2020 Official Events

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Monday, September

10:15 - 10:30 AM ET

Deputy Secretary Mark Menezes, U.S. Department of Energy

  • Introduction: Heather Reams, Chair, National Clean Energy Week

10:30 - 11:00 AM ET

The Fight for States' Rights and Net Metering

A broad coalition of advocates, state policymakers, and energy industry leaders successfully defeated a petition over the summer asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to remove control of net metering from state jurisdiction. While the petition failed, the experience serves as a case study to discuss the larger issues of federalism and states’ rights at stake with energy policy.

  • Ted Thomas | Arkansas Public Service Commissioner
  • Tyson Grinstead | Director, Public Policy, Sunrun
  • Sean Gallagher | Vice President, State Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Jason Shaw | Commissioner, Georgia Public Service Commission
  • MODERATOR: Brittany Zwierzchowski Tisler | Chief Operating Officer, Conservative Energy Network

1:00 - 1:30 PM ET

Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL), Member, House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

1:30 - 2:30 PM ET

Clean Energy’s Secret Weapon: American Innovation

American innovation has reshaped the world while overcoming the most daunting challenges imaginable. This is in large part thanks to two core features of our innovation landscape: a hands-off regulatory approach that doesn’t require permission to build the future, and a market-oriented approach the focuses on complementary roles for the private sector, federal and state government, academia, and philanthropy. This panel will focus on policies to incentivize clean energy innovation, and how federal policy makers can build on significant progress made to further support technological innovation, and the mechanisms that can help better support cutting edge research and development.

  • Kristin Barbato | CEO & Founder, Build Edison
  • Marty Durbin | President, Global Energy Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Jeremy Harrell | Managing Director, ClearPath
  • Hemai Parthasarathy | Scientific Director, Breakout Labs
  • MODERATOR: Taite McDonald | Partner, Holland & Knight

2:30 - 3:00 PM ET

Conner Prochaska | Chief Commercialization Officer and Director, Office of Technology Transitions, U.S. Department of Energy

4:00 - 5:15 PM ET

Survive, Thrive, or Die? The Road Ahead for Clean Energy Finance and Investment

Private capital has long played an important role in moving America’s basic research and development beyond the lab and into the marketplace as game-changing innovations. The COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic fallout are rebalancing the investment landscape even as we speak. In this panel, speakers will address the status of private capital investment for clean energy.  Discussion will focus on current trends and anticipated needs to boost public and private investment, as well as the policies that promise to return fast growth on clean energy investments and position the U.S. as an exporter of clean and advanced technologies.

  • Jeff Eckel | President, CEO & Chairman, Hannon Armstrong
  • Melanie Nakagawa | Director of Climate Strategy, Princeville Capital
  • John Miller | Vice President & ESG Senior Research Analyst, Calvert Research and Management
  • Shayle Kann | Managing Director, Energy Impact Partners
  • MODERATOR: Jon Powers | Co-founder & President, Clean Capital

Tuesday, September 22nd

9:00 - 10:00 AM ET

Private Sector Innovation: Accelerating the Greening of the Grid in Forgotten America

Panelists will discuss how focus, innovation, and common sense can transform clean infrastructure investments for companies to have more tools to slash greenhouse gas emissions, expand access to clean energy, and spur economic growth across the United States. Clearloop, WattTime and Downstream strategies will release a new white paper and tool to focus U.S. solar development for greatest impact, expand the geographic spread of solar development and support U.S. communities getting left behind in the clean energy transition.

  • Phil Bredesen | Former Tennessee Governor
  • Joey James | Principal, Downstream Strategies
  • Henry Richardson | Senior Analyst, WattTime
  • Zdravka Tzankova | Professor, Vanderbilt University
  • Laura Zapata | Co-founder, Clearloop
  • MODERATOR: Michael Vandenbergh | David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law Director, Climate Change Research Network

10:30 - 11:30 AM ET

Renewable Energy in My Backyard: A Focus on Property Rights

Federal and state energy policy can have a profound local impact. In many cases, the support or opposition to a particular project comes down to property rights. The panel will discuss siting challenges and issues, as well as the role of clean energy development in powering communities.

  • John Davis | Energy farmer, rancher, former Texas Policymaker
  • Jackson Keith | Director, Land and Liberty Coalition
  • Dahvi Wilson | Vice President of Public Affairs, Apex Clean Energy
  • Amy Farrell | Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, American Wind Energy Association
  • MODERATOR: Larry Ward | Midwest Regional Director, Conservative Energy Network

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Chief Scientist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

12:00 - 12:30 PM ET

Senators' Dialogue with Senators Mike Braun (R-IN) and Chris Coons (D-DE), Co-Chairs of Senate Climate Solutions Caucus

MODERATOR: Kelly Ayotte | Former U.S. Senator and Senior Advisor, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions

12:30 - 1:30 PM ET

The American Farmer: Tomorrow's Clean Energy and Climate Solutions Mogul

Farming has been the heart and soul of America since its founding. American farmers not only feed the world, but they often lead the world on new farming practices and technologies that can increase the land’s productivity and lessen environmental impact. This panel will explore how the agricultural sector represents a new frontier for clean energy opportunities. Discussion will focus on policies that can help encourage emissions reductions and the role of voluntary carbon credit markets. Panelists will address historic barriers that farmers, ranchers, and land managers face in reducing emissions and the appropriate role for government to simplify the process.

  • Collin O’Mara | President & CEO, National Wildlife Federation
  • Vanessa Tutos | Director of Government Affairs, EDP Renewables North America
  • Jill Kolling | Vice President of Global Sustainability, Cargill
  • Cinch Munson | Senior Vice President, Business Development, Propane Education Research Council
  • MODERATOR: Charles Hernick | Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, CRES Forum

1:30 - 2:30 PM ET

Renewable Energy Development in the West: Successes, Hurdles and the Path For Increased Development

The Western United States is home to an abundance of renewable resources with nearly every type of resource being well suited for deployment across the region. From wind and solar to geothermal and hydroelectric, the West is seeing record levels of investments in utility-scale projects. This panel will look at what policies have driven successful projects, where roadblocks exist slowing development, and ideas for increasing development opportunities.

  • Taylor Henderson | Chief Energizing Officer, Outshine Energy
  • Mike Kruger | President & CEO, Colorado Solar and Storage Association
  • Jared McKee | Director of Business Development, Clēnera – Renewable Energy
  • MODERATOR: John Karakoulakis | Executive Director, The Western Way

2:30 - 3:00 PM ET

Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), Ranking Member, House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

3:00 - 3:15 PM ET

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Chair, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

3:15 - 4:30 PM ET

Towards a More Secure Power Supply: Domestically Resourced, Reliable, Resilient

As any emergency planner in Tornado Alley or the Hurricane belt can tell you, resiliency is critical to surviving and recovering from a natural disaster. But in today’s hyper-networked, “always on” global economy, the threats to our energy infrastructure don’t exclusively come from Mother Nature. This panel will explore current and reasonably foreseeable security risks to our critical energy infrastructure, as well as new technologies and tools to ensure a secure grid and reliable and resilient power supply. Panelists will discuss the importance of domestically sourcing rare earth minerals that make up the backbone of our energy and telecommunications technologies, supply chain risks exposed by COVID-19 and the risk of overreliance on imported technologies, and the role of renewables in defending the American homeland. The panel will highlight ongoing efforts at the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense.

  • Scott Aaronson | Vice President, Security and Preparedness, Edison Electric Institute
  • Jonathon Monken | Principal, Converge Strategies & former Senior Director PJM Interconnection
  • Leia Guccione | Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Kellie Donnelly | Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Lot 16 Consulting
  • MODERATOR: Michael Wu | Principal, Converge Strategies

Wednesday, September 23rd