Take a close look at the issues and trends impacting clean energy financing in 2021. Panelists will discuss E8 Angels’ Decarbon8-US Fund (a philanthropic investment fund that invests in decarbonization startups) and the macro trends as seen through the evaluation of the program’s finalists, and how innovative “green banks” are taking the risk out of clean energy lending for private banks, drawing them into loans they might not otherwise approve.
J. Thomas Ranken
Saif Hakim, Craft3 Mike Rea, E8 Angels Chris Rose, Renewable Energy Alaska Project
Clean energy has become central to U.S. economic growth as the current administration’s plan seeks to create jobs while simultaneously addressing carbon emissions and the climate crisis. Moreover, the pursuit of carbon neutrality by many industries and economic sectors is driving a vital workforce transformation. As we move towards our clean energy future, a large, diverse, and skilled workforce will be needed to meet our zero carbon emissions goals across all sectors, both public and private.
Gail Alexander, Cascadia College Jared Knode, Energy Northwest
Washington State Maritime Blue is working to implement the state’s strategy for the Blue Economy and accelerate Maritime’s contribution to a sustainable clean energy future. Hear how cross-sector collaboration is driving innovation, investment, and growing our Blue Economy.
In 2021 the Washington Legislature passed the Climate Commitment Act (CCA), which establishes a comprehensive program to reduce carbon pollution and achieve the greenhouse gas limits set in state law. Join our panel of thought leaders for an in-depth discussion on what CCA means for the state; equity areas; rule making; implementation plan priorities; expected scope and timing; potential challenges; and more.
In May of 2019 Governor Inslee signed into law the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), which boldly commits Washington State to an electricity supply free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Panelists will examine the implementation progress of this landmark law two years after being enacted and will consider equity areas; reporting procedures and assessments; the role of other agencies and stakeholders; and targeted outcomes for developing strategic energy plans, including clean energy implementation plans now required by law.
Jack Newman, Säzän Environmental Services
Recent groundbreaking clean energy legislation has put environmental justice and equity at the center of climate policy while addressing critical issues like air quality and equitable distribution of clean energy benefits. Hear how CETA and CCA are strengthening support for vulnerable communities, as well as how remote, underserved, and tribal communities are developing strategies for decarbonization and clean energy investments.
What is the potential for offshore wind energy development on the West Coast of the United States? Panelists will share lessons learned during recent permitting and environmental review for offshore wind development on the East Coast, examine the applicability of those lessons to advancing offshore wind projects on the West Coast, and explore unique attributes of West Coast wind development that may require novel solutions.
Ankur Tohan, K&L Gates LLP
Dan Jaynes, Aker Offshore Wind Porter Sesnon, Crowley New Energy Shannon Souza, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust
The growing need for raw materials used in clean energy manufacturing is leading to enormous increases in demand for mining companies around the world. Coupled with this unprecedented growth is the mounting pressure on the industry to commit to net-zero carbon emissions. The European Union is set to finalize a bill that will create a legally binding 2050 net-zero emissions target; cap-and-trade legislation is being passed in the United States; and shareholders are demanding change. The race to net-zero mining is on!
Amber Bieg, Warm Springs Consulting, LLC Andrew Ghattas, Natural Resources Canada
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