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Opening Keynote: Rick Perry, Former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Governor of Texas
Rick Perry served as the United States Secretary of Energy from March 2017 until December 2019, and as the 47th Governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015. Texas is the nation’s largest oil and gas producing state and, during Governor Perry's tenure, became the national leader in total installed wind capacity. Governor Perry’s experience in government and energy makes him the ideal thought leader to share insight on the current energy markets, including natural gas as a low cost fuel for power generation, renewable energy’s growth in the sector and his views on the future of electricity demand and production.
Keynote Panel: Department of Energy Outlook
The Department of Energy is responsible for advancing the national, economic and energy security in the U.S. through the implementation of policies regarding nuclear power, fossil fuels, and alternative energy sources. It controls federal funding that drives electric technology R&D. In this session, assistant DOE secretaries will talk about the agency’s focus and its outlook on the future of the power industry.
UTILITY EXECUTIVES FIRESIDE CHATS
Utility Executives Fireside Chat 1: Destination 2050 - The Road to a Cleaner and Sustainable Energy Mix
Power utilities are getting it from both sides and are under no illusion that the journey cleaner 2050 will be no mean feat. They must ensure power resiliency and low cost, and respond to both public and government demand for carbon reduction and more intermittent renewables on the system. This panel of C-Level leaders from electric utilities and power generation companies will present their “blue-sky” ideas on what the electricity industry will look like in the future and what they believe is the best way to prepare for that future.
Utility Executives Fireside Chat 2: Putting Aspirations into Operations
The future generation mix is unclear. Power utilities’ operations executives are faced with the monumental task of balancing today’s energy needs while moving to tomorrow’s goals. They must keep current assets running while integrating to the future generation mix of renewables, energy storage and more. This panel of C-Level leaders from electric utilities and power generation companies will present their strategies on turning aspirations into reality.
Utility Executives Fireside Chat 3: Connecting Our Roadmaps
In the final Summit session, utility SVP’s will draw on key points and conclusions discussed during this year’s Summit, incorporating their combined experience to determine the way forward. They face a number of challenges from the price of fuel, to deciding where to invest, to how to attract, retain, develop and deploy the workforce. No one knows what the future will hold as recent global incidents have shown. This session aims to give business leaders take-aways to enlighten the future.
SECTOR INSIGHT PANELS
EPC Insights: Gearing Up to Build the Future
As a key component of the energy transition, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms will continue to deliver major power infrastructure projects globally, as power producers embrace new, sustainable technologies to meet customer and regulatory demands. In addition, their operations and maintenance counterparts will continue to focus on keeping existing plants humming at optimal levels. This panel of EPC leaders will discuss the priorities in planning and communicating all the elements of building out power generation capacity, while continuing to maintain and operate current generation fleets that might or might not be part of future capacity. They will highlight challenges and opportunities in fossil, thermal and renewable energy sectors.
Industry Insights: Enabling Cross-Sector Convergence
In this time of unprecedented change and transformation, utilities are often thought of as being the most affected; however, equipment OEMs, EPCs, investors and even customers also must navigate through the energy transition. Participants in this moderated discussion, which will include utility CEOs, representatives from OEMs and customer advocates, will discuss the road blocks they are coming up against and what they need to get around or remove them.
OEM Insights: The Future Gas Outlook
The quest to lower carbon emissions, historically low natural gas prices, coal plant retirements and advanced materials and technologies have made natural gas the leading fuel source for electricity generation in the United States. In other parts of the world, especially China and the Middle East, natural gas also is growing rapidly. Hydrogen promises a near zero carbon emissions alternative which works with existing gas infrastructure and offers large-scale renewable energy storage potential. Executives representing major gas turbine manufacturers in the U.S. and around the globe will provide their views on the future of electric power generation, as well as the global technologies and trends driving their companies’ strategies and R&D investments, including hydrogen fueled turbines, aeroderivative gas turbines, fast start machines and more.
Investment Executive Insights: The Impact of 2020 on Energy Investment
Utilities are still building some big projects, but much of the next gen electricity infrastructure is being funded by outside and private investors, such as private equity, venture capital and other finance firms that see the enormous potential in new energy resources and infrastructure. Have COVID-19, historically low oil and gas prices and other recent events changed the investment outlook? High-level investment leaders will offer insights on not only where the money could come from, but also where the money could flow, from microgrids and energy storage to solar and wind to conventional power.
Assuring Robust and Attainable Regulatory Frameworks
There is ongoing debate globally regarding the ideal generation mix. States are closely watching what is going on domestically and internationally to determine what works and what doesn’t. Some states have mapped out their own unique strategies. In this session, public utility commissioners, each with different ideas and strategies, will compare and contrast their policies and practices and how they expect them to impact electricity markets. They will debate the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as lessons learned.
Adapting to a Disruptive Business Model
Fundamental changes to traditional business models is altering the way in which the energy market is operating. In addition to technology trends, new service business models, emerging commercial operators and the rise in prosumers is transforming the way in which the sector is doing business. This industry is not the first to face challenges and uncertainties caused by changing technologies and markets. What will the global energy system look like in the future and how are businesses adapting to remain relevant?
Keeping the Lights on During Global and Major Incidents
Extreme weather events, wildfires and other natural disasters, cyberattacks and lately global pandemics wreak havoc on electricity generation and delivery. Electricity consumers, as well as regulators and government officials expect secure power supply and grid resiliency, even in unforeseen circumstances. Onsite and distributed power play a huge role in meeting the challenge of keeping power flowing during disasters. Executives from major solution providers will discuss their companies’ roles in disaster preparedness and their work with large-scale electricity consumers and utilities in the quest for reliable and resilient power.
Future Proofing the Energy Workforce
The electric power sector benefits from skilled and experienced employees. Today’s workforce, however, is aging and dealing with the ever-steeper learning curve of emerging technologies, including machine learning and artificial intelligence. This is happening as the demand for technical and professional workers increases across all industries. This session will address the current and future workforce challenges and draw on the lessons learned from inside and outside the power generation sector.