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We know a low-carbon future is technically possible, but can it also be economically viable? Join our panel of experts as they delve into the economics of decarbonization. Topics to be discussed include financing sources; investment strategies; commercial opportunities; value generation; and more.
Saif Hakim, Craft3
Aaron Block, Allumia, LLC Bill Lemon, StoneBridge Securities LLC Patrick Leslie, Monolith Energy Consulting John Plaza, LanzaTech Consultant
As we begin our transition to a clean energy future, many are asking if we can get there in a sustainable manner. Can we implement these bold plans while balancing development and maintaining conscientious stewardship of our resources? Panelists will explore and examine the intersection of clean energy and sustainable development and how it relates to ecological and economic impact.
Carolyn Parrs, Mind Over Markets
Jacqueline Drumheller, Sustainability Consultant, Former Head of Sustainability at Alaska Airlines Per Martin Mortensen, Pack Tech A/S Kevin Wilhelm, Sustainable Business Consulting
The transformation of the power sector is accelerating, a recent example being Washington State’s Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA). The changes include innovative generation, distribution, and transmission solutions, and the escalated policy priority of decarbonization. The complexity and pace of the transformation is challenging all concerned, from utilities, independent power producers, system integrators, and solution providers, to customers, regulators, and financiers. It is critical these stakeholders have a “big picture” understanding of the grid diversification now in progress to address this and other priorities (grid modernization, customer choice) and to best utilize the innovations (including their prudent maturation). Hear what a multinational utility and independent power producer, a leading system integrator, and two innovative solution providers are thinking and doing to diversify the grid.
Russ Weed, CleanTech Strategies LLC
Jenna Hermann, Smart Wires Inc. Gideon Katsh, National Grid Howard Trott, Advanced Rail Energy Storage Marshall Worth, PowerSecure, Inc.
In May of this year Governor Inslee signed into law the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), which commits Washington State to an electricity supply free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Join our panel of thought leaders for an in-depth discussion on what CETA means for the state; rule making; implementation plan priorities; expected scope and timing; potential challenges; and more.
Eric Christensen, Beverage & Diamond PC
Glenn Blackmon, Washington State Dept. of Commerce Shawn Collins, Opportunity Council Annette Pearson, Seattle City Light
Join a panel of regional thought leaders for a discussion on how they are addressing complex urban challenges like climate change, sustainability, social equity, and resilience to create vibrant and prosperous communities.
Tony Usibelli, Energy Consultant
Rachel Brombaugh, King County Clare Fogelsong, City of Bellingham Christina Page, City of Seattle
There is a developing imperative shaping our vision for a low-carbon future that’s addressing critical issues like ratepayer equity; equitable distribution of energy benefits; and access to jobs. Explore what social equity and inclusion means in the clean energy context and how it can be addressed through both policies like the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) and market mechanisms.
Linda Irvine, Spark Northwest
Deric Gruen, Front and Centered Ruth Sawyer, Sierra Club Edwin Wanji, Sphere Solar Energy LLC
Hear how our region’s leading research institutions are advancing innovations in transportation technology for a sustainable and carbon-free future.
David Fleckenstein, Washington State Dept. of Transportation
Angela Becker-Dippmann, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Mike Gerty, PACCAR Inc. Daniel Schwartz, University of Washington Clean Energy Institute Carol Sim, Washington State University Office of Clean Technology
Grid reliability and resilience have become more and more critical as the rising number of cyber attacks threaten the security of our bulk power system. Moreover, the frequency and intensity of severe weather due to climate change poses a very real threat to grid infrastructure. Explore how utilities are responding to these ominous large scale threats and how they are safeguarding the grid’s physical and cyber security.
John Pierce, Perkins Coie LLP
Adam Hahn, Washington State University Dean Kovacs, Energy Northwest Paul Skare, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Energy efficiency, climate change, and resiliency are among the key drivers leading to a holistic transformation of our built environment. Urban districts and neighborhoods are seeking to develop green buildings, carbon-free transportation options, and scalable renewable energy systems to create more sustainable and resilient communities. Panelists will start from scratch on visioning a resilient and equitable net zero city of the future. Experts in renewable energy, grid modernization, finance, incentives, and energy policy will identify the opportunities and constraints for achieving a 100% carbon neutral city.
Jack Newman, Säzän Environmental Services
Bonnie Frye Hemphill, A&R Solar Sameer Ranade, Front and Centered Miranda Redinger, Sound Transit Uzma Siddiqi, Seattle City Light