AABE 2020 National Conference

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  • Monday, April 6, 2020
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    9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
    Conference Registration
    Woodway III - 4th Floor
    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Poverty Simulation - Rethink Poverty
    Galleria I - 3rd Floor

    Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you've experienced poverty, it's difficult to truly understand. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty.

    CAPS is not a game. It is based on real Community Action clients and their lives. CAPS exists to: Promote Poverty Awareness; Increase Understanding; Inspire Local Change and Transform Perspectives.

     Optional  Closed 
    12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Lunch - On Your Own
    1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Leadership Development
    Galleria III
    2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Chapter President's Meeting
    Galleria IV - 3rd Floor
    4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM
    Board of Directors Meeting
    Galleria IV - 3rd Floor
    4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    First-Time Attendees Session
    Galleria II - 3rd Floor
    6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM
    Welcome Reception
    Monarch Room - 24th Floor
    9:00 PM  -  1:00 AM
    (Tuesday, April 7, 2020)
    Hospitality Suite
    Monarch Room - 24th Floor
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020
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    6:00 AM  -  7:00 AM
    Zumba
    Sage Room - 3rd Floor
    8:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
    Conference Registration
    Woodway III - 4th Floor
     

    Equity In Energy

    8:00 AM  -  8:00 AM
    Doors Open
    Woodway III - 4th Floor
    8:30 AM  -  11:30 PM
    Equity in Energy
    Woodway II - 4th Floor
    8:30 AM  -  8:45 AM
    Welcome
    Woodway II - 4th Floor
    8:45 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Equity in Energy: An Overview
    Woodway II - 4th Floor
    9:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
    A Fireside Chat with the Under Secretary of Energy
    Woodway II - 4th Floor
    9:30 AM  -  10:15 AM
    The New Energy Era
    Woodway II - 4th Floor
    Discussion on Equity in Energy and it’s implementation at the Department of Energy
    10:15 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Break
    Exhibit Space - Woodway III - 4th Floor
    10:35 AM  -  11:20 AM
    Energy’s Future
    Woodway II - 4th Floor
    Speakers:
    11:20 AM  -  11:25 PM
    Final Reflections & Plans for 2020
    Woodway II - 4th Floor
     
    12:45 PM  -  12:45 PM
    Doors Open
    Galleria II, III, IV - 3rd Floor
    1:00 PM  -  1:30 PM
    Opening Session
    Galleria II, III, IV - 3rd Floor
    Welcome & Remarks
    1:30 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Keynote Address – Energy ReImagined
    Galleria II, III, IV - 3rd Floor
    Speakers:
    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    Industry ReImagined
    Galleria II, III, IV - 3rd Floor

    This session will examine how industries transform themselves in a changing environment. Attendees will hear from experts who will share lessons learned and provide insights into how energy companies can grow their business with increased participation and while meeting customer needs.

    2:55 PM  -  3:25 PM
    Keynote Address – Energy ReImagined
    Galleria II, III, IV - 3rd Floor
    Speakers:
    3:25 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Networking Break
    Exhibit Space - Woodway III - 4th Floor
    3:50 PM  -  4:35 PM
    Permits, Moratoriums, Mandates, and Ballot Initiatives
    Galleria II, III, IV - 3rd Floor

    Policy activities in the states and federal courts are having a significant impact on multiple energy infrastructure projects. This session will examine proposed and existing projects and the effect of court decisions, legislative actions, and consumer advocacy on the future of energy.

    Speakers:
    4:35 PM  -  5:25 PM
    The Great Energy Debate – Addressing Climate Change
    Galleria II, III, IV - 3rd Floor
    5:30 PM  -  6:00 PM
    AABE 20/20: Year of Vision
    Galleria II, III, IV - 3rd Floor

    In this talk the AABE Board of Directors Chairman will explore the state of energy in Black America and reaffirm the vision for the organization.

    7:00 PM  -  10:30 PM
    Chairman's Reception
    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr. Houston, TX 77030
    10:00 PM  -  1:00 AM
    (Wednesday, April 8, 2020)
    Hospitality Suite
    Monarch Room - 24th Floor
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020
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    6:00 AM  -  7:00 AM
    Zumba
    Sage Room - 3rd Floor
    9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
    Conference Registration
    Galleria II, III, IV - 3rd Floor
    9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
    Exhibits Open
    Woodway III - 4th Floor
    9:00 AM  -  9:15 AM
    Opening
    Galleria Ballroom - 3rd Floor
    9:15 AM  -  9:40 AM
    Fireside Chat / AABE Talk – Leadership ReImagined
    Galleria Ballroom - 3rd Floor
    9:45 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Conversation with the C-Suite
    Galleria Ballroom - 3rd Floor
    Moderator:
    10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Networking Break
    Exhibit Space - Woodway II - 4th Floor
    11:00 AM  -  11:25 AM
    Fireside Chat / AABE Talk – Leadership ReImagined
    Galleria Ballroom - 3rd Floor
    11:30 AM  -  12:20 PM
    Women in Power: The Final Frontier
    Galleria Ballroom - 3rd Floor
    Sponsored by: American Petroleum Institute
    12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Leadership Luncheon
    Woodway I - 4th Floor

    Sponsored by: Southern California Edison

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    Master of Ceremony:
    2:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    Break
    Exhibit Space - Woodway III - 4th Floor
     

    Concurrent Session

    2:15 PM  -  3:05 PM
    The Power of Generation
    Plaza II - 3rd Floor

    Concurrent Session A 

    A discussion among industry experts about what electric utilities are doing to address the issue of climate change. According to reports, industry is proposing to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. As the national leader in addressing carbon emissions among all industries, this panel will explore what steps are being planned by the power generation sector, and the effect on consumer rates and electricity reliability.

    2:15 PM  -  3:05 PM
    The Power of Natural Gas
    Plaza I - 3rd Floor

    Concurrent Session B 

    According to the EIA, natural gas is responsible for over 2/3 of the power-sector’s reduction in emissions between 2005 and 2017— and technological advancements in exploration have made natural gas more affordable and abundant, outpricing other generation resources in the market. This session will explore oil and gas industry efforts to persuade policy makers, communities, and consumers of the benefits of the nation’s natural gas resources, including energy resiliency, reliability, and affordability.

    3:10 PM  -  4:00 PM
    The Future of the Grid
    Plaza II - 3rd Floor

    Concurrent Session C 

    The success of the nation’s energy future is largely if not wholly dependent on the strength of its energy infrastructure. The challenges to today’s grid are monumental, including wind and hydroelectric transmission, microgrids, electric vehicles, variable renewable energy, new nuclear, etc. Some have argued that if current NEPA review standards are not streamlined, many needed projects to ensure national electricity security will go undone or require significantly more time and costs, eventually impacting customer rates. Others believe NEPA rules should not be amended and need to remain in place to protect the environment and communities impacted by planned and future projects. Panelists will discuss the value of NEPA, infrastructure challenges, and recommended solutions.

    3:10 PM  -  4:00 PM
    The Future of Oil and Gas

    Concurrent Session D 

    As a result of existing NEPA regulations, some have argued that needed pipeline projects are jeopardized, and that America’s energy security is placed at significant risk. New rules proposed by the White House would in general redefine “major federal action” and also exclude projects that are privately financed and have little government role or funding. The proposal would also restrict to two years the time required for some reviews, and in addition amend the climate impact analysis. The proposed rules have the support of a number of groups and organizations who align with both sides of the aisle, including the wind energy industry, unions, manufacturers, and chambers of commerce. This panel will explore the views of NEPA’s bipartisan coalition, and if finalized, the impact of the proposed rule on energy resiliency and affordability, the economy, communities, and the environment.

     
    4:00 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Break
    Exhibit Space - Woodway III - 4th Floor
    4:15 PM  -  6:00 PM
    AABE Members Only Executive Coaching Session
    Woodway I - 4th Floor

    This AABE members-only, executive coaching session offers AABE members the opportunity to converse with industry executives in a small group setting. Space is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration ahead of the conference is required.

    Sponsored by:

    National Grid 

     

     Optional  Closed 
    7:30 PM  -  11:00 PM
    Be Social Event
    Pinstripes Houston
    3300 Kirby Dr. Houston, TX 77098
    9:00 PM  -  1:00 AM
    (Thursday, April 9, 2020)
    Hospitality Suite
    Monarch Room - 24th Floor
  • Thursday, April 9, 2020
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    6:00 AM  -  7:00 AM
    Zumba
    Sage Room - 3rd Floor
    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Conference Registration
    Exhibit Space - Woodway III - 4th Floor
    9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
    Exhibits Open
    Woodway III - 4th Floor
    9:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Fred Tutman: The Riverkeeper
    Galleria II, III, IV - 3rd Floor
    9:30 AM  -  10:20 AM
    Legislative Crossfire
    Galleria II, III, IV - 3rd Floor

    Sponsored by: Southern California Edison

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    10:25 AM  -  11:10 AM
    ReImagining Cities
    Galleria II, III, IV - 3rd Floor

    Sustainable cities, urban sustainability, or eco-cities are designed with a focus on habitat resiliency, including social, economic, and environmental impacts for existing and future populations. In that “urban living” is newly defined to include increased efficiency and access, this session will the examine the challenges of achieving the desired result while ensuring inclusion of all urban communities.

    11:15 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Investing in the Future of Energy: Next Generation Nuclear, Carbon Capture and Battery Storage
    Galleria II, III, IV - 3rd Floor

    The future of energy is inextricably joined to environmental and climate policy objectives, and is decidedly dependent on new technologies, many of which have not yet been realized. This panel will examine the capacity of next generation nuclear, carbon capture, and battery storage, and their anticipated roles in achieving net zero carbon emissions.

    12:15 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Scholarship Luncheon
    Woodway I - 4th Floor
    2:10 PM  -  2:40 PM
    AABE General Body Meeting
    Woodway I - 4th Floor
    7:00 PM  -  11:00 PM
    The Black & White Affair
    The Decorative Center of Houston
    11:00 PM  -  2:00 AM
    (Friday, April 10, 2020)
    Hospitality Suite
    Monarch Room - 24th Floor
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