Media Advisory: VA Energy & Opportunity Forum

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Contact:  Robert Myers, (202) 465-8464, 

VA Energy & Opportunity Forum

NOIA’s Randall Luthi to Moderate Panel at

Virginia Energy & Opportunity Forum

“A Discussion with Virginia’s Gubernatorial Candidates”

NOIA President Randall Luthi will moderate an expert panel discussing Virginia’s Opportunities for Offshore Oil, Natural Gas and Renewable Energy Development tomorrow at the Virginia Energy & Opportunity Forum: A Discussion with Virginia’s Gubernatorial Candidates, hosted by the Consumer Energy Alliance and NOIA at the George Mason University – Arlington Campus (Founders Hall Auditorium).

 The forum will provide Virginia gubernatorial candidates, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe, an opportunity to engage with energy consumers and producers in a wide ranging discussion about Virginia’s energy future. In addition, two expert panels will explore how to ensure access to affordable, reliable electricity, and Virginia’s opportunities for offshore oil, natural gas and renewable energy development.

The first expert panel, moderated by Randall Luthi will feature Eddie Pharr, VP of Business Development at Spectrum Geo, Inc.; President of the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition, Brian O’Hara; and Erik Milito, Director of Upstream and Industry Operations for American Petroleum Institute (API).  This group of professionals represents all aspects of offshore energy and will set the stage for the gubernatorial candidates to expand on the future of Virginia’s energy resources, both on land and offshore.


Who: Randall Luthi, President, National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA); Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe

What: Virginia Energy & Opportunity Forum

Where: George Mason University – Arlington Campus (Founders Hall Auditorium)located at 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA

When: Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 9-11 a.m. ET



NOIA is the only national trade association representing all segments of the offshore industry with an interest in the exploration and production of both traditional and renewable energy resources on the nation’s outer continental shelf. NOIA’s mission is to secure reliable access and a fair regulatory and economic environment for the companies that develop the nation’s valuable offshore energy resources in an environmentally responsible manner. The NOIA membership comprises about 300 companies engaged in business activities ranging from producing to drilling, engineering to marine and air transport, offshore construction to equipment manufacture and supply, telecommunications to finance and insurance, and renewable energy.

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