By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies.

Japan

In Japan? You can go to Argus Japan

X

Argus North American Natural Gas Markets

Houston's Leading Natural Gas Conference!


Outlook Icon Add to your calendar 

Join senior-level decision makers from across North America's natural gas market for networking and discussion at the premier natural gas event in Houston!


The third annual event will bring you unmatched content and discussion over the major issues shaping the market including the future of gas production, the impact of a new administration on environmental policy, Mexico's emerging market, global LNG supply and demand, changing pipeline and transportation flows and the future of gas demand from utilities and the industrial sectors. 

 Qualified natural gas buyers are eligible for a complimentary pass. Learn more. 

Register now

Guest speaker:

Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson

Governor of New Mexico (2003-2010),
Former U.S. Energy Secretary,
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,
And Member of the U.S. House of Representatives


 
 

Highlighted Speakers:

 Guillermo Turrent

Guillermo Turrent
CEO
CFE Internacional and CFEnergia
Rosanety Barrios


Rosanety Barrios
Head of Industrial Transformation Unit
Energy Secretariat (SENER)


Timothy Sherwood 

Timothy Sherwood
Vice President, Gas Supply Operations
Southern Company Gas 

 Lynda Clemmons
Lynda Clemmons
VP Business Solutuions 
NRG Energy
       

 More speakers to be announced in the coming weeks. View all confirmed speakers. 

Hear perspectives on: 

  • What basins are key growth areas and which are in decline?
  • What are the short and long-term forecast for natural gas pricing?
  • How will a new administration impact environmental policy? 
  • What are the latest developments in the global LNG market and what is North America's role? 
  • How much gas will Mexico need and who is investing in transportation infrastructure?
  • How will renewables and coal compete with natural gas for power generation?
  • What role will industrial demand play in the market?
  • How are changing pipeline and transportation flows impacting the market? 

Plus much more!

Companies already registered to attend:



  • Air Liquide
  • Ameren Missouri
  • BASF
  • Boardwalk Pipeline Partners
  • Brasovan Energy Solutions
  • Brasovan Group LLC
  • BTU Analytics
  • Calpine
  • CF Industries
  • CFE Internacional/CFEnergia
  • CIMA Energy LTD.
  • Columbia Energy Exchange
  • Commercial Solutions Pro
  • Commodity Weather Group
  • Dow Chemical
  • Drilling Info
  • DuPont
  • Dynegy
  • EDF Trading North America
  • Enbridge
  • Energias del Caribe
  • Energy Deal Solutions LLC
  • Energy Secretariat (SENER)
  • EQT Energy
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Euler Hermes

  • Freeport LNG
  • G2X Energy
  • IIR Energy
  • JBS SA
  • JBS USA Food Company
  • JX NIPPON OIL & ENERGY
  • Kindle Energy / Blackstone
  • Lyondell Chemical Co.
  • Macquarie Energy
  • Magnolia LNG
  • MEP Solutions, LLC
  • Municipal Energy Resources
  • NRG Energy
  • Oil Gas Field Trade
  • Oldcastle
  • OneOK
  • Primus Green Energy
  • RBAC, Inc.
  • Santa Fe Gas
  • Schroders
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Southern Company Gas
  • Tallgrass Energy
  • TransCanada
  • WhiteBoard Advisory Partners
  • Williams
  • ZE PowerGroup Inc.



Criteria to Qualify as a Natural Gas Buyer: 


If you purchase natural gas for your organization you qualify to attend the event complimentary. Each organization who qualifies is limited to three complimentary passes. 

Organizations who qualify include:

  • Utilities
  • Merchant Buyers
  • LDCs 
  • Industrial Buyers
  • Refiners 

* Qualified gas buyers are subject to the approval of Argus. 

Register now

For questions please contact Michelle Graham: 

 email icon michelle.graham@argusmedia.com 





Registration Pricing: 

Qualified Natural Gas Buyers

*Learn if you qualify  
FREE
Pre-registration (Until Feb. 17th) Expired
Early Registration (March 31st) Expired 
Standard Registration (After March 31st) $1195

Additional Bookable Items:

Astro's Baseball Game 
Tuesday, May 9th 7:00 PM 

*Transportation will be provided from the conference venue to Minute Maid Park 
$50
For group rates please contact us at:

email icon usconferences@argusmedia.com

*Fees include participation in all sessions, conference luncheon/reception, coffee breaks, continental breakfast and one set of conference documentation per person. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.

Register now

Terms and Conditions


View the conference booking terms and conditions here.

