Change In the Wind at the 2020 Energy Summit of Northeast Texas

Change In the Wind at the 2020 Energy Summit of Northeast Texas

Mark your calendars now for the 10th annual Energy Summit of Northeast Texas on March 24. In the past decade, this event sponsored by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee has become the most well-attended and recognized regional energy conference. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s event.

What’s Changing in Texas Energy

This year’s theme is Texas Energy Matters: The Changing Face of Texas Energy. The conference has always offered the latest insights on oil and gas. Now for the first year ever, part of the focus of the Energy Summit of Northeast Texas will be on renewable energy. Consider these statistics:

  • Texas ranks number one in the nation for installed wind capacity and number of wind turbines.
  • Texas, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma, just four states, account for 52 percent of the nation’s wind electricity generation. Of that, Texas generates more than 25 percent.
  • The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts by 2050, renewables will provide almost half the world’s electricity, with wind energy making up nearly 35 percent of that total.

Oil and gas won’t be going away anytime soon, but the mix of energy sources is changing. There’s so much room for growth in terms of renewable energy. It’s an exciting topic Energy Summit speakers will explore in-depth.

Why 10 Years of Energy Summits

The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee has sponsored the Energy Summit of Northeast Texas 10 years in a row to raise awareness about the industry in general and to highlight its connection with jobs in Northeast Texas.

“Most people relate to the energy industry only when they are filling their car up with gas,” said Gates Brelsford, Chairperson for the event. “But it’s one of the most important industries in Northeast Texas. Not just in Tyler but in Longview, Kilgore, Gladewater and the surrounding areas.” As much as one in six area jobs are tied to the Texas oil and gas industry.

The impact of Texas energy spreads far beyond Northeast Texas. “We’re literally changing the future of countries” says Todd Staples, President of the Texas Oil and Gas Association and one of the event’s speakers, “because we are making affordable, reliable, clean-burning energy available for them.”

Who Will Be Speaking

At the Northeast Texas Energy Summit, this list of current speakers (to date) will address the significant changes and adaptations happening now in the industry:

  • Wayne Christian – Chair of the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC). This state agency regulates the oil and gas industry, industry safety and surface mining. Because of RCC’s influence on oil and natural gas pricing and supply, it might be one of the most important regulatory entities in the United States.
  • Brent Bennett, Ph.D. – Energy Storage Consultant for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The challenge when it comes to renewable energy involves storing harvested wind and solar energy and putting it into the grid. This Texas native shares his expert knowledge in utility-scale energy storage systems.
  • The Honorable Jason Isaac – This four-time State Representative is now Senior Manager and Distinguished Fellow of Life: Powered at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He’ll speak on the topic of Raising America’s Energy IQ.
  • BP Strategic Planning Group – A representative will share with attendees The Impact of Renewables on Global Energy Demand.

Who Should Plan to Attend

The 2020 Northeast Texas Energy Summit is for anyone who has an interest in developments in the energy industry. Last year’s event had more than 450 attendees and speakers integral to the industry, with similar numbers expected this year. Event participants weren’t just from oil and gas companies, they were a broad mix of representatives from accounting firms, banks, government agencies, law firms and other business entities.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and are a way to help raise awareness of top energy industry issues while getting your name in front of a large audience. The Conference takes place in the Green Acres Baptist Church Crosswalk Conference Center on March 24 from 10:30 to 2:00. For more information or to secure tickets, call the Tyler Chamber of Commerce at (903)592-1661.

2019 Energy Summit of Northeast Texas Recap

2019 Energy Summit of Northeast Texas Recap

The ninth annual Energy Summit of Northeast Texas broke records. Early this April, 35 sponsors, 450 attendees and speakers integral to the oil and gas industry joined together at the Green Acres Crosswalk Conference Center in Tyler.

The Energy Summit’s Purpose

The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual Energy Summit of Northeast Texas. The event’s main mission is to bring key industry experts to an East Texas audience and to provide a well-recognized regional energy event. It has become possibly the most visible regional energy conference, and it draws a bigger crowd every year. This year’s speakers were as follows:

  • Ryan Sitton – Commissioner of the Texas Railroad Commission
  • Mark Mathis – CEO of Clear Energy Alliance and creator of industry documentaries SpOILed and Fractured
  • Paul Hart – Editor-in-Chief of Hart Energy

Attendees also heard from a local industry panel that included Nick Pollard, VP of Business Development for Tanos Exploration.

Energy Summit Audience

About half of the people in attendance were core industry professionals. The second half was a mix of business leaders, government and civic leaders, accountants, lawyers and other business professionals.

One of the many great things about the annual Energy Summit is that you don’t have to be a geologist to benefit. The event is for general audiences who are interested in learning more about the value of the oil and gas industry, the jobs it creates and how it generates investment dollars.

The Impact of Texas on Global Energy Markets

The theme of the event was The Impact of Texas on Global Energy Markets. Speakers shared a number of facts that prove how integral the oil industry is to our state, nation and planet.

  • Jobs – Not many people realize that oil and gas direct and indirect jobs are a third of the Texas economy.
  • Rainy Day Fund – The economic stabilization fund, more commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund receives billions of dollars from crude oil and natural gas production taxes. Other states have similar funds, but Texas has by far the largest. Lawmakers use those funds for things like education funding, teacher raises and disaster recovery.
  • Technology and Innovation – Houston is the technology center for the world’s oil and gas. Continual technology innovation there and across the state spills over into other industries and sectors.

The United States, particularly West Texas’ Permian Basin is now the largest oil producer in the world, even above Saudi Arabia and Russia. We’re a net exporter of oil. We’re also becoming the largest exporter of natural gas in the world through Texas LNG facilities on the Gulf Coast.

Creating a Better World

Ryan Sitton, Commissioner of the Texas Railroad Commission pointed out how the oil and gas industry improves quality of life for all levels of society. The last few years especially the industry has provided Americans with affordable gasoline. If it weren’t for Texas oil industry’s success, gasoline prices would likely be much higher.

When gas prices skyrocket, it affects everyone but not to the same degree. The single mother of three working for minimum wage feels the pinch much more deeply than a family with two adults making professional-level salaries. Low gas prices benefit everyone, but people who are struggling need those extra pennies and dollars for essentials.

Natural gas also provides affordable energy for all levels of society. It’s an affordable way to cook and heat homes. It’s also good for the planet.

Natural gas is a fossil fuel considered a “bridge” to more sustainable energy sources like solar energy or wind energy. It’s clean burning. Natural gas from Texas keeps both prices and emissions low while we explore and introduce other forms of alternative energy.

Event Planning Team

It took a huge effort on the planning team’s part to bring this event to East Texas. Brelsford Personnel’s own Gates Brelsford served as Chairperson, but he says he thinks of himself more as the “coach.” Alongside him worked Ben Morgan, Greg Jean, Ernie LaFlure, Scott Baker, Brent Jasper, Doug Brown, Claude Figueroa and Chamber Members Tom Mullins and Henry Bell. Mr. Brelsford credits the team with the Summit’s record success.

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