Tuesday AM May 25th, 2010

There’s a global energy conference in Houston this week. Discussions about the oil spill in the gulf will likely creep into most of the panels. Ed Mayberry reports.


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More than 350 energy industry executives will look at industry trends and emerging issues.  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. 

“We’re covering significant issues across oil and gas, power and utilities, pipelines.  It’s a global energy conference, so we’ve obviously included all the global issues as well.  Speakers from national oil companies, power companies, and also we’ve got Newt Gingrich.  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.”  

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.  There’s also lots of opportunities.  We’ve obviously got a significant incident out in the Gulf, resulting in a loss of life and an ongoing environmental issue.  I’m sure that’ll be addressed in the conference as the speakers talk about their future plans.  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.” 

KPMG’s annual Global Energy Conference takes place today and tomorrow at the Intercontinental Hotel.

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