The Conference For Those Building The Clean Energy Economy

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November 9, 2021

A Virtual Event

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.

See our Keynote Speakers from the 2020 Summit Below

Paula R. Glover

President & CEO
American Association of Blacks in Energy

Paula R. Glover is President and CEO for the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), a national energy trade association that represents all sectors of the energy industry. Mrs. Glover leads a 2000-member association with 40 chapters nationwide. The association’s focus is to represent the voice for African Americans and other minorities on energy policy, regulations, and environmental issues.

Mrs. Glover directs the association’s strategic plan, business development and policy positions. She represents the organization before energy industry executives and national and state policy makers. She is an industry thought leader for issues around diversity and inclusion. Her work on international energy issues underscores the importance of energy to improve the quality of life for people throughout the African Continent. The association under Mrs. Glover’s leadership has partnered with the US Department of Energy on its Minorities in Energy initiative as well as business development programming for minority entrepreneurs. She has also testified before Congress about the impact of policies on underserved communities. Ms. Glover’s has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry, including 15 years in both electric and natural gas distribution companies where she has worked in government affairs, regulatory affairs and economic development.

In March 2014 Ms. Glover was appointed to the National Petroleum Council by U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz. She continues to serve on the Council having been reappointed by Secretary Perry in 2016 and Secretary Brouillette in 2020. She serves on the board of the Alliance to Save Energy and Groundswell, a community solar development organization. She is also a Trustee for Cardigan Mountain School, a junior boarding school in Canaan, NH. She received her B.S. in Marketing Management from the University of Delaware. She is the recipient of the Bring It Home to Hartford Award; the Clarke Watson Chairman’s Cup and the Platinum Achievement Award from the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program at Fort Valley State University. In February 2019, she was named a Champion in Energy by the Florida Women’s Energy Leadership Forum. She is a 2003 graduate of Leadership New Haven and has contributed to article on work life balance in Take Pride magazine.

Energy Leadership Summit Keynote Speaker Mark de Vere White

Mark de Vere White

Senior Vice President, Global Customer and Market Experience

With nearly 30 years of experience, Mark de Vere White has dedicated his career to working with utility and Fortune 1000 customers to deliver value, success and profitable growth. He has deep experience in sales, product marketing, go-to-market strategy and profitable general management of ongoing business operations.

As Itron’s senior vice president of Customer and Market Experience (CME), Mark is responsible for leading Itron’s sales, marketing, channel management, business development, customer support and customer success activities across the full company portfolio.

Previously, Mark was president of Itron’s Electricity business line where he and his team grew revenues from $600 million to over $1 billion a year and EBITDA performance from break even to 12.5% in just over 3 years. Prior to joining Itron, Mark oversaw consulting, support, hosting and account management at Silicon Energy. Before Silicon Energy, Mark was one of the first employees at market-leading CRM software provider Kana, where he held executive positions overseeing account management, consulting and support teams. Mark started his career in marketing, consulting and direct marketing in New York City.

Mark received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Summa Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa.

Featured Plenary Session

Hot Topic Debate: How Best to Modernize the Grid System to Achieve Carbon Reduction Goals

The U.S. centralized grid system has been in place for nearly a century. And during that time much has changed in how we use energy, the amount we use, and the resources we rely on to generate power. These changes, combined with global warming and environmental impacts, are raising fundamental questions about the viability of the traditional grid and utility systems, and whether they need to be overhauled and/or reimagined to achieve our carbon reduction and energy security goals and address environmental and social equity concerns.

Thought leaders Curt Kirkeby, Fellow Electrical Engineer at Avista Utilities, and Dawn Weisz, CEO of Marin Clean Energy, will share and debate their opposing views on these key issues and related questions. Tune in to see who makes the best case!

Buck Endemann
K&L Gates LLP

Curt Kirkeby
Fellow Electrical Engineer
Avista Utilities

Dawn Weisz
Marin Clean Energy

2020 Energy Leadership Achievement Award Finalists

The Energy Leadership Achievement Awards spotlights individuals and organizations that are making significant contributions to the fields of energy policy, innovation and business.



  • Emerald Initiative
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Sustainable Living Innovations
  • UW CLEAN Steering Committee



  • Gary Ivory
    General Manager
    Douglas County Public Utility District #1
  • Srinivas Katipamula
    Mechanical Engineer
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Sid Morrison
    Executive Board Chair
    Energy Northwest

Energy Leadership JEDI Award

(Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion)

This award showcases outstanding work to make the energy sector more equitable, support climate justice and diversity in the sector, and foster an inclusive ecosystem.


  • Gilbert Campbell
    Managing Partner of Volt Energy
  • Dr. Mark Peters
    Laboratory Director
    Idaho National Laboratory
  • Edwin Wanji
    Founder and Owner
    Sphere Solar

Thank You to Our 2020 Sponsors