2023 Energy 



October 12-13, 2023

Back to the Future? Energy's past and its lessons for powering a sustainable and prosperous tomorrow

Oil Region National Heritage Area, Northwest Pennsylvania

Experts, Practitioners & Leaders Discuss Future of Energy Security 

Energy Transition

Seminar and Tours

October 12, 2023

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 164-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 Titusville, Oil City and Franklin, Pennsylvania

Drake Dialogues

October 13, 2023

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.  This includes hybrid interactive presentations ranging from energy production to climate, with panelists giving introductory arguments followed by a free-flowing dialogue, 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!


Coming Soon! 

Past Events 

Toward a Successful American Energy Security Policy

October 2022

Past Attendees 

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