You can watch all or some of the 13 panels and sessions on September 28 & 29, 2016

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DAY 1:   Wednesday, September 28

C3E Women in Clean Energy Luncheon

Registration & Networking (men encouraged to attend!)
Welcome Remarks – Maury Dobbie, Assistant Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University (21st Century Energy Symposium Chair)

Keynote Remarks – Ellen Williams, Director, ARPA-e, Department of Energy

Panel: “Unleashing the Power of Women in Energy”

Moderator: Terri Fiez, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Colorado-Boulder
Panelist #1: Ellen Williams, Director, ARPA-e, Dept. of Energy
Panelist #2: Kate Fay, Manager, Environmental & Regulatory Policy, Noble Energy
Panelist #3: Vickie Patton, General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund
Panelist #4: Heather Zichal, former Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy & Climate Change, Energy and Climate Policy Expert

Next steps and future vision: Colorado C3E’s vision for “Unleashing the Power of Women in Energy” — Judy Dorsey, President and Principal Engineer, Brendle Group, Steering Committee Co-Chair, Colorado C3.  Learn more about C3E — click here.

Energy Transition 101 Panels

Panel #1: Climate Science 101 — What is causing climate change? What are the major factors driving climate change? What’s the range of solutions that have been proposed?

Moderator: Diana Wall, Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability,
Colorado State University, (CSU)
Panelist #1: Scott Denning, Monfort Professor of Atmospheric Science, CSU
Panelist #2: Brian O’Neill, Integrated Assessment Modeling, National Center for
Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Panel #2: Paris Agreement on Climate Change 101
What was agreed to? What are the challenges to implementation? What are the next steps?

Moderator: Peter Backlund, Associate Director, School of Global Environmental
Sustainability, Colorado State University
Panelist #1: Michele Betsill, Chair of CSU Political Science Department, Colorado State University
Panelist #2: Marilyn Averill, Senior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center, University of Colorado Law School

Panel #3: Clean Power Plan 101
What does EPA’s Clean Power Plan require and how will it affect the Western electricity sector? How will states and industry in the West respond to meet the requirements of this rule? What’s the future of the EPA Clean Power Plan now that the U.S. Supreme Court has put the rule on hold until the legal challenges are resolved?

Introductory Presentation: Patrick Cummins, Senior Policy Advisor,
Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE), Colorado State University
Speaker: Jeff Lyng, Senior Policy Advisor, CNEE, Colorado State University

Panel #4: Grid Structure 101
Electric grid and how it works, how grid is managed, regulations, transmission across state lines. What are the various components (wind, solar, hydro)? How does natural gas interact and support renewables? How does grid structure impact energy source decision-making? Electrifying transportation while decarbonizing the grid: Conflicting goals or mutually reinforcing opportunity?

Moderator: Julie Zinn, COO, Spirae, LLC
Panelist #1: Scott Smith, CEO, Midstream Energy Holdings
Panelist #2: Jeff Dennis, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Electric Vehicle Charging Challenge


Wade Troxell, Mayor, Fort Collins;
Mike Freeman, CEO, Rocky Mountain Innosphere;
EV Charging Challenge Winner:  Matthew Raymond, co-founder, Qmulus
Tim McCollough, Light and Power Operations Manager, City of Fort Collins

Sponsor: City of Fort Collins

Evening Keynote Address
Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, DOE

Moderator for Q/A session:  Former Colorado Governor, Bill Ritter, now Director at the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University

DAY 2:   Thursday, September 29

Session 1: Welcome by Anthony A. Frank, Chancellor and President, Colorado State University

Session 1: Mega Trends in Energy Sources and Uses
What trends will complicate meeting climate goals? What is the effect of low oil and gas prices on the deployment of low carbon energy resources?

Moderator: Alan Rudolph, Vice President of Research, Colorado State University
Panelist #1: Doug Arent, Executive Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis from NREL
Panelist #2: David Eves, President, Xcel Energy-Colorado
Panelist #3: Christof Rühl, Global Head of Research, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)

Session 2: Energy Transitions in the Western United States
Topics include: The Western energy grid is rapidly evolving at a time of substantial uncertainty for regulators and planners. Renewable energy generation is growing as a result of market forces and state policy, while coal and nuclear plant retirements continue to be announced. The shift underway appears to be toward decarbonization, yet the future of the Clean Power Plan remains unclear due to legal challenges. Meanwhile, there is also a trend toward greater organization of the grid and a growing recognition that states will be impacted by the decisions of their neighbors. This panel will address these issues and discuss how states and utilities in the West are responding.

Moderator: Jeff Lyng, Senior Policy Advisor, Center for the New Energy Economy
Panelist #1: Al Minier, Chairman, Wyoming Public Service Commission
Panelist #2: Martha Rudolph, Director of Environmental Programs, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Panelist #3: Maury Galbraith, Executive Director, Western Interstate Energy Board

Session 3: CSU Energy Solutions
CSU scientists and faculty will give a six-minute pitch of their research focused on innovative energy transition projects.

Moderator: Ken Carlson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CSU)
Panelist #1: Overview of all CSU Methane Emission Programs and Garfield County Project (Joe Von Fischer, CSU)
Panelist #2: Institute for the Built Environment (Jeni Cross, CSU)
Panelist #3: Enabling Widely Economic Solar Power (Kurt Barth, CSU)
Panelist #4: ARPA-e Awardee Discussing Dry Power Plant Cooling (Todd Bandhauer, CSU)
Panelist #5: Methane Emissions Test Site (Dan Zimmerle, CSU)
Panelist #6: Impacts of Produced Water Application in Irrigation of Nonfood Biofuel Crops by Looking at Plant’s Physiology and Biofuel Production Rate (Nasim Pica, CSU)

Session 4: Lunch Keynote Address
Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment)

Question and Answer session moderated by: Former Colorado Governor, Bill Ritter, now Director at the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University

Session 5: What is the role of fossil fuels in the 21st Century Energy Transition?
How do low carbon fuels integrate into the global picture? Are there new realities after Paris for the oil and gas industry?

Moderator: Bryan Willson, Executive Director, Energy Institute; Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University
Panelist #1: Susan Cunningham, Executive Vice President of EHSR and New Frontiers for Noble Energy
Panelist #2: Elliot Diringer, Executive Vice President of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions (C2ES)
Panelist #3: Colleen Regan, Head of North American Environmental Markets and Cross-sector Research, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Session 6: Global Challenges to Meeting Climate Change Goals When it is Not Just About the United States
What financial and technology challenges need to be overcome to meet climate goals? What are the opportunities?

Moderator: Jon Goldin-Dubois, President, Western Resource Advocates
Panelist #1: Alex Thier, Founder Triple Helix, previously USAID, US Institute of Peace, Stanford University, Center of Democracy
Panelist #2: Jennifer Turner, Director of the China Environment Forum, Woodrow Wilson Center
Panelist #3: Mark Safty, Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development, University of Colorado[/one_half_last]

Session 7: Capstone

Panel summarizing previous panels and sessions during the 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium focusing on energy transition and climate change topics.

Moderator: Bill Ritter, Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, CSU
Panelist #1: Heather Zichal, Former Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, Energy and Climate Policy Expert
Panelist #2: Travis Kavulla, Vice Chair, Montana Public Utilities Commission; President, NARUC
Panelist #3: Cathy Woollums, Sr. Vice President, Environmental & Chief Environmental Counsel, Berkshire Hathaway Energy