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Houston Chapter
USAEE Chapters

The Houston Chapter of the United States Association for Energy Economics is committed to expanding the reach of energy information in both the private and public sectors of Houston, and the surrounding area.

The chapter holds monthly luncheon meetings featuring guest speakers at the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank (1801 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX 77019). Most of the meetings are held at noon on the second Thursday of each month from September through May. For more information, please contact any of the officers listed below.

If you have any specific questions about the Houston Chapter, contact any of the below representatives. They can help answer any questions you may have.

Houston Officers


Caldwell Bailey
Senior Consultant
Email: caldwell.bailey@ihs.com

Vice President

Vick Natrajan
Email: VNatrajan@chevron.com


Jesse Thompson
Business Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – Houston Branch
Email: jesse.thompson@dal.frb.org


Ryan Croft
Market Researcj Analyst
Kiewit Energy Group Inc.
Email: Ryan.Croft@Kiewit.com

Past USAEE Houston Chapter Officers

March Monthly Meeting

Date/Time: Thursday, March 9 2017 - 11:30am doors open for networking; meeting starts at 12 noon
Location: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas,
Houston Branch (1801 Allen Parkway)

Topic: Infrastructure Investment to Deliver Low Cost Clean Energy

Speaker: Mario Hurtado


The Houston Chapter of the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) cordially invites you to join us for our meeting on Thursday, March 9th 2017.


As Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Development of Clean Line Energy, Mario Hurtado draws on 20 years of experience in the power and energy industries to collaborate with the company’s management on developing its four transmission line projects.

In addition to his role on the management team, Mario leads the development efforts for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line, a direct current transmission line that will connect clean wind power produced in the Oklahoma Panhandle, where it is abundant and inexpensive, to communities in Arkansas, Tennessee and other states in the Mid-South and Southeast, areas that lack access to new, low-cost, clean energy. In this role, Mario manages the regulatory procedures, outreach efforts, environmental considerations, and siting planning necessary for implementing the Plains & Eastern Clean Line. Mario’s unique position on both the management team and a project development team allows him to integrate the long-term vision of Clean Line with the day-to-day management of developing the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project.

Prior to joining Clean Line, Mario headed all development and operations in Central America and the Caribbean at Globeleq, a successful start-up power developer and operator focused on the emerging markets. While at Globeleq, Mario acquired, built and managed a portfolio of traditional and renewable electric generating plants. As an executive at Reliant Energy and Duke Energy, he led corporate transactions and managed the commercial issues involving large utilities and generating plants throughout Latin and North America. Mario also developed liquefied natural gas terminals in the U.S. and Europe. Mario received his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in New York City with a major in Political Science. He pursued his Master of Arts in International Relations with concentrations in International Economics and Latin American Studies at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. Mario is involved with the Houston World Affairs Council, the National Association of Hispanic MBAs, and The Wind Coalition.

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USAEE Houston Chapter Annual Membership

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Join Houston's premiere Energy and Economics professional organization!

The United States Association for Energy and Economics (USAEE) Houston Chapter benefits from being located in the 'hub' of the energy capital of the world - Houston, TX! This allows our organziation to reach out to and attract well-respected top tier industry professionals as speakers on a monthly basis for timely, relevant, and often times lively discussion topics.

Meeting at the Federal Reserve Building, enjoy a full-service three-course sit down plated lunch while networking with industry professionals with energy and economics backgrounds and focus. Then enjoy a presentation on a timely topic related to energy and economics with opportunities for questions and discussion with the guest speaker.

Great Member Benefits:

  • members' discounted registration rate ($10 less per event) ...Attend three events and the membership more than pays for itself!!
  • elect chapter officers
  • satisfaction of joining Houston's premier professional and educational forum for energy economics.

**Note: Membership in the National USAEE organization is separate from local chapter membership. To become a member of the national organization, visit: https://www.usaee.org/application.aspx.

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