This panel will discuss and debate the importance of natural gas as a transition fuel and its role in a range of market places. In addition, the speakers will discuss the environmental costs and issues associated with natural gas production, and will touch upon the economic growth of alternatives as valid competitors in the energy market place.
- Eric Smith, Associate Director-Tulane Energy Institute Eric Smith is a Professor of Practice at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Tulane Energy Institute. He works with various professors on interdisciplinary projects involving energy issues. He also works with Houston and New Orleans engineering firms and with various regional teams focused on economic development. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate energy courses. He is a 1965 Chemical Engineering graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned an MBA, in 1967, from the A. B. Freeman School at Tulane University. In addition to fourteen years of full time academic/advisory experience, he has thirty six years of operational experience, first, in the downstream petrochemical industry, and since 1984, in the offshore drilling and construction sectors. He has served as a consultant to Louisiana’s Department of Economic Development as well as to Greater New Orleans, Inc. the regional economic development group. In addition, he is the Energy committee co-chairman of the World Trade Center of New Orleans. On occasion, he has also supported reverse trade missions involving energy options in Pakistan, South Africa and Ghana, all sponsored by US government agencies. On occasion he has served as an expert witness in cases involving both onshore and offshore energy industry participants, potential changes in the interpretation of existing regulations, and has also provided testimony to congressional committees focused on policy changes affecting the industry.
- Forest Bradley-Wright, Senior Policy Advisor at Alliance for Affordable Energy Forest Bradley-Wright has worked for the Alliance for Affordable Energy since 2005 and now serves as the Senior Policy Director. His core responsibilities include regulatory policy strategy, technical analysis, and governmental relations. Among his policy accomplishments with the Alliance to date are creation of utility-scale energy efficiency programs for New Orleans and Louisiana’s investor owned electric companies, enactment of Integrated Resource Planning rules at the city and state level, protection of solar net metering rules, and major investments in utility-scale renewable energy. Additionally, he has worked on utility ratemaking proceedings, utility mergers and acquisitions, demand side management potential studies, and participated in energy efficiency and renewable energy proceedings in Mississippi and Alabama. Forest’s undergraduate and Masters studies were at Tulane University with a focus on international development, environmental law, and sustainable development practices. He is a founder of the Building Block co-working space, Groundwork New Orleans, and the Louisiana Green Corps workforce training program, where he currently serves as board president.
- Robert Sloan (co-moderator)
Robert Sloan, a former executive vice president and general counsel at Entergy Corp., has broad-ranging experience in the energy industry in the United States and across the globe. He is a senior fellow at the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute at Chicago and senior counsel at Sidley Austin.Before joining Entergy, Sloan was vice president and general counsel for a division of GE Industrial Systems. He also has worked on nuclear energy issues, at Entergy (the second-largest nuclear power generator in the United States) and earlier in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. State Department.Sloan also has handled international corporate, financial, and project-finance transactions in the U.S., Western Europe and Asia, as well as complex contract negotiations in French-speaking developing countries. In addition to energy law, he has taught courses on European Union law and law, literature and the legal profession.
- Brian Broussard, J.D./MBA Candidate, Tulane University (co-moderator)
Brian Broussard is from Little Rock, Arkansas and worked as an Energy Auditor before coming to law school. He is currently a JD/MBA Candidate at Tulane University.
Thank you to the Tulane University Energy Institute for nominally sponsoring this panel!