What's New

CWN Fiscal Policy Study Group
Friday, October 19th
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
Co-chair Eric Wohlforth and study group member Brian Hove previously circulated memos to the group exploring several discussion points regarding the Permanent Fund. We will discuss them in detail at tomorrow’s meeting. We will also discuss potential recommendations for a study group report and additional guest speakers the group may want to hear from.

Commonwealth North Presents: The UAA Seawolf Debate Team

Be it resolved: The State of Alaska should always prioritize renewable resources over non-renewable resources

 

October 31st

The Petroleum Club of Anchorage

12pm – 1pm (doors open at 11:45am)

 

Commonwealth North is proud to once again host the internationally award winning University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Debate Team. In past years, the Seawolf debate team has performed engaging and upbeat debates before the Commonwealth North membership and we are pleased to welcome the team back again this year to address another important public policy topic.

On October 31st, the team will debate both sides of the motion, “The State of Alaska should always prioritize renewable resources over non-renewable resources.” The debate will include controversial topics such as the Stand for Salmon ballot initiative, Pebble Mine, and others. In the traditional debate style, the audience will be invited to join in with the energy of the debate by cheering for the arguments that are particularly clever and effective. We will also poll the audience before and after the debate to gauge how the team’s arguments can sway public opinion. Join Commonwealth North and the UAA debate team for a rousing and fun afternoon of discussion and well-reasoned arguments.

Commonwealth north has long been an advocate of debate and public dialogue to address the vital public policy issues facing our state. Regularly hosting the University of Alaska Anchorage debate team is one way we encourage public policy discussions and also showcase the talent of some of Alaska’s future leaders.

Thank you to our program sponsor!

ECI

Table sponsorships available.

Contact the CWN office at (907) 276-9524 for details.

CWN Energy Action Coalition
 
 
BP Alaska Prudhoe Proud: 40 More Years
with
Fabian Wirnkar, VP, Reservoir Development, BP
 
Friday, October 5th
Noon-1pm
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Avenue
Fabian Wirnkar will give us an update on BP Alaska’s North Slope operations and plans to unlock 40 more years of oil and gas. He will also discuss BP Alaska’s major 2019 seismic plans and give us the latest on advancing Alaska’s LNG.
We will be ordering a variety of sandwich wraps and salad from PitaPit.
Please RSVP of you would like lunch ($20).

 

The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.

Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
(near the Dimond Costco)
(click map to zoom in)
Date:
August 15th
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Petroleum Club of Anchorage 3301 C Street

Emerging Challenges to Arctic Security

Mark Rosen, J.D., LL.M.

The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
Wednesday, August 15th
12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.

Mark Rosen

Mark Rosen’s PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.

Video can be viewed online here.

Commonwealth North is proud to host Mark Rosen, SVP and General Counsel for CNA, based in Arlington, VA, to discuss the rapidly growing international investment in Arctic development and his recommendations for how Arctic countries must prepare for this increased activity. Nations all over the globe are investing in Arctic resource development. Alaska and the handful of Arctic nations will be directly impacted by this development, especially in the event of an emergency or industrial accident.

Rosen argues, “Special care needs to be taken to ensure that development takes place in a responsible manner and ensures that the states or regions that are the recipients of foreign direct investment (FDI) are capable of monitoring it, regulating the underlying activity, and enacting safeguards if a project goes sour. Care must also be taken to safeguard the rights of indigenous populations to ensure that there are not displaced from their lands because of resource degradation or social conditions.” His research closely examines China’s evolving natural resource strategy in the Arctic and its past investments in South America and Africa.

Mark Rosen is an expert in maritime law and policy, maritime arms control, the Arctic and regulation of the global commons, international law and treaties, the law of armed conflict and homeland security. He is a retired Navy captain who served with the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps as an international law attorney and military planner. He holds an LL.M. in International and Oceans Law from the University of Virginia and both a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Georgia. CNA is an independent non-profit research organization founded in 1942 that provides research and analysis for the US military and other government agencies.

His recent papers on this subject, Unconstrained Foreign Direct Investment: An Emerging Challenge to Arctic Security, and Addressing the Gaps in Arctic Governance, as well as Commonwealth North’s study on U.S. Arctic policy can be downloaded by clicking the links.

Thank you to Alaska Village Electric Cooperative for sponsoring this program!

 

Table sponsorships are available.

Contact Jim Egan at (907) 258-9524 for details.

CWN Members $30, Non-Members $40

CWN Fiscal Policy Study Group
 
with
 
Craig Richards, Chair of the
Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees
 
Friday, October 5th
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
Craig will join us to give us his thoughts about last week’s Permanent Fund Board of Trustees annual meeting and the Fund’s plan to increase investment in Alaskan projects.
Also, at our last meeting, Ed King of King Economics met with us to discuss the Permanent Fund. He writes about meeting with CWN in his recent blog post below.
The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.
Date:
Wednesday, September 26th
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Petroleum Club of Anchorage

North Slope Update:
New Investments and New Oil

Wednesday, September 26th

The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
3301 C St.
12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.
(doors open at 11:45am)

This Program Has Sold Out

Video of the program is available here

Scott Jepsen’s Presentation

Commissioner Mike Navarre’s Presentation

Alaska’s North Slope has seen a substantial uptick in investment in new oil and gas projects, and producers have announced several major new oil discoveries – one of which has the potential to be the second largest find in North America. ConocoPhillips, for example, has invested significantly in the North Slope calling 2018 the biggest drilling season in 15 years. According to a recent study by the London based analytics firm, IHS Markit, the North Slope’s crude output could increase by as much as a whopping 40 percent in the next eight years. This new activity would mean a substantial increase in oil moving into the Trans Alaska Pipeline, more jobs, and more revenue to the State in future years.

On Wednesday Commonwealth North will host a forum to discuss these new investments and discoveries on the North Slope and their potential impact on Alaska. The panel will include ConocoPhillips Alaska Vice President, Scott Jepsen, and Department of Commerce Commissioner, Mike Navarre.

CWN Fiscal Policy Study Group
 
Friday, September 21st
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Avenue
Ed King, Principal of King Economics Group, will present his views on the Permanent Fund, the recent POMV legislation, and forecasting methodology. This program is a continuation of our series of study group meetings to understand the Permanent Fund in detail and consider making policy recommendations.
Co-chair Eric Wohlforth and study group member Brian Hove recently issued memos to the group exploring several discussion points regarding the Permanent Fund. I recommend reviewing them for Friday’s meeting.
The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Avenue
(near the Dimond Costco)
Morris Communications
 CWN Fiscal Policy Study Group
with
Valerie Mertz, Chief Financial Officer
Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation
Friday, September 14th
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
Valerie Mertz, Chief Financial Officer at the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, will join us from Juneau to present the Fund’s latest Financial History and Projections report, and help us understand how to interpret it. This program is a continuation of our series of study group meetings to understand the Permanent Fund in detail and consider making policy recommendations.
The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
(near the Dimond Costco)
Morris Communications
CWN Fiscal Policy Study Group
with
Angela Rodell, CEO
Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation
Friday, September 7th
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave

Angela Rodell will join us to discuss the Fund’s management, present the latest financial report, and answer our questions. This meeting is a continuation of our series of study group meetings to understand the Permanent Fund, and consider making policy recommendations.

Angela’s PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.

The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
(near the Dimond Costco)
Morris Communications
August 24th Fiscal Policy Study Group
Postponed
We will not be having a Fiscal Policy Study Group meeting this Friday, but stay tuned for announcements about next week’s meeting.
In the meantime, you might be interested in reviewing some of the extensive material the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation publishes on their website including performance reports and papers submitted by trustees.
CWN Fiscal Policy Study Group
Restructuring the Permanent Fund:
Risks and Ramifications
with
Craig Richards, Member of the Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees
Friday, August 17th
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave

This Friday, Craig Richards will join us to discuss how the fund is managed, the potential risks and benefits to restructuring the fund, and answer questions from the group.  This meeting continues our series on the Permanent Fund and our work toward producing a study group report.

Craig served as Alaska’s Attorney General from 2014 to 2016. He holds an MBA from Duke University and a JD from Washington & Lee University. Craig was reappointed to the Board of Trustees for a four-year term in 2017. He had previously served as a Trustee from 2015 to 2016.

The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
(near the Dimond Costco)
Morris Communications


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