Antitrust compliance reminder


Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the Argus US Natural Gas Markets conference is to help natural gas buyers, sellers, project developers and logistics providers understand and leverage the rapidly changing dynamics of this market. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately, and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

Hotel Accommodation and Visa Application


Delegates are responsible for their hotel, travel and visa arrangements. Event room rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Disclaimer


The organizers will not accept liability for non-approval of visas, individual transport de­lays and transport disruption. In such circumstances, our normal cancellation rules and penalties apply. Where matters beyond the reasonable control of the organizers impair or prevent the organizers from being able to perform any activities relating to this event, each delegate releases the organizers from any liability, relating to such events.



Monday, May 8th: Pre-Conference Day
17:00 - 19:00

Opening Night Casino Reception

Hilton Post Oak 


Network with conference participants while trying your luck at blackjack, roulette, craps and poker! Don't miss this fun-filled reception.


Tuesday, May 9th
07:00 - 08:30

Registration and Breakfast 

08:30 - 08:35 Chairman's Opening Remarks 
08:35 - 09:30

Opening Address and Fireside Chat:

The Impact of the New Administration on US Energy Policy and the Future of Renewable Energy and Natural Gas

Guest speaker:
Bill Richardson
, Governor of New Mexico (2003-2010), Former U.S. Energy Secretary, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Moderator: Euan Craik, CEO Americas, Argus
09:30 - 09:45

 Break

09:45 - 11:15 Session 1: Production, Pricing and Politics – The Changing Natural Gas Landscape

  • What basins are key growth areas and what areas are in transition or decline? What is the future of drilling economics in the next six months to a year? How has the decline in oil drilling impacted associated gas production and what will this dynamic look like in the future? 
  • What short and long-term natural gas price forecasts have been projected? Will $4 gas in 2017 become a reality? How have coal plant retirements, LNG exports, Mexico’s market and industrial demand impacted pricing and what is the outlook for the future? 
  • Looking forward – An outlook for production: What are the growth opportunities for natural gas in North America? How has increased industrial demand in the Midwest, coal plant retirements and Mexico’s market impacted production growth and economics?

Speakers:
Porter Bennett, Board Member & Executive Energy Advisor, Drilling Info
Andrew Bradford, CEO, BTU Analytics
Brian Pieri, Marketing, Natural Gas, NGLs and Crude, LINN Energy

Moderator: David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus 

11:15 - 11:45 

Break 

11:45 - 13:00  Session 2: Supplying Mexico’s Market

  • What E&P investments are being made in Mexico? How much production will come from the domestic market and how will gas prices impact new drilling activity?
  • What is the outlook for natural gas demand from Mexico through 2020? What sectors will be key areas of demand growth? How much gas will be supplied by the US versus other regions? How might the Trump administration impact exports to this market? 
  • Who is investing in pipeline and transportation infrastructure and how much capacity is projected to come online? What are the current routes to market? How will regulatory uncertainty impact infrastructure projects?

Speakers:
Rosanety Barrios, Head of Industrial Transformation Policy Unit, SENER
Guillermo Turrent,
CEO, CFE Internacional and CFEnergia
Santiago Garcia,
CEO, Santa Fe Gas

Moderator: Ken Irvin, Partner, Co-Chair Energy Practice Team, Sidley Austin LLP

 13:00 - 14:30

Lunch 

 14:30 - 15:45 Session 3: Panel Discussion - Gas Demand for Power Generation and Competing Fuels

  • What is the future of natural gas demand from utilities under an uncertain Clean Power Plan and coal plant retirements?
  • Will upgraded power generation equipment improve efficiency and decrease future fuel demand?
  • How are wind, hydro and other renewable power sources competing with natural gas generation? How are utilities managing fuel flexibility and changing economics? 
  • What is the status of the regional haze rule and how might this impact utilities in Texas?

Speakers:
Lynda Clemmons, VP Business Solutions, NRG Energy
Craig Adams,
Director of Gas Supply, Calpine Corporation
Tim Sherwood,
Vice President, Gas Supply Operations, Southern Company Gas
Robert Hardman,
Vice President of Fuel Supply, Dynegy

Moderator: Bill Loveless, Co-host, Columbia Energy Exchange

 15:45 - 16:00

Break 

 16:00 - 17:00  Session 4: Driving Natural Gas Demand – US Industrial Expansions and Global Consumer Growth

  • How much new methanol and petrochemical processing capacity will be added through 2025? How much natural gas will this sector use and how does gas compete with other feedstock alternatives? Will North America’s methanol market continue to grow or will activity become stagnate because of oversupply?
  • What is the future of growth for the US ammonia and fertilizer markets? Are production economics in the US still attractive to producers? Who is investing in new ammonia and urea expansion projects? Will ammonia imports into the US continue to decline?

Speakers:
Dave McCaskill
, VP Methanol & Derivative Services, Argus
Mike Hamm, Manager, Raw Materials, CF Industries

Moderator: Steve Weber, Vice President, Petrochemical Consulting, Argus 

 17:00 - 17:30 Bus Departs for Minute Maid Park 
 17:30 - 22:00

Baseball Outing: Astros vs. Braves

Minute Maid Park - 501 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002
*Complimentary transportation to be provided 

Wednesday, May 10th 
07:30 - 09:00

Registration and Breakfast

09:00 - 09:05 Chairman's Opening Remarks and Summary of Day One 

David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus
09:05 - 09:15 Presentation: The Shale Revolution Spurs New Indexes - An Update on the Role of Argus in the Natural Gas Market

Speaker: David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus
09:15 - 10:45 Session 5: North America’s Role in the Global LNG Market – Will there be Enough Demand to Meet New Export Capacity? 

  • Global demand and competition: How is supply from Australia and Qatar competing with the US? How will Mexican and South American LNG demand impact the market and pricing? 
  • How much LNG export capacity will the US have access to in the next four years? What export terminals and projects will come to fruition? What is the 
  • Markets for US LNG exports: What are the destination markets for US LNG exports from the US gulf coast? How much demand will come from Japan, South Korea, Europe and other regions? What other markets are emerging as demand centers?
Speakers:
David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus
Lance Goodwin,
Director, Business Development, Freeport LNG
Ajay Batra,
Senior Vice President, Redwood Markets, LLC

Moderator: David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus
10:45 - 11:15

Break

11:15 - 12:45
Session 6: Session 6: Changing Pipeline and Transportation Flows – Perspectives from Interstate Pipeline Companies on Staying Competitive in North America’s Market

  • What is the most efficient way to move supply from the northeast to the midcontinent, southeast and Gulf coast? How will pipeline delays in this region impact transportation dynamics? 
  • What new pipelines are scheduled to come on line and which ones have been delayed? What investments still need to be made to better connect changing supply and demand markets? 

Speakers:
Ajey Chandra,
Managing Director, Muse, Stancil & Co.
Jill Edwards, Vice President, Producer Services, Boardwalk Pipeline Partner, LP
Doug Walker, Vice President Business Development, Tallgrass Energy

Moderator: David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus

12:45 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 14:30

Presentation: Coming Out of Winter

What weather trends and forecasts can the natural gas industry use to best plan for the year ahead?

Speaker: Matthew Rogers, Founder & President, Commodity Weather Group

Moderator: David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus

14:30 - 15:00 Presentation: US Storage Markets – New Opportunities and Challenges 

  • Where are new storage facilities being invested in and developed? Will Mexico’s increased demand lead to new storage opportunities? Is more storage still needed in the northeast?

Jed Howard, Director, Business Development, U.S. Storage, Enbridge

Moderator: David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus

 15:00  Chairman's Closing Remarks 

David Givens,
Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus 


2017 Special Guest Speaker

Bill Richardson
Bill Richardson


Governor of New Mexico (2003-2010),
Former U.S. Energy Secretary,
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,
And Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

For more than 30 years, Bill Richardson has led a distinguished public-service career as a U.S. Congressman (1982-1996), U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1997-1998), and Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton (1998-2000).

In 2008, he sought the Democratic nomination for President, dropping out after Iowa and New Hampshire. As a diplomat and special envoy, Richardson has received four Nobel Peace Prize nominations, and has successfully won the release of hostages and American servicemen in North Korea, Cuba, Iraq and the Sudan.

Since entering life as a private citizen in 2011, he has authored three books including How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator, which was published in fall 2013. He is active on the national and international speech circuit and appears frequently on numerous television news programs, ranging from CNN to FOX, Univision, Meet the Press, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Richardson has also served as a special envoy to the Organization of American States (OAS) and as a special fellow on Latin America at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Richardson also sits on several nonprofit boards, including the World Resources Institute (WRI), Refugees International, and the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). In addition, he serves on numerous for-profit boards, primarily in the renewable energy space, such as Abengoa International.

Richardson has also started two foundations: The Richardson Center for Global Engagement, focusing on conflict resolution and prisoner release, and the Foundation to Preserve New Mexico Wildlife with actor and conservationist Robert Redford, which has led the charge to protect wild horses and provide alternatives to horse slaughter. Recently, the Richardson Center for Global Engagement played an instrumental role in the successful release of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from prison in Tijuana, Mexico.

Before being elected governor of New Mexico, Richardson was chairman of Freedom House, a private nonpartisan organization that promotes democracy and human rights worldwide, and served on the boards of the National Resource Defense Council and United Way International. He has been an adjunct professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and has received several honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning that include Tufts University and the University of New Mexico. As governor, he taught courses at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University; this year, he will teach courses at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and Columbia University. More recently, he was given the “National Hispanic Hero Award” by the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute.

