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Friday, February 26, 2021

All Day Virtual Event

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The Energy Innovation Conference is brought to you by UCLA Anderson's Energy Management Group. This student-run event will host over 200 participants, including students, academics and industry professionals. Through keynote speakers and panelists, we will highlight companies and technologies that have the potential to reinvent the energy industry.

Panel topics this year will cover decarbonization, grid modernization, and equity in energy.

Keynote Speakers
Participating Professionals
2021 Schedule
Time Name
9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Welcome Remarks: Antonio Bernardo, Dean, UCLA Anderson
9:10 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Morning Keynote Address: Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund
9:50 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. Break
9:55 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Panel #1: The Decade of Decarbonization
Moderator: Brad Cornell, Emeritus Professor of Finance, UCLA Anderson
Steve Renter, COO, Commonwealth Fusion Systems
Vanessa Miler-Fels, Director of Energy Innovation and Impact, Microsoft
Susan Blevins, Manager of Product Stewardship & Regulatory Affairs, ExxonMobil
Stephen Lamm, Director of Sustainability, Bloom Energy
10:40 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Morning Coffee Break
10:50 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. Panel #2: A Grid For Tomorrow
Moderator: Julian Spector, Staff Writer, Greentech Media
Stephen Lassiter, Sr. Public Policy Manager, Sunrun
John Vernacchia, Energy Transition Director, Eaton
Katie Sloan, Director of Customer Service, Southern California Edison
Karen Zelmar, SVP Network Planning, Volta Charging
11:35 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Break
11:40 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Market Update: Building and Electrification Transportation
Fei Wang, Grid Edge Research Manager, Wood Mackenzie
Kelly McCoy, Research Associate, Wood Mackenzie
12:20 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Networking and Lunch
1:20 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. Panel #3: Future of Equity in Energy
Moderator: Jean Su,  Director of Energy Justice Program and Attorney at Center for Biological Diversity
Martha Guzman Aceves, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
Phyllis Curie (B.A. ’68, ’97), Board Chair, Midcontinent Independent System Operator
Kate Henningsen, COO, Arcadia Power
2:05 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Closing and Networking
2020 Energy Innovation Conference Highlights

This past Conference was held on February 28th, 2020 at UCLA Anderson's newest state-of-the-art, LEED Platinum facility, Marion Anderson Hall.

Under the threat of wild fires, power shortages, increasing energy costs, and carbon emissions, California's energy infrastructure is in dire need of modernization. Our 2020 conference focused on the innovation currently underway to combat the challenges facing California's grid and modernize the infrastructure for a more sustainable future. We brought in speakers from major grid controllers, boutique energy providers, energy project financing firms, and more!

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