Cameron Public Policy Forum to examine Alternative Energy

Cameron University’s Department of History and Government will present “Public Policy Forum V - Alternative Energy: Promoting and Realizing the New Energy Frontier Today,” a day-long event that will examine Oklahoma’s energy past and future. The event will take place on Thursday, October 28 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at the CETES Conference Center on the Cameron campus and is open to the public at no charge. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required and can be completed online at

Within the current energy climate, Oklahoma - and southwest Oklahoma in particular - faces challenges to economic growth and prosperity in this key economic sector. Facing these challenges will require the effective use and application of existing resources, creativity, and innovation to find the right mix of energy sources to generate an enhanced quality of life. Success depends on approaching the issue of energy sector development with a new creativity and an emphasis on connecting the cultural and historical to the economic dimensions of what the energy sector has meant and will mean for Oklahomans.

In response to these challenges, academic experts and entrepreneurs in Oklahoma have been exploring whether alternative (and legacy) energy might offer new solutions.  Their work has raised several crucial questions.  To address these questions, a panel of experts will discuss Oklahoma's energy past and future and share their insights with the broader public of Southwest Oklahoma.

Panelist and topics will include:

9 - 9:15 a.m.

Dr. Douglas Catterall, Associate Professor, Cameron University

Energy as an Organizing Principle: Denmark, Costa Rica, Nigeria

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.

Dr. Brian Frehner, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

Oil in Oklahoma’s Past and Present

9:45 - 10 a.m.

Dr. Tony Wohlers, Associate Professor, Cameron University

Oil and Natural Gas in Current Oklahoma Politics

10:10 - 10:30a.m.

Dr. John Scott Greene, Professor, University of Oklahoma; Director/Principal Investigator, Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative; Research Scientist/Associate Director, Environmental Verification & Analysis Center, University of Oklahoma

The Current State of the Wind Energy Dialogue in Oklahoma

10:30 - 10:50 a.m.

Timothy Dustin Darr, Research Analyst, Oklahoma House of Representatives

Oil and Natural Gas in Current and Future Legislation

11 - 11:15 a.m.

Paul Renfrow, Vice President of Public Affairs, OG&E Energy Corporation

OG&E and the mixture between oil, gas, and wind

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Brian Hobbs, General Manager, Legal and Administration, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative

Western Farmers Electric Cooperative and the mixture between oil, gas, and wind

11:30 -11:45 a.m.

Jamie Maddy, Director of Political and Environmental Relations, Chesapeake Energy Corporation

The future of oil and natural gas in Oklahoma’s energy future

11:45 a.m.- Noon.

Travis Narum, Development Director, Acciona Energy North America

The future of wind in Oklahoma’s energy future

Noon - 1 p.m.



1 -2 p.m.

Roundtable on Oklahoma’s energy future


For more information, contact Dr. Tony Wohlers,, 580-581-2496, or Dr. Douglas Catterall,, 580-581-2949.

This event is made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Committee.


October 4, 2010