of Mexico—have also been discussed, and a number of regional price assessments could be used at “virtual” hubs. Given the progress at the many trading platforms, will more players join and will trading activities accelerate? What are some of the key challenges facing Asia’s emerging gas trading hubs? What would be the implications for sanctioning new LNG projects?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Financing the Gas Future
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The global gas industry is facing a dilemma on several fronts as the traditional “rules of the game” are breaking down while new rules have yet to be formulated. Stakeholders have varying views on near-term supply/demand fundamentals while gas buyer and seller requirements are becoming increasing polarized, thereby presenting a challenge to willingness of traditional commercial debt providers to commit funds to infrastructure projects. This session identifies the financing challenges faced by gas infrastructure project developers and explores possible avenues for investing in the current environment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    North American Gas: Challenges to expanding North American pipeline infrastructure?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As North American and global markets choose natural gas for power generation, either to serve new load or to replace coal-fired generation, North American natural gas demand is expected to grow by 6.5 Bcf/d over the next two years. Half will come from exports and half from US power demand growth, predominantly in the Midwest and Southeast. This rapidly growing demand will largely be met by US production growth from Appalachia. Almost 11 Bcf/d of pipeline expansion projects are expected to come online in 2017 and 2018. Opponents of the construction are challenging the economic necessity, regulatory legality, and environmental propriety. How do we balance regulatory efficiency, environmental concerns, and economic vitality when reviewing pipeline projects?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Financing Asia’s Energy Infrastructure: Role of China’s Belt & Road Initiative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Energy demand in Asia continues to grow robustly along with strong economic performance, particularly in many countries in South and Southeast Asia. As the Chinese industrial and manufacturing machines decelerates, more and more emerging markets in Asia are looking to further industrialize, requiring significant new energy supply. Unlike China during its rapid growth period (when most of the energy supply came from coal), climate change is now a central issue worldwide. What role will China’s Belt & Road Initiative play in future investment? What other sources of funding will likely be available for this growth? What types of restructuring and reform of the energy sector are underway and required in the future? How will investors and governments alike balance the need for affordable energy supply and lower emissions?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Petrochemicals: How feedstock demand is driving gas consumption

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In contrast to energy demand, global petrochemical demand is growing at rates well in excess of economic growth rates. Shale-derived ethane supplies are feeding a boom in petrochemical investment in North America, and methane-based technologies are now competing with traditional sources of basic petrochemicals. What key trends are driving future investment in gas-based petrochemical production? What is the outlook for growth in feedstock demand for gas and NGLs?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Future of Batteries: Challenges and opportunities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Demand for Li-ion batteries is increasing quickly driven by the electrification of the transport sector as well the addition of batteries to the electricity grid in order to provide flexibility as intermittent renewables play a greater role. Demand will undoubtedly continue to rise. How will the battery industry capitalize on this huge opportunity? What are the challenges in increasing the supply of crucial materials in order to meet this demand?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Competitiveness of LNG: Costs and Innovation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In a world of supply abundance, the most cost-competitive projects are more likely to reach FID. Relatively low-cost options for new LNG supply in Qatar, at legacy liquefaction projects with improved upstream prospects, and brownfield expansion projects are key challengers to greenfield project developers, increasing pressure on all suppliers to offer the most competitive prices. How is downward pressure on costs being aided by innovation in project structure and design?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Evolution of E&P Portfolios
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              IOCs continue to critically review their E&P portfolios given the significant reduction in upstream activity over the past few years and the lower price environment. As a result, many IOCs have altered their positions in certain basins, geographies, and resource types globally. While asset sales and a reduction in conventional exploration activity have been commonplace, some IOCs have also moved quickly to reposition themselves into different plays and basins. Other IOCs have chosen to maintain their existing portfolios and manage their activity with reduced budgets. How are IOCs portfolios evolving and what strategies are behind these changes?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 11:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                11:30am - 12:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Innovation Agora Studios |
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agora 1 – Educating Tomorrow’s Work Force;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agora 2 – Cyber Risk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Voices of Innovation with David Farr, Chairman and CEO, Emerson: Educating tomorrow’s workforce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The energy industry faces the twin challenge of an aging workforce and rapid advancement in disruptive technologies. This is driving a fundamental rethinking of how to build the skills and workforce of the future. How, when and where will we educate the workforce of the future - from workplace to professional, secondary and even primary education levels? At the same time, the education system itself is undergoing fundamental transformation, driven by evolving needs, disruptive technologies and digital learning, and cost structures that are not sustainable. What role can the energy industry play in advancing new models and in demanding, driving and testing change? Hear from a leading business and industry leader as he shares his thoughts on what role the energy industry will play in advancing new workforce models and where innovation will happen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Energy & Cyber Risk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cyber risks are growing and the energy industry is in the cross hairs, from oil and gas production through the critical infrastructure that underlies national electricity systems. How will industry manage cyber risks both today and tomorrow? How much will need to be invested in that protection? What new risks, lessons and best practices are emerging from disruptive technologies?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 12:40pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    12:40pm - 2:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Luncheon & Dialogue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Luncheon & Dialogue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 2:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2:00pm - 3:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Innovation Agora Lounge | Blockchain Central

