The following is the agenda for the 2022 Energy Policy Outlook Conference. Click on presenter photo to view bio. All listed times are Eastern Time. To download a PDF of the agenda, click here.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Inclusive Shared Solar Initiative: State Implementation Partner and Observer States Meeting
NASEO’s Inclusive Shared Solar Initiative (ISSI), a collaboration effort with the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association, is finishing up its initial work leading to the development of six low- to moderate-income community solar pilot projects over four states. In this session, the State Implementation Partners participating in ISSI will share updates to their pilot program progress, initial challenges and successes, and where they plan to take their pilot programs heading into Year 2 of the initiative. NASEO staff will share best practices from resources and technical assistance efforts the ISSI team completed over the past year that are available to all states.
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Energy Security Planning 2.0: What State and Territory Energy Offices Need to Know (State and Territory Energy Offices Only)
In this session, speakers will share information on relevant energy security planning provisions in the Infrastructure, Investments, and Jobs Act (IIJA) and implications for State and Territory Energy Offices’ energy security planning and plans going forward. The session will also provide an opportunity for open discussion and Q&A on the IIJA provisions. States will share experiences in developing and updating State Energy Security Plans and NASEO staff will provide an overview of NASEO resources in support of energy security planning. Discussion on key partnerships, relevant interdependencies, and past state examples will allow attendees to gain further insight into the relevancy of areas such as cybersecurity, supply chain, extreme weather, and other relevant topics as they determine the future of energy security planning in their state.
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
NASEO Board of Director Meeting (NASEO State, Territory, and Affiliate Members Only)
6:15 PM - 7:00 PM
NASEO Institute Board of Directors Meeting
Welcome and Opening Remarks
This opening session sets the stage for our conference.
David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
Kelley Smith Burk, Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
8:15 AM - 8:45 AM
Navigating 2022: Congressional Clean Energy and Climate Policy Outlook
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM
America’s Energy Infrastructure Opportunity: Economic Growth, Justice 40, and Decarbonization
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Decarbonization Pathways to Meet Our Climate Imperative
Every state and industry sector has different opportunities and paths to decarbonize in ways that ensure energy system reliability and affordability in the face of the growing public-private commitment to meet the climate imperative. This session examines the latest science and analysis about the essential energy actions that are needed, as well as specific opportunity for renewable natural gas to help meet state, local and private-sector goals.
Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act: U.S. Department of Energy Plans and Partnerships
The U.S. Department of Energy will play a central role in guiding the implementation of the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act (IIJA). This panel of senior officials from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Office of Electricity, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, and the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management will discuss relevant IIJA provisions on cybersecurity and energy emergencies, resilience and grid infrastructure, renewable energy, hydrogen, and carbon capture, utilization, and storage, among others.
Kelly Speakes-Backman, Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Patricia Hoffman, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy
Puesh Kumar, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, U.S. Department of Energy
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
COP26 Debrief: The Future of Subnational Action and Collaboration
The scale and urgency of the climate challenge requires action and coordination across all levels of government and decision-making; yet the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP) has historically focused on national and international commitments and collaborations. In this session, hear from state and business leaders who are changing the narrative by drawing attention to the critical role of subnational actors on the international climate stage.
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Keynote Luncheon:Transmission and Bulk Power: The IIJA’s New Policy, Regulatory, and Financing Authorities and FERC’s Priorities in 2022
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will play an important role in the implementation of transmission-related provisions in the IIJA. In this keynote session, Chairman Richard Glick from FERC will outline recent transmission proceedings at the Commission, new market developments, and FERC’s role in implementing the IIJA and FERC Order 2222.
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Justice 40: Planning, Strategies, and Progress
Enhancing the Transmission Grid: Technologies to Support Resilience, Efficiency, and Clean Energy
Several provisions of the IIJA focus on and provide significant funding to enhance the electricity grid’s resilience and expand its transmission capabilities. Various technologies and techniques, such as reconductoring, flow control devices, and other hard- and software, can enhance bulk power systems resilience, prevent hazards such as wildfires, boost renewable resources integration, and make transmission more efficient. This session will provide State Energy Offices with an overview of potential technologies, benefits and challenges, and outline how some of these could be implemented with state and federal funding.
Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage: Managing Carbon and the Infrastructure Act
A key thrust in the IIJA (“Infrastructure Act”) is carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), which offers an important path for greening industries and reducing climate altering emissions. Major resources will be provided through the IIJA to advance CCUS technology and infrastructure as well as utilization of captured CO2. Hear from federal, state, and private sector experts about CCUS roles and prospects and opportunities under the IIJA.
Jason Lanclos, Director, Technology Assessment Division, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
Jessie Stolark, Public Policy and Member Relations Manager, Carbon Capture Coalition
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Colonial Pipeline Incident: Enhancements to State Energy Security Planning and Industry-Government Collaboration
The Colonial Pipeline Incident in May of 2021 has served as a significant impetus for enhanced cybersecurity regulation, investment, and planning. Many State Energy Offices took the incident as an opportunity to examine state energy security plans, communication strategies, and interdependencies between energy sectors. As states, the federal government, and private industry in both the electricity and oil and natural gas subsectors all endeavor to reduce cyber risks and mitigate the impacts of such attacks, coordination and information-sharing remains a key element to success. Further, several key provisions in the IIJA are dedicated to enhancing energy sector cybersecurity. While the implementation of the IIJA is only at the beginning, a definitive requirement is government and industry collaboration. This session will highlight lessons learned and actions taken since Colonial and will feature remarks from sector experts on the imperative of states and State Energy Offices to remain key partners in energy sector cybersecurity.
Suzanne Lemieux, Director, Operations Security and Emergency Response Policy, American Petroleum Institute
Take a Load Off: Distributed Energy Resources, Storage, Buildings, and the Grid Working Together
Increasingly, power loads in buildings and other applications can be managed as flexible grid assets to serve economic, environmental, and resilience needs. Traditional demand response is evolving into more dynamic, sophisticated, and precise grid-interactive demand flexibility, where diverse distributed energy uses, storage, and generation can be orchestrated into virtual power plants (VPPs). Hear from public and private sector leaders about policy, regulatory, and technical advances and opportunities, such as through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (aka Infrastructure Act) and other funding.
Dr. Karen Wayland, Chief Executive Officer, GridWise Alliance
James Campbell, Director, Innovation and Sustainability Policy, PacifiCorp/Berkshire Hathaway Energy
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Energy and Transportation Collaboration: Federal-State Plans and Partnerships
The U.S. Department of Energy (U.S. DOE) and U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) are working together to coordinate on clean transportation development and deployment through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. During this session, leaders from U.S. DOE and U.S. DOT, as well as the newly created Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, will share the latest sustainable transportation updates and developments from the Biden Administration, as well as anticipated next steps with program roll-out under the Infrastructure Act.
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM
Zero Emission Fleets: Integrating Public-Private Financing
As more zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) options come onto the market, modernizing fleet vehicles present an opportunity for State governments to reduce energy use, save on fuel imports, and mitigate pollution in their transportation sector. Additionally, targeting investments to fleet emissions improvement can support low-income and overburdened communities that may not be able to afford electric vehicles. This session will explore new funding and financing options to deploy ZEV fleet vehicles, in particular leveraging opportunities in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for fleet electrification.
Hydrogen: Key Element for Decarbonization
Hydrogen, directly and via derivatives like carbon-neutral ammonia, provides a key path to decarbonize hard-to-electrify industrial, transport, agricultural, and energy operations while offering economic development opportunities for both new and existing industries. As a key focus of the IIJA (“Infrastructure Act”), major resources will be dedicated to advance hydrogen RD&D, regional hubs, and technology deployment while innovative businesses already spearhead new technologies. Hear from industry, government, and non-governmental leaders about this key element for decarbonization.
Pablo Koziner, President, Energy and Commercial, Nikola Corporation
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Grid Investments for Rapid, Affordable Transportation Electrification
As the transportation sector continues to electrify, grid investments will be necessary to ensure that electric vehicle charging is widely available, reliable, and affordable. This will require coordination between State Energy Offices, electric service providers, infrastructure providers, and Public Service Commissions to ensure cohesive nationwide infrastructure upgrades and electricity availability. This session will explore opportunities for states to enhance grid functionality to prepare for widespread transportation electrification, and cover provisions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act available to support these efforts.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
The Blueprint for More Efficient, Resilient and Responsive Buildings from Energy Codes
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides funding for states to voluntarily pursue stretch energy codes, measure energy code compliance, update energy codes, and address implementation and training in rural, suburban, and urban areas. Through IIJA funding, states can improve the resilience, efficiency, and affordability of their building stock. This session will examine opportunities to improve the building stock in a variety of ways, from improving compliance with current codes to adopting stretch energy codes.
