SOURCE: MIT Sloan School of Management

MIT Sloan School of Management

November 02, 2012 07:30 ET

MIT Sloan Energy Finance Forum to Spotlight Challenges, Trends in Financing Natural Gas and Other Energy Sources of the Future

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - Nov 2, 2012) - How will cheaper gas impact energy storage investment and scaling? What would the commoditization of natural gas mean for the global economy? And where are the critical opportunities and what are their challenges from the viewpoint of key public and private stakeholders?

Ultimately, the future of energy will be shaped by the projects and ventures that secure the necessary financing today.

These timely topics will be addressed by leading industry experts, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, financiers and MIT academics among others during the 2012 MIT Sloan Energy Finance Forum. Now in its fourth year, the Energy Finance Forum will be held on Friday, November 16, 2012 at the Boston Marriott Cambridge, Two Cambridge Center in Cambridge, MA.

Slated keynote speakers are:

  • Ralph Izzo, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) Incorporated
  • Cyrille du Peloux, President and Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Energy North America

A total of eight panels will be featured across a range of topics:

Beyond the Bridge: Financing the Future of Energy
Natural gas has been heralded as the "The Bridge" to an era of clean energy generation. But the vast financial resources required to build this "Bridge" could result in difficult business cycles for companies. This panel examines these challenges from the viewpoint of key stakeholders.

The Global Effects of the Commoditization of Natural Gas
This panel will investigate a wide range of industry impacts should natural gas trends continue, increasing the global availability of its products.

The Cost of Low Priced Energy: How Will Cheap Gas Impact Energy Storage Investment and Scaling?
This panel will explore the emerging landscape of energy storage and approaches to commercial viability, scalability and cost effectiveness of storage projects. Additionally, as energy costs continue to decline, how will this impact the developing energy sub-sector?

Financing Solar Energy
This panel will spotlight trends in the solar energy industry and the implications they are having on the ability to procure financing for new solar technologies as well as solar projects on both the residential and commercial scale.

Entrepreneurship in Oil & Gas
Opportunities exist for innovative business models and technologies that address needs throughout the hydrocarbon value chain. This panel will explore these opportunities and the role of innovation in a field that has long been considered a conventional source of energy.

The Entrepreneur-Venture Capitalist Relationship in Energy
This panel will provide a sneak peek into the synergies between enthusiastic energy startups and seasoned venture capitalists.

Public-Private Partnerships in Energy
The financing of energy projects is often a collaborative effort between public and private sectors. This panel will explore the current state and future direction of public-private partnerships in energy.

Expert Energy Industry Analysis and Future Outlook
Expert analysts in the energy field will present a current and forward-looking view of the state of energy financing, with a particular focus on the impacts of natural gas supply and prices.

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