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Blockchain Central
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Come meet the people focused on blockchain and the energy system. Experts, analysts, investors, corporate project leads and early stage companies from around the world gather every day at Blockchain Central. Co-hosted with Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 2:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2:00pm - 5:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agora Pods [+expand]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Blockchain enabled distributed energy markets: Power Ledger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2:00 - 2:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beyond electric: an augmented reality, transportation experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brought to you by ABB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2:00 - 2:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The future of human-plant collaboration: A case study demo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2:30 - 3:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What’s next in battery storage for offshore & marine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2:30 - 3:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Real-time monitoring of pipelines and oilfields with Industrial IoT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3:00 - 3:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The opportunities in superconducting materials: MetOx, a TPH disruption company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3:00 - 3:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How to restore capital project confidence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3:30 - 4:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Modular Immersion Cooled Battery Pack for Commercial Vehicles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3:30 - 4:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BitLumens – an introduction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4:00 - 4:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Disruption in lithium ion: Powermers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4:00 - 4:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 2:10pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2:10pm - 2:50pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Innovation Agora Studio | Agora 1 – Voices of Innovation with Arcandra Tahar; Agora 2 – Voices of Innovation with Vaclav Smil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Voices of Innovation with Vaclav Smil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Vaclav Smil does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy. He makes rational and logical arguments on why energy transitions are inherently complex and prolonged affairs, and how ignoring this fact raises unrealistic expectations that global economies can be weaned quickly from a primary dependency on fossil fuels. What does the history of energy transitions and scaling innovations tells us? Why is it so difficult to change the global energy system? Will the next transition be an evolution or revolution? In this conversation we will separate hype from reality.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Voices of Innovation with Dr. Arcandra Tahar, Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Republic of Indonesia: Technology & Future of Indonesia Upstream

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As countries transition from “easier” to “tougher” producing barrels, the need for greater technology adoption, and tailoring of fiscal terms are seen as some of the necessary elements to bring forth success. How do host governments view the role of technology in unlocking new hydrocarbons? What opportunities and challenges does technology innovation bring for mature producing countries? What additional enablers beyond technology are needed? Join us in a discussion, as we look to gain insights on the role of technology with Dr. Arcandra Tahar (Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources for the Republic of Indonesia). Dr. Tahar holds five offshore-related patents and is the co-author of the well-known, industry-standard, hydrodynamics program (HARP)/CHARM3D,a time domain program for the hull/mooring/riser coupled static/dynamic analysis of floating offshore structures. Dr. Tahar holds master’s degree and PhD from Texas A&M University.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 2:15pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2:15pm - 3:05pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Plenary | Ministerial Dialogue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ministerial Dialogue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 2:50pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2:50pm - 3:05pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Agora Café – Voices of Innovation with Vaclav Smil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Voices of Innovation with Vaclav Smil: Book Signing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Energy and Civilization: A History

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 3:25pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3:25pm - 4:15pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Plenaries | Upstream & Ministerial Dialogue [+expand]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ministerial Dialogue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              North America’s Gas Future
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 3:25pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3:25pm - 4:10pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Innovation Agora Studio |
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agora 1 – Connectivity

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Cloud vs. the Edge: The future of connectivity?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The cloud holds the promise of a safe, highly scalable, and powerful means for managing huge amounts of data and computation. But the fundamental cloud assumption - consolidate compute and data in centralized data centers - is in direct contradiction to the typical energy data generation model of large, but distributed, data sets. How can new telecom network models, like 5G with compute moved to the edge, help the energy sector where locations are often off the grid? How will the cloud drive the shape of innovation across energy, with its structural impact of shifting traditional strengths from large incumbents with huge capital budgets to small early stage firms?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 4:20pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4:20pm - 5:10pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Plenaries | Upstream and Gas & Renewables [+expand]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gas & Renewables: Competitors or partners?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Future of Global Gas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 5:15pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5:15pm - 6:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EPIC with Mr. Ousmane Ndiaye

