Thanks for a great conference!

We are thrilled to report that TEC 2013: Powering Global Energy Security was a tremendous success, thanks, in large part, to record attendance by students, professionals, and community members.

As you may know, the Tufts Energy Conference is a labor of love by Tufts undergraduate and graduate students: this year’s organizing team worked over the summer and into the school year to bring you thought-provoking panels and speakers. The importance of an engaged and interested audience therefore cannot be overstated. Without your support, a quality energy conference dedicated to tackling the most pressing global energy issues would be impossible. We offer our sincere thanks and hope to see many familiar faces again at TEC 2014.

Make sure you check out our Facebook page for photos from last weekend as well as updates regarding next year’s conference.

With deep gratitude,
TEC 2013 Organizing Team

Christian Science Monitor covers TEC 2013

Check out The Fletcher School’s own Mike Eckel on the “Arctic Anxiety” panel at TEC 2013: “China pushes for Arctic foothold, from a thousand miles away.The Christian Science Monitor 7 March 2013.

Tanks, Jets, and Solar Panels

We are officially in the final countdown to TEC 2013. Regular ticketsare now available and selling fast with just ten days left before the conference. Today, we’re excited to share with you the details of our panel on the U.S. military and energy security, an unprecedented event that will bring together the heads of operational energy from the U.S. Navy, Army, and Marine Corps. 

As America’s largest energy consumer, the Department of Defense (DoD) is not known for placing a high premium on energy efficiency and alternative sources of energy. However, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and new global threats have prompted the DoD to rethink its energy strategy. The DoD is now implementing aggressive energy-efficiency goals to reduce battlefield fuel demand and secure reliable, renewable energy supplies for combat and installation operations. With robust R&D capabilities, a large government allowance, and the ability to lead the security sector’s energy discussion, the DoD has the necessary tools to help advance energy innovation in the United States. Where does the military fall in the nation’s energy debate? What are the consequences of framing energy issues, research, and development in a security context? How are DoD investments assisting renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies?

TEC 2013’s DoD panel will explore the role of the U.S. military in today’s energy debate, discuss energy initiatives taking place within the DoD, and offer observations on military operations in support of energy security. Featured speakers include:
  • Colonel Bob Charette Jr., Director, USMC Expeditionary Energy Office
  • Captain James C. Goudreau, Director, U.S. Navy Energy Coordination Office
  • Dr. Brian Holloway, Program Manager, Defense Sciences Office-DARPA
  • Colonel Paul Roege, Chief of Army Operational Energy
  • Robert Thornton, President & CEO, International District Energy Association (IDEA)
  • Mike Baskin, Doctoral Candidate, The Fletcher School (Moderator)
For more information, visit our website and register today! If you are a veteran or know a vet who might be interested in TEC 2013, we are also offering a 15% discount. Just enter VETERAN when you purchase your tickets to activate the discount.

Arctic Anxiety and Last Call for Early Birds!

We’re wrapping up an exciting week for TEC 2013, and with only two days left to buy discounted early bird tickets (available through February 16), we wanted to give you another sneak peak of what’s around the corner.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and 30 percent of the world’s untapped natural gas resides in the Arctic. As global climate change continues to affect the melting of polar ice caps, increased access to these resources has many nations and international firms vying for opportunities to advance on this unexplored territory. Disputes over extended economic zones and territories, governance of newly opened shipping lanes, and future economic policies in the High North are escalating tensions between nations. Drilling in the Arctic region has tremendous political and environmental risks, but there is also potential for great economic reward. What are the priorities of policymakers and firms as they address this new opportunity and its potential consequences? Do the economic gains outweigh the environmental and political risks?

TEC 2013’s Arctic panel will explore the strategies of policymakers, firms, local populations, and investors in approaching natural resources in the Arctic. Featured speakers include:
  • Malte Humpert, Executive Director, The Arctic Institute
  • Caitlyn Antrim, Executive Director, Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans
  • Doug Helton, Operations Coordinator, Office of Response and Restoration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Captain Jonathan S. Spaner, Director, Office of Emerging Policy, United States Coast Guard
  • William Moomaw, Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Moderator)
For more information, visit our website. Remember you can save money by buying early bird tickets through Saturday (tomorrow)!

Tufts Daily interviews TEC 2013 Chair Geoffrey Finger

Yesterday, the Tufts Daily published an interview with our very own Geoff Finger, TEC 2013 Conference Chair and master’s candidate at The Fletcher School.

Read the full article here.

Remember to buy your early bird tickets by this Saturday February 16 to save money!

Governor Bill Richardson to deliver keynote at TEC 2013


Governor Bill Richardson To Deliver Keynote at 2013 Tufts Energy Conference: Powering Global Energy Security

Medford, Massachusetts, 12 February 2013 — The Tufts Energy Conference (TEC), a dynamic forum for cross-border and cross-sector discussions on pressing energy issue, announced today that Governor Bill Richardson will deliver a keynote address on Saturday March 2 at TEC 2013: Powering Global Energy Security. Richardson, who completed his second term as Governor of New Mexico in January 2011, will speak as part of the two-day conference convening international policy makers, innovators, academics, and entrepreneurs to explore how developing and developed countries are working to meet their energy needs, manage geopolitical risk, and ensure energy security.

Prior to being elected governor, Richardson served for 15 years in northern New Mexico representing the 3rd Congressional District. He also served in 1997 as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and in 1998, he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. While a congressman, Richardson served as a special envoy on many sensitive international missions. He successfully won the release of hostages, American servicemen, and prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, Cuba, and Sudan. As Governor, his bold governing style moved New Mexico forward in several important areas, including clean energy, education, public safety, environment, transportation, healthcare, and $1 billion in tax cuts for New Mexicans. He made New Mexico the “Clean Energy State” by requiring utilities to meet 20 percent of New Mexico’s electrical demand from renewable sources, and he established a Renewable Energy Transmission Authority to deliver New Mexico’s world-class renewable resources to market.

“We are thrilled to have Governor Richardson join us at TEC 2013,” said TEC 2013 chair Geoffrey Finger. “He is an especially fitting speaker, given his consummate expertise navigating the complexity of global energy security challenges and personal ties to Tufts.”

Richardson received a BA from Tufts in 1970 and an MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1971. Currently, he serves as Senior Fellow for Latin America at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and has joined several non-profit and for- profit boards, including Abengoa’s International Advisory Board, the fifth largest biofuels producer in the U.S., WRI World Resources Institute, Refugees International and Chairman of the International Council for Science and the Environment.


About the Tufts Energy Conference

The Tufts Energy Conference (TEC) convenes speakers, students, and professionals from a variety of disciplines to provide complementary and contrasting views on a wide range of energy topics. TEC is organized by a diverse mix of Tufts undergraduates and graduate students from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, the Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning program, and the School of Arts, Sciences & Engineering. TEC 2013: Powering Global Energy Security will be held March 2-3, 2013 and feature six panels addressing energy efficiency in China, energy security and the Department of Defense, biofuels, shale gas, innovation, and the Arctic. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit

Last week for early bird tickets & energy competition!

Did you know you can save up to $20 if you avoid regular registration and buy an early bird ticket to TEC 2013? This week is your last chance to do so! Tickets go up in price starting Saturday February 17, so make sure you register this week to save!

We’ve also extended the deadline for the Tufts Energy CompetitionApplications will be accepted through Saturday February 17.


Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship Panel Lineup

As March approaches, TEC 2013 is gearing up to be an exciting conference focused on international energy security. Early bird tickets are selling fast, and every day our team confirms more attendees. This week, we’re thrilled to showcase the finalized speaker lineup for our panel on Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries. Moderated by The Fletcher School’s own Dr. Bhaskar Chakravorti, this panel will explore the role of innovation, politics, and economics in response to the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.


Jessica Matthews is the co-founder and CEO of Uncharted Play, Inc., an award-winning social enterprise with a mission to breed a generation of socially-motivated innovators through dual functioning play products. Named Huffington Post’s Greatest Person of the Day in 2011 and winner of several innovation awards including Popular Mechanic’s Breakthrough Award, Ms. Matthews has been lauded for her development of socially-relevant products, such as the SOCCKET, a soccer ball that harnesses the energy generated during play and then stores it for later use as a portable generator.


Aneri Patel is Senior Associate, Energy Access at the United Nations Foundation where she provides day-to-day management of the Practitioner Network, with a focus on Africa. She has extensive on-the-ground experience in Bangladesh, India, and Uganda developing clean energy solutions for the low-income market. In South India, she started a social enterprise that created the first supply chain for solar lanterns, water filters, and improved cookstoves to a market of 90,000 rural households. Ms. Patel is currently working on setting up a non-profit to replicate this business model through an international fellowship program for young social entrepreneurs.


Davida Wood is a Project Manager with the Electricity Governance Initiative at the World Resources Institute. Prior to joining WRI, Ms. Wood was with USAID’s Office of Infrastructure and Engineering, where she developed and managed a portfolio of projects at the nexus of democratization and energy sector governance. This suite of projects focused on improving transparency, accountability, and public participation in energy sector institutions as well as building the capacity of civil society to effectively participate in sector decision making processes.


Debra Perry is Principal Investment Officer, Global Financial Markets in the International Finance Corporation’s Climate and Sustainability Group. Previously, she was Head of Market and Liquidity Risk Management as well as a banking specialist in the market risk area for many years. Prior to joining the IFC, Ms. Perry was Vice President at JP Morgan, where she was responsible for currency risk management of client portfolios. She has also held positions at Barclays Capital as Associate Director of Market Risk and at British Petroleum, where she was in charge of BP Oil’s market risk.


Don’t miss the chance to hear from all four of these experienced and accomplished speakers–buy your early bird TEC 2013 tickets today!

Thanks for your support.

Climate Change and the Future of Biofuels

Greetings from TEC 2013! The deadline is fast approaching to enter the Tufts Energy Competition – applications are due February 1, and successful Tufts student projects can win up to $3,000!

This week, we are pleased to highlight our panel on Climate Change and the Future of Biofuels. In 2012, the U.S. experienced the worst drought in 50 years, and corn crops failed nationwide. As the U.S. is responsible for 60 percent of the world’s corn exports, the drought threatens both domestic and international food prices and could potentially lead to widespread food shortages. This drought also affected Europe, Russia, and Brazil, damaging worldwide corn, wheat, and soybean supplies.

In 2007, Congress enacted the Renewable Fuel Standard requiring approximately 16 billion gallons of biofuelthe vast majority of which will come from corn-based ethanolto be blended into petroleum fuels in 2013. The total mandate will increase nearly three-fold by 2022. However, the decline in food supply highlights the questionable ethics of this mandate, as it could further exacerbate future food shortages. The EU is in a similar position and has already proposed a cap to its food-based biofuel production.

Given the climate uncertainty, should the U.S. reconsider its ethanol mandate? Would decreasing ethanol production endanger the viability of renewable fuels in the U.S.? Which alternative sources for ethanol or other biofuels are viable? TEC 2013’s biofuels panel will explore the nexus of food and energy security by connecting agricultural and environmental analysts, ethanol and biofuelresearchers, human health organization leaders, and policymakers. Featured panelists will include Dr. Richard Sayre, Scientific Director at the Center for Advanced Biofuel Systems and CTO of Phycal Inc, and Kristin Sundell, a senior policy analyst onbiofuels at ActionAid.

Planning to attend? Save up to $20 by buying your early bird TEC 2013 tickets today.

Thanks for your support.

Tufts Energy Competition applications due FEBRUARY 1

The deadline is fast approaching to enter the Tufts Energy Competition!

Applications are due February 1, and successful Tufts student projects can win up to $3,000. Fill out an application today.