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
Larry Becker, Puget Sound Energy
Benjamin Berry, Bonneville Power Administration
Philip Jones, Alliance for Transportation Electrification
Jessica Matlock, Snohomish County PUD
Grid-scale storage is the key to effective integration of our growing supply of intermittent renewable energy, and many large storage projects have been around long enough to deliver real-world performance results. Review learnings from pilots and commercial projects that reveal whether these deployments are meeting expectations, both technically and financially, and where we are on the path to market adoption.
Eric Christensen, Cairncross & Hempelmann
Bob Kirchmeier, Washington Dept. of Commerce
Nate Sandvig, National Grid
Russ Weed, CleanTech Strategies LLC
Nuclear Energy has not been idle over the last 30 years since most of our existing reactors were built. New designs for reactors are surging. Whether it’s new versions of the traditional light water reactor type such as small modular reactors, or brand new designs for advanced fission design such as fast reactors, molten salt reactors or gas-cooled reactors, that provide high temperatures for industrial applications and desalination, and that burn the traditional reactor spent fuel, or whether it’s fusion reactors that fulfill the original promise of the Sun’s energy – nuclear power is set to advance again, both in America and around the world. And the Pacific Northwest is leading the way.
Jim Conca, UFA Ventures, Inc.
Lenka Kollar, NuScale Power, LLC
Derek Sutherland, CTFusion, LLC
Nick Touran, TerraPower, LLC
Join a panel of regional thought leaders for a discussion on how we can continue to build political support for clean energy and efficiency in the Northwest.
Tony Usibelli, Washington Dept. of Commerce
Reeves Clippard, A&R Solar
Nancy Hirsh, Northwest Energy Coalition
Jeff Morris, Washington State Representative
The Washington Carbon Emissions Fee and Revenue Allocation Initiative (I-1631) proposes to reduce pollution by levying a fee on greenhouse gas emissions and use the revenue to support air quality and energy projects. Join our panel of experts for an in depth look at I-1631 including: how it differs from past carbon price initiatives; who would be responsible for management and oversight; who would pay and who’s exempt; and what it could mean for the state of Washington.
Endre Szalay, K&L Gates LLP
Vladimir Gutman, Climate Solutions
Jason Kuzma, Perkins Coie LLP
Clifford Mass, University of Washington
Our region is taking bold steps to electrify the transportation system through initiatives that not only include private passenger applications but also mass transit, freight, marine, and even aviation. Learn about leading-edge programs, their objectives, implementation plans, and financing models.
Michael Breish, Washington Dept. of Commerce
Joshua Berger, Washington Dept. of Commerce
Ashish Kumar, Zunum Aero
Andrea Pratt, City of Seattle
The Northwest Energy Innovation Alliance, a multi-state collaboration for energy innovation, seeks to foster and empower relationships between universities, government labs, utilities, industry, and investment organizations across the region. Hear how the Alliance is guiding and accelerating innovations in energy technology for a sustainable and carbon-free future.
Lee Cheatham, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Rachelle Ames, CleanTech Alliance
Craig Husa, Impact Bioenergy
David Kenney, VertueLab
Daniel Schwartz, University of Washington
The concept of the Smart City is on the rise as cities around the world and here in the United States are leveraging technology in ways that go beyond improving basic services and infrastructure to address complex urban challenges like energy efficiency, decarbonization, and resiliency. Hear how the Smart City movement has taken hold in our region and how our cities are evolving into hubs for sustainable solutions and energy innovation.
Heather Mulligan, Puget Sound Energy
Matthew Combe, Seattle 2030 District
David Condon, City of Spokane
Kevin Klustner, University of Washington
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 share their perspectives on how this transformation is being stimulated through political support; societal behavior; advanced design and operational practices; and emerging technologies.
Katrina Morgan, Säzän Environmental Services
Renee Gastineau, Paladino and Company
Andrew Lee, International Living Future Institute
Hendrik Van Hemert, McKinstry