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EPIC with Mr. Ousmane Ndiaye Permanent Secretary, COS-PETROGAZ, Senegal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 5:20pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5:20pm - 5:40pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Special Dialogue with Kevin Mcintyre

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Special Dialogue with Kevin McIntyre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 5:40pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5:40pm - 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Plenary | Infrastructure

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Building tomorrow’s North American infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Conference-wide Reception

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reception
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6:30pm - 9:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Innovation Agora | Reception and Dinner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reception & dinner: The disruptors dinner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Experience an evening of the unexpected as Hilton America's Executive Chef Ruffy Sulaiman and Guest Chef Kaiser Lashkari explore where culinary art intersects with innovation, inspiration and disruption. This unique evening is guaranteed to surprise and delight and provide a special opportunity to connect with leaders across the technology, innovation and investment communities.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Attendance at this event is by invitation only

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Private Reception – Africa’s energy future

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Private Reception – Africa’s energy future
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6:30pm - 9:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tudor Pickering Holt & Co Partner Reception and Disruptors Dinner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tudor Pickering Holt & Co Partner Reception and Disruptors Dinner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ABB Private Partner Reception

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ABB Private Partner Reception
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Xcoal Private Partner Reception

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Xcoal Private Partner Reception
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          7:30pm - 9:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Conference-wide Dinner | Africa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Africa’s Energy Future
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wednesday March 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7:30pm - 9:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gender Balance in the Energy Industry: Lessons & Strategies Hosted by ABB, EEI and Egon Zehnder

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gender Balance in the Energy Industry: Lessons & Strategies Hosted by ABB, EEI and Egon Zehnder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 7:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7:30am - 8:45am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Breakfast & Strategic Dialogues [+expand]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Adjusting to the New Environment: Strategies to thrive in a low carbon world
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To meet the greenhouse gas reduction commitments made in Paris, all aspects of energy consumption will be impacted. In Europe integration between sectors will be important, and existing and new technologies will be pushed to their limits. What are the views of the policy makers, utilities, and end consumers on the changes that will be required? How can utilities and end consumers thrive in the new environment?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Balancing Future Power Choices in Texas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From the production of electricity to the end-use consumer, technology is transforming power markets across the country and in Texas. What are the implications of technology tipping points for policymakers and stakeholders? Listen and engage with energy leaders directly involved in shaping the future of the region’s power market.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Latin America’s Future Power Mix

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Although Latin America is currently one of the world’s cleanest regional energy markets, fulfilling strong demand growth while maintaining or even improving its clean energy credentials will be a defining challenge. In many countries, competing opportunities and political dysfunction make the task even more daunting. But it remains clear that many markets have both the resources and political will to ensure that cleaner sources of energy can contribute to improving both access and overall costs to feed growing energy demand. How will these markets evolve to integrate renewables, take advantage of opportunities for domestic gas and cheaper LNG, and leverage upcoming technologies?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Powering Asia’s Growth: Coal, gas, nuclear, or renewables?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Many countries across Asia are pursuing an “all-of-the-above” approach to building power supply sources to meet rapidly rising demand. Coal remains the lowest price power generation fuel in much of Asia. Despite announced project delays and cancellations—mostly due to environmental concerns—in many markets from South Korea to India, coal-fired power is still growing alongside other technologies such as gas and renewables. What are the uncertainties in Asia’s future power sector fuel mix? What are the critical drivers in different markets around Asia?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Storage for Power Systems: How much and how fast?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Energy storage is here to stay. Battery costs continue to plummet while major projects, no longer confined to pilot programs, are proving themselves at grid-scale. Nearly a dozen utilities now include battery storage in their integrated resource plans, several states have adopted procurement targets, and organized markets are introducing new participation models to squeeze maximum value out of this new resource. California may not build another gas peaker plant. The question is no longer if batteries will disrupt the power sector, but rather how much and how fast? How is stationary battery energy storage poised to impact the power sector? What growth markets and use cases would drive installations over the next decade? What are their implications for incumbent technologies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Winds of Change: The future of onshore and offshore wind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wind accounts for over 40% of the total renewable power installed to date and is expected to account for nearly half of the renewables generation added over the next 23 years. Owing to scale, greater capacity factors, and lower costs, wind has traditionally been the renewables technology of choice for large players. However, dramatic cost reductions for solar PV, land saturation, NIMBYism, and an increased trend toward distributed deployment of generation will result in solar PV overcoming wind as the most installed renewable power source by 2020. What is the future of onshore and offshore wind globally in terms of technology developments, markets, and applications?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 7:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        7:30am - 8:40am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Innovation Agora Studio Breakfasts |
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Agora 1 – Voices of Innovation with Varun Sivaram;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Agora 2 – Energy Innovation Pioneers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Voices of Innovation with Varun Sivaram

