Caroline Choi, SVP, Corporate Affairs, SCE
Armond Choen, Executive Director, Clean Energy Task Force
Howard Learner, Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center
Josh Richman, VP of Global Business Development and Policy, Bloom Energy Corporation
Mason Emnett, VP, Competitive Market Policy, EXELONKey Takeaways:
✓ With current technology, it’s possible to get to 100% renewable
— but we don’t yet have the tools to make it both affordable and reliable for customers.
✓ Don’t box yourself into a narrow solution-set.
Consider all options for energy-efficiency — even those that are unproven but have potential.
✓ Avoid long-term investments when possible.
Technological innovation is rapidly changing, mitigate risk by avoiding long-term plans.
Former Congressman Joe Garcia gives the keynote speech at the SEPA Power Players Awards Gala Monday night.
Innovation Studio: Smart Communities
Speakers: Gary Rackliffe, VP Smart Grids, ABB, Inc.
Prasanna Venkatesan, President & CEO, Americas, Landis+Gyr
Linda Ferrone, CCO, OUC
Melissa Lavinson, SVP, Government and External Affairs, Pepco
✓ The 1st step is identifying a unified definition of ‘smart city’
✓ If you can’t define the benefits of smart cities, you can’t define who shoulders the investment burden, or the operation structure
✓ Application, Data, & Infrastructure: the 3 building blocks of smart cities
Xcel Energy’s David Eves delivers the opening keynote speech this morning
Collaboration for Innovation and Managing Risk
Speakers: Arlen Orchard, CEO, SMUD
Scott Ungerer, Founder & Managing Director, Enertech Capital
Dillon McDonald, VP of Incubation, National Grid
✓ If you wait too long, innovation will pass you by
✓ There is risk in failing to embrace innovation, risk of losing customers and reliability
✓ We have to change the culture of utilities, boards, and other stakeholders to be open to risk