ABOUT THE EVENT
The centerpiece of our programming this year was the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium, which took place on February 10, 2017. The title of the symposium was “The Future of the Oil and Gas Industry: Peak Oil or Peak Demand – What’s the Horizon?” and featured some of the nation’s leaders in the oil and gas sector. Energy experts Congressman Joe Barton and API President and CEO Jack Gerard gave the keynote addresses, Barry Smitherman (Former Chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas) gave a presentation on the implications for Texas of the New Trump Administration’s Energy Agenda, and industry leaders Scott Sheffield (Pioneer), David Baldwin (SCF Partners), Tom Petrie (Petrie Partners), and Sir Simon Mayall (Greenhill) also spoke. The oil and gas industry is grappling with external factors – lower commodity prices attributable to abundant new supplies of gas and oil, coupled with slowed economic growth in China and elsewhere – that are putting pressure on the industry’s traditional business model. In addition, the energy industry itself is changing as a result of improved drilling technologies, the viability of alternative energy sources, and global pressure to reduce carbon emissions. The industry experts at this conference discussed these factors and others, as well as their perspectives on the likely impacts of the new President’s energy policy on the industry. Over 250 people attended the event.
About UT Energy Week 2017
The KBH Center Symposium was part of UT Energy Week (February 7-10, 2017). Attended by nearly 1,000 people in 2017, UT Energy Week is a week-long Energy Week of events sponsored by numerous academic departments and student organizations across campus. Learn about UT Energy Week 2017.
Congressman Joe Barton
Barry Smitherman, Former Chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas
Mark Finley, General Manager, Global Energy Markets & US Economics, BP America Inc.
Scott Sheffield, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pioneer Natural Resources Company
David Baldwin, Co-President, SCF Partners
Tom Petrie, Chairman, Petrie Partners, LLC
Jack Gerard, President and CEO, American Petroleum Institute
Sir Simon Mayall, Senior Advisor, Greenhill & Co. International LLP
Gabriel Alonso, Chief Executive Officer, EDP Renewables North America
Jon Olson, Department Chair and Professor, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
2017 KBH CENTER-TJOGEL ENERGY BANQUET
On February 9, 2017, the KBH Center, in collaboration with TJOGEL (the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law) held a banquet to honor U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (UT, B.A. in Civil Engineering, 1975) and Ms. Sylvia Kerrigan (UT, J.D., 1991). The KBH Center presented Secretary Tillerson with the 2017 KBH Center Award for Outstanding Leadership in Energy. TJOGEL presented Ms. Kerrigan with the 2017 Ernest Smith Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Kerrigan also serves on the Executive Council of the KBH Center. Over dinner, more than 350 guests listened to University Leadership, including Dr. Dan Jaffee, Vice President for Research, and Ward Farnsworth, Dean of the School of Law, discuss the current state of energy research at The University of Texas at Austin – the premier energy university in Texas, the U.S., and the world. Download a PDF of the banquet program.
Joseph C. Dilg
Sylvia and Matt Kerrigan
Ashley and Rad Weaver