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Varun Sivaram is the Philip D. Reed fellow for science and technology at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of “Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet”. Solar energy is the world's cheapest and fastest-growing power source, but its rise is in danger of stalling. Sivaram argues that realizing solar's potential will require innovation - creative financing, revolutionary technologies, and flexible energy systems. Is the world equipped to harness solar energy and continue its exponential growth? Will solar PV become dominant as a source of power or will it be a niche player? Join a conversation with Dr. Sivaram on how the world can tame the sun and make money at the same time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Energy Innovation Pioneers: Harnessing Innovation to Cut Costs & Increase Consumer Choice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What role can start ups play in accelerating innovation and driving disruptive change in the energy and power business? Members of the 2018 Energy Innovation Pioneers share their experiences and introduce exciting, scalable solutions that may transform the energy industry of tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 8:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            8:30am - 12:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Agora Pods [+expand]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Innovative pumped storage solution
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            8:30 - 9:00 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sunnova, Puerto Rico and the Emergence of Wireless Power
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              9:00 - 9:30 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beyond electric: an augmented reality, transportation experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Brought to you by ABB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                9:00 - 9:30 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rural Electrification
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                9:30 - 10:00 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bitcoin & energy: Best friends?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  9:30 - 10:00 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oleo Sponge: A Revolution in Oil Spill Cleanup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    10:00 - 10:30 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Innovation Pioneer: Introduction to 1366 Technologies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      10:00 - 10:30 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Feeding the Planet: Where Energy and Agriculture Intersect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        10:30 - 11:00 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Innovation Pioneer: Introduction to Clean Energy Collective
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          10:30 - 11:00 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Securing Your Power with Superconductors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            11:00 - 11:30 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Innovation Pioneer: Introduction to M-TriGen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11:00 - 11:30 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Microfluidic Visualization of Oil Processes: A Real “Reservoir-on-a-Chip”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                11:30 - 12:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FIRST Global Challenge: Energy Impact
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  12:00 - 12:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Future of Electrical Resiliency: Natural Gas Microgrids
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    12:00 - 12:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 8:40am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      8:40am - 8:55am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agora Café – Voices of Innovation with Varun Sivaram

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Voices of Innovation with Varun Sivaram: Book Signing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 9:00am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        9:00am - 10:05am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Plenary | North America Power

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        State of the North America Power Business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 10:05am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          10:05am - 10:35am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Plenary | Global Power

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Global Power Dialogue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 10:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            10:30am - 11:15am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Innovation Agora Studio |
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Agora 1 – Strategy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Electric power: Disruption, innovation & new business models

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As distributed sources of electricity gain a bigger foothold in the power system, there are many new business models emerging. What are some of the new business models that are disrupting the traditional players? As business models change, what will be the sources of revenue and margin? WIll the traditional advantages of being a strong incumbent continue? How critical will it be to have asset ownership to have access to customers?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 10:35am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10:35am - 11:05am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Plenary | Regulatory

