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.

Tuesday 8 February 2022
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Ballroom I, Ballroom Level
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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 Investment 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 of 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.

Moderator
  • Megan Levy, Resilience Strategist and Energy Assurance Coordinator, Office of Energy Innovation, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
4:45 PM - 6:00 PM Ballroom I, Ballroom Level
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NASEO Board of Director Meeting (NASEO State, Territory, and Affiliate Members Only)

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  • Kelley Smith Burk, Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • John Williams, Vice President, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
  • The Honorable John Curtis, Member, Energy and Commerce Committee and Chair, Conservative Climate Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives (virtual)
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Ballroom I, Ballroom Level
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NASEO Institute Board of Directors Meeting (By Invitation Only)

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Wednesday 9 February 2022
8:15 AM - 8:45 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Welcome and Opening Remarks

This opening session sets the stage for our conference.

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  • David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
  • Kelley Smith Burk, Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Nuclear Energy Today: Opportunities for Carbon-Free Innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) seeks to maintain the existing fleet of nuclear reactors and support the deployment of advanced nuclear technologies. Some of NE’s recent initiatives support the development of advanced small modular reactors, fuel cycle options, and advanced modeling and simulation. This session will provide information on NE’s current priorities and opportunities for states to engage on policy and program development.

Moderator
  • David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
Presenter
  • Andrew Griffith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Supply Chain, Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (virtual)
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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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 and advance growing public and 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.

Moderator
  • Joe Pater, Director, Office of Energy Innovation, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
Presenters
  • Dr. Karl Hausker, Senior Fellow, Climate Program, World Resources Institute
  • Richard Meyer, Vice President, Energy Markets, Analysis, and Standards, American Gas Association
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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America’s Energy Infrastructure Opportunity

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  • Kelley Smith Burk, Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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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, the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, and the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management will discuss IIJA provisions relevant to cybersecurity and energy emergencies, resilience and grid infrastructure, renewable energy, hydrogen, and carbon capture, utilization, and storage, among others.

Moderator
  • Kelley Smith Burk, Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Presenters
  • Kelly Speakes-Backman, Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (virtual)
  • Patricia Hoffman, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy (virtual)
  • Puesh Kumar, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, U.S. Department of Energy (virtual)
  • Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, U.S. Department of Energy (virtual)
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Fireside Chat: 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.

Moderator
  • Alexa Voytek, Energy Programs Administrator, Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Presenters
  • Scott Glenn, Chief Energy Officer, Hawaii State Energy Office
  • Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Achieving Climate and Energy Goals through Infrastructure Investment: Plans and Priorities from the White House

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  • Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor, Executive Office of the President
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Kennedy Ballroom, Ballroom Level
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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 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). In this keynote session, Chairman Richard Glick will outline recent transmission proceedings, new market developments, and FERC’s role in implementing the IIJA and FERC Order 2222.

Moderator
  • John Williams, Vice President, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
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1:00 PM - 1:15 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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NASEO Congressional Honoree: Senator Jeanne Shaheen

In this session, join NASEO members in recognizing Senator Jeanne Shaheen for her tireless commitment to clean energy, energy affordability, and the work of the State Energy Offices.

Moderators
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Justice 40: Planning, Strategies, and Progress

Justice40 is the Biden Administration’s hallmark initiative to advance environmental justice and economic opportunity. Through Justice40, federal agencies will work to deliver at least 40 percent of benefits from federal investments to disadvantaged communities. Via Justice40 and other opportunities, State Energy Offices can make targeted investments in underserved communities. This session will provide updates, resources, and opportunities for State Energy Offices interested in applying the lessons of Justice40 in their own work.

Moderator
  • Dr. Sumesh Arora, Director, Energy and Natural Resources Division, Mississippi Development Authority
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Enhancing the Transmission Grid: Technologies to Support Resilience, Efficiency, and Clean Energy

Several provisions of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) focus on and provide significant funding to enhance the electric 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 system 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.

Moderator
  • Judy Chang, Undersecretary of Energy and Climate Solutions, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Presenters
  • Michael Pesin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Advanced Grid Research and Development, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy (virtual)
  • David Townley, Director of Public Policy, CTC Global Corporation
  • Rob Gramlich, Founder and President, Grid Strategies LLC
  • Liza Reed, Research Manager for Low Carbon Technology Policy, Niskanen Center
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level

Break

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage: Managing Carbon and the Infrastructure Act

A key thrust of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) 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, prospects, and opportunities under the IIJA.

Moderator
  • Jason Lanclos, Director, Technology Assessment Division, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
Presenters
  • Dr. Emily Grubert, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Carbon Management, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, U.S. Department of Energy (virtual)
  • Jessie Stolark, Public Policy and Member Relations Manager, Carbon Capture Coalition
  • Matt Hagen, Senior Business Development Manager, Air Products and Chemicals
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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DOE Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs: Priorities and State Engagement

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs (CI) provides guidance on legislative and policy issues, informs constituencies on energy matters, and serves as a liaison between the Department, states, and other important stakeholder groups.  This session provides the latest on CI’s engagement approach and the outlook for DOE Congressional engagement.

Moderator
  • Robert Jackson, Director, Energy Office, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Presenter
  • Dr. Ali Nouri, Assistant Secretary, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy (virtual)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Roosevelt Room, Ballroom Level
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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 endeavor to reduce cyber risks and mitigate the impacts of on petroleum products, coordination and information-sharing remains a key element to success. Further, several key provisions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (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 feature an intimate, deep-dive discussion of lessons learned and actions taken since Colonial, and it will highlight the need for State Energy Offices to remain key partners in energy sector cybersecurity.

Moderator
  • Ben Bolton, Senior Energy Programs Administrator, Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Presenters
  • Kate Marks, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, U.S. Department of Energy (virtual)
  • Suzanne Lemieux, Director, Operations Security and Emergency Response Policy, American Petroleum Institute
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Ballroom I, Ballroom Level
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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. Hear from public and private sector leaders about policy, regulatory, and technical advances and opportunities, such as through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and other funding.

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Presenters
  • Dr. Karen Wayland, Chief Executive Officer, GridWise Alliance
  • James Campbell, Director, Innovation and Sustainability Policy, PacifiCorp/Berkshire Hathaway Energy
  • Lloyd Kass, Vice President of Market Development and Regulatory Strategy, Franklin Energy
Thursday 10 February 2022
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Energy and Transportation Collaboration: Federal-State Plans and Partnerships

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) are working together to coordinate on clean transportation development and deployment through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. During this session, leaders from DOE and 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, and will engage in a discussion with NASEO and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials on ways that states and federal agencies can work together to support transportation electrification.

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  • Michael Berube, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (virtual)
  • Andrew Wishnia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation (virtual)
  • Alex Schroeder, Interim Executive Lead, Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (virtual)
  • Jim Tymon, Executive Director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
  • David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Zero Emission Fleets: Integrating Public-Private Financing

As more zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) options come onto the market, modernizing fleet vehicles presents an opportunity for state and local 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 and public-private partnerships to deploy ZEV school buses, in particular leveraging opportunities in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for fleet electrification.

Moderator
  • Karen Lasure, Energy Development Specialist, Office of Energy, West Virginia Department of Economic Development
Presenters
  • Claire Alford, Associate, Market Development, Highland Electric Fleets
  • Keith Dennis, President, Beneficial Electrification League
  • Karl Simon, Director, Transportation and Climate Division, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Presentations
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Hydrogen: Accelerating the Transition to a Cleaner Future

Hydrogen is emerging as a key option to aid in decarbonizing such industry sectors as steel, transportation, agriculture, and energy operations. To support economic vitality and job creation, both existing and new technologies must be utilized, including renewables and cleaner energy sources. Hydrogen will not only play a significant role to help balance electric power markets but will also be a critical bridge technology to fuel the future of the nation’s heavy-duty transportation industry. As a key focus of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, major resources will be dedicated to advance hydrogen research, development, and demonstration, as well as regional hydrogen hubs and technology deployment to complement innovative businesses spearheading the introduction of hydrogen technologies into the marketplace.

Moderator
  • Kenneth Wagner, Secretary of Energy and Environment, State of Oklahoma
Presenter
  • Pablo Koziner, President, Energy and Commercial, Nikola Corporation
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level

Break

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Roosevelt Room, Ballroom Level
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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.

Moderator
  • Molly Cripps, Director, Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Presenters
  • Chris Irwin, Program Manager for Transactive Energy, Communications and Interoperability in Smart Grid, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Stephanie Crawford, Senior Regulatory Manager, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • Melissa Lavinson, Senior Vice President, Federal, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Exelon
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Ballroom I, Ballroom Level
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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. With 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.

Moderator
  • Dan Burgess, Director, Maine Governor's Energy Office
Presenters
  • Scott Glenn, Chief Energy Officer, Hawaii State Energy Office
  • Robin Yochum, Energy Program Manager, Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy
  • Jeremy Williams, Energy Technology Specialist, Building Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (virtual)
  • Christopher Perry, Engineer, Building Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (virtual)
  • Ginger Scoggins, President and Co-Owner, Engineered Designs, Inc.; Treasurer, ASHRAE
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Kennedy Ballroom, Ballroom Level
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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.

Moderator
  • John Williams, Vice President, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
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1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Schools Energy Partnerships: State Energy Office Coordination and Assistance Initiatives

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides $500 million through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for investment in K-12 schools. 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 the 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 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.

Moderator
  • Nam Nguyen, Associate Director, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Virginia Department of Energy
Presenters
  • Sarah Zeleski, Senior Advisor, Building Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Michael Pickens, Executive Director, National Council of School Facilities
  • Katy Hatcher, ENERGY STAR National Manager, Public Sector, Climate Protection Partnerships Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Angela Conroy, Senior Planner, Air and Renewable Energy Division, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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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, representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office will share the latest SEP updates and technical assistance offerings.

Moderator
  • Julie Kempf, Policy Analyst, Indiana Office of Energy Development
Presenters
  • Anna Maria Garcia, Director, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (virtual)
  • Amy Royden-Bloom, Manager, U.S. State Energy Program, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (virtual)
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Achieving Implementation Impact through Efficient Reporting, Tracking, and Administration (Sponsored Session)

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) 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 panel discussion attendees will learn about best practices for managing the administrative challenges of IIJA implementation to better track, report, monitor, and coordinate programs.

Moderator
  • Kristofor Anderson, Director of Energy Resources, Georgia Environmental Finance Authority
Presenters
  • Jeff Heino, Weatherization Assistance Program Manager, Wisconsin Department of Administration (virtual)
  • Willie Fobbs III, Associate Director of Housing, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (virtual)
  • Josh La Rose, Energy Services Program Officer, Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity (virtual)
  • Lily Li, Chief Executive Officer and Product Architect, Hancock Software
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level

Break

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Just Transition: Positioning Communities to Benefit from Clean Energy Investments and Jobs

Through policy development and planning, Public Utility Commission engagement, public investment, workforce development programming, and equity and inclusion goals, states can be important players in enabling communities reliant on fossil fuels to benefit from clean energy investments and job creation. In this expert panel session, learn how State Energy Offices are advancing a just transition in their states and communities.

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Presenters
  • Robert Jackson, Director, Energy Office, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
  • Will Clear, Deputy Director, Virginia Department of Energy
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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DOE’s Energy Efficiency Priorities

In this session, join Dr. Carolyn Snyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, as she highlights state and federal roles in building performance, decarbonization, and resilience; advanced and smart manufacturing; and other key energy efficiency priorities for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Moderator
  • David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
Presenter
  • Dr. Carolyn Snyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (virtual)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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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.

Moderator
  • Eddy Trevino, Director, State Energy Conservation Office, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Presenters
  • 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
Friday 11 February 2022
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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NASEO’s Regional IIJA Roundtable

For several months, State Energy Offices have been considering how they may approach the many opportunities offered by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) 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.

Moderator
  • Jason Lanclos, Director, Technology Assessment Division, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
Presenters
  • Curtis Thayer, Executive Director, Alaska Energy Authority (Invited)
  • Scott Glenn, Chief Energy Officer, Hawaii State Energy Office (Invited)
  • Lynn Retz, Director, Energy Office, Kansas Corporation Commission
  • Robert Jackson, Director, Energy Office, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
  • Sara Bazemore, Director, State Energy Office, South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff
  • David Althoff Jr., Director, Energy Programs Office, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Vicki Hackett, Deputy Commissioner of Energy, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (virtual)
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Washington Playbook 2022: Reconciliation, Taxation, and Appropriations

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  • Jeffrey Genzer, General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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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.

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10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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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.

Moderator
  • Thomas Bartholomew, Branch Chief, Renewable Energy and Clean Transportation, District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment
Presenters
  • Jacqueline (Jae) Berg, Senior Manager, Center for Sustainable Energy
  • Samantha Pearce, Vice President of Sustainability, New York State Division of Homes and Community Renewal
  • Trisha Miller, Chief Innovation and Development Officer, Elevate Energy
Presentations
  • SOMAH - Jacqueline (Jae) Berg
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants: Model Programs and Projects

State and local action will be critical to achieving the nation’s energy, climate, and infrastructure needs. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides $550 million in funding and a new financing option for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, which will go directly to states and some cities, towns and villages by formula for community energy efficiency and clean energy projects. In this session, hear from thought leaders engaging states and cities on ways to “hit the ground running” and develop fruitful partnerships for EECBG implementation.

Moderator
  • David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
Presenters
  • Carolyn Berndt, Legislative Director, Sustainability, National League of Cities
  • Megan Levy, Resilience Strategist and Energy Assurance Coordinator, Office of Energy Innovation, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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DOE’s Office of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies: Priorities and State Engagement

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) includes a number of hydrogen provisions, including $8 billion for regional clean hydrogen hubs and $1.5 billion for electrolysis and clean hydrogen manufacturing and recycling research, development, and demonstration. The first of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Earthshots Initiative – the Hydrogen Shot – aims to reduce to cost of clean hydrogen by 80 percent to $1 per 1 kilogram in 1 decade. This session will provide the latest information from DOE’s Office of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies on the implementation of the IIJA, hydrogen cost and technology developments, and results from the Office’s recent Request for Information on potential regional clean hydrogen demonstrations.

Moderator
  • Dan Lloyd, Bureau Chief, Energy Office, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Presenter
  • Dr. Sunita Satyapal, Director, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (virtual)
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM Ballroom II, Ballroom Level
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Wrap-Up and Adjourn

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  • David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
  • Kelley Smith Burk, Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services