Global Energy Forum at Beaver Creek 2017

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Supported by the Stanford University Precourt Institute for Energy and the Stanford University Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, the Global Energy Forum Foundation will present the sixth annual forum.

About Jay Precourt, Founder, Global Energy Forum
Jay Precourt was until very recently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hermes Consolidated of Denver, Colorado, a private company active in the refining, pipelining and marketing of petroleum products.  He has spent his career in the energy industry, earlier holding president and/or CEO positions at Hamilton Oil Company, Tejas Gas Corporation, ScissorTail Energy, and Hermes Consolidated, the last three of which became substantial companies under his leadership, having begun as fledging start-ups in the energy sector.

Mr. Precourt has served as a director of the public companies including: ApacheCorporation, Founders Funds - where he also served as chairman, Halliburton Corporation, Hamilton Oil Company, Tejas Gas Corporation – where he served as vice chairman, and the Timken Company. In addition, Mr. Precourt has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations including the Eagle Valley Land Trust (president), Vail, Colorado; Vail Health Services (Vail Valley Medical Center); Denver Art Museum Foundation; Children’s Hospital, Denver, Colorado; Historic Denver (president) and Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas.

He has been a major donor and intimately involved in the Precourt Institute forEnergy (PIE) at Stanford University.  The Institute conducts research that can result in the betterment of national energy policy and technology. The research effort ranges from the science and engineering of converting energy from sunlight to electricity, from plants to fuels and from carbon-based fuels to electricity absent carbon emissions, to improved efficiency of energy use.

Mr. Precourt received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Petroleum Engineering fromStanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

Jay and his wife, Molly, reside in Vail, Colorado where they enjoy spending time skiing, and fly-fishing. Click HERE to read a recent article on Mr. Precourt from Hart Energy's Oil and Gas Investor Magazine.

Produced by the Global Energy Forum Foundation

Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy
The Precourt Institute serves as the hub of energy research and education at Stanford University. The institute supports potentially revolutionary research, often involving interdisciplinary collaboration. It also helps develop energy-literate leaders and communities through education, the dissemination of Stanford research results and organizing gatherings such as the Global Energy Forum.

“Our mission is clear: a global energy system that is economical and efficient, sustainable and secure,” says event founder Jay Precourt. A gift from the Stanford alumnus founded the Precourt Institute in 2009.

That mission is enormous. Global energy use is expected to rise more than 40 percent in 25 years, and unmet demand from a growing population will be greater still.  However, current supply and use of energy is altering climate and creating other vulnerabilities, all of which will magnify if existing methods satisfy rising demand. Instead, society must learn to supply affordable and secure energy to both well-established and developing countries, while protecting the climate, water, food and air. 

Standford Precourt Energy Efficiency Center
While scientists, engineers and companies work on new, low-carbon energy technologies, the largest reductions in greenhouse gases have come and will come from increasingly efficient use of existing energy systems. Since the energy crisis in 1973, the US carbon dioxide intensity (carbon dioxide per dollar of real GDP) has decreased by 61 percent, primarily because US energy intensity (energy per dollar of real GDP) decreased by 55 percent.  Two-thirds of the energy intensity decrease can be attributed to energy efficiency. Energy efficiency could further reduce GHG emissions by as much as a 25 percent in industrialized countries over the next decade and boost economies by reducing costs without limiting productivity or comfort.

The Precourt Energy Efficiency Center is helping to build this bridge to a low-carbon future. PEEC focuses on the demand side of energy markets and economically efficient reductions in energy use.

“Nobody knows which low-carbon supplies will be most successful in the future, but all can agree that more efficient consumption is our top energy priority,” says James L. Sweeney, PEEC’s director and Stanford professor of management science and engineering. “We can—and we will—continue to improve the technologies, policies and behavioral adjustments necessary to improve efficiency.” 

PEEC, founded with a gift from Jay Precourt, supports research on energy efficient buildings, transportation, and other systems as well as on energy behavior and energy policy. The center also promotes efficiency through education, dissemination of research results and conferences that bring together academics, business people and policymakers.