The event will be held March 11 at the Hilton University of Houston Hotel. The conference's title, "Energy Trading: Beyond Gas and Power," reflects the notable growth in energy trading volumes, said Craig Pirrong, UH-GEMI energy markets director and Bauer College finance professor.
"In the past several years, energy trading volumes have exploded," he said. "Not only have we witnessed tremendous growth in traditional energy commodities such as natural gas, oil and power, but there has also been a dramatic expansion in relatively new areas of the energy trading space."
"Due to skyrocketing prices and increasing environmental concerns, biofuels, such as ethanol, have achieved increasing prominence and new environmental markets are growing dramatically," Pirrong said. "Moreover, markets for transportation have become increasingly integrated with energy, and LNG is assuming an increasingly important role worldwide."
The 2008 UH-GEMI Energy Trading & Marketing Conference will explore these important, but non-traditional, aspects of energy trading. A distinguished set of speakers will discuss the commercial, regulatory and political issues surrounding energy trading beyond gas and power.
Speakers include George Baker, partner at William & Jensen; Don Ellithorpe, vice president of Structuring at Merrill Lynch Commodities; Joe Raia, senior vice president of marketing at NYMEX; Sal Gilbertie, senior vice president of Energy & Renewable Fuel Derivatives at FIMAT; Davis Thames, senior vice president at Cheniere; and Richard Sandor, CEO of the Chicago Climate Exchange.
For more information about the conference, including how to register or sponsor, visit www.bauer.uh.edu/UHGEMI/featured.htm.
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The C. T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C. T. Bauer College of Business.