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'The Energy Transition' is Focus at Baker Botts’/Baker Institute’s Third Energy Summit

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HOUSTON, September 23, 2019 – For the third consecutive year, Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international energy and technology law firm, and the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute, are co-hosting their Energy Summit on October 2. The event will provide a forum for key market players and decision-makers to gather insights into the future of the dynamic energy industry, ranging from oil and gas to power, renewables and technology.

The Summit will feature over a dozen speakers from the oil, gas and power and renewable energy sectors, including prominent corporate, financial and legal leaders. The program will include panels and keynote speeches that address energy transitions and disruptions driven by changing economics, policy and technology.

Program Chairs include Baker Botts partners Bill Kroger, chair of the firm’s Energy Litigation Practice, and Elaine Walsh, chair of the firm’s Power and Renewables Practice.

“We are excited to co-host the Energy Summit yet again,” Elaine Walsh said. “This event provides a unique forum for senior leaders in the energy industry to share their insights into the significant changes occurring in the energy markets globally, including the impact of technology, economics and public policy on the industry.”

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

What: Energy Summit on "The Energy Transition: Legacy, Scale and Technology."

Who: Former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III, the honorary chair of the Baker Institute and a partner at Baker Botts, will be among the featured keynote speakers.

Other Baker Botts partners speaking at the event include:

  • John Martin, Firm Managing Partner; Opening Remarks, 8:15 AM – 8:30 AM
  • Liz Flannery (moderator), Intellectual Property Partner;
    The Current State of the Energy Transition – 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM, focusing on new technology, technology adoption, policy intervention and pace of change
  • Jeff Wood (moderator), Partner and former Acting Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division;
    Smooth Waters or Troubled Tides? 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM, focusing on areas of concern for the energy transition – from public policy and geopolitics to supply chain development (energy, metals and minerals)

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When: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM. Breakfast and registration will begin at 7:30 AM and a reception will be held at 4:35 PM.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

The social media hashtag for the event is #BakerEnergy.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6775.

Please contact Tom Orewyler or Sheena Cochran if you would like to schedule media interviews with Baker Botts speakers or attendees.

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