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Regulatory Dialogue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 11:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                11:30am - 12:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Strategic Dialogues [+expand]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Capturing the Opportunity in Global Solar Markets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Renewables additions are forecast to reach over 3,000 GW, requiring more than US$7 trillion of capital investment between 2017 and 2040, with China leading the way. With over 50% of all new capacity additions and broadly driven by cost and decentralized power generation, solar PV is expected to overcome wind as the most installed technology. In this shift from West to East, from centralized to distributed, and from wind to solar, how are players readjusting their strategies to capture this global and increasingly atomized opportunity?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Developing Power: Critical choices for developing countries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As a key facilitator of economic growth, social welfare, and poverty eradication, what are the options to drive power system development and electricity access in developing countries? Government, developer, and donor stakeholders active in Africa and other regions will discuss the critical choices needed between state and private ownership, between fuels and technologies, and between national/regional grid-based and local off-grid solutions. What policy, planning, and commercial models are most appropriate?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Distributed Energy Resources: Transforming markets & innovations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Continued growth of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)—including solar PV, battery storage, and load management technology—are disrupting utility business models and influencing service provider strategies. Pioneering utilities in urban and rural markets are redefining the traditional utility service offering to accommodate (and even promote) more DER. And several major global energy companies are rapidly expanding their business portfolios to include provision of DERs and associated services. Meanwhile, much industry attention is counting on Blockchain to make the transformation possible. How rapid is the transformation across different power markets? What are the necessary elements for the transition to occur? What are the major opportunities and risks?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Financing Power for a Changing Market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      North American power markets have seen many changes recently and more are on the horizon, including new market rules, evolving policy mandates, and a shifting generation mix. Evolving conditions have driven some players to re-evaluate market strategies and risk exposures. How are these changes to market conditions and expectations affecting power asset finance?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        International Coal: Entering a new phase of the commodity cycle?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        International coal prices have soared over the last 18 months, as the supply/demand balance for both thermal and metallurgical coal has swung much closer to balance after years of oversupply. With that balance, the United States has entered a phase of strong exports. The usual suspects—China and India—remain key drivers of overall volumes, and also uncertainty in those volumes. But years of underinvestment raise serious questions about where the next ton will come from.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          North American Wholesale Power Markets: How are they evolving?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          US wholesale power markets are being pulled in multiple and sometimes opposite directions by a variety of economic and regulatory forces. Low natural gas prices and zero or negative price bids from intermittent renewable energy are putting increased downward pressure on hourly energy prices and at times have caused curtailment of generation resources. State policies—ranging from renewable portfolio standards, to zero emission credits, to integrated resource planning regulations—are having a growing influence on the operation of existing generation assets and the choices for new generation. How are these factors influencing the ongoing debate at the national and regional level? What potential market reforms are needed to address the rapidly changing industry landscape?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 11:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            11:30am - 12:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Innovation Agora Studios | Agora 1 – Mobility; Agora 2 – Resilient Grid

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Innovation Agora
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Building the Resilient Grid of the Future: Microgrids and beyond

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What's ahead for microgrids and the resilient grid of the future? What innovation is occurring to enable operators more effectively to address the challenges of intermittent and distributed generation, and leverage new generation and distribution technoloiges? How will systems be reinforced to withstand the extreme weather and natural disasters seen as 'regular' occurrences? Given the necessity to rebuild, should grids be simply replaced? Hear first hand from learnings and experiences such as Hurricanes Sandy, Maria and Harvey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Energy, Mobility & the Future of the City

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A wave of new technologies, from the impact of shared and autonomous vehicles on the future design of streets, through simply capturing new sources of data and deeply understanding energy utilization, are having a dramatic impact on the design and future of the urban environment. How are data analytics, machine learning and advanced imaging being applied to rethink power delivery? How will innovations, ranging from EVs to vertical farming, change the urban experience of the future? How can urban utilities prepare for this rapidly changing world?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 12:45pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                12:45pm - 2:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Luncheon & Dialogue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Luncheon & Dialogue: Energy and the Cybersecurity Imperative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 12:45pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  12:45pm - 2:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Innovation Agora Luncheon |
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Agora 2 – Voices of Innovation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 12:45pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  12:45pm - 1:15pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Voices of Innovation with Rich Wilson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Voices of Innovation with Rich Wilson: Inspiring the next generation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As an educator, adventurer and explorer Rich Wilson has impacted hundreds of thousands of young people around the world. He turned his Vendee Globe solo circumnavigation sailing race into a living classroom for students on every continent. Every aspect of his journey was tracked in real time, offering a unique and exciting experiential STEM teaching opportunity. Learn about his remarkable voyage of discovery, and his ideas for how to engage and inspire future generations of scientists and engineers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 1:15pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1:15pm - 1:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Agora Café – Voices of Innovation Book Signing – Rich Wilson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Voices of Innovation Book Signing – Rich Wilson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Race France to France: Leave Antarctica to Starboard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 2:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2:00pm - 3:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Innovation Agora Lounge | Blockchain Central

