Gov. Mike Dunleavy will spend next week in Houston attending an energy conference featuring oil and gas executives and world leaders.

The annual gathering, called CERA Week, also includes clients of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a global energy research, analysis and information firm.  

Dunleavy is on the conference agenda for an on stage interview with Daniel Yergin, author of "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power." It will take place Friday morning.

“It’s my goal to have people go, 'You know what, we weren’t thinking about Alaska before we came here, but now that we’ve left this conference, we’re going to take a look at Alaska,' ” Dunleavy said in a Friday news conference.

Dunleavy will also be joined by Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige, Deputy Commissioner Sara Longan and Senior Special Advisor Brett Huber.

“Alaska has always loomed large in the North American oil industry,” Feige said in a statement. “But explorers have begun tapping into a previously undiscovered range of Alaska plays, including the Nanushuk and Torok formations that hold billions of additional reserves, and the potential for decades more North Slope production.”

Dunleavy said while he’s out of town, he hopes lawmakers will make meaningful progress on his budget plan that addresses the state’s $1.6 billion budget gap.
“We’re looking at a full fiscal plan that will go out decades,” he said. “Are they looking at the same? I hope they are.”

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, chair of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has regularly attended the conference and will again. She is listed among the group of scheduled speakers.

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