Thursday, August 30, 2018

11:30 am - 5:00 pm

One South Wacker

1 S Wacker Drive Chicago IL




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Representative Bill Foster

Illinois' 11th Congressional District


George Crabtree

Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research at Argonne National Laboratory and The Energy Initiative at University of Illinois at Chicago


Sandra Henry

City of Chicago, Chief Sustainability Officer


Nick Dreher

Senior Policy Manager, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance


Amy Heart

Director, Public Policy, SunRun


Allan Abela

Chief Commercial Office and Executive Vice President, EPC Power Corp (U.S. Navy Veteran)


Kevin Johnson

President, GlidePath Federal Solutions (U.S. Army Veteran)



Agenda Subject to Change (All times in Central)

11:30 am

Global Energy Challenges

Keynote lecture on global energy challenges including, but not limited to: climate change as a national security threat; cyber and physical infrastructure vulnerabilities; US government priorities and diplomacy; military preparedness, strategy, and operational energy analysis

Dr. George Crabtree, Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research at Argonne National Laboratory and the Energy Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago

12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided) and Invenergy Control Center Tours

Join us for an optional tour of the state-of-the-art Invenergy Control Center where it operates its entire portfolio. The ICC provides centralized monitoring, dispatch and control of North American wind, solar and battery storage generation facilities. It is the main liaison to generation facilities, power markets, off-takers and transmission providers both as required in real-time, as well as for future planning.

Brad Purtell, Director, Services Business Development, Invenergy

1:00 pm

The Burden Film Screening (40 min)

The Burden tells the story of fossil fuel dependence as our greatest long-term national security threat, and why the military is leading the transition to clean energy. The film is the centerpiece of a strategic media engagement campaign to inspire a movement that strengthens our energy security and harnesses the power of American innovation to make us leaders in the 21st century global clean energy economy.

1:45 pm

Veterans in Energy: Security and Service

Panel discussion following the The Burden film on how veterans' experiences in the military were influences by energy strategies and operational energy, existing threats to energy security, and how careers in energy can fulfill a veterans drive to serve in a post military career. 

Kevin Johnson, President, Glidepath Federal Solutions

Allan Abela, Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President, EPC Power Corp

2:15 pm


2:45 pm

Sustainability & Efficiency in Practice

Panel discussion on the concepts behind sustainability and efficiency as they relate to national security and how policy is influence local programs in Chicago and across the Midwest

Nick Dreher, Senior Policy Manager, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Sandra Henry, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago

3:30 pm


4:00 pm

Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Efficiency, and Technology

Lecture on renewable energy industry trends; overview of domestic and international adoption of wind, solar, hydro, off-shore; sustainability and efficiency principles; technology gaps and investment needs; overview of economic soft power benefits of R&D; R&D investment trends and key research areas.

Amy Heart, Director, Public Policy, SunRun

5:00 pm

Strengthening Our Energy Security Future

Closing remarks or panel on the military influence and veteran’s role in adopting advanced energy solutions to diversify the U.S. economy, increase resilience & reliability, and mitigate the global impacts of climate change

Congressman Bill Foster, Illinois' 11th Congressional District

5:30 pm


Join us for drinks and appetizers at Lloyd's Chicago, located on the first floor of 1 S Wacker Drive



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