Over 200 leaders united to discuss decarbonization. Key topics included leveraging state policies, innovative financing, and federal support through the IRA and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Themes focused on AI integration, workforce readiness, supply chain fortification, and grid modernization for a sustainable future.

Event Overview

The 2nd Annual U.S. Clean Energy Transition conference will bring together federal, state and local policymakers, legislators, as well as industry representatives, NGOs and academia, to explore the latest policy and industry efforts in building a competitive America to accelerate the clean energy transition.

Participants will explore what needs to be done to best support those communities that rely heavily on carbon-intensive industries, and ways to ensure America’s continued industry strength and energy security.

Participants will also consider the different types of technologies and innovations available to support the energy transition, and the role that different industries can play.

Key Themes

Artificial Intelligence

Innovative Technologies

Green Jobs and Preparing the Workforce

Supply Chains

Resilient Grids

How to make the most out of the IRA

Speakers include

Ali Zaidi
Ali Zaidi

Assistant to the President and National Climate Advisor

White House Climate Policy Office
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U.S. Senator Peter Welch (D-VT)

Subcommittee Chair on Rural Development and Energy, Ranking Member of Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

U.S. Senate
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U.S. Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA-01)

Chair of the Conservative Climate Caucus and Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

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U.S. Congresswoman Jen Kiggans (R-VA-02)

Vice-Chair of the Conservative Climate Caucus

U.S. House of Representatives
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Jigar Shah

Director, Loan Programs Office

U.S. Department of Energy
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Mary de Wysocki

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Keishaa Austin

Acting Principal Deputy Director, Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP)

U.S. Department of Energy
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Steve Capanna

Director, Technology Policy, Office of Policy

U.S. Department of Energy
- Bella Tonkonogy, Senior Advisor, U.S. Treasury Secretary's Climate Hub, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Bella Tonkonogy

Senior Advisor, U.S. Treasury Secretary's Climate Hub

U.S. Department of the Treasury
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Sean Babington

Senior Advisor to Secretary

U.S. Department of Agrictulture
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Maria Vargas

Senior Program Advisor, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

U.S. Department of Energy
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Dr Claus Daniel

Associate Laboratory Director

Argonne National Laboratory
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Rima Oueid

Senior Commercialization Executive, Office of Technology Transitions

U.S. Department of Energy
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Zack Valdez

Advisor, Office of Manufacturing and Supply Chains

U.S. Department of Energy
Ross Templeton
Ross Templeton

Labor Policy Advisor

U.S. Department of Transportation
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Heather Reams

President

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES)
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Jon Norman

President

Hydrostor
Shally Venugopal
Shally Venugopol

Partner, Sustainability

McKinsey & Company
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Jessica Olson

Head of Global Affairs, Americas

Topsoe
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Eelco de Jong

Partner, head of AI-enabled utility service line

McKinsey & Company
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Scott Bolton

Executive Vice President, Global Policy & Regulatory Affairs

Hydrostor
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Marissa Hummon

Chief Technology Officer

Utilidata
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Dr Sweta Chakraborty

CEO of North America

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Jade Jones
Jade Jones

Director of Supply Chain Analysis

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
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Katherine Hamilton

Chair

38 North Solutions
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Justin Field

Co-Founder and President

GoodLynx
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Katie Spiker

Managing Director, Government Affairs

National Skills Coalition
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Brian L. Wolff

Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President, Public Policy and External Affairs

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
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Jad Daley

President and CEO

American Forests
Asim Haque
Asim Haque

Sr. Vice President - Governmental & Member Services

PJM Interconnection
- Jordan Berman-Cutler, Director of Policy, Federal Affairs, Invenergy
Jordan Berman-Cutler

Director of Policy, Federal Affairs

Invenergy
Jenna Peabody
Jenna Peabody

Energy Programs Outreach Specialist. Arlington initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE)

Arlington County Department of Environmental Services
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Zoe Oysul

Senior Policy Analyst

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David Hart,

Professor

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Professor David Hart

Senior Fellow, Senior Fellow, ITIF Center for Clean Energy Innovation

George Mason University
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Deidre Smith

Conference Rapporteur
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Rob Gramlich

President

GridStrategies

Program

Moderator:

  • Dr Sweta Chakraborty, CEO of North America, We Don’t Have Time (moderator)

 

Keynote Fireside Chat:

  • Jigar Shah, Director, Loan Programs Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Mary de Wysocki, Chief Sustainability Officer, Cisco

 

Keynote Address:

  • Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA-01),  Chair, Conservative Climate Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives

Artificial intelligence (AI) has tremendous potential to accelerate and support the clean energy transition, additionally the energy sector is uniquely well-positioned to benefit from these advancements, but several key barriers are preventing it from being adopted rapidly or at scale. This panel will explore the benefits of AI for the energy transition, as well as how AI technology can be scaled in a rapid, safe, and fair manner.

  • What frameworks are required to build trust in AI technology so it can serve as a catalyst and main enabler of the energy transition?
  • How can AI be leveraged to optimize energy production and distribution?
  • In what ways can AI-driven predictive analytics improve energy efficiency in buildings, industries, and transportation, thus reducing overall energy consumption and emissions?
  • How might AI-enabled smart grids enhance the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources into existing energy infrastructures, ensuring stability and reliability of supply?
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  • What role can AI play in facilitating the development and deployment of advanced energy storage solutions to overcome the intermittency challenges of renewables?
  • How can AI-driven optimization algorithms improve the design and operation of energy systems to maximize their output while minimizing environmental impacts?
  • How is AI technology generating new job opportunities

Speakers: 

  • Dr Sweta Chakraborty, CEO of North America, We Don’t Have Time (moderator)
  • Dr Claus Daniel, Associate Laboratory Director, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Charles Yang, Policy Advisor, Office of Critical and Emerging Technologies, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Eelco de Jong, Partner, Head of AI-Enabled Utility Service Line, McKinsey & Company
  • Marissa Hummon, Chief Technology Officer, Utilidata

Keynote Address

  • Congresswoman Jen Kiggans (R-VA-02), Vice-Chair, Conservative Climate Caucus and Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, U.S. House of Representatives

The United States has been a significant hub for innovation in clean energy technologies, fostering advancements across various sectors to address environmental concerns and promote sustainable development. Continued innovation will not only develop the next generation of affordable technologies needed to rapidly reduce, capture, and store greenhouse gas emissions, but also continue to grow a clean energy economy that already supports millions of clean energy jobs across the United States. Participants will hear about notable innovations and learn about the significant future opportunities continued support and funding will offer.

  • What role are Adoption Readiness Levels (ARLs) playing in assessing the readiness and potential of innovations for the clean energy transition?
  • What renewable energy sources are pathing the way to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs?
  • How are advancements in energy storage enabling efficient storage of renewable energy for use during times of high demand or when renewable sources are not available?
  • How are new technologies building a more resilient grid, capable of withstanding a wide range of challenges and ensuring a reliable energy supply for communities across the United States?

Speakers:

  • Dr David Hart, Professor, George Mason University & Senior Fellow, ITIF Center for Clean Energy Innovation (moderator)
  • Maria Vargas, Director, Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Rima Oueid, Senior Commercialization Executive, Office of Technology Transitions, U.S. Department of Energy 
  • Jon Norman, President, Hydrostror
  • Justin Field, Co-Founder, Goodlynx

Keynote Address

  • Ali Zaidi, Assistant to the President and National Climate Advisor, White House Climate Policy Office

Green jobs are pivotal in spearheading the United States’ shift towards clean energy. This transition necessitates preparing the workforce for roles in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and environmental preservation. Training programs, education initiatives, and policy support are crucial in equipping workers with the skills needed for green careers. As traditional industries evolve and new sectors emerge, investments in workforce development and retraining are essential for a smooth transition. By prioritizing green job creation and workforce preparation, the U.S. can foster economic growth while mitigating environmental impact.

  • How can we ensure equitable access to green job opportunities across diverse communities in the United States?
  • What policies and incentives are most effective in stimulating the growth of green industries and fostering job creation in the clean energy sector?
  • What specific skills and training programs are needed to effectively prepare the workforce for roles in the clean energy sector, and how can these programs be made accessible and inclusive to individuals from diverse backgrounds and communities?
  • What policies and incentives can be implemented to encourage businesses and industries to prioritize the transition to clean energy, while also ensuring a just transition for workers in traditional fossil fuel-related sectors, including retraining opportunities and job placement assistance?
  • How will the clean energy transition affect the workforce and jobs in heavy Agriculture and Rural communities?

Speakers:

  • Brian L. Wolff, Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President, Public Policy and External Affairs, The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) (moderator)
  • Keishaa Austin, Acting Principal Deputy Director, Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP), U.S. Department of Energy
  • Ross Templeton, Labor Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Shally Venugopol, Partner, Sustainability, McKinsey & Company
  • Katie Spiker, Managing Director, Government Affairs, National Skills Coalition

Developing secure domestic supply chains for clean energy technologies is critical to reducing global emissions and advancing national security. A resilient supply chain safeguards against disruptions caused by geopolitical tensions, natural disasters, or cyber threats, vital for maintaining energy stability during the transition. Dependable access to components like solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries supports the scaling of renewable energy infrastructure, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and mitigating climate change. Participants will learn about the value and impact of a robust and resilient supply chain on accelerating the clean energy transition.

  • How can we ensure reliable and resilient supply chains for clean energy technologies?
  • What strategies can be implemented to diversify and expand domestic production, reducing reliance on foreign suppliers and bolstering national security?
  • How can we incentivize R&D, promote the development of alternative materials, and strengthen international cooperation to address global supply chain challenges?
  • What measures should be taken to strengthen international cooperation to address global supply chain challenges and ensure equitable access to critical resources
  • How can we ensure sustainability and ethical sourcing practices while increasing domestic production of clean energy technologies, such as mining for rare earth minerals and the disposal of electronic waste?

Speakers:

  • Heather Reams, President, CRES Forum (moderator)
  • Zack Valdez, Advisor, Office of Manufacturing and Supply Chains, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Jade Jones, Director of Supply Chain Analysis, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
  • Zoe Oysul, Senior Policy Analyst, SAFE
  • Jordan Berman-Cutler, Director of Policy, Federal Affairs, Invenergy

The future of a secure, reliable, and resilient grid will rely heavily on expanded energy storage, smart-grid infrastructure, and new transmission that combined will allow for a seamless integration of all sources of energy. New advancements in grid software are optimizing renewable energy integration, manages demand-response systems, enhances grid stability, and facilitates efficient energy distribution, crucial for sustainability. This panel will look at the requirements needed to deploy a modern and resilient grid.

  • What are the key infrastructure upgrades required to modernize the grid, ensuring resilience against natural disasters, cyber threats, and other disruptions?
  • How can renewable energy sources like solar and wind be integrated effectively into the grid to ensure reliability and stability while minimizing intermittency issues?
  • What policies and regulations need to be implemented or revised to incentivize investment in grid modernization and resilience efforts?
  • How can advanced technologies such as smart grids, energy storage systems, and predictive analytics be leveraged to enhance grid reliability and responsiveness?
  • What strategies can be employed to enhance collaboration and coordination among utilities, government agencies, private sector stakeholders, and research institutions to accelerate the deployment of a modern and resilient grid?
  • How does the implementation of grid software for energy distribution contribute to enhancing the resilience of the grid infrastructure?

Speakers:

  • Maria Robinson, Director, Grid Deployment Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Asim Haque, Sr. Vice President – Governmental & Member Services, PJM Interconnection
  • Scott Bolton, Executive Vice President, Global Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Hydrostor
  • Rob Gramlich, President, GridStrategies (moderator)
  • Jenna Peabody, Energy Programs Outreach Specialist. Arlington initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE), Arlington County Department of Environmental Services

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) represents the United States’ biggest investment to date in fighting climate change. Beyond its pivotal role in combating climate change, the IRA emerges as a powerful driver of economic growth, disproportionately benefiting past reliance on fossil fuels. This panel will explore the various benefits of the IRA’s, primarily tax reductions and federal payments, but also its transformative potential of the Clean Energy transition.

  • What role does U.S. Departments play in implementing and overseeing the economic aspects of the Inflation Reduction Act, particularly concerning tax reductions, federal payments, and ensuring the efficient allocation of resources to support the Clean Energy transition?
  • In what ways does the IRA serve as a catalyst for economic growth, particularly in regions previously reliant on fossil fuels?
  • How can corporate’s benefit through the IRA tax reductions and federal payments, and how does this contribute to its transformative potential?
  • Beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions, what other economic benefits does the IRA offer, especially concerning local air quality improvements and domestic health and productivity gains?
  • How do projections of the IRA’s costs to the U.S. federal budget reflect its true resource costs on the economy, considering its impacts on industries like electric cars, efficient heat pumps, and clean energy infrastructure?

Speakers:

  • Steve Capanna, Director, Technology Policy, Office of Policy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Bella Tonkonogy, Senior Advisor, U.S. Treasury Secretary’s Climate Hub, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Sean Babington, Senior Advisor to Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Jessica Olson, Head of Global Affairs, Americas, Topsoe
  • Katherine Hamilton, Chair, 38 North Solutions (moderator)

Keynote Address

  • Jad Daley, President & CEO, American Forests

 

Keynote Address

  • Senator Peter Welch (D-VT), Subcommittee Chair on Rural Development and Energy, and Ranking Member of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senate

To discuss speaking opportunities, please contact:

Simon Haymansimon.hayman@techforclimateaction.com | +44 (0) 7785 795 015

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Participation fees

Corporate Organizations: $149

Reduced Rate (applies to NGOs, Not-For-Profit, Academia/Students, SMEs and Start-Ups): $39

Complimentary (applies to Government and Press): FREE

Event Venue

National Press Club
529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045

Contact

For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Simon Hayman at:

simon.hayman@techforclimateaction.com

2023 U.S. Tech for Climate Action Review

Nearly 200 attendees from Government, Industry, Academia, Venture Finance Representatives and Media gathered to discuss how technology and innovation can play a positive role in the fight against climate change.

This conference supports the Sustainable Development Goals

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