As governor of New Mexico, Richardson’s bold governing style moved New Mexico forward in several important areas, including clean energy, education, transportation, healthcare, immigration, environmental protection and $1 billion in tax cuts to New Mexicans. He vastly improved the state’s job numbers and improved economic development by bringing the movie industry to New Mexico, which resulted in more than 140 major film and TV productions. He also built a light-rail system from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, and partnered with Virgin Galactic to build a commercial spaceport.

During his administration, more than $1 billion was invested in public schools, including professional salaries to recruit and retain quality teachers. He also shifted education money away from the administration and into the classroom, and increased access to early childhood education. In 2010, he was named the “best education Governor” by the National Education Administration.

Few can match Richardson’s wide-ranging experience and dedication to protecting and improving human rights, and improving the quality of life for the people of New Mexico, the United States and the world. Richardson has been married to his high-school sweetheart, Barbara, for 43 years. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts in 1970, and a Master of Arts degree from Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in 1971. 


Hilton Post Oak Hotel

Hilton Houston Post Oak 

2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056

phone icon+1 713 961 9300

 Online Reservations

InformationAsk for the Argus US Natural Gas Conference group rate of $189. Group block is only available until April 24, 2017.



Confirmed Speakers
Rosanety Barrios
Rosanety Barrios
, Head of Industrial Transformation Unit, Energy Secretariat (SENER)

Rosanety developed herself in the Mexican financial sector, working for 15 years as a stock analyst. By the year 2000 she joined the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), as head of the Hydrocarbon Transport Department, position from where she was able to coordinate the permits issue for most of the actual Mexico´s fuel pipeline operators, as well as responsible for the regulation of the Pemex permits.

Between April 2013 and May 2014, she took charge of the Generation, Transmission and Conduction Department at the Electricity Undersecretary from where she coordinated the planning of the Generation and Transmission Infrastructure in charge of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

At the present moment, she is Head of the Industrial Transformation Politics Unit at the Hydrocarbon Undersecretary, position from where she is responsible of making the public policy applicable to the supply and transportation logistics, storage and distribution of oil products and natural gas.

Rosanety actively collaborated in the development of the Energy Sector´s legal framework, approved by the Congress in August 2014 and coordinated the development of the corresponding responsibility area of the secondary regulation of the Hydrocarbon Law. She is also Counselor of the state productive company, Pemex Exploration and Production, alternate Counselor at the CENAGAS and alternate Counselor of the company PMI International Commerce.

Rosanety Barrios, Degree in Finance by the Universidad Tecnológica de México, Master in Finance by the National Autonomous University of México and Master in Economic Regulation of Net Systems by the Barcelona University.
Guillermo Turrent
Guillermo Turrent, CEO, CFE Internacional and CFEnergia

Guillermo Turrent holds a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Sciences from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM). He began his career in the public sector. First, at PMI Comercio Internacional; he then worked in Pemex Gas where he was in charge of natural gas derivatives trading.

Nonetheless, Mr. Turrent has spent most of his career in the private sector, as trader of natural gas and power markets. He has been Senior VP and Managing Director in several firms in the United States like Shell, Sempra Energy, Constellation and Electricité de France Trading.

His last position was as Director of Modernization at CFE where he oversaw the development of 16 natural gas pipelines, which account for investments of more than 23 billion USD. Currently, Mr. Turrent serves as CEO of the two marketing and trading arms of CFE: CFE International and CFEnergía.
Lynda Clemmons
Lynda Clemmons
, VP Business Solutions, NRG Energy

Lynda Clemmons is a Vice President in NRG Energy’s Business Solutions group. As the leader of the Sustainability and Products team, she manages product development, implementation and sustainability professionals. Their goal is to create a cleaner energy future through technology, renewables and efficiency, both within the organization and with clients. She has been at NRG since 2012, incorporating all of the commercial products and services that enable Fortune 250 companies to achieve their sustainability goals.

Lynda started her career as an analyst in an investment bank. She then spent eight years at Enron where she started the weather derivatives business as well as the SO2 and NOx emissions trading desk. In 2000, Lynda co-founded and was COO of XL Weather and Energy (a division of XL Capital Ltd), a trading and insurance company based in Connecticut. She also co-founded and was the former President of the Weather Risk Management Association.

Lynda holds BA degrees in History and French from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Finance from Tulane University.
Santiago Garcia
Santiago Garcia, CEO, Santa Fe Gas

Mr. Garcia’s previous experience includes: a) FX trader at Bank of Nova Scotia; b) Gas & Power Structuring at Enron & UBS; c) Director of Commodities Trading at Tyson Foods; d) Global Risk Manager at Grupo Vitro, e) Managing Director LATAM Commodities Trading at Citibank, and f) Managing Director LATAM Commodities Trading at Macquarie. At Enron, Mr. Garcia worked in the Structuring Desk, creating innovative hedging strategies for gas and power companies. In addition, Mr. Garcia worked in the development of several gas and power projects in Colombia, Guatemala, Panama, and Puerto Rico. After Enron, Mr. Garcia was named Director of Commodities Trading for Tyson Foods. Mr. Garcia and his team participated in several energy projects, including corn-based ethanol initiatives.

