The Energy Policy Conference is a premier, interdisciplinary forum in North America that examines the drivers and impacts of policy in energy-related systems. The 9th Annual Meeting focused on how energy policy is framed, influences and is evaluated in times of disruptive change. The event brought together leading researchers, as well as policymakers, practitioners and members of the private sector from September 29th to October 1st, 2019 in Boise, Idaho. The aim was to explore issues and opportunities with up-to-date, interdisciplinary research, while fostering in-depth, cross-cutting exchanges of ideas.
Topics of interest this year include (but are not limited to) how policy is framed, influences, and is evaluated in times of disruption in the context of:
- Cross-sectoral challenges and opportunities in energy
(e.g. planned disruption; local and national planning for extreme weather events; shared infrastructure in power and broadband; bridging with electric vehicles or natural gas; energy-water dependencies; design standards for cyber security)
- Cross-policy complexities relating to energy
(e.g. the nexus of policy on jobs, the environment, technology, security, health, and industry; inter-agency coordination in cyber-security; better practices in design and implementation)
- Adaptive practices and regulation of emergent technology in energy systems
(e.g. increased use of storage and microgrids; blockchain/cloud adoption and energy use; artificial intelligence and machine learning with customer load profiles; drones and resilience; gene editing and fuel production)
- Organizational change, framing, and indicators
(e.g. triggers, barriers, and drivers of change; (re)valuing energy; incumbents and new entrants; stranded assets and re-purposing)
- Market redesign and new business models for energy
(e.g. the shifting role of regulators, system operators and utilities; “smart” end use and prosumers; car-sharing; bankruptcies; customer choice and rate design)
- Cross-border interactions and geopolitics in relation to energy
(e.g. trade and price shocks; managing rare earths and materials; offshoring, intellectual property and competitiveness).
Abstract submissions were reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Committee. We welcomed top-quality work from academia, industry, government, national labs, think-tanks and nonprofits.