February 18, 2019

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Pictured are board members of the SIPA Energy Association, one of the student groups that organized the 2019 Columbia University Energy Symposium. [click to enlarge]
Pictured are board members of the SIPA Energy Association, one of the student groups that organized the 2019 Columbia University Energy Symposium. [click to enlarge]
The 14th Annual Columbia University Energy Symposium convened more than 500 guests on February 7 and 8 for an examination of “Energy Sector Transitions” — the key changes taking place within the industry on a domestic and global level.
 

Attendees included energy professionals, students, faculty, leaders, and executives representing industry, government, and civil society, to consider today's challenging energy questions.

The symposium on the Columbia campus is the largest student-organized event in New York City devoted to energy issues. It was planned and run by a consortium of graduate-school organizations including the SIPA Energy Association, CBS Energy Club, the Green Business Club, and Engineering School Energy Club.

David Sandalow, the inaugural fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy made opening remarks: “There has never been a more exciting time to work on energy and there is no better place to do it than at Columbia SIPA.”

EnerKnol CEO Angelique Mercurio of EnerKnol and Alan James, chair of Macquarie Capital’s infrastructure and energy group, gave keynote speeches on energy policy data analysis and utilities sector transitions, respectively.

In another highlight, Peter Freed, the head of energy strategy for Facebook, joined Michael Eckhart, global head of environmental finance for Citigroup, in a discussion of corporate energy procurement.

The diverse programming also included panel discussions on utilities, electrification and development, energy security, tech innovation, renewable investment trends, and women in energy. Over 20 employers and 100 students took part in a career fair that drew a broad range of companies from the energy and financial sector. Eleven teams representing seven universities (including Mexico’s ITAM) participated in a case competition. The symposium’s venture showcase gave entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their innovations and ideas to a panel of distinguished judges.

The symposium was made possible by multiple sponsors that contributed both expertise and resources. Participating Columbia University units included the Center on Global Energy Policy, the Engineering Graduate School Council, SIPA’s Energy and Environment concentration, and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School. External sponsors include Rystad Energy, NRG, the province of Quebec, West Monroe, Cosan, Whitehall, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the Incubator Program at Stony Brook University.