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GEM students attend energy briefings in Washington, D.C.

April 30, 2014

ImageBy Herb Rubenstein
Nine GEM students, plus GEM faculty and staff, attended a series of high-level energy briefings in Washington, D.C. in April, 2014.

Over a three day period, GEM students, faculty, and staff met with representatives from the World Bank, Department of Energy, Department of The Interior, American Petroleum Institute, American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy, Nuclear Energy Institute, and American Council on Renewable Energy, and they attended the Building Energy Summit.

At each briefing, current energy policy programs, regulations, challenges, and issues were discussed from the organization’s or agency’s perspective. In addition, each briefing included a discussion of upcoming energy issues that will be faced by the U.S. and world economies over the next several years.

All students in the Washington, D.C. course are encouraged to develop professional relationships with the presenters who are high echelon government officials, policy makers, and policy advisors in Washington, DC. Students will write two papers each on current and future energy oriented topics, discussed during the briefings that are relevant to future energy managers. 

This course, called the Washington Course, is a one-hour credit course. The course continues for six weeks after the D.C trip and includes discussion groups, paper submissions, and staying abreast of the issues discussed during the briefings. Starting in the fall, these briefings will also be open to alumni and advisory council members.

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