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Blockchain Central
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Come meet the people focused on blockchain and the energy system. Experts, analysts, investors, corporate project leads and early stage companies from around the world gather every day at Blockchain Central. Co-hosted with Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 2:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2:00pm - 5:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agora Pods [+expand]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Beyond electric: an augmented reality, transportation experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brought to you by ABB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2:00 - 2:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A New Energy System
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2:00 - 2:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Urbanova, creating the shared energy economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2:30 - 3:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ThinkTopic – a TPH disruption company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2:30 - 3:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Imagine: Design through innovation and sequence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3:00 - 3:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Energy system that always work: Advanced analytics software
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3:00 - 3:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                New frontiers for the built environment: Adaptive buildings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3:30 - 4:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Electricity rates for the 21st century: the evolving nervous system of the power sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3:30 - 4:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Energyweb Foundation: An Introduction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4:00 - 4:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Better Cities Through Imaging
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4:30 - 5:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Inspiring the next-generation workforce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5:00 - 5:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Efficiency in innovation: what’s driving the brain?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        5:00 - 5:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 2:10pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2:10pm - 3:05pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Plenary | Energy Future

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Powering a New Energy Future
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 2:15pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2:15pm - 3:05pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Innovation Agora Studio | Agora 1 – Nuclear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Next generation nuclear: Moving forward now

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Interest in new generation nuclear systems is heating up. What are the challenges facing small modular fission reactors currently under development? When will Generation IV reactors be ready for commercialization? Will the burgeoning privately funded nuclear industry accelerate the pace of deployment of advanced nuclear reactors?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 3:05pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3:05pm - 3:50pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Plenary | Power

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Serving the Power Customer of the Future
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 3:05pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3:05pm - 3:55pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Innovation Agora Studio |
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agora 1 – Habitat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Innovation Agora
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Future of the built environment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The built environment is undergoing a transformation driven by the convergence of new technologies. This will have profound implications for energy consumption and power systems. Buildings consume a lion’s share of the world's power. How is connectivity, data analytics and machine learning changing the built world of the future? How will advanced lighting, demand control systems for air, and agile design technologies in combination improve human health and energy consumption? What are the barriers to adoption of these technologies? What will be the building habitat of the future?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 4:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4:00pm - 4:45pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Plenary | Technology

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Technology & Fuel Choice for Tomorrow’s Generation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 4:10pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4:10pm - 5:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Innovation Agora Studio | Agora 1 – Transformation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Innovation Agora
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Electrification of Everything: The transformation of energy systems

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There is increasing belief that electricity derived from renewable resources will ultimately replace hydrocarbons as the fuel of choice to provide “Energy for Everything”: from automobiles, to steel plants, to airplanes. If true, this will be the biggest change in the global energy system in more than a century. What will it take to realize this vision? What will happen to the existing infrastructure if this transformation takes place? What pressures will arise because of the absolute need to be everywhere and all the time? How will intermittent power sources, such as wind & solar, be integrated into the new energy system?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 4:45pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4:45pm - 5:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Plenary | Coal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Coal’s Future: Opportunities amidst uncertainty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 5:15pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5:15pm - 6:15pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Innovation Agora Studio |
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agora 1 – Grid

