The Evolving US LNG Landscape

November 13, 2018 - 9:00 am

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC
The Evolving US LNG Landscape

A conversation with:
The Hon. Mark Menezes
Under Secretary of Energy
US Department of Energy

Mr. Christopher Smith
Senior Vice President, Policy, Government, and Public Affairs
Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Moderated by:
Prof. Brenda Shaffer
Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council
Introduced by:
Amb. Richard L. Morningstar
Founding Chairman, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council
Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. for a discussion about the evolving US LNG landscape.
The Hon. Mark Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy at the US Department of Energy, and Christopher Smith, Senior Vice President at Cheniere Energy, will lead this discussion on the role of US LNG in bolstering European energy security, recent developments in US LNG, and the role of LNG in sustainability issues.

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The Honorable Mark Wesley Menezes, under secretary of energy, serves as the Department’s principal advisor on energy policy and on a wide array of existing and emerging energy technologies. The under secretary is responsible for driving transformative energy policy, and technology solutions through coordinated planning, management and performance of the Department’s energy programs.

Prior to being confirmed as under secretary of energy, Mr. Menezes was an executive with Berkshire Hathaway Energy in its Washington, DC office. Before joining BHE, Mr. Menezes was a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, where he headed the Regulated Markets and Energy Infrastructure practice group. Prior to Hunton, he served as chief counsel, energy and environment, US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, serving as chief negotiator for the House Majority in the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Before his service with House Energy amd Commerce, he was vice president with Central and South West, and upon its merger with American Electric Power, served as vice president and associate general counsel for federal and state legislative and regulatory affairs.

Mr. Menezes is a graduate of Louisiana State University receiving both his undergraduate and juris doctor degree. Until joining the government he was a charter member of the Advisory Council, Louisiana State University Law John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, and served on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Chorus & American Youth Chorus. 

Christopher Smith joined Cheniere in November 2017 as senior vice president for policy, government and public affairs. Prior to joining Cheniere, Mr. Smith was the assistant secretary for fossil energy at the US Department of Energy, where he led the department’s policy, international engagement, and research and development programs for fossil energy. During that time, he also served as the designated federal official for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Prior to his roles in federal government, Mr. Smith served in managerial and analytical positions at Chevron and Texaco, focused primarily on upstream business development and LNG trading. Mr. Smith began his career as an officer in the US Army and served tours in Korea and Hawaii. He subsequently worked for Citibank and JPMorgan in New York City and London. Mr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering management from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Cambridge University.