After Tyson, Mr. Garcia was named Director of Global Risk Management for Grupo Vitro. At Vitro, Mr. Garcia managed Vitro’s global energy portfolio, responsible for implementing the risk management strategy for the exposure located in Mexico and Central America. After Vitro, Mr. Garcia was named Managing Director of Global Commodities for Latin America for Citibank. After Citibank, Mr. Garcia was named Managing Director of Global Commodities for Latin America, working for Macquarie, one of the world’s strongest banks.

In January 2016, Mr. Garcia was named Chief Executive Officer of Santa Fe Gas, one of the first natural gas energy companies that offers integrated services for US & Mexican markets.
Craig Adams, Director of Gas Supply, Calpine Corporation
Craig Adams
, Director of Gas Supply, Calpine Corporation

Craig Adams is Director of Gas Supply for Calpine Corporation. He is responsible for term supply acquisition, infrastructure strategy and development for Calpine’s North Region. Calpine’s North Region is comprised of 45 generating stations totaling approximately 9 GW of capacity in PJM, NYISO, ISO-NE, MISO and IES Ontario.

Prior to joining Calpine in 2012, Mr. Adams was vice president of marketing for Repsol Energy North America. During his career he has held commercial roles of increasing responsibility with BG Energy Merchants, Cargill Power & Gas Marketing, Williams Energy, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line and United Gas Pipe Line.

Mr. Adams holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, he resides in Houston with his family.
Porter Bennett
Porter Bennett,
Board Member & Executive Energy Advisor, DrillingInfo

Porter Bennett is President and CEO of Denver-based Ponderosa Advisors LLC, an advisory and information firm for the energy and water sectors. He has spent more than 30 years in the energy industry analyzing the natural gas and crude oil markets. He founded Bentek Energy in 1985, served as CEO and led the company’s development until 2011 when he sold it to Platts, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. He started Ponderosa in 2012 where Porter continued the work started at BENTEK to develop creative and innovative data systems and analytical tools to improve his clients’ understanding of oil, natural gas and NGL price trends. In late 2016 he sold the energy assets that his team had developed along with their energy consulting business to DrillingInfo. He now is a member of the DrillingInfo Board of Directors.

Today, Ponderosa owns WaterSage, a state of the art information system that water system tracking that enables users to identify, monitor and analyze property and water rights in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas and California. For producers the system facilitates water sourcing, regulatory compliance and supply and disposition analyses.
Mr. Bennett holds an MS degree in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines, an MA degree in international affairs from Columbia University in NYC, and a BA degree in history from Lewis & Clark College. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Western Energy Alliance and has been an Observer with the Potential Gas Committee, participated on the Coordinating Subcommittee of the National Petroleum Council’s natural gas study. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Fairway Energy, a crude oil storage company in Houston, TX.
Andrew Bradford is the CEO of BTU Analytics, LLC.
Andrew Bradford, CEO, BTU Analytics, LLC

Andrew Bradford is the CEO of BTU Analytics, LLC. Prior to BTU Analytics, he was the Senior Commercial Director of North American Natural Gas at Platts/Bentek Energy where he led the Bentek natural gas analytics team and managed commercial operations for Platts publications Gas Daily and Inside FERC Gas Market Report. In this role, he served on the National Petroleum Council’s 2011 Prudent Development study. Andrew launched Bentek Energy’s Northeast services in 2008 and consulted clients on many early Marcellus pipeline transportation strategies. Andrew’s 20 years of experience in the energy industry includes positions at Amoco Production Company and Constellation Energy. He holds a Masters in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University and a Bachelors in Geology from Colorado College.
Bill Loveless
Bill Loveless, Co-host, Columbia Energy Exchange

Bill Loveless is a veteran energy journalist with a strong reputation for compelling interviews with leading newsmakers in print, on the air and in public forums. Most recently, he has been a weekly columnist for USA Today and co-host of the “Columbia Energy Exchange,” a podcast from the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy. Bill previously was an editorial director for Platts, an energy news and information division of McGraw Hill Financial, where he coordinated coverage of U.S. energy policy. While at Platts, he also anchored the weekly TV program “Platts Energy Week,” which aired on WUSA/CBS in Washington and on PBS stations throughout the U.S. He is a recipient of the McGraw Hill Corporate Achievement Award, and a member of the Executive Advisory Board of the University of Rhode Island Harrington School of Communications and the National Press Club.
Matt Rogers, Founder, President, Commodity Weather Group 	 Matt Rogers, President and co-founder, Commodity Weather Group, LLC

