More than 350 energy industry executives will look at industry trends and emerging issues.Î¾ KPMG's John Kunasek says topics will include the future of national oil companies, the power company of the future and the outlook for the energy industry through 2030.Î¾
"We're covering significant issues across oil and gas, power and utilities, pipelines.Î¾ It's a global energy conference, so we've obviously included all the global issues as well.Î¾ Speakers from national oil companies, power companies, and also we've got Newt Gingrich.Î¾ He's going to be speaking on his Contract for Earth Case for Green Conservatism--how government can incentivize a more robust kind of energy future for the country."Î¾Î¾
Of course, the oil leak in the Gulf looms in everyone's consciousness, and Kunasek expects it to become part of the discussions.
"We all know that the industry faces challenges.Î¾ There's also lots of opportunities.Î¾ We've obviously got a significant incident out in the Gulf, resulting in a loss of life and an ongoing environmental issue.Î¾ I'm sure that'll be addressed in the conference as the speakers talk about their future plans.Î¾ But this industry's been faced with challenge before, and they've aways found a way to kind of overcome them, and we anticipate that those would be the topics that would be addressed by the speakers."Î¾
KPMG's annual Global Energy Conference takes place today and tomorrow at the Intercontinental Hotel.