The Energy Outlook in an Era of Change
A conversation with Adam Sieminski, former administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration
The energy sector is undergoing revolutionary changes with the introduction of abundant, lower-cost energy sources like shale oil and gas and solar and wind—a trend owed largely to tremendous technological improvements in recent years. With resources and prices in a state of flux, and increasing policy uncertainty under the Trump administration, accurately forecasting the future of the industry has never been more important, or challenging. How can government data and forecasts improve to meet the demands of this era of change? What role has technology played in the energy landscape in recent years, and what role could it play in the future? And, will policies introduced by President Trump change the energy outlook?
March 29, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Saieh Hall, Room 146
Adam Sieminski, Former Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration
Adam Sieminski is the James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Prior to joining CSIS, he served as administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) from June 2012 to January 2017. From March through May 2012, he was senior director for energy and environment on the staff of the National Security Council at the White House. He was previously Deutsche Bank’s chief energy economist, working with the bank’s global research and trading units, where he drew on extensive industry, government, and academic sources to forecast energy market trends and wrote on a variety of topics involving energy economics, climate change, geopolitics, and commodity prices. Earlier, Sieminski was the senior energy analyst for NatWest Securities, covering the major U.S. international integrated oil companies. He is a senior fellow and former president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and served as president of the National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts. In 2006, Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman appointed him to the National Petroleum Council (NPC), where he helped author NPC’s global oil and gas study, The Hard Truths.
Sieminski has previously acted as a nonresident senior adviser to the Energy and National Security Program at CSIS. He also served as an advisory board member of the Global Energy and Environment Initiative at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, was chairman of the Supply-Demand Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, and a member of the Strategic Energy Task Force of the Council on Foreign Relations. He belongs to the CFA Society Washington, D.C., and holds the chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation. Sieminski received both an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in public administration from Cornell University.