From the Editor


Robert Eric Borgström

Advisor on Energy Regulatory Policy and Management

(Washington, DC)


Happy New Year, Dear Colleagues!

It's with great pleasure that Dialogue welcomes the new year with an issue that reflects upon the great success of our USAEE/IAEE North American Conference that was held in Austin, Texas, last November, while focusing attention upon plans in the making for our 32nd USAEE/IAEE North American Conference to be held July 27-31, 2013, in Anchorage, Alaska.

With respect to the Austin conference, please note the collage of photographs and other information in the side bar of page one.  And, within the body of this newsletter, you can read summaries of ten presentations from the conference's concurrent sessions program that demonstrate the diversity of our memberships' interests in the broad field of energy economics.

With respect to the Anchorage conference next summer, please read the overview article by Roger Marks, Co-Chair of the Conference Program and start making plans for what promises to be not only an interesting conference and a great networking opportunity, but a destination around which those of us in the "lower 48" can shape a great vacation!  Four technical tours, including a day trip to Prudhoe Bay and an overnight trip to the Marine Terminal at Valdez, are scheduled to make this an outstanding event, not to be missed! In anticipation of the Anchorage conference, we're pleased to include an invited article, "The Economic Challenges for a Natural Gas Pipeline in Alaska," by Larry Persley, Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, an agency  created to assist with permit coordination for an Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline.

Also included in this issue of Dialogue is a full-length article, "U.S. Economic Benefits of LNG Exports," by Angelique Mercurio and Abdiel Santiago of Energy Solutions Forum. -- And Mark Lively, who provided us (in the Sept. 2012 issue of Dialogue) with an analysis of utility outages in the Washington, DC area as a result of a violent storm last summer, augments that study with his recent findings about outages to the Capital Area as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Lots of interesting reading to start the new year!  But we are looking for more members who would like to share information and insights about their professional activities and research interests.  Looking ahead to the next issue of Dialogue (May 2013), we are seeking articles on recent research, analyses and case studies on energy economics' issues from USAEE and IAEE members from business/consulting, government and academia (including students).  Articles in final form are due by April 15, 2012.  Drafts for consideration should be submitted well in advance of this deadline for review and editing.  For further information, please follow the link to "Guidelines for Submissions of Articles"

And, as always, your comments and suggestions for improvement of Dialogue are invited and will be welcome at

Best wishes for a great 2013!



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