Decarbonizing the Northwest webinar series – June & July 2022
Join the NW Energy Coalition for our summer webinar series “Decarbonizing the Northwest.” This virtual series will take place on June 1, June 15, June 29, and July 13 from 10am – 11:30am PT / 11am – 12:30pm MT.
This event is $40 for all 4 sessions, and open to all. Thank you for supporting these learning sessions!
Session 1 – Decarbonization and Load Growth: Maintaining our Focus on Energy Efficiency
June 1, 10:00AM – 11:30AM PT / 11:00AM – 12:30PM MT
Utilities and regional forecasters are projecting significant load growth due to transportation electrification and building decarbonization, what is the scale being forecasted? Now is the time to double down on energy efficiency, demand management, and grid integrated buildings to ensure affordable service, control growth, and improve system operations.
Moderator: Smita Gupta, Director for Building Innovation, New Buildings Institute
- Tina Jayaweera, Power Planning Resources Manager, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
- Kerry Meade, Executive Director, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council
- Emeka Anyanwu, Energy Innovation and Resources Officer, Seattle City Light
Session 2 – Regulatory Tools to Advance Decarbonization
June 15, 10:00AM – 11:30AM PT / 11:00AM – 12:30PM MT
The next decade is a critical time for decarbonizing our energy system. What needs to happen in the next year, 5 years, and 10 years in order to achieve our climate goals? What regulatory tools are needed to ensure an equitable clean energy transition? How do we prioritize investments to maintain affordability and reliability?
Moderator: Nancy Hirsh, Executive Director, NW Energy Coalition
- Wendy Gerlitz, Regulatory Policy Manager, Puget Sound Energy
- Rachel Gold, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute
- Caroline Moore, Division Administrator, Oregon Public Utility Commission
Session 3 – Electricity Markets’ Role in Delivering Clean Energy
June 29, 10:00AM – 11:30AM PT / 11:00AM – 12:30PM MT
A more integrated western grid brings efficiencies and opportunities for decarbonization. Electricity markets are increasingly important for flexibility and resource adequacy. This panel will focus on two key issues – ensuring that governing bodies represent the public interest and all Western stakeholders; and the design needs to effectively promote customer-side resources.
Moderator: Lauren McCloy, Policy Director, NW Energy Coalition
- Robin Arnold, Markets & Transmission Director, Renewable Northwest
- Rebecca Wagner, Member of WEIM Governance Review Committee, Owner and President of Wagner Strategies
- Jennifer Chen, World Resources Institute