YPE Offers Fun and Educational Opportunities for Novices to the Energy Industry

By: Kim Hester

Young Professionals in Energy, a global organization of energy professionals new to the industry, has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2005. As a testament to its popularity, the organization already has 10,000 members in 20 chapters spanning the globe. Since joining the YPE Houston chapter in early 2009, I, personally, have witnessed my awareness about the energy industry expand, while making some new friends in the process. It’s a great way to connect with others in the energy industry and learn about emerging issues, trends, and technologies affecting the business. In fact, I have encouraged many of my friends and colleagues to participate in the various activities with me, from happy hours to speaker events.

Being in the energy capital of the world, the Houston chapter is especially active. Starting August 18, it will sponsor a two-day course hosted by GAC Training and Service Solutions and the National Maritime College of Ireland. The course, entitled “Understanding LNG,” will cover a variety of aspects of the liquefied natural gas industry including buying and selling, transportation agreements, the LNG value chain, operational safety issues, and maritime law, among other topics.

I have attended other noteworthy YPE Houston programs in the past including a networking event and panel discussion on May 25 called, “The Future Energy Source for Electricity Generation,” at the River Oaks Country Club. This particular event drew a large, mixed crowd of 20-somethings interspersed with industry professionals of the more mature variety. The diverse experience levels offered an opportunity for different generations to network and share their unique insights.

After drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and networking, the panel discussion began, which featured energy industry executives and thought leaders from across the United States. A common opinion among panel members seemed to be that there is no “silver bullet” solution to our increasing national and international energy demands. From their perspectives, a diversified portfolio of renewable energy, fossil fuels, natural gas, and nuclear power, keeping in mind each region’s varied demands and natural resources, is likely the best approach.

For information on other upcoming YPE events, visit its website or join its LinkedIn group.

YPE Offers Fun and Educational Opportunities for Novices to the Energy Industry

By: Kim Hester

Young Professionals in Energy, a global organization of energy professionals new to the industry, has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2005. As a testament to its popularity, the organization already has 10,000 members in 20 chapters spanning the globe.

Since joining the YPE Houston chapter in early 2009, I, personally, have witnessed my awareness about the energy industry expand, while making some new friends in the process. It’s a great way to connect with others in the energy industry and learn about emerging issues, trends, and technologies affecting the business. In fact, I have encouraged many of my friends and colleagues to participate in the various activities with me, from happy hours to speaker events.

Being in the energy capital of the world, the Houston chapter is especially active. Starting August 18, it will sponsor a two-day course hosted by GAC Training and Service Solutions and the National Maritime College of Ireland. The course, entitled “Understanding LNG,” will cover a variety of aspects of the liquefied natural gas industry including buying and selling, transportation agreements, the LNG value chain, operational safety issues, and maritime law, among other topics.

I have attended other noteworthy YPE Houston programs in the past including a networking event and panel discussion on May 25 called, “The Future Energy Source for Electricity Generation,” at the River Oaks Country Club. This particular event drew a large, mixed crowd of 20-somethings interspersed with industry professionals of the more mature variety. The diverse experience levels offered an opportunity for different generations to network and share their unique insights.

After drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and networking, the panel discussion began, which featured energy industry executives and thought leaders from across the United States. A common opinion among panel members seemed to be that there is no “silver bullet” solution to our increasing national and international energy demands. From their perspectives, a diversified portfolio of renewable energy, fossil fuels, natural gas, and nuclear power, keeping in mind each region’s varied demands and natural resources, is likely the best approach.

For information on other upcoming YPE events, visit its website or join its LinkedIn group.

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