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The Harvard University Club of Houston


The Fourth Annual

Networking and Energy Panel Discussion 


US Oil & Gas:  Adapting to Today’s Pricing Environment.  ‘Lower for Longer’ - Lower Forever?

How can participants best cope with historically low prices for energy commodities, with a price outlook that is stagnant – or, at least, range-bound?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
6:30 pm to 7 - Networking Reception
7:00 pm to 8 - Panel and Audience Discussion
8:00 pm to 8:30  - Post Networking Reception
                          {Audience Questions}


Downtown Club at the Houston Center
1100 Caroline Street
Houston, Texas 77002


Heavy hors d'oeuvres, full bar and cocktails provided.



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Welcome:  Dylan Seff (AB '96), Former President, Harvard University Club of Houston
Panel Introduction / Moderator:   Jim Crump (AB ’73), Shell Chemical


Steve Barth                                Senior Business Developer, Vitol, Inc.
Michael Bertuccio                     President and COO, Ouray Energy Management and

                                                       President, Harvard University Club of Houston, (AB '90)
Eric Calderon                            President and CEO, L-K Industries, (MBA '13)
Steve Traicoff                            VP of Market Analytics, Fairway Energy Partners

Gleeson Van Riet                      EVP and CFO, SilverBow Resources, (MBA '96)



Topic I    Managing Price Risk   Given that energy prices are relatively stable, at relatively low levels (compared to recent price history), is price-risk management less important for energy producers and consumers?  Are the trading practices that enable price and margin hedging less important today?  (And in the future?)  With lower price levels and lower volatility, is a decline in demand for hedging services in store for trading practitioners and risk marketers?

Topic II    Capital requirements   The last two years have seen a surge in bankruptcies, affecting small producers and service providers in particular.  Does ‘lower for longer’ pricing of energy commodities drive industry restructuring toward higher capitalization levels – greater size of business and balance-sheet strength – such that small entrants are disfavored? 

Topic III    Power generation by ‘renewables’   Wind-generated electricity accounts for an increasing proportion of the supply mix of the Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)  -  approximately 15% in 2016 -  and wind’s contribution to ERCOT supply is growing.  Is power generation from fossil sources destined for continued decline?

Audience questions

8:00 pm to 8:30 pm      Post-Networking Reception 



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