Advanced Energy Now | West

Scottsdale, Arizona | October 16-17th, 2019


About the Event

Policies that Make a Difference

What's the path to 100% clean energy in the West? Our first annual Western Regional energy policy conference brings together business leaders and policymakers from across the region to identify ways to achieve this goal, state by state and through a regional grid, powered by advanced energy growth from New Mexico to Washington state.


Topics will include:

  • Regionalizing electricity markets in the West
  • Capitalizing on price advantage of renewable energy
  • Role of energy efficiency in a 100% clean grid
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs) as assets for cleaning the grid
  • Corporate procurement driving toward 100% clean energy
  • Workforce for a 100% clean grid 


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Ackermann-CO PUC

Jeffrey Ackermann
Chairman, Colorado Public Utilities Commission


Mike Bakas
Executive Vice President Distributed Energy Systems, Ameresco

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Kari Binley
Manager, Energy West, ecobee

Burns - AZ PUC

Bob Burns
Chairman, Arizona Corporation Commission


Matt Golden
Chief Executive Officer, Recurve


Jeff Guldner
President, Arizona Public Service Company (APS)

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Suedeen Kelly
Co-Chair, Energy Practice, Jenner & Block (former FERC Commissioner)


Mona Tierney-Lloyd
Sr. Director, Regulatory Affairs, EnelX

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Will Toor
Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office

Williamson_Hayle-NV PUC

Hayley Williamson
Commissioner, Nevada Public Utilities Commission


Steve Wright
General Manager, Public Utility of Chelan County




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*Agenda is subject to change.


6:30PM - 8:00PM
Brew and View

A special screening of Current Revolution followed by Q&A moderated by the film's award-winning producer, writer and director, Roger Sorkin, and a reception with local beer and wine with lite fare. 


8:00AM - 9:00AM
Leadership Council and Utility Advisory Committee Breakfast
Invite-only breakfast for our Leadership Council members and our Utility Advisory Committee
8:00AM - 9:00AM
Registration and Breakfast Networking
Pick up your name badge at the registration desk and enjoy a warm breakfast while networking with industry leaders.
9:00AM - 9:05AM
Welcome and Introduction
Nat Kreamer, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Energy Economy
9:05AM - 9:55AM
Plenary Session 1: Governors Panel
Leading from the West
Path to 100% Clean Energy
10:00AM - 10:45AM
Plenary Session 2: Utility Leadership

Leading from the West
Utility Action for an Advanced Energy Future

10:45AM - 11:15AM
Coffee and Networking

Get to know your conference attendees and take a short break from the sessions.

11:15AM – 12:05PM
Breakout Session 1
(Choose One)
Breakout 1-A

Corporate Renewable Procurement in the West: Which States Have it Right?

Breakout 1-B

Role of Demand Side Resources on a Clean Energy Grid

12:05PM - 12:35PM

Enjoy a buffet lunch and network with conference attendees. 

12:35PM - 1:20PM
Lunch Plenary Session 3: Regional Markets
Broader Regional Energy Markets in the West: What Are the Options, What Are the Benefits, and How Do We Get There?
1:30PM - 2:20PM
Breakout Session 2
(Choose One)
Breakout 2-A

Challenges and Opportunities for Siting Renewable Energy Projects

Breakout 2-B

Grid Modernization and Financing the Transition: Capitalizing on the Switch to Competitive, Clean Power

2:30PM - 3:15PM
Plenary Session 4: Advanced Transportation

Interstate Collaboration for Advanced Transportation

3:15PM – 4:00PM
Plenary Session 5: Commissioners' Panel
Leading from the West
Commissioners Panel
4:00PM – 4:05PM
Closing Remarks
Heather O’Neill, President, AEE 


Travel to Scottsdale

Nearest Airport: Phoenix Sky Habor (PHX) - Distance from hotel: 15 miles


Transportation Options from Airport

Nearest Airport: Phoenix Sky Habor (PHX) - Distance from hotel: 15 miles

Transportation Options from Airport

Taxi: Starting rate $50

Rideshare (i.e. Lyft): Starting at $20


For your convenience, AEE has secured a limited number of rooms at the event venue with the following discounted rate:

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa ($259 per night) located at 5350 E Marriott Drive, Phoenix, AZ. Use this BOOKING LINK to reserve your room no later than September 27, 2019 in order to get this rate!



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