Past Agendas

NCEW Policy Makers Symposium is proud to have weeklong programming. You’ll hear directly from the “who’s who” in clean energy decision making – including Republican and Democratic policymakers and top influencers in clean energy investment, innovation, and policy. You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in networking events and collaboration opportunities, building strong relationships across the country as easily as next door – from wherever you are.

2022 Policymakers Symposium

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 10:00 AM – 10:02 AM ET


Heather Reams, Chair, National Clean Energy Week, President, Citizens For Responsible Energy Solutions

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 10:02 AM – 10:10 AM ET

Opening Remarks - Day 1

Abby Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 10:10 AM – 10:30 AM ET

Member Remarks

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)

Rep. John Curtis (R-UT)

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI)

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK)

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 10:35 AM – 10:45 AM ET

Administration Remarks

Maria Duaime Robinson, Grid Deployment Office; U.S. Department of Energy

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM ET

Cutting Red Tape: Removing Obstacles to Clean Energy and Emissions Reductions.

The transition to a low-carbon economy will depend fundamentally on the expansion of clean energy infrastructure, such as transmission and energy storage capabilities and environmentally-efficient transportation. Yet far too often, projects that are desperately needed to ensure grid resilience and modernization are delayed for years because of cumbersome and duplicative permitting requirements. This discussion will explore regulatory barriers that project developers face in breaking ground, as well as efforts that policymakers can do about it.

Moderator: Alexander Herrgott, President, The Permitting Institute

Panelist: Serge Abergel, CEO, Hydro-Quebec Energy Services

Panelist: Gene Grace, General Counsel
American Clean Power Association

Panelist: Jordan Stone, Assistant Vice President, Association of American Railroads

Panelist: John Wieland, Chief Development Officer, Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 12:00 PM – 12:15 PM ET

Member Remarks

Rep. McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM ET

Fireside Chat

James L. Connaughton, Chairperson, Nautilus Data Technologies

Katie McGinty, Former Chair of the Council of Environmental Quality, Bill Clinton administration

Xan Fishman, Director of Energy Policy and Carbon Management, Bipartisan Policy Center

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM ET

Clean Energy Transition Requirements: Critical Minerals, Supply Chains and Domestic Manufacturing

A global clean energy transition utilizing existing technologies like EVs and renewable electricity is an extraordinarily minerals-intensive proposition. It is expected that the extraordinary demand for minerals will put upward pressure on prices, exacerbating the costs of an energy transition that is already expected to be very expensive. This panel will explore major issues facing domestic mining, inventing substitutes, recycling and reprocessing. These will include national security and the role of innovation in addressing our critical minerals challenges.


Moderator: Phil Rosetti, Resident Senior Fellow, Energy, R Street Institute

Panelist: Alex Fitzsimmons, Senior Program Director, ClearPath

Panelist: Jordan Geist, Senior Director of Metals Division, East Penn Manufacturing

Panelist: Dan Blondal, CEO, Director & Founder, Nano One Materials

Panelist: Samantha Sloan, VP – Global Policy, Sustainability & Marketing, First Solar, Inc.

Panelist: John Smirnow, General Counsel & Vice President of Market Strategy, Solar Energy Industries Association

Panelist: Jeremy Woodrum, Senior Director of Congressional Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 1:45 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Member Remarks

Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND)

Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ)

Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL)

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Exploring the Role of Utilities in the Energy Transition

Utilities play a critical role in shepherding in the clean energy transition and reducing emissions. This conversation will feature how utilities are making investments in critical energy infrastructure and deploying innovative energy technologies, such as new electric transmission and distribution networks, utility-scale energy storage and green hydrogen delivery systems. Key topics will include how these investments promote resilience in the face of extreme weather including wildfires and rising sea levels. The conversation will feature a diversity of executive voices that span geographies.  

Moderator: Emily Fisher, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Senior Vice President of Clean Energy, EEI 

Panelist: Joy Ditto, President and CEO, American Public Power Association 

Panelist: Lauren Sher, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Policy, NextEra  Energy

Panelist: Erik Takayesu, Senior Vice President, Asset Strategy and Planning, Southern California Edison

Panelist: Yvonne A. McIntyre, Vice President, Federal Affairs for PG&E Corporation

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 3:00 PM – 3:14 PM ET

Closing Remarks

Pedro Pizarro, President and CEO of Edison International

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 3:14 PM - 3:15 PM ET

Day 1 Wrap Up

Heather Reams, Chair, National Clean Energy Week, President, Citizens For Responsible Energy Solutions

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 10:00 AM – 10:10 AM ET

Opening Remarks

Warner Baxter, Chair, Edison Electric Institute, Executive Chairman, Ameren Corporation 

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 10:10 AM – 10:30 AM ET

Fireside Chat

Jigar Shah, Director, Loan Programs Office U.S. Department of Energy

Tom King,  Managing Partner, CrossRiver Capital & Founding Director at Borincana Foundation Inc.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM ET

Member Remarks

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC)

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK)

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 10:45 AM– 11:45 AM ET

Show Me the Money: Tax and Finance Issues Facing the Energy Industry

This will explore issues facing the finance community, including ESG, climate financial regulations, and challenges to funding advanced demonstration projects and export finance. Tax incentives and the end-of-year tax package.


Moderator: Brandon Arnold, Executive Vice President, National Taxpayers Union

Panelist: John Di Stasio, President, Large Public Power Council

Panelist: Natalie Jackson, Senior Vice President, Capital Markets & Portfolio Finance, Clearway Energy Group

Panelist: Marc Pangburn, Executive Vice President & Co-Chief Investment Officer, Hannon Armstrong

Panelist: Bill Parsons, Vice President for Federal & State Affairs, American Clean Power Association (ACP)

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 12:15 PM– 12:25 PM ET

Administration Remarks

Judith Pryor, First Vice President and Vice Chair, Board of Directors; US. Export-Import Bank

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 12:25 PM– 12:35 PM ET

Member Remarks

Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)

Sen. John Thune (R-SD)

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 12:35 PM– 12:45 PM ET

Administration Remarks

Trisha Miller, Senior Director for Industrial Emissions, The White House

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 12:45 PM– 1:45 PM ET

Innovation and Reducing Emissions in Carbon-Intensive Sectors

From the industrial revolution to the digital revolution, American innovation has reshaped the world. Back-to-back bipartisan legislative wins over the past two years—the Energy Act of 2020 and the Infrastructure Innovation and Jobs Act—have put billions into the pipeline for clean energy research and development and other climate strategies. Spending these investments well will be especially important to decarbonize hard-to-electrify industrial, transportation, agricultural, and other sectors. Panelists will discuss what is needed to successfully implement existing Department of Energy programs to incentivize and deploy clean energy and decarbonization innovation at scale, as well as additional technical and policy solutions that can help reduce emissions and grow jobs. As a part of the conversation, panelists will address accounting for differentiating products from iron and steel to concrete, hydrogen, biofuels, and other applications and highlight prospects for a U.S. comparative advantage in cleaner decarbonization solutions.

Moderator: Abigail Regitsky, Manager, U.S. Policy and Advocacy, Breakthrough Energy

Panelist: BJ Johnson, CEO, ClearFlame Engine Technologies

Panelist: Petra Smeltzer, Executive Director, Heat is Power

Panelist: Dan Byers, Vice President, Climate and Technology, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Panelist: Rick Murphy, Managing Director, Energy Markets, American Gas Association

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 1:45 PM– 1:59 PM ET

Closing Remarks

Brian Wolff, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and External Affairs, Edison Electric Institute

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 1:45 PM– 1:59 PM ET

Day 2 Wrap Up

Heather Reams, Chair, National Clean Energy Week, President, Citizens For Responsible Energy Solutions

Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM ET

Opening Remarks

Craig Cornelius, CEO, Clearway Energy Group

Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:15 AM – 10:30 AM ET


Jasjit Singh, Executive Director, SelectUSA

Sylvie Barcelo, Deputy Minister, Québec Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie
Government of Québec

Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:33 AM – 10:45 AM ET

Member Remarks

Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND)

Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM ET

The American Advantage: Strengthening U.S. Competitiveness

American resources play a major role in reducing global emissions. This discussion will explore how the U.S. can leverage its trade policy to strengthen the competitiveness of U.S. industries while reducing global GHG emissions. It will feature insights from industries that have a lower emissions profile than their foreign counterparts, as well as insights from bipartisan experts from the research and policymaking communities.


Moderator: David Paolella, Manager, Breakthrough Energy

Panelist: George David Banks, Senior Fellow, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions

Panelist: Eric Dresselhuys, CEO, ESS Tech, Inc

Panelist: Anne Bradbury, CEO, American Exploration & Production Council

Panelist: Matt Porterfield, Vice President, Policy and Research, Climate Leadership Council

Thursday, September 29, 2022 12:00 PM – 12:15 PM ET

Member Remarks

Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA)

Thursday, September 29, 2022 12:15 PM – 12:35 PM ET

Executive Fireside Chat

Heather Reams, Chair, National Clean Energy Week, President, Citizens For Responsible Energy Solutions

Mary Streett, Senior Vice President of U.S. Communications & External Affairs, BP

Thursday, September 29, 2022 12:35 PM – 12:45 PM ET

Member Remarks

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR)

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA)

Thursday, September 29, 2022 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM ET

Workable Solutions for Nature

Nature and America’s working lands underpin today’s economy through resources like clean water, food generation, sustainable timber and wildlife habitat. Nature also serves as a bridge to our clean energy future, providing critical carbon sequestration and storage. How do we capitalize on the need for our natural world to support our planet, while continuing to ensure our forests and agricultural lands provide for people as well? This discussion will explore the range of natural climate solutions and present a menu of policy options and best practices that can be employed to meet the challenges and opportunities at hand.

Moderator: Pasha Majdi, Senior Director, Conservation International

Panelist: Diana Movius, Senior Director, Climate Advisors

Panelist: Lesley Jantarasami, Managing Director, Energy and Climate, Bipartisan Policy Center

Panelist: Christine Cadigan, Senior Director of Family Forest Carbon Program, American Forest Foundation

Panelist: Jennifer Tyler, Director of Government Affairs, Citizens Climate Lobby

Thursday, September 29, 2022 1:45 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Closing Remarks

Heather Reams, Chair, National Clean Energy Week, President, Citizens For Responsible Energy Solutions