Matt Rogers is President and co-founder of Commodity Weather Group, LLC, located in Bethesda, MD. Along with his team of a dozen meteorologists, Matt consults for about 260 companies to manage their energy and agriculture-related weather risk. Matt is a twenty-one year veteran of the energy industry, a degreed meteorologist (Penn State ’94) and holds an MBA (George Mason ’01). He also blogs for the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang.
Ken Irvin
Ken Irvin, Co-Chair Energy Practice Team, Sidley Austin LLP

Ken Irvin, a co-leader of Sidley’s global Energy practice, has a wide-ranging energy and commodities practice, representing clients on federal and state commodity and energy, electricity, natural gas, oil, alternative energy and emissions matters. He provides counsel and advice on hedging and credit risks, contract structures and disputes, arbitrations, bankruptcy, non-performing assets and regulatory issues involving energy and commodities trading, market regulation and structured transactions. Ken helps to ensure client compliance with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) requirements, and works closely with those handling compliance with the Financial Conduct Authority (UK) requirements.
Timothy Sherwood
Timothy Sherwood, Vice President, Gas Supply Operations, Southern Company Gas

Tim Sherwood was named vice president, Gas Supply Operations for Southern Company Gas (formerly AGL Resources) in December 2011. He is responsible for interstate capacity planning, gas supply acquisition, gas control operations and forecasting as well as customer transportation program management for Southern Company Gas' utilities: Atlanta Gas Light, Chattanooga Gas, Elizabethtown Gas, Elkton Gas, Florida City Gas, Nicor Gas and Virginia Natural Gas. With 4.5 million utility customers, Southern Company Gas is the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States by customer count. Sherwood joined Southern Company Gas in 2005 as managing director, Gas Supply and Capacity Planning. In that position he oversaw all aspects of capacity management for the company's retail natural gas customers in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia.

With more than 25 years of experience in the utility industry, Sherwood was director, Energy Acquisition for Washington Gas Light Company prior to joining Southern Company Gas. He has also held various management positions with Ameren Illinois Power, including administrator of Federal Regulatory Matters, supervisor of Gas Supply and manager of Electric Arrangements. Sherwood represents Southern Company Gas as a Wholesale Gas Quadrant Board Member to the North American Energy Standards Board and as a member of the Gas Supply Marketing Committee of the Southern Gas Association.

He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Illinois State University and continued professional development at Columbia Southern University. He and his wife and two children live in Georgia.
Michael Hamm
Mike Hamm,
Manager, Raw Materials Procurement, CF Industries

Mike Hamm is a Manager of natural gas for the Raw Materials Procurement team at CF Industries. He has been with the company for 5 years and in his current role, is responsible for the procurement of natural gas for a number of CF’s nine North American and European facilities. He is also responsible for risk management through hedging and managing transportation assets to support fertilizer production at CF’s complexes.

CF Industries, headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, produces up to 15 million tons of fertilizer annually and is one of the largest industrial consumers of natural gas in North America. Recently CF Industries completed its expansion projects at its Donaldsonville, Louisiana and Port Neal, Iowa locations. These projects included the construction of new ammonia, urea, and UAN plants at the Donaldsonville, Louisiana complex and new ammonia and urea plants at the Port Neal, Iowa complex. With the completion of these projects, the company consumes approximately 1.0 BCF per day of natural gas in North America.

Mike has an accounting degree from LeMoyne College, is a certified public accountant and transitioned into the energy field in 2014.
Doug Walker
Doug Walker, Vice President, Business Development, Tallgrass Energy

Doug Walker is Vice President of Business Development for Tallgrass Energy Partners with a focus on Midwest supply and market development for Rockies Express Pipeline. He has been with Tallgrass since its inception in 2012 and began working on REX at its predecessor owner/operator in 2008. Prior to joining REX, Doug worked for Columbia Gas Transmission where was responsible for business development including development of the Millennium Pipeline Project. Prior to that he was responsible for gas supply management of several of NiSource's gas distribution and unregulated companies. He started his career with Natural Gas Pipeline Company with increasing responsibilities in engineering and business development roles. Doug has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Northwestern University.
Lance Goodwin
Lance Goodwin, Director, Business Development, Freeport LNG

Lance Goodwin is the Director of Business Development at Freeport LNG where he is responsible for leading a number of the company’s business development and project optimization efforts. Lance is also a key member of the LNG marketing and contracts negotiations team. Lance had an instrumental role in the project management team that took the Freeport LNG Liquefaction project from concept to sanction.

Lance’s fifteen years of experience include twelve years at Freeport LNG serving in a variety of complex and challenging operational, project, and commercial roles. Prior to Freeport LNG, Lance participated in the construction of offshore oil and gas projects for majors on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Lance completed undergraduate studies at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, and holds an MBA from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. 
Jed Howard, Director of Business Development, Spectra Energy
Jed Howard, Director, Business Development, U.S. Storage, Enbridge

Jed Howard is a Director, Business Development, for U.S. Storage at Spectra Energy. Jed has 15 years of professional experience with the Spectra Energy, and its predecessor companies, and has held positions with increasing levels of responsibility in: Business Development, Economic Evaluation, Financial Planning & Analysis, Mergers & Acquisitions, Risk Management and Strategic Planning. In his present role, Jed helps manage Spectra Energy’s U.S. storage business units, including Market Hub Partners, Bobcat Gas Storage and Steckman Ridge, with a total storage working capacity of 90 Bcf.

Jed holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and his master’s in business administration from Rice University in Houston.
Rob Hardman
Robert Hardman,
Vice President of Fuel Supply, Dynegy, Inc.

Rob Hardman currently serves as the vice president of fuel supply for Dynegy. His responsibilities include the procurement and transportation of fuel for Dynegy’s 35 natural gas-fired power plants and twelve coal-fired power plants located in six different electricity markets in the US. He joined Dynegy in April 2015 as the vice-president of coal supply. Mr. Hardman has over 27 years of experience in the electric utility industry. Prior to joining Dynegy, he was responsible for Southern Company’s coal and transportation procurement program. In that assignment, he oversaw a program that delivered as much as 70 million tons of coal to power plants in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. In the course of his work in the electric utility industry, Mr. Hardman has experience in energy trading, power plant management, major capital project construction, and environmental controls research, development, and application.

Mr. Hardman has been a member of the Board of Directors for the American Coal Council for three years. He served as its president in 2015 and currently serves on the executive committee as the past-president. He is the utility co-chairman for the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC) for the Surface Transportation Board. Mr. Hardman maintains professional certification as a registered professional engineer in the State of Alabama. Finally, he is an invested member of the community. He is a board member and prior president of the Finley Character Education Program for the Hoover City Schools system.

Mr. Hardman is married to the former Tabitha Thomas. They have three children Matthew, Caleb, and Kathryn.  
Brian Pieri, Commercial Marketing Manager, LINN Energy
Brian Pieri, Marketing, Natural Gas, NGLs and Crude, LINN Energy LLC

With over 20 years energy industry experience, Brian has bought, transported, stored, and sold natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in each region of the United States. With an extensive background in physical commodities, he also incorporates complex financial products to hedge risk, optimize upside, and capture value. Beyond commercial commodity activities, he has provided vision and development for midstream projects ranging from small projects to large scale infrastructures. Holding positions with upstream, midstream, downstream, and trading companies allowed Brian the unique perspective of varying roles in the value chain from production to consumption of Natural Gas, Crude, and NGLs.
Ajey Chandra
Ajey Chandra, Managing Director, Muse, Stancil & Co.

Mr. Ajey Chandra is a Director of the firm and the Managing Director of the Houston office of Muse, Stancil & Co. where he also leads the Midstream practice area for the firm. Mr. Chandra joined Muse in 2014 after 28 years of experience in various facets of the midstream industry, including operations, engineering, business development, management, and consulting. Mr. Chandra has had a wide variety of assignments covering all aspects of the energy industry during his career, and has had several long term expatriate assignments overseas, including Europe and Southeast Asia. Mr. Chandra’s operating, consulting and management experience includes working at Amoco, Purvin & Gertz, Hess and NextEra Energy Resources prior to joining Muse Stancil. Mr. Chandra has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Houston. Mr. Chandra has also attended Executive Education classes at Harvard University, and is a Professional Engineer in Texas.
Jill Edwards
Jill Edwards, Director - Vice President Supply Development, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP

Jill Edwards is Vice President of Supply Development for Boardwalk Pipeline Partners. Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP is a master limited partnership engaged through its subsidiaries, Gulf Crossing Pipeline, Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP, and Texas Gas Transmission, LLC, in the interstate transportation and storage of natural gas. Boardwalk’s three interstate natural gas pipeline systems have approximately 14,300 miles of pipeline and underground storage fields with aggregate working gas capacity of approximately 197 Bcf.

Ms. Edwards has over 25 years of experience in the energy industry including project management, hydraulic simulation, interstate natural gas pipeline transportation marketing, market origination, business development of natural gas pipelines, capital project management, and strategic planning. She is presently responsible for business development activities and managing producer and LNG accounts across Boardwalk’s three Interstate pipelines. Ms. Edwards received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and resides in Houston, Texas.
Ajay Batra
Ajay Batra, Senior Vice President, Redwood Markets, LLC.

Ajay brings over 27 years of global experience in the Oil and Gas, Energy Marketing & Trading, Energy Midstream, Utilities, and Information Technology industries. Currently as a Senior Vice President at Redwood Markets, LLC, Ajay is responsible for leading LNG marketplace solutions across the transaction chain, including transaction facilitation services, online trading and risk management. Prior to joining Redwood, Ajay worked as Director of Origination with Cheniere Marketing, where he was focused on deal structuring, economic analysis and risk management.
Euan Craik, Chief Executive Officer Americas, Argus
Euan Craik, CEO Americas, Argus 

Euan Craik is chief executive of Argus Media Inc. in Houston and serves on the Board of Directors of Argus Media Ltd. Since 2006, Euan has led the Argus management team in the Americas, expanding the reach of offices and breadth of services. He joined Argus in 1996, initially as a specialist on the Russian oil and gas industries. From 2000, Euan served as Argus’ Executive Editor, based in London, where he developed Argus’ LNG coverage and other areas of the global gas and power portfolio.

In the early nineties, Euan worked in business journalism in Moscow, initially at the first post-Soviet business newspaper, Kommersant, then at the English-language Moscow Times. He was later awarded a fellowship at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics.
David Givvens, Head of Gas and Power Services, NA, Argus
David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus

David Givens is Head of Gas and Power Services for North America, for Argus Media, a London-based company that is a leading provider of pricing information, business intelligence and market data on the global coal, electricity, oil, gas, emissions and transportation industries.  David currently works with a group of Argus executives to encourage the industry to index to the prices in Natural Gas Americas. He also keeps our power indexes and editorial coverage of the gas industry in North America on track.

He joined Argus in June of this 2009 after spending three and a half years at Hart Energy Publishing as group publisher for newsletters. He has also been vice president of market information at Io Energy, now SNL Energy. David was senior electricity correspondent at the wire service BridgeNews. For most of the 1990s, he worked at Gas Daily and Megawatt Daily, becoming managing editor for price surveys. He has written books about biofuels and about hedging in natural gas markets, is a frequent speaker on energy topics.
Dave McCaskill, VP Methanol & Derivatives, Argus DeWitt
Dave McCaskill, VP Methanol & Derivative Services, Argus

Dave McCaskill has been invested in the petrochemical industry for over 35 years. Beginning his long career with Celanese Chemical in 1975, Dave started as a chemical engineer at their Pampa, Texas plant, and steadily progressed through a series of positions ranging from planning, supply chain, field sales and marketing within the organization. Noted positions included Business Manager Ethylene Oxide/Ethylene Glycol and the last several years with the company as Business Manager Methanol & Derivatives. In 2000, Dave moved into the consulting sector and worked with another leading industry consulting organization, heading their Global Methanol service for 10 years. Joining DeWitt & Company in 2010, as Vice President Methanol & Derivatives, Dave continues to be focused on all commercial aspects of the methanol industry—supply, demand, capacity, pricing, cost structure, etc. Dave graduated from the University of Kansas, with a degree in chemical engineering, in 1975.
Steve Weber
Steve Weber, Vice President, Petrochemical Consulting, Argus

Steve Weber, Vice President, Petrochemical Consulting, Argus DeWitt
Steve Weber is Vice President of Petrochemical Consulting for Argus DeWitt. Steve began his career with Fina in 1979 as a Process Engineer and had various other assignments in the 1980s in the Economics and Planning and Marine Transportation Groups for Fina in Dallas. In 1989, he moved to the Port Arthur refinery and later became Operations Manager at the site. Steve was named Plant Manager of the Fina/GE Joint Venture Styrene Plant (Cosmar) in 1995 and Refinery Manager at the Big Spring Texas refinery in 1998. In 2000, he returned to Louisiana to manage both the Styrene JV and the Total Petrochemicals Polystyrene Operation. Steve was named Senior Manager of Aromatics for Total in 2005, relocating to Houston.

Steve joined DeWitt & Company Inc. in 2011 after spending two years with Solomon Associates in the refining and petrochemical consulting area. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA. Steve is responsible for single client studies for refining and petrochemicals in the Americas.



Casino Night Reception

Join us for our opening night casino party!

Casino PartyWhen:

Monday, May 8th at 5:00 PM

Where:
Hilton Houston Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Boulevard
Houston, TX 77056

Astros Baseball Game - Astros vs. Braves

Join your peers from across the natural gas industry for a night at the ballpark!

Minute Maid Park

When: 
Tuesday, May 9th at 5:30 PM

Where: 
Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford St.
Houston, TX 77002

*Complimentary transportation will be provided from the hotel to Minute Maid Park and back. 

 Limited tickets are avaliable. Register today to secure your seat!


Are you interested in sponsoring the Astros Baseball outing? Contact us today to learn more:

email icon sponsorship@argusmedia.com 



Download Brochure

Download

  

IIR
SidleyNRGStream

Entero One