SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

BILL RITTER, JR.

Director, Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
Colorado’s 41st Governor

 

ABOUT BILL RITTER, JR.

Bill Ritter, Jr. is the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University, which launched on February 1, 2011.

Ritter authored a book that was published in 2016 entitled, Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution.

Ritter was elected as Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006 and built consensus to tackle some of the state’s biggest challenges. During his four-year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy, by building a new energy economy. He signed 57 new energy bills into law, including a 30% Renewable Portfolio Standard and a Clean Air Clean Jobs Act that replaced nearly a gigawatt of coal-fired generation with natural gas. In total, the Colorado new energy economy created thousands of new jobs.

Governor Ritter was formerly the chair of the Board of Directors of the Energy Foundation and currently serves on the board of The Climate Group American and the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy. He is a member of Blackhorn Venture Capital and serves as an advisor to Green Alpha and Millennium Bridge, among others. Ritter earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981). With his wife Jeannie, he operated a food distribution and nutrition center in Zambia. He served as Denver’s district attorney from 1993 to January 2005.

RAY LEONARD

Chief Operating Officer,
Linden Energy Holdings
 
 

ABOUT RAY LEONARD
Ray Leonard is Chief Operating Officer of Linden Energy Holdings, a private equity funded firm focused on gas to power, LNG and gas sales projects in Africa, Eurasia, and North America. He received a B.S. Honors in Geosciences at the University of Arizona (1975) and an M. A. in Geology at the University of Texas-Austin. (1977) He has held executive positions with Amoco, FIOC, the Russian Oil Major YUKOS, the Hungarian National Oil Company MOL, the Kuwait Energy Company and was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Hyperdynamics, a NYSE-listed independent oil company exploring for oil and gas in West Africa. He has been active in publishing and presenting on world oil and gas reserves and climate change for many years at forums such as Council on Foreign Relations, Center for Strategic Studies, International Energy Agency, the 26th World Gas Conference and the World Economic Forum at Davos.

BERNIE KARL

President, OCCP
A Vision for Sustainability in the Aleutians

 
 

ABOUT BERNIE KARL
Bernie Karl is the president of OCCP, a corporation made of two entities with like minded agendas, making geothermal energy accessible to rural communities hindered by high fuel prices and making an impact on the global initiative to reduce emissions. With over 30 years of experience, his motto has always been, “sustainable is attainable”. Bernie is also president of Chena Hot Springs Resort. Located in Fairbanks, AK, this year-round hot springs is powered and heated by Chena Power’s first low temperature geothermal power plant in the world.

MICHAEL R. POMPEO

President, Kansas CNQ
70th Secretary of State of the United States
 

ABOUT MICHAEL R. POMPEO
Michael R. Pompeo served as the 70th Secretary of State of the United States, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and was elected to four terms in Congress representing Kansas’ 4th District.

Secretary Pompeo graduated first in his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 and served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain. He rose to the rank of Captain, and went on to graduate from Harvard Law School.

Before serving in Congress, he spent a decade leading two manufacturing businesses in South Central Kansas. Mike Pompeo is married to his wife, Susan — with whom he taught 5th grade Sunday school for many years — and has one son, Nick.

RICK PERRY

Former United States Secretary of Energy
47th Governor of Texas
Virtual Keynote Speaker

ABOUT RICK PERRY

Rick Perry is a former United States Secretary of Energy, serving under U.S. President Donald J. Trump from March 2017 to December 2019.

As the 14th Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry led an agency tasked with overseeing the United States’ energy supply, nuclear defense capacity, and the 17 National Laboratories, home to many of the country’s best scientists.

Prior to joining the Administration as Secretary of Energy, Perry served as the 47th Governor of Texas. As Governor of the Lone Star State, Perry championed conservative principles that helped Texas become America’s economic engine.

Rick Perry is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having flown C-130 tactical airlift aircraft in Europe and the Middle East. He is deeply involved with supporting the active duty and veteran community.

Perry earned distinction early in his life as an Eagle Scout. He was one of the first in his family to go to college, earning a degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and a Yell Leader.

He is a lifetime member of both the NRA and American Legion Post #75.

Perry married his childhood sweetheart, Anita, in 1982. They have two children, two beautiful granddaughters, and a grandson who was born on the 4th of July in 2019.

GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS

56th Governor of Louisiana
Virtual Keynote Speaker

 

ABOUT JOHN BEL EDWARDS
The son of a sheriff and charity hospital nurse, John Bel Edwards understood the importance of serving others from an early age. From his service as an active duty Airborne Ranger in the U.S. Army to his time in the Louisiana House of Representatives, Gov. Edwards has always put people first.

John Bel was born seventh out of eight children to Sheriff Frank Jr. and Dora Jean Edwards. He grew up hunting and fishing in Amite, a rural town in Tangipahoa Parish. He and First Lady Donna Edwards began dating while students at Amite High School. After graduating top of his class, Gov. Edwards attended the United States Military Academy at West Point.

As a cadet, he completed Airborne School and served as vice-chairman of the panel that enforces the West Point Honor Code. The governor graduated from West Point in 1988, commissioning as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He served on active duty for 8 years, earning Airborne, Ranger and Jumpmaster status, culminating with command of a rifle company in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He and the first lady married in 1989. They have three children: Samantha Bel, Sarah Ellen and John Miller.

After commanding a parachute infantry regiment in the 82nd airborne, Gov. Edwards retired from the Army with the rank of captain. He moved back home and earned a law degree from Louisiana State University before opening a civil law practice in his hometown of Amite.

In 2008, the people of House District 72 elected him to the Louisiana House of Representatives, where he represented the people of Amite, Greensburg, Kentwood and Hammond for eight years before being elected governor in November 2015.

On January 11, 2016, John Bel Edwards was sworn in as the 56th Governor of Louisiana.

In his first official act, Gov. Edwards signed an executive order to expand Medicaid coverage to 430,000 of the state’s working poor. The decision to expand Medicaid cut Louisiana’s uninsured rate from 24 percent to just 10 percent, saving lives and improving the quality of life for citizens across the state. Gov. Edwards considers this the easiest big decision he’s had to make as Governor.

Upon taking the oath of office, Gov. Edwards inherited the largest budget deficit in Louisiana’s history, following years of budget mismanagement, which included cuts to higher education and vital state resources and services. In 2016, the state faced a $1 billion shortfall to close out the last quarter of the fiscal year. And in 2017, the state faced a $2 billion deficit in the governor’s first full fiscal year.

Gov. Edwards and a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers worked hard to stabilize the state’s budget through a balanced approach. Today, higher education funding has been restored, the state’s gross domestic product is the highest it’s ever been and Louisiana’s budget is balanced and stable.

One of the governor’s top priorities coming into office was comprehensive criminal justice reform. For decades, mass incarceration plagued Louisiana, and the state led the nation in incarceration rates. Gov. Edwards signed sweeping bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation in 2017 that targets recidivism and invests in treatment programs. In 2018, the state saw a 20 percent decrease in the number of people imprisoned for non-violent crimes. Under his leadership, Louisiana shed the title of the most incarcerated state in the country.

On November 16, 2019, the people of Louisiana re-elected Gov. Edwards to another four-year term. On January 13, 2020, Gov. Edwards was sworn into his second term as the 56th Governor of Louisiana.

Gov. Edwards continues to do what the people sent him to Baton Rouge to do: Put Louisiana First. Hundreds of thousands are insured, Louisiana’s budget is stable and Louisiana is open for business.

TONY SEBA

Author, Educator, Co-Founder RethinkX

ABOUT TONY SEBA
Tony Seba is a world-renowned thought leader, author, speