A Net-Zero Energy System for All | June 28 - 30, 2021

A Net-Zero Energy System for All | June 28 - 30, 2021


Agenda Detail

Note: All times are Pacific Daylight Time.


Agenda Detail

Note: All times are Pacific Daylight Time.




Monday, June 28

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakout Session: A Net-Zero Electric System for All

The electric grid will be asked to perform as never before—accelerating the elimination of carbon, adapting to severe climate impacts and addressing long-standing issues of equity and affordability. What must we do to accomplish these goals?

  • Moderator: Mark McGranaghan, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Jaquelin Cochran, Ph.D., National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Grainne O’Shea, ESB Networks
  • Hani Alarian, California ISO and Global Power System Transformation
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

BREAK

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Fireside Chats: A Framework for Electrifying Economies

With leaders from two key international energy organizations, this session will tackle the challenges facing both rural and urban economies as they seek to decarbonize equitably and with economic benefit to all their communities.

Fireside Chat #1: Net-Zero at a Global Scale

Rob	Chapman
Interviewer: Rob Chapman, Senior Vice President, Energy Delivery and Customer Solutions, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Brent Wanner
Brent Wanner, WEO Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Fireside Chat #2: Overcoming Challenges in Rural and Urban Energy Economies

Rob	Chapman
Interviewer: Rob Chapman, Senior Vice President, Energy Delivery and Customer Solutions, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Dolf	Gielen
Dolf Gielen, Director, Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

BREAK

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Breakout Session: Putting Flexibility to Work

Electrifying and decarbonizing our economy will add millions of devices whose flexibility and connectivity could revolutionize how we deliver electricity and manage the grid—if we can harness the inherent complexity of hundreds of millions of resources to deliver value to both customers and the grid.

  • Moderator: Nick Tumilowitz, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Bryan Hannegan, Holy Cross
  • Scott Peattie, Sunrun
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

BREAK

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Breakout Session: Raising the Bar on Resilience

How reliable and effective is your resilience solution? With a growing challenge to incorporate more variable generation and expand electrification efforts, we’ll discuss customer backup solutions that can be leveraged to extract the maximum cross-stakeholder benefit.

  • Moderator: Sara Mullen-Trento, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Louise Anne Comeau, Emera Technologies
  • Stephanie Proestel, Housing Initiative Partnership
  • Lindsay North, Exelon Corporation



Tuesday, June 29

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakout Session: Affordability—The Achilles Heel of Decarbonization?

We have made tremendous strides in just the last few years with a growing commitment to a clean energy transition for all. The larger challenge? Delivering practical and scalable—yet affordable—decarbonization solutions that meet the needs of every community.

  • Moderator: Ram Narayanamurthy, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Rachel Golden, Sierra Club
  • Stephanie Greene, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
  • Jeff Pratt, Green Power Electric Membership Corporations (EMC)
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

BREAK

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Fireside Chat: Equity, Environmental Justice, and Affordability for the Clean Energy Transition

As the U.S. takes major steps to achieve bold new carbon reduction goals, equity and environmental justice must be pillars of a customer-focused clean energy transition. Near-term decisions by industry and government leaders will determine the distribution of decarbonization costs and benefits in the years ahead. This discussion will address equity and environmental justice issues for impacted communities—both those that exist now and new challenges to come. Plus, how the industry and utilities can help their customers and their communities adapt to such rapid change.

Rob	Chapman
Interviewer: Rob Chapman, Senior Vice President, Energy Delivery and Customer Solutions, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Pedro Pizarro
Pedro Pizarro, President and Chief Executive Officer, Edison International
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

BREAK

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Breakout Session: Mobility and Justice for All

There may be no greater equity opportunity than providing clean, affordable transportation and mobility solutions—opportunities that reduce household energy expenses, increase personal mobility and productive work and support and create jobs—while protecting the local and global environments.

  • Moderator: Enid Joffe, Green Paradigm Consultation
  • Ugonne Okugo, California Electric Transportation Coalition (CalETC) & ETcommunity
  • Sandy Paben, Renaissance Groups
  • Kitty Adams, Adopt a Charger
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

BREAK

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Breakout Session: A Little Bit Urban, A Little Bit Rural - Decarbonization for All Communities

Impacted communities come in different shapes and sizes—yet all bear disproportionate burdens of climate change and accompanying costs of adaption and mitigation measures. Technology, business models and programs must all work together to enable affordable decarbonization and strengthen local economies.

  • Moderator: Agatha Kazdan, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Frank Rapley, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
  • Sarah Hill, Association for Energy Affordability
  • Tim Kohut, National Community Renaissance



Wednesday, June 30

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakout Session: The Low-Carbon Connection—Bridging the Gaps in a Net-Zero Energy System

Achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 will require addressing all of the 'hard-to-decarbonize' applications and working to ensure the availability of a variety of practical clean energy. Join this stage-setting discussion on the status and future of low-carbon resources.

  • Moderator: Joe Stekli, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Todd Brezler, Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc.
  • Shannon Bragg-Sitton, Ph.D., Idaho National Laboratory
  • Mike Rutowski, GTI
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

BREAK

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Fireside Chats: Net Zero by 2050—A Roadmap for the Global Energy Industry

Reaching net zero by 2050 requires international collaboration across the energy industry. This session takes a closer look at how the international community is approaching aggressive decarbonization through technology advancements and policy considerations.

Fireside Chat #1: Charting a Course for Global Decarbonization

Nick Hartman
Interviewer: Neva Espinoza, Vice President, Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Louise	Anderson
Louise Anderson, Electricity Industry Lead, World Economic Forum

Fireside Chat #2: Roadmap to Reality: Taking Action Around the World

Neva Espinoza
Interviewer: Neva Espinoza, Vice President, Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Martin Young
Martin Young, Senior Director, World Energy Council
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

BREAK

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Breakout Session: Delivering on Zero-Carbon Hydrogen

Explore and discuss the many pathways for producing, transporting, storing and dispensing the vast quantities of hydrogen needed to bridge the gaps as we fully decarbonize our economy.

  • Moderator: Steve Panova, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Chris San Marchi, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Vinayaka Nakul Prasad, Siemens Energy
  • Stacey Grauer, Linde
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

BREAK

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Breakout Session: Hydrogen—Where Does It Plug In?

Where does hydrogen save the day, tackling the hardest-to-decarbonize applications? And where does it run headlong into technical obstacles or competition from other clean energy solutions? Join a spirited and honest discussion of how and where to realize the potential of this resource.

  • Moderator: Perry Stephens, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Dr. Scott McWhorter, Savannah River National Laboratory
  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Dutrow, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Masanori Kobayashi, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)