Advanced Energy Now | West

Scottsdale, Arizona | October 16-17th, 2019


About the Event

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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
  • Utility action for an advanced energy future
  • Capitalizing on price advantage of renewable energy
  • Role of demand side resources on a clean energy grid
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs) as assets for cleaning the grid
  • Corporate procurement driving toward 100% clean energy
  • Challenges and opportunities for siting renewable energy projects
  • Grid modernization and financing the transition


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Speaker Bios

Jeffrey Ackermann-CO PUC

Jeffrey Ackermann

Chairman, Colorado Public Utilities Commission
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Kari Binley

Manager, Energy West, ecobee
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David Bobzien

Director, Nevada Governor's Office of Energy
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Bob Burns

Chairman, Arizona Corporation Commission

Josh Cohen

Director, Policy, Greenlots
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Stephen Fischmann

Commissioner, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (District 5)

Matt Golden

CEO, Recurve

Jeff Guldner

President, Arizona Public Service Company (APS)

Bobby Hollis

Head of Global Energy, Environment & Site Selection, facebook

Susan Innis

Senior Manager, Renewable Development, Invenergy
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McCall Johnson

Senior Manager of Policy and Government Affairs, Recurrent Energy
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Suedeen Kelly

Co-Chair, Energy Practice, Jenner & Block (former FERC Commissioner)
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Scott Olson

Director, Western Government & Regulatory Affairs, Direct Energy

Phil Pettingill

Director of Regional Integration, California Independent System Operator (CAISO)
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Sarah Cottrell Propst

Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department

Tom Starrs

Vice President, Market Strategy & Policy, SunPower

Nancy Sutley

Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)

Mona Tierney-Lloyd

Senior Director, Western Regulatory Affairs, Enel X North America
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Will Toor

Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office

Adrian Tuck

CEO, Uplight
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Prasanna Venkatesan

CEO, Landis+Gyr

Kevin Walker

Senior Vice President, Customer Service, Southern California Edison (SCE)
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Hayley Williamson

Commissioner, Public Utility Commission of Nevada

Dahvi Wilson

Vice President of Public Affairs, Apex Clean Energy

Steve Wright

General Manager, Public Utility of Chelan County

Cathy Zoi





*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 light fare. 


8:00AM - 9:00AM
Leadership Council and Utility Advisory Committee Breakfast
Invitation-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: Leading from the West
Path to 100% Clean Energy
10:00AM - 10:45AM
Plenary Session 2: Utility Leadership

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

Financing the Transition: Making the Switch to Competitive, Clean Power and Jobs

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

Transportation Electrification Liftoff in the West

3:15PM – 4:00PM
Plenary Session 5: 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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