Keynote Luncheon: The Road to Decarbonization – One Heat Pump, Building, and Community at a Time
Since its founding in 2012, Brooklyn-based energy technology startup BlocPower™ has made headlines as a pioneer in electrification, clean tech disruptor, and champion of environmental justice. Join Chief Executive Officer Donnel Baird as he shares BlocPower’s vision for an electrified, decarbonized, and equitable energy future.
Schools Energy Partnerships: State Energy Office Coordination and Assistance Initiatives
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 provides $500 million for investment in improving the energy efficiency of K-12 schools to be distributed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). These funds may be used for traditional building energy efficiency improvements, as well as investments in alternative fuel vehicle fleets, charging infrastructure, and renewable energy. In partnership with DOE’s Building Technologies Office, NASEO is supporting DOE’s Efficient and Healthy Schools initiative and facilitating the deepening of State Energy Office and state and local educational agency relationships. This session will bring together experts from the national laboratories, school stakeholder groups, and State Energy Offices to identify ways to deepen and expand relationships between energy offices and educational agencies to ensure that school investments support healthy outcomes for students while providing improved energy efficiency and lower air pollution and carbon emissions.
Al Christopher, Director Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program, Virginia Department of Energy
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
U.S. State Energy Program: Multi-Year Planning, Metrics, and Assistance
State Energy Offices will receive $500 million in U.S. State Energy Program (SEP) funds through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and are scoping opportunities to adequately plan for and deploy funds to maximize impact and enable clean energy deployment and economic growth. During this session, states will share preliminary plans for program and project implementation using SEP funds and engage in a conversation with representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office technical assistance needs.
Achieving Implementation Impact through Efficient Reporting, Tracking, and Administration (Sponsored Session)
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act brings much-needed new funding to critical programs like the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Weatherization Assistance Program. Yet, the scale of funding and new compliance rules introduce administrative challenges that may distract from maximizing true program impacts. In this discussion with Hancock Software CEO Lily Li, learn best practices for managing the administrative challenges of IIJA implementation and the potential benefits of investing in solutions to better track, report, and coordinate programs.
Lily Li, Chief Executive Officer and Product Architect, Hancock Software
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Building Auditor Training and Revolving Loan Fund Optimization
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) offers several opportunities for funds that State Energy Offices can leverage to support energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades of residential and commercial buildings in their states. The IIJA offers states a new round of funds to develop new Revolving Loan Funds to support investments in the residential and commercial sectors, as well as a competitive funding opportunity for building auditor training. Optimizing the use of these funds will require careful planning and coordination between State Energy Offices and other entities in their states as well as the U.S. Department of Energy. This session will explore best practices for the development and implementation of Revolving Loan Funds as well as for building auditor training programs and provide information on how State Energy Offices can maximize the impact of these funding opportunities.
David Althoff Jr., Director, Energy Programs Office, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Kara Saul Rinaldi, President and Chief Executive Officer, AnnDyl Policy Group, LLC
Matthew Brown, Co-Chair and Founder, National Energy Improvement Fund, LLC
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
NASEO’s Regional IIJA Roundtable
For several months, State Energy Offices have been considering how they may approach the many competing Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act opportunities in partnership with various federal agencies (DOE, USDA, DOT, EPA) and private- and public-sector partners. While federal plans are still emerging, many states are exploring ways that IIJA implementation can support state energy priorities by examining potential partnerships, considering staffing and consulting needs, identifying metrics, and refining stakeholder engagement strategies. This “round-robin session” includes updates from states in each of the six NASEO regions sharing their initial implementation ideas, needs, and considerations, and taking audience questions and suggestions to leverage results and speed planning and investment.
Fireside Chat with Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz: Clean Energy Transition and Transformation
Data, decision-making, and strategic investments are tools of critical importance as the United States addresses the climate challenge. In this fireside chat with the Honorable Energy Ernest J. Moniz, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Futures Initiative and 13th U.S. Secretary of Energy, attendees will learn of a vision for a clean energy transition that harnesses the power of policy, technology innovation, and infrastructure investment to advance a sustainable and inclusive U.S. economy and workforce.
