GridFWD 2019 Keynote and Plenary Sessions Explore the Broadest Ideas and Impacts in Grid Modernization

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Tuesday october 8

8:30AM - The Path to Washington’s 100% Clean Energy Commitment

  • Sen. Reuven Carlyle, Environment, Energy & Technology Committee Chairman, State of Washington

  • Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, Environment & Energy Committee Chairman, State of Washington

8:50AM - Aligning Modernization Efforts to Overall Utility Strategy

  • John Haarlow, CEO and GM, Snohomish County PUD

  • Jackie Flowers, Director, Tacoma Public Utilities

  • Debra Smith, GM & CEO, Seattle City Light

9:35AM - Capturing the Promise of Electrification 

  • Emeka Anyanwu, Energy Innovation & Resources Officer, Seattle City Light

  • John McFarland, Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, Portland General Electric

  • Heather Rosentrater, VP – Energy Delivery, Avista

  • Ashley Horvat, Vice President - Partnerships, Greenlots

3:30PM - Digital Strategy and Innovation Applied

  • Gabe Mika, Manager Digital Strategy & Innovation, Sempra Utilities

3:55PM - Lessons from Alberta

  • Mark Kolesar, Chair, Alberta Utilities Commission

5:15PM - Avoiding Death by Pilot

  • Josh Gould, Utility of the Future, ConEd

5:35PM - Positive Energy Buildings Powering the Grid

  • Andres Carvallo, CEO and Founder, CMG

5:55pm - Deepmind and AI for Grid Decarbonization

  • Juliet Rothenberg, DeepMind Product Manager, Google


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Wednesday october 9

8:30AM - Introductory remarks

  • Colonel Gent Welsh. Commander, 194th Wing, Washington Air National Guard

8:45AM - Deep Decarbonization and the Role of Modernization

  • Elta Kolo, Research Manager/Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie

  • Mary Kipp, President, Puget Sound Energy

9:30AM - Models that Embrace the Best Solutions

  • Brien Sheahan, Chair, Illinois Commerce Commission

  • Herman Trabish, Contributing Editor, Utility Dive

  • Abigail Anthony, Commissioner, Rhode Island PUC

  • Danny Waggoner, Director Regulatory Transformation, AEE

1:15PM - Lessons from Public Power on Deep Modernization

  • Anita Decker, Former Executive Director, NWPPA

  • Mark Johnson, GM, Flathead Electric

  • Lincoln Bleveans, AGM, Burbank Water and Power

  • Wade Troxell, Mayor, City of Ft Collins

2:55 - Closing Remarks: Creating the Business Case

  • Abigail Anthony, Commissioner, Rhode Island PUC

  • Erik Gilbert, Managing Director, Navigant

  • Bradley Williams, VP Industry Strategy, Oracle

  • Bryce Yonker, Executive Director & CEO, Grid Forward

Our keynote and plenary sessions will enjoy the superior comfort, lighting and acoustics of the Benaroya Hall Recital Hall.

Our keynote and plenary sessions will enjoy the superior comfort, lighting and acoustics of the Benaroya Hall Recital Hall.

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