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Innovation Agora
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EVs and the Grid: Challenges and opportunities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As electric vehicle adoption accelerates and charging infrastructure proliferates, utilities have new opportunities. But these changes also raise issues related to reliability, load management, and investment. What models exist for utilities to capitalize on the opportunities while minimizing the risk, and how are new business models and partnerships changing the landscape.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 5:40pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        5:40pm - 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        IHS Markit Expert Discussions [+expand]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Blockchain and Electric Power
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Increasingly decentralized generation, storage, and smart meters combined with digitalization make the power sector the primary target for blockchain application in the energy sector. Several pilot projects are being launched by utilities and tech companies to identify the best uses of blockchain in wholesale and small-scale energy trading, process optimization, grid management, and renewable project funding. What are some current blockchain initiatives that could fundamentally change the way that the whole power value chain operates, from the generator to the end consumer?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Changing Horizons for Latin America Gas & Power
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2018 will be a year of profound change as many countries across the region prepare for the next election cycle. This session will focus on some of the regional shifts that are expected to occur that will have significant impacts for both the gas and power sectors.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Global Renewables: Technology, policy, and markets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            IHS Markit forecasts 3,100 GW of new renewable power generating capacity to be added between now and 2040, almost exclusively from solar PV and wind. Renewables will account for 60% of total capacity net additions and 38% of new power generation. Which markets offer the greatest growth opportunities? What will be the role of distributed generation and off-grid electrification in different markets? How are players changing/adapting their approach to capture an increasingly atomized opportunity? How will power markets cope with increasing intermitting generation? What is the next technology innovation? Does it vary from market to market?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              North American Power: A changing investment landscape
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              US electric power sector investment trends are evolving rapidly due to shifting fundamentals, technological advancements, and continually improving economics for customer self-generation. But uncertainty persists about the pace and extent of change longer term, including the electrification of transportation and other energy end-use sectors, and uncertainty over future environmental and energy policy. The IHS Market scenario-based analytical process addresses how far these trends may go and how their outcomes can impact the value of today’s infrastructure investments. What key federal and state policies—and their associated implications, technology advancements, and power demand uncertainty—will shape the power sector in the decades ahead?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Outlook for Fuel Prices and Interfuel Competition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                North American has become the marginal provider to global coal, oil, and natural gas markets. Recovering oil activity and completion of pipelines out of Appalachia are driving looser oil and gas markets. WTI and Henry Hub indexes are being used globally for contractual pricing and hedging as LNG exports are entering a well-supplied global gas market. How could OPEC production restraints and the anticipated global LNG liquefaction excess change interfuel dynamics? How does the interfuel rivalry play out in Europe? Can coal cover for the current tight North American gas market? Has the United States become the global swing supplier for fossil fuels? Is there an Asian demand path that avoids a global LNG glut? Will US oil activity and associated gas production recover in 2018?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stategic Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Outlook for North American Shale Gas: Appalachia and associated gas resuming dominance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The North American Shale Gale has had two recent engines of growth: Appalachia (Marcellus and Utica), perhaps the world’s premier gas super basin, which has marched to over 25 Bcf/d of production; and associated gas predominantly from the Permian Basin. The drive for unconventional oil has created a massive stream of low—or even negative—breakeven price gas approaching 25 Bcf/d. On the 10th anniversary of the Shale Gale, this panel will review some of the phenomenal impacts witnessed and discuss the IHS Markit outlook for gas and will entertain questions as oil and gas exports take the Shale Gale global.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 6:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6:00pm - 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Innovation Agora Studio |
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Agora 2 – Voices of Innovation with Walter Isaacson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Innovation Agora
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Voices of Innovation with Walter Isaacson, interviewed by Maynard Holt: Inventive imagination

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Join this up-close interview by energy banker, Maynard Holt, with Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Einstein, Steven Jobs, the Innovators and most recently Leonardo da Vinci. Isaacson is a foremost authority on innovation, genius and the history of science and technology. What can the energy industry learn from the greatest innovators in human history?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Conference-wide Reception

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reception
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thursday Reception for Future Energy Leaders

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thursday Reception for Future Energy Leaders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Private Reception – MITEI Alumni

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Private Reception – MITEI Alumni
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 6:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6:30pm - 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Private Reception – Rice University

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Private Reception – Rice University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 7:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thursday March 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      7:30pm - 9:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dinner & Dialogue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dinner & Dialogue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 7:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Friday March 9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        7:30am - 8:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Plenary | Energy Industry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Energy: Taking the long view
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 8:30am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Friday March 9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        8:30am - 9:20am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Plenary | Emergency Preparedness

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Managing Through Natural Disasters: What is the new learning?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 9:35am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Friday March 9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          9:35am - 10:20am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Plenary | Washington

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What’s Ahead in Washington?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 10:20am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Friday March 9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          10:20am - 11:00am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Plenary | Electric Generating Portfolios

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Challenges of Future Power Supply
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 11:00am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Friday March 9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            11:00am - 11:50am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Plenary | Innovation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Building the Energy Innovation Ecosystem
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 11:00am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Friday March 9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11:00am - 11:45am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EPIC with Lisa Murkowski

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EPIC with Lisa Murkowski
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 11:50am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Friday March 9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11:50am - 12:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Plenary | CERAWeek in Review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Main Stage Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CERAWeek 2018: What lies ahead?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 12:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Friday March 9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              12:30pm - 12:45pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Final Thoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Closing Reflections on CERAWeek 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 12:40pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Friday March 9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              12:40pm - 1:45pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Future Energy Leaders Closing Luncheon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Future Energy Leaders Closing Luncheon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 1:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Friday March 9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1:00pm - 2:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Networking Lunch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Luncheon