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Low- and Moderate-Income Solar and Energy Efficiency Strategies
Affordable housing has been historically underserved in clean energy programs. Yet, addressing the urgent need across many communities for healthy, energy-efficient, and affordable homes with access to electrification, solar, and storage technologies can be decisive in State Energy Offices’ work to address climate, equity, and resilience. In this session, hear about programs at the forefront of such efforts.
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants: Model Programs and Projects
Washington Playbook 2022: Reconciliation, Taxation, and Appropriations
Jeffrey Genzer, General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials
Wrap-Up and Adjourn
David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
Kelley Smith Burk, Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry leads NASEO's policy actions and programs in support of the 56 governor-designated state and territory energy directors and their offices. NASEO communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues. Mr. Terry has participated in governor-led policy meetings, testified before U.S. Congressional Committees and presented at White House and international energy forums. Mr. Terry has 25 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy and Coalition and Energy Services Coalition. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was researcher at the National Academy of Sciences and a statistical analyst for a consumer products market research firm. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.
General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials
Jeff Genzer has been Counsel to NASEO since the organization began in 1986. He represents the organization before Congress and the Administration, working closely with David Terry and the NASEO staff. He has also practiced energy and environmental law since 1985 at the law firm of Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer and Pembroke, PC. Mr. Genzer serves as President of the law firm. Prior to going into private law practice, he served as counsel and energy lobbyist for the Energy and Environment Committee of the National Governors Association. Mr. Genzer also worked on low income energy issues for the National Consumer Law Center. He began his energy career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia 41 years ago.
Kelley Smith Burk
Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Kelley Smith Burk has been with the Florida Office of Energy since 2008 and oversaw the development and administration of over $176 million of federal and state grants to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. Kelley serves as the director for the Office of Energy. Kelley is responsible for leading the Office of Energy as it develops energy policy and implements programs as well as promotes the use of renewable energy, energy efficient technologies, and alternative transportation technologies for the state of Florida.
Prior to joining the department, Kelley worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Strategic Projects and Planning as a policy analyst for the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change. Kelley has also served as the director of Scheduling in the Executive Office of the Governor. Kelley received her bachelor’s degree in history from Florida State University and her master’s degree in public policy from Pepperdine University.
Director Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program, Virginia Department of Energy
Director, Technology Assessment Division, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
Jason Lanclos, P.E. (Jason) has worked at the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) since August of 2018. After serving as the Deputy Executive Director of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) for the Governor’s Office since 2014, Mr. Lanclos took the opportunity to return to working in the oil and gas and emerging energy technologies sector at LDNR after working in private industry for almost 13 years. Mr. Lanclos currently serves as the director of the State Energy Office and Technology Assessment Division of LDNR. Mr. Lanclos is currently serving as the coalition representative for the State and Midwest region on CCUS technologies and is a central board member for the National Association of State Energy Officials. Mr. Lanclos has worked on and managed a variety of projects/programs in the oil and gas sector during his time in private industry and managed one of the largest ecosystem restoration efforts for the State of Louisiana while at CPRA. He holds a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Louisiana State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
The Honorable Richard Glick
Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Chairman Richard Glick was named by President Biden to be Chairman of the Federal Regulatory Commission on January 21, 2021 and is serving a Commission term that ends June 30, 2022.
Glick was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Donald J. Trump in August 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 2, 2017.
Before joining the Commission, he was general counsel for the Democrats on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, serving as a senior policy advisor on numerous issues including electricity and renewable energy.
Prior to that, he was vice president of government affairs for Iberdrola’s renewable energy, electric and gas utility, and natural gas storage businesses in the United States. He ran the company’s Washington, DC, office and was responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. businesses’ federal legislative and regulatory policy advocacy strategies.
Glick previously served as a director of government affairs for PPM Energy and before that was director of government affairs for PacifiCorp. He served as a senior policy advisor to U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, and before that was legislative director and chief counsel to U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers of Arkansas. From 1988-1992 Commissioner Glick was an associate with the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand.
He is a graduate of George Washington University and Georgetown Law. He and his wife Erin have a son.
Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy
Serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Ms. Patricia A. Hoffman also served as Acting Under Secretary for Science and Energy from January 2017 until November 2017 when the U.S. Senate confirmed Mark Menezes as Under Secretary of Energy. Ms. Hoffman served as Acting Assistant Secretary for OE from January 2017 until October 2017 when the OE Assistant Secretary was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Ms. Hoffman was named Assistant Secretary for OE from June 2010 to January 2017, after serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary since November 2007. The focus of her responsibility was to provide leadership on a national level to modernize the electric grid, enhance the security and reliability of the energy infrastructure and facilitate recovery from disruptions to the energy supply both domestically and internationally. This is critical to meeting the Nation’s growing demand for reliable electricity by overcoming the challenges of our Nation’s aging electricity transmission and distribution system and addressing the vulnerabilities in our energy supply chain.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Hoffman served in a dual capacity as Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Research and Development (R&D) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) within OE. During her tenure as the DAS for R&D, she developed the long-term research strategy and improved the management portfolio of research programs for modernizing and improving the resiliency of the electric grid. This included developing and implementing sensors and operational tools for wide-area monitoring, energy storage research and demonstration and the development of advanced conductors to increase the capacity and flexibility of the grid. She also initiated a new research effort focused on integrating and distributing renewable energy through the electric grid, such as promoting plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and implementing smart grid technologies to maintain system reliability. As COO, she managed the OE business operations, including human resources, budget development, financial execution, and performance management.
Prior to joining OE, she was the Program Manager for the Federal Energy Management Program within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at DOE. This program guides the Federal government to “lead by example” promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart energy management. Complementing her building energy efficiency experience, she also was the Program Manager for the Distributed Energy Program, which conducted research on advanced natural gas power generation and combined heat and power systems. Her accomplishments included the successful completion of the Advanced Turbine System program resulting in a high-efficiency industrial gas turbine power generation product.
Ms. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, U.S. Department of Energy
Kumar leads DOE’s mission to address cyber, physical, and natural hazards and threats to the U.S. energy infrastructure. Kumar has over 15 years of experience in grid modernization, cybersecurity, and emergency response within the energy sector.
Most recently, Kumar was the principal manager for cybersecurity engineering and risk management at Southern California Edison. There, he led a team that addressed cyber threats to critical infrastructure at one of the largest electric utilities in the United States.
Kumar previously served as director of preparedness and exercises for CESER’s Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration division and as senior advisor for policy and strategy at CESER. In those capacities, he led the development of national-level policies, strategies, and programs related to energy sector hazards and threats.
Kumar has also held industry positions at the American Public Power Association as director of engineering and operations and at Memphis Light, Gas, and Water as a power systems engineer.
Dr. Jennifer Wilcox
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, U.S. Department of Energy
Jennifer Wilcox, the PDAS in the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management at DOE, was the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. As a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute, she led WRI’s Carbon Removal Program.
Having grown up in rural Maine, Wilcox has a profound respect and appreciation of nature. That appreciation permeates her work; she focuses on minimizing the negative impacts of humankind on our natural environment. Wilcox holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and an M.A. in Chemistry from the University of Arizona and B.A. in Mathematics from Wellesley College.
Wilcox's research takes aim at the nexus of energy and the environment, developing both mitigation and adaptation strategies to minimize negative climate impacts associated with society's dependence on fossil fuels. She has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society to assess carbon capture methods and impacts on climate. She is the author of the first textbook on carbon capture, Carbon Capture, published in March 2012. She co-edited the CDR Primer on carbon dioxide removal in 2021.
David Althoff Jr.
Director, Energy Programs Office, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
David has worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for over 27years. David’s office, the Energy Programs Office, is involved in supporting, designing and implementing energy focused programs to encourage the development and deployment of energy efficiency and alternative energy projects in Pennsylvania. The Energy Program’s Office’s mission is to support energy activities which result in environmental improvements including mitigating the effects of and adapting to climate change.
During his career with DEP, David has led the development and implementation of several significant energy incentive programs including deployment of $125 Million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Stimulus funds, the $100 million Pennsylvania Sunshine Program, a $20 million Program focusing on encouraging natural gas use in on-road heavy duty vehicle fleets and a $15 million Green Energy Revolving Loan Fund.
David and his staff lead the very popular Pennsylvania Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Programs distributing nearly $5 Million annually to support alternative fuel use in the transportation sector in Pennsylvania. In addition, Dave and a few key staff persons have spent the last two years developing Pennsylvania’s Electric Vehicle Roadmap and creating an EV focused stakeholder group, the Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition. David is also the acting Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority and is currently working on behalf of PEDA to develop a Pennsylvania Green Bank Partnership.
