2024 Energy & Climate 

Security Conference 

October 14-15, 2024

Oil Region National Heritage Area, Northwest Pennsylvania

Experts, Practitioners & Leaders Discuss Future of Energy & Climate Security 

Energy Transition Seminar & Tours

October 14, 2024

The conference's inaugural day features presentations on community transition projects, heritage and recreational tours. Open to conference attendees and the public with prior registration and subject to availability. The program is designed to facilitate interactions and spark new conversations between local leaders and conference attendees concerning future opportunities and lesson learned from the region's 165-year and counting experience with - and environmental recovery from - the early oil and gas Industry. 

Multiple Venues 

Throughout the Oil Region National Heritage Area between Oil City and Titusville, Pennsylvania

Drake Dialogues

October 15, 2024

In the spirit of Edwin Drake's tenacity and creativity, which produced America's first oil discovery in 1859, global and local experts, practitioners, and leaders will gather to discuss and debate the future of energy security and climate.  This includes hybrid interactive presentations with panelists giving introductory arguments followed by a free-flowing dialogue followed by questions and answers. By invitation only.

The Venue

Drake Well Museum & Park commemorates Edwin Drake's drilling of America's first oil well In 1859. The museum and surrounding grounds chronicle the birth and development of Pennsylvania's petroleum and gas industry and its evolution into today's global enterprise. 

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Learn more about Oil Region History

Join The Conversation!

Mid-October in Western Pennsylvania features some of the world's most breathtaking autumn foliage, the annual gift from the varied deciduous forest that took the area back from the brink of environmental destruction following the early oil boom.

Who Should Attend?

Energy and climate experts, practitioners, officials and those interested in how America and the World can practically balance their energy and climate goals.

What to Expect? 

A full two days of in-depth dialogues, debates and presentations on energy security Issues now facing the United States and the World - as well as a lot of history, great food and even a bit of local moonshine!

Online Registration

For more information, please email info@drakeenergysecurity.org 

Past Events 

Energy's Past and Its Lessons for Powering a Sustainable & Prosperous Tomorrow


Ed Chow

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Energy Security and Climate Change Program - Center for Strategies & International Studies (CSIS)

Alison Hills

Vice President, Public and Government Affairs –Total Energies

Steven Burns

Chief, Energy & Infrastructure, Technical Support Office, Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, USAID

Richard Morningstar

Founding chairman of the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council. Former US Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan and the European Union

Brenda Shaffer

Professor – Research Energy Academic Group – Naval Postgraduate School

Rob Boulware

Director, Stakeholder Relations at Seneca Resources Company

Eric Pelofsky

Deputy Chief of Staff / Vice President The Rockefeller Foundation

Michael Ratner

International Energy Lead, Congressional Research Service

Khazar Ibrahim

Ambassador, The Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States of America

Michael Doran

Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Peace and Security in the Middle East Hudson Institute


George Coates

Chairman, Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy

Walter Kansteiner

Senior Director, Africa, International Government Relations, ExxonMobil

Andrew J. Tabler 

Author and former Director, National Security Council and Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of State

Victoria Coates 

Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and the Council for a Secure America

Brian Katulis

Vice President of Policy and Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute 

Natig Bakhishov

Executive Director, United States- Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce