Rice’s Medlock to testify before Congress March 5


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Rice’s Medlock to testify before Congress March 5

HOUSTON – (March 4, 2019) – Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will testify before the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Energy and Natural Resources at 10 a.m. ET March 5 in Washington, D.C.

The committee will “examine the electricity sector in a changing climate.” Medlock plans to provide an overview of trends in electricity generation by source — from coal and natural gas to wind, solar and biomass — and the role of infrastructure. He will highlight how important local, regional and state policy has been in reshaping the reality of electric power markets and discuss the experiences of four key states — California, Texas, Florida and New York – with specific sources of electricity.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairs the committee, and its ranking member is Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia.

The hearing, which will be held in Room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, is open to the public. For more information on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources or to view a live webcast of the hearing, visit www.energy.senate.gov. Medlock’s written testimony will be posted on the committee’s site after the conclusion.

Medlock is the James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute. He is a principal in the development of the Rice World Natural Gas Trade Model, which aims to assess the future of international natural gas trade. He has published numerous scholarly articles about his primary areas of interest: natural gas markets, energy commodity price relationships, gasoline markets, transportation, national oil company behavior, economic development and energy demand, and energy use and the environment.

Medlock is also director of the Master of Energy Economics program at Rice, holds adjunct professor appointments in the university’s departments of Economics and Civil and Environmental Engineering and is the chair of the faculty advisory board for Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative. He teaches advanced courses in energy economics and supervises Ph.D. students in the energy economics field.

The Center for Energy Studies is ranked No. 1 among the world’s energy- and resource-policy think tanks, according to the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program’s 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

To schedule an interview with Medlock, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.