USAEE Case Competition

July 29, 2021

USAEE Case Competition

USAEE is very excited to invite you to register a team for the annual USAEE Case Competition. This event is an excellent opportunity for you to work on a realistic energy consulting problem, present your solution to a panel of industry experts, and win cash prizes. This year, you will play the role of a consultant who will advise on a project related to direct air capture and include the following elements: a technoeconomic assessment, estimation of liabilities for climate damages, and design of a compensatory funding structure.

By participating in the USAEE Case Competition, students can demonstrate their skills and ideas for potential employers and contribute to solutions for challenging energy economics issues. The prizes for the two teams invited to present are $3,500 for the first-place team and $2,500 for second place. Prizes are sponsored by the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC).

The case competition problem will feature a realistic and complex energy problem with economic, technological, and policy dimensions. The student teams will act as consultants and are given one month (August 15 to September 15) to work on their solution, which is then submitted as a report detailing their analysis and conclusions. The two teams with the best solutions will be invited to present their results at a special session during the 2021 Virtual USAEE/IAEE North American Conference.

Registration for the USAEE Case Competition is open until August 15. The case competition problem packet will be emailed to registered teams on August 15, and a written solution is due by September 15. The top two teams will be informed by October 8.

The competition is open to students from all over the world. Teams need not be USAEE/IAEE members to register and send in an entry. The two teams that are invited to present at the conference must be USAEE/IAEE members. USAEE membership automatically grants IAEE membership and international teams are invited to participate. Teams must be between 2 and 5 students. Any combination of students (or recent graduates) is permitted (mixed majors, mixed undergrad/grad, mixed universities). To register a team for the USAEE Case Competition, please complete this form and send it to

For examples of successful case competition responses, see the top submissions from previous years here. All inquiries about the USAEE Case Competition should be directed to Dr. Erin Mayfield at