Dave is a life-long Pennsylvanian, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and lives in Hummelstown, PA.
Public Policy and Member Relations Manager, Carbon Capture Coalition
Jessie Stolark joined the Coalition in November 2019 from Third Way, where she has been a Policy Advisor managing the Climate and Energy Program’s carbon capture and industrial decarbonization portfolio. In that role, she provided advice and counsel on carbon capture policy and served as that organization’s principal liaison to the Carbon Capture Coalition.
Previously, Jessie served as a Policy Associate at the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Geosciences from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Environmental Science from Bryn Mawr College. She currently serves on the board of the Women’s Council for Energy and Environment.
Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Kelly Speakes-Backman is the Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy. In her role, Speakes-Backman leads and directs EERE, focused on creating and sustaining American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. She oversees the planning and execution of the organization’s $2.8B portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation.
Speakes-Backman most recently served as the first CEO of the Energy Storage Association, the national trade organization for the energy storage industry. She has spent more than 20 years working in energy and environmental issues in the public, NGO, and private sectors. In 2019, Speakes-Backman was honored by The Cleanie Awards as Woman of the Year.
Founder and President, Grid Strategies LLC
Rob Gramlich is Founder and President of Grid Strategies LLC where he provides economic policy analysis for clients on electric transmission and power markets in pursuit of low-cost de-carbonization. He serves as Executive Director of Americans for a Clean Energy Grid, Executive Director of the WATT Coalition, on the board of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy Foundation, on the Advisory Council for the Energy Systems Integration Group, and on the Advisory Board of the National Regulatory Research Institute’s Regulatory Training Institute.
Rob oversaw transmission and power market policy for the American Wind Energy Association from 2005 through 2016 as Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs, Interim CEO, and Policy Director. He was Economic Advisor to FERC Chairman Pat Wood III from 2001 to 2005, Senior Economist at PJM Interconnection in 1999 and 2000, Senior Associate at PG&E National Energy Group in 2000-2001, and an analyst at the FERC Office of Economic Policy, ICF Resources, the World Resources Institute, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the 1990s. He testifies frequently before the US Congress, US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), US Department of Energy, and state legislatures and regulatory commissions. He has served on advisory committees for the U.S. Department of Energy and the North American Energy Standards Board, on boards of a number of regional clean energy organizations, as Vice Chair of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, and as Interim Executive Director of the Wind Energy Foundation (now Wind-Solar Alliance).
Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Patrick Woodcock was named DOER Commissioner in February 2020. Formerly, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Undersecretary of Energy, Commissioner Woodcock was named Acting Commissioner in December 2019 and served in this role until his current appointment.
Woodcock joined the Baker-Polito Administration in 2017 and served as the Undersecretary of Energy in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for over two years. In that position, Woodcock oversaw the Department of Energy Resources and the Department of Public Utilities. Woodcock serves on the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Board and Investment Committee, represents Massachusetts on the Boards of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. and National Association of State Energy Officials, and is a member of the Energy Facilities Siting Board.
Prior to his time in the administration, Woodcock was Director of the Maine State Energy Office, a position he held from 2013 through 2016. Previously, Woodcock worked for United States Senator Olympia Snowe in her Washington, D.C. office. Woodcock graduated from Bowdoin College and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government.
Director, Innovation and Sustainability Policy, PacifiCorp/Berkshire Hathaway Energy
James Campbell is the Director of Innovation and Sustainability Policy at Rocky Mountain Power. James joined Rocky Mountain Power in 2007 where he worked on crafting corporate environmental policy and strategy and designed and implemented the company’s GHG Cap and Trade program in California. He has successfully led major pieces of legislation enabling innovative technologies including most recently the creation of a $50 million EV infrastructure program in Utah, He has led projects that have been awarded over $15 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to joining RMP, James was the staff lead for Utah Governor Jon Huntsman’s Renewable Energy Initiative and Blue Ribbon Advisory Council for Climate Change. James earned a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering, a Masters in Environmental Engineering, and a Masters in Business Administration all from the University of Utah.
Kara Saul Rinaldi
President and Chief Executive Officer, AnnDyl Policy Group, LLC
Kara has twenty-five years of experience in advocacy, policy strategy development, lobbying, and media relations. As one of the leading energy and climate policy experts, she has directed national policy, communications, and grassroots campaigns leading advocacy efforts with the Administration and Congress on tax, appropriations, authorization, and climate change policy for national and international NGOs and corporations.
