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The Energy Transition: Legacy, Scale and Technology

For the third consecutive year, the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies and Baker Botts LLP co-hosted their annual energy summit. This year’s event provided a forum for key market players and decision-makers to share insights into the future of the dynamic energy industry, ranging from oil and gas to power, renewables and technological innovations.

The summit featured over a dozen speakers from the oil, gas and power sectors, including prominent corporate, financial and legal leaders. The program included panels and keynote speeches that address energy transitions and how economics, policy and technology are driving change across the industry.

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 To view the entire conference please click below:

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4





Admission is free, but registration is required. For registration assistance, contact us at 713-348-2183 or



7:30 am



Breakfast and Registration

8:15 am


Welcome Remarks

Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D.
James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute

Bill Kroger
Partner, Baker Botts

The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian
Director, Baker Institute

John W. Martin
Managing Partner, Baker Botts

8:30 am    

Opening Keynote Address 

Jason Klein
Vice President of Energy Transitions, Shell

9:00 am    

Panel — The Current State of the Energy Transition 

John Berger
Co-founder and CEO, Sunnova

Alexander "Hap" Ellis III
General Partner, RockPort Capital Partners

Mark Finley
Fellow in Energy and Global Oil, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute

Johanna Schmidtke
Principal, Ara Partners

Moderated by: Liz Flannery, Partner, Baker Botts

10:15 am    

Morning Break

10:30 am    

Morning Keynote Address

Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet
CEO, ENGIE North America, and Executive Vice President of Renewable and Hydrogen Business Units France, ENGIE

11:00 am



Panel — Energy Transitions, Legacy Industry and New Directions: What Comes Next?

Tristan Abbey
Senior Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Michelle Michot Foss, Ph.D.
Fellow in Energy and Minerals, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute

Charlene Russell
Executive Vice President of Low Carbon Ventures, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, Occidental Petroleum

Todd Staples
President, Texas Oil & Gas Association

Moderated by: Jeffrey H. Wood, Partner, Baker Botts

12:15 pm

    Lunch Break

1:30 pm



Lunch Keynote Address

The Honorable James A. Baker, III
Honorary Chair, Baker Institute, and Partner, Baker Botts

2:00 pm



Panel — A Conversation about Natural Gas: Is the Golden Age Here?

Aaron Berg
President, Vega Energy Partners 

Peter Hartley, Ph.D.
Rice Faculty Scholar, Baker Institute, and George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics, Rice University

Brian Lloyd
Director of Regulatory Strategy - Texas, Sempra Energy

Matt Watson
Vice President of Energy, Environmental Defense Fund

Moderated by: Kassia Yanosek, Partner, McKinsey & Company

3:30 pm

    Afternoon Break

3:45 pm



Closing Keynote Address

David Daniels, Ph.D.
Chief Energy Modeler, U.S. Energy Information Administration

4:30 pm    

Concluding Remarks

Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D.
James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute


A reception will follow the event.




Wed, Oct. 2, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall
Rice University's Baker Institute – 6100 Main St
Houston, TX 77005