2017 Top Risk Themes:
1. Dodd-Frank, Futures and Energy Regulation and Policy
2. Surveillance and Enforcement Priorities
3. Prices and Price Reporting
4. Cybersecurity Realities and Actions
5. Exchange Growth and Policy
6. Energy Supply and Demand Trends and Opportunities
The event will be held once again at the Houston Club in Houston.
Our conference kick's off with a catered reception on the evening of Monday, April 3. The following day, Tuesday, April 4, features a full day of presentations and discussions and a second networking reception.
Due to the Houston Club's unique setting, this event is once again limited to only 100 attendees. We present 25 noted, expert speakers covering issues that matter to you, now, and at a very reasonable price. As in the past, we anticipate the event to sell out. Please register TODAY to guarantee your spot at this year's seminal event on energy policy and risk.
Monday, April 3
6:00 to 7:30 Catered Reception, The Houston Club
Tuesday, April 4
7:30 to 8:30 Breakfast & Registration, The Houston Club
8:30 to 8:40 Opening Remarks, John Sodergreen, Publisher, The Risk Desk & The Desk
The Politics and Promise of Reforming Dodd-Frank Reform
That our markets will see significant changes ahead is the understatement of the century. Where the previous administration - and governments around the world - ushered in Dodd-Frank, MiFID and associated market regulations, the new folks in Washington aim to reshuffle the policy and regulatory deck on a similar scale. Vast swaths of regulatory reporting, compliance, oversight and enforcement, technology and internal procedures are all now considered in play. The death of Dodd-Frank? Not likely. Instead, a likely refocusing on market growth, security and innovation. To help us gain better insight into this new era, we present several of the country's veteran policymakers and insiders.
8:40 to 9:20 Jim Newsome, partner, Delta Strategies, and former chairman, CFTC
9:20 to 10:00 Sharon Brown-Hruska, director, NERA DC Securities and Finance, a member of the Trump Landing Team for the CFTC and former chairman, CFTC
10:00 to 10:40
MORNING KEYNOTE: Chris Giancarlo, acting chairman, CFTC
11:00 to11:45 Exchangeland in 2017
Exchanges are the core of our energy markets and yet they reportedly spend much of their time and treasure satisfying regulatory burdens, reporting requirements and related self-regulatory organization (SRO) mandates. What's left for growth, expansion and new product launches? What's fostering and what's hindering innovation? Will new agency leadership point to less or more SRO responsibilities? Which part of Dodd-Frank relating to exchanges and clearing may ease? What's new and what's coming at the Main Market Hubs? International growth opportunities, emerging hubs and more. Moderated by Joe Raia, managing director, Goldman Sachs; Rick Beaman, CEO, Nasdaq Futures Exchange; Paul Cusenza, CEO, Nodal Exchange; Trabue Bland, president, ICE Futures
11:45 to 12:30
Surveillance and the High Cost of Trader Mischief
Regulatory agency enforcement actions, fines and trade bans increase exponentially each year. Then there's the high cost of negative PR. Trader surveillance systems and processes are now essential tools for all energy trading firms, in terms of compliance and practicality. Today there are many options, solutions, requirements and challenges. This panel defines market needs and requirements, policy, trends, available tools and functionality. The panel is moderated by NRG Energy Chief Risk Officer Glen Mackey. Mackey will also detail his in-house efforts developing a cloud-based trader surveillance and reporting system. Panelists include Sean Collins, director of market oversight, FERC; Patrick Woody, vice president, Nasdaq/SMARTS; Simon Richards, CEO, Fonetic-USA; and more to come.
Lunch 12:30 to 2:00
2:00 to 2:45
Cyber Threats and the Assault of US Financial and Physical Energy
North American power and gas grids, in addition to our digital energy markets, are now all prime cybertargets. No company, network or digital market is immune. This panel will discuss threats, theories and solutions for hardening our corporate data infrastructure, securing our energy markets, fostering better threat assessment, processes and procedures for more effective cyber security. Panelists include Matt Wilson, Director, Cybersecurity and Privacy, PwC; Rhonda Dunfee, Manager, Division of Reliability Standards and Security, FERC; and Greg Singleton, Senior Advisor, Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, DOE. This panel is moderated by Bill Hederman, former senior adviser to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Bill Hederman, Senior Fellow, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, Univ. of Pennsylvania and Executive Adviser, AgilePQ, Inc.
2:45 to 3:30
Price Indices, Price Reporting, PRAs and Recent Changes in the Process
Price reporting and PRAs have had a rocky time in the past 15 years, though the process has improved. News of fewer fixed price deals in natural gas being reported last year, was tempered by news of cooperative data deals between energy exchanges and PRAs. This panel, moderated by Deloitte's Michael Prokop, will discuss the current reporting process and trends among market participants; how companies have avoided risk by instituting certain best practices; why companies still refuse to report to PRAs, but they really should; assessing the drop-off in reporting fixed price deals; IOSCO standards vs. US standards; the ICE-Platts-NGI cooperative data deals to strengthen price indices; and the integrity of indices going forward. Panelists include Dexter Steis, executive publisher, Natural Gas Intelligence (NGI); Mark Callahan, editorial director, power and generating fuels pricing, S&P Platts; Greg Leonard, vice president, Cornerstone Research (publishers of the annual FERC 552 Submission Report); and more to come.
3:30 to 3:45 Refreshment Break
3:45 to 4:15
CFTC's New Market Data/Market Intelligence Service
In a recent interview with acting chairman Chris Giancarlo, we reported on his new plan for the agency to provide market participants with a wide array of new data and market intelligence offerings, much like FERC and the EIA have done for years. This is an exclusive, first-time briefing on the new CFTC service. CFTC Speaker TBA
4:15 to 5:15
Fundamentals Risk Will (Still) Make or Break You
Say what you will about policy, technology, trading and security, the truth is, our world still revolves around smelly molecules being extracted from the ground. This is our annual US Natural Gas Supply, Demand and Outlook Panel. This year, a power outlook has been added. This panel features representatives of the top energy data and analytics firms in North America. Moderated by Kyle Cooper, principal, ION Energy & IAF Advisors; Jon Ecker, managing director, natural gas, Genscape; Jack Weixel, vice president, analytics, PointLogic Energy; Mitchell DeRubis, senior analyst, natural gas, Platts-Bentek. A special power market outlook by Steve Harvey, EIA
5:30 to 7:00 Catered Reception