Prior to starting AnnDyl Policy Group, she held positions as the Policy Expert on Energy and Climate Change for ERM, a multi-national environmental consultancy firm; the Director of Government and Public Affairs for Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 company that is a leader in insulation technologies; and, the Senior Director of Policy for the Alliance to Save Energy. Kara has been elected to the board of various energy and environmental groups and coalitions; and, has used her contacts with the non-profit community to assist industry in stakeholder engagement to advance clean and efficient energy policy. Kara has also worked on the Climate Change Campaign for the World Wildlife Fund as well as in the offices of Rep. Lynn C. Woolsey (D-Calif.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).
Kara has testified before congressional committees on energy policy and appeared in a variety of media, including: Fox News, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CNBC, Business Week, USA Today, and The New York Times. She also appears in podcasts and as a news guest for National Public Radio. She has authored numerous articles on energy policy for trade publications and provided many keynote and panel presentations on energy and climate policy. She has also led delegations and ran strategy efforts at numerous UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) meetings.
Kara holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego. She is fluent in English and French.
Director of Public Policy, CTC Global Corporation
David works with CTC Global Corporation as Director of Public Policy where he communicates with Federal and State policy makers about the benefits of using high performance transmission conductors to increase electric grid efficiency, capacity, and resilience. With over 39 years of experience in energy service and technology companies, his experience has been in both the regulated electric utility industry as well as the fast-paced electric technology development world. He is an executive with S&P 100 managerial experience, an adviser to multiple electric technology startup companies, and participated in the White House Executive Exchange Program. David has a Bachelor of Nuclear Engineering (Georgia Tech); Bachelor of Arts – Religion, Psychology (Lee University); MBA Studies at Georgia State University; and International Business Studies at Harvard University.
Director, Operations Security and Emergency Response Policy, American Petroleum Institute
Dr. Andrew McAllister
Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Andrew McAllister was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in May 2012. He fills the Economist Member position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.
Mr. McAllister has over 20 years of technical, programmatic and policy experience in the fields of energy management, efficiency and renewable generation. Before joining the Commission, he worked at the California Center for Sustainable Energy for six years, most recently as managing director and director of policy and strategy. Previously, he worked with NRECA International Ltd. in the electric sectors of countries in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa on a variety of load management, generation and utility planning projects. He was a project manager at an energy consulting firm and worked as an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has published on various energy topics in academic, trade, and popular journals.
Andrew studied both engineering sciences and art history at Dartmouth College and holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
Dr. Karen Wayland
Chief Executive Officer, GridWise Alliance
Dr. Karen Wayland is a recognized expert in national energy and environmental policy and served in leadership positions at the highest levels of government and nonprofits. Through her business, kW Energy Strategies, she has been providing strategic consulting on grid modernization policy, coalition building and communications for major clean energy companies, national environmental organizations, local officials, and foundations. At the U.S. Department of Energy during the Obama Administration, she established a team for Secretary Moniz to conduct analyses and develop strategies for DOE’s work with states, local authorities, served on leadership team for the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), and was the primary author of the QER “Modernizing the Grid” chapter and policy recommendations. She also served as Senior Advisor for Domestic Energy Policy to the Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall. Dr. Wayland worked on energy and climate legislation for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid when he was Majority Whip. She has extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations, including as CEO of the Clean Energy Project, Legislative Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Director on the Board of Center for Sustainable Energy, and Distinguished Associate at former Secretary Moniz’ think tank Energy Futures Initiative. She has been the Policy Advisor to GridWise Alliance for the last year. Dr. Wayland is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy and an Equity in Energy Ambassador at the US DOE. She holds a Master of Science from the University of Connecticut and a Dual Ph.D. in the fields of geochemistry and resource development from Michigan State University.
President, Energy and Commercial, Nikola Corporation
Chief Executive Officer and Product Architect, Hancock Software
Responsible for the vision, innovation and growth of Hancock Software. In 2004 Lily created the company's first software system that helped energy efficiency programs service low income households. Under her leadership, the company has emerged as the top cloud and mobile software provider for the Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program and has expanded its reach to utilities and commercial and industrial energy efficiency providers. Lily is fluent in three languages and earned a MS and BS in optics from one of China's most prestigious universities, Zhejiang University.
Co-Chair and Founder, National Energy Improvement Fund, LLC
Matthew has worked in the energy finance and policy field for more than 25 years, beginning his work with the accounting and consulting firm of KPMG in New York. He subsequently worked with an environmental, energy and finance consulting firm conducting research on viability of clean coal companies in the late 1980s. He went on to work with the City of New York, where he was in charge of establishing public-private partnerships for the financing of natural gas fueling stations, among other related activities.
In 1994 he moved to Denver where he headed the National Conference of State Legislatures energy program for 11 years. In this role, he directed a program that provided non-partisan advice on a wide variety of state clean energy policies, including renewable energy standards, tax policy, and establishment of public benefit funds, among numerous other roles. During this time, he testified in more than 35 state legislatures, as well as in front of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In 2005, Matthew moved to Paris, France to begin consulting work with the International Energy Agency, focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Upon his return to Colorado, Matthew built upon his background in a combination of clean energy policy and finance to develop an extensive practice that involves assisting state governments, utilities, lenders, the U.S. Department of Energy, national associations and others in the area of clean energy finance.
As Co-Chair and Founder of the National Energy Improvement Fund (NEIF) he provides strategic direction for the overall activities of the firm, co-leads all capital raise activities to satisfy loan and other capital needs, and leads implementation of the firm’s commercial and rebate advance product activities. Prior to founding of NEIF, Matthew was principal with Harcourt Brown and Carey, a clean energy finance consulting firm. In that role he, among many other activities, led HB&C’s engagement with the four California investor owned utilities to develop and implement energy efficiency financing programs as well as a similar engagement to develop a third party financing program with utility bill collections for utilities, utility commissions, energy offices or others in many other locations including Michigan, Colorado, New York, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Wisconsin and elsewhere. Matthew has worked extensively with financial institutions to advise on deployment of capital through loans and leases for clean energy in the western United States as well as nationally. Matthew’s expertise in advising governments that are looking to support financing program development and has developed multiple public-private partnerships between state governments and private capital providers and lenders.
Matthew holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School.
Chief Executive Officer, BlocPower
Donnel Baird is the founder of BlocPower, a clean tech startup based in New York City. BlocPower develops portfolios of clean energy retrofit opportunities in underserved communities and connects those opportunities to investors seeking social, environmental, and financial returns. BlocPower creates jobs for qualified local low-income workers, energy savings for community institutions, reduces carbon emissions, and provides returns to investors. In 2021, the company announced a historic partnership with Ithaca, New York to decarbonize all of the city’s buildings—the first such project in the United States. BlocPower is backed by Kapor Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Eric and Wendy Schmidt, the American Family Institute for social and environmental impact, and Salesforce. Baird is a graduate of Duke University and Columbia Business School, where he was a recipient of the Board of Overseers Fellowship and a recipient of investment from the Lang Fund for Entrepreneurial Initiatives. He spent four years as a political and community organizer, and more than two years managing a national initiative to leverage American Reinvestment and Recovery Act energy efficiency investments in underserved communities. He sits on various boards including the New York Federal Reserve Bank Advisory Board. Baird lives in New Jersey with his wife and son.
The Honorable Ernest J. Moniz
President and Chief Executive Officer, Energy Futures Initiative
Ernest J. Moniz is the CEO of Energy Futures Initiative and EJM Associates. He served as the thirteenth United States Secretary of Energy from 2013 to January 2017. In that role, he advanced energy technology innovation, nuclear security and strategic stability, cutting-edge capabilities for the American scientific research community, and environmental stewardship. He also strengthened the Department of Energy’s (DOE) strategic partnerships with its seventeen national laboratories to produce science-based policy proposals that attracted strong bipartisan support.
A key architect of the Paris Agreement on climate change and Mission Innovation at COP 21, Professor Moniz championed international initiatives that placed energy, science, and technological innovation at the center of the global response to the climate crisis. He also negotiated the historic Iran nuclear agreement alongside Secretary of State John Kerry. Today Professor Moniz also serves as CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a non-profit organization that has advanced innovative solutions for securing nuclear materials, building international cooperation for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, preventing the spread of disease, and reducing radiological threats.
Professor Moniz was the Founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. He received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in physics from Boston College, a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and has received multiple honorary doctorates.