The Conference For Those Building The Clean Energy Economy
October 30, 2018
Washington State Conference Center
at the Convention Center
The Energy Leadership Summit is the region’s must-attend clean energy event. Presented jointly by the CleanTech Alliance and the Northwest Environmental Business Council, this unique event connects policy with practice and addresses the industry’s current challenges and future opportunities.
Join us in exploring the nexus of energy, climate change, and the region’s economy with more than 400 industry leaders and policymakers from across the Northwest. The Energy Leadership Summit will provide an unmatched forum for learning, networking, and business development in the Northwest.
Governor Jay Inslee’s Welcome Letter to Energy Leadership Summit attendees
The Aging Energy Infrastructure
Jim Conca, Chief Technical Officer, UFA Ventures, Inc.
Energy and Environmental speaker and author Dr. James Conca is the Senior Scientist at UFA Ventures, Inc. in Richland, Washington, and a weekly contributor to Forbes.com on energy issues. Conca combines the passion of activism with the bedrock foundation of research science to create a new dynamic for discussing complex topics like energy and its effects on society and the planet. By approaching the subject from the different perspectives of global poverty, debunking technological myths and achieving a just and sustainable energy mix, Conca has developed a sustainable and achievable energy mix that meets most of the serious environmental, climate and economic goals set out by the Administration, States, industry and environmental stakeholders.
The Role of Utilities in Driving Innovation
John Haarlow, CEO/General Manager, Snohomish County Public Utility District
The Board of Commissioners appointed John Haarlow to serve as CEO/General Manager beginning October 8, 2018. He joined the PUD in February 2017 as Assistant General Manager of Distribution & Engineering Services, bringing nearly 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry. In that role, he was responsible for construction, engineering, operations and maintenance of the utility’s transmission, substation and distribution assets. He also oversaw fleet, real estate and environmental functions.
States’ Response to Federal Climate and Energy Executive Orders
Dennis McLerran, Attorney, Cascadia Law Group
Dennis McLerran returned to the practice of law and dispute resolution, becoming Of Counsel at Cascadia Law Group PLLC after serving seven years as the Regional Administrator for EPA Region 10 and as Executive Director of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. Dennis focuses his practice on environmental, climate change, land use, treaty rights and regional regulatory issues. President Barack Obama appointed Dennis in 2010 to the post of EPA Region 10 Administrator, where he served until January 2017. That role put Dennis at the forefront of a wide range of environmental policy issues in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, including development of cleanup plans for the Seattle and Portland harbors.