2018 Policy Makers Symposium Agenda


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM


8:00 AM – 8:05 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Heather Reams, Managing Director, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES)

8:05 AM - 8:10 AM


CRES Advisor, Former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH)

8:10 AM – 9:00 AM

PANEL: Clean Energy Jobs: Growth and Projections
Over 3 million jobs are attributed to the clean energy sector, and it is representative of one of the most dynamic job growth sectors nationwide. From small businesses to multinational public companies, the contributions of clean energy to our economy in supporting job growth cannot be ignored. Whether it is natural gas, solar, wind, hydropower, biofuels, waste-to-energy, or energy efficiency, clean energy plays a significant role in job creation. This panel will discuss the strengths of jobs in the clean energy industry and how we will continue to convert the power of the sun, wind, water, and waste into kilowatts needed to light and fuel our homes and businesses across the country with clean energy.

Moderator: Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE)


  • Robert Keefe, Executive Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)
  • Maggie Lemmerman, Senior Director of Federal Affairs, American Wind Energy Association
  • Emily Duncan, Director of Federal Affairs, National Grid
  • Bryan Just, Senior Economist, American Petroleum Institute

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM


FERC Commissioner Neil Chatterjee

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM


Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

9:50 AM – 10:10 AM


Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

10:10 AM – 11:00 AM

PANEL: Overcoming Regulatory Barriers to Advance the Clean Energy Sector
Numerous factors are causing our energy system to modernize rapidly, including evolving consumer preferences, dynamic new technologies, and aging infrastructure. This panel will explore how regulations designed for outdated systems and technologies can be modernized to further drive economic growth and grid modernization, providing electric power that is affordable, reliable, and resilient to all Americans.

Moderator: William Murray, Federal Energy Manager, Energy Policy, R Street


  • Laura Nelson, Executive Director, Utah Office for Energy Development
  • Malcolm Woolf, Senior Vice President, Policy, Advanced Energy Economy
  • Michelle Patron, Director of Sustainability Policy, Microsoft
  • Steve Caminati, Senior Manager Strategic Engagement, APEX Clean Energy

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM


Governor Gary Herbert (R-Utah)

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM


Arvin Ganesan, Energy and Environmental Policy, Apple Corp.

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM


12:00 PM – 12:20 PM

Lunch Remarks

EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler

12:35 PM – 12:55 PM

Lunch Remarks

DOE Under Secretary for Energy Mark Menezes

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM


Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL-22)

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Policy Innovation: Clean Tax Cuts & Barrier-Free Clean Capitalism

Charles Hernick, Director of Policy and Advocacy, CRES Forum
Rod Richardson, Grace Richardson Fund
Co-Chair, Clean Capitalist Leadership Council
President, Grace Richardson Fund

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

PANEL: Can Laissez-Faire Capitalism Deliver Better Environmental Results?

Clean energy prices have dropped dramatically over the past decade. With less need for subsidization and growing profits, this panel will discuss how the very laissez-faire principles that created modern capitalism – the policy of reducing barriers to capital, participation, trade and competition – can now accelerate clean free enterprise and conservation. Lowering taxes, tariffs, and barriers hampering the growth of clean capitalism, can decrease pollution and improve environmental outcomes while spreading economic freedom and inclusive prosperity globally. Panelists will introduce the new Clean Capitalist Coalition.

Moderator: Rod Richardson, Co-Chair, Clean Capitalist Leadership Council

President, Grace Richardson Fund



  • Dylan Reed, Head of Congressional Affairs, Advanced Energy Economy
  • Wayne Winegarden, Ph.D, Senior Fellow in Business & Economics, Pacific Research Institute
  • Rich Powell, Executive Director, ClearPath Foundation
  • Drew Bond, Senior Fellow & Director of Energy Innovation Programs, American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF) Center for Policy Research

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM


Representative Tom Reed (R-NY-23)

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

PANEL: Spurring Innovation and Reducing Emissions
Speakers from the Department of Energy will discuss ways their offices are embracing Secretary Perry’s principles of New Energy Realism to pursue an all-of-the-above energy policy that more efficiently develops and uses all of America’s energy sources. Through the power of innovation, we can grow our economy and protect our environment.

Moderator: Charles Hernick, CRES Forum



  • Steve Capanna, Director of Strategic Priorities and Impact Analysis, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Angelos Kokkinos, Director of Advanced Fossil Technology, Office of Fossil Energy
  • Brad Williams, Senior Technical Advisor, Office of Nuclear Energy
  • Doug Schultz, Director of Origination, Loan Programs Office

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM


Senator Steve Daines (R-MT)

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

PANEL: The Importance of Strategic Investments in Energy Innovation
America is a world leader in innovation, and the clean energy economy is the next frontier. This panel will discuss the policies and economic conditions to assure that businesses can enter the clean energy space, help our economy grow, and reposition the U.S. as an exporter of clean energy and a new generation of advanced technologies.

Moderator: Michael Boots, Senior Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, Gates Ventures



  • Rich Powell, Executive Director, ClearPath Foundation
  • Emily Reichert, Chief Executive Officer, Greentown Labs
  • Conner Prochaska, Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)
  • Jason Hartke, President, Alliance to Save Energy

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM


Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

4:45 PM – 5:15 PM

PANEL: Moving to a Cleaner Energy Future: How Do We Get There?
America’s clean energy sector is growing several times faster than the national economy and is producing more and more of America’s energy each year. This panel will discuss the barriers to continued, rapid clean energy growth and identify the policy, financial, technological, and social changes needed to capitalize on the opportunity to accelerate towards a cleaner energy future.

Moderator: Todd Foley, Senior Vice President of Policy & Government Affairs, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)



  • Jeffrey Stein, Policy Advisor, American Petroleum Institute
  • Hannah Hunt, Deputy Director, Electricity Policy & Demand, American Wind Energy Association
  • Alex Herrgott, Council for Environmental Quality
  • Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association

5:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Heather Reams, Managing Director, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES)

5:15 PM – 7:00 PM

Reception in First Amendment Lounge