Association Webinars: Geopolitics in the EU Energy Market - Big Player Strategies



The EU's energy security has long been a point of concern for many of its member states, as well as for its biggest ally, the United States. Over the past decade the EU has achieved great progress in the completion of the internal market for electricity and gas, renewable energy deployment, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas reduction. As for commercial nuclear energy, we observe a division between countries within the EU - some countries have opted out while others see nuclear as part of a diversified energy portfolio. On the other side of the Atlantic, the U.S. has experienced an oil & gas boom and is now an important player on the international energy scene; promoting its resource exports and conducting energy diplomacy. In this webinar we will discuss the U.S. Department of Energy's engagements in Europe, US-Europe energy diplomacy and what a new blueprint could look like, as well as the challenges of nuclear energy in a divided EU.

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Isabella Ruble is an energy economist and senior researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC. Prior to this appointment she was an Associate Professor in Economics and held research and teaching positions in the U.S. and overseas.


Jennifer Heullant currently serves as an International Relations Specialist within the U.S. Department of Energy's Office (DOE) of International Affairs - Office of European and Eurasian Affairs. The Office of International Affairs has primary responsibility for addressing international energy issues that have a direct impact on research, development, utilization, supply, and conservation of energy affecting the United States. Jennifer's portfolio currently encompasses the European Commission and seven Western European countries. Prior to DOE, Jennifer lived in Paris, France, where she worked with Energy Narrative and the International Gas Union. A native Texan, she has also worked in the Office of the Governor, State of Texas, and with Pedernales Electric Cooperative. Jennifer holds a Master's degree with Concentrations in Diplomacy and International Energy from the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) - Paris School of International Affairs and a Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Global Business from St. Edward's University.
Presentation: U.S. Department of Energy's Engagements in Europe

Julian Popov is Fellow of the European Climate Foundation, Chairman of the Building Performance Institute Europe and Former Minister of Environment of Bulgaria. He was the good will Bulgarian Ambassador for energy and climate policy and energy security adviser to the President of Bulgaria. Julian is the founding Vice Chancellor and current Board Member of the New Bulgarian University and cofounder of the Tunisian School of Politics. He was voted as one of the 40 most influential voices on European energy policies (N24) and also as one of the 40 most influential voices in the European energy efficiency policies (N25) by EurActiv. His articles on European and energy policy have been published by Financial Times, Project Syndicate, NS Energy Monitor, The Independent, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, EurActive and others. He is author of two books and co-author of the books The European Supergrid and Energy and Climate Diplomacy. He lives in London with his family.
Presentation: A new blueprint for US-Europe energy diplomacy

Samuel Furfari is a Chemical Engineer from the Free University of Brussels. He received his Ph.D. from the same university with a thesis in the field of energy. Between 1982 and 2018, he was a senior official at the Energy Directorate-General of the European Commission where he has devoted an entire career to energy technology and policy. Since 2003 he is a professor of energy geopolitics and energy politics at the Free University of Brussels. He also lectures at various universities. He is the author of 10 books on energy and sustainable development and many articles. Since 2019 he is President of the European society of engineers and industrialists. He is Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
Presentation: Nuclear energy and the geopolitical challenges of a divided EU

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Event Date: February 24, 2021

Event Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Eastern Time

Topic: Geopolitics in the EU Energy Market - Big Player Strategies

Moderator: Isabella Ruble

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