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Safe, Reliable, Affordable, and CLEAN: How Fast Can We Decarbonize?

Moderator: 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

Key Takeaways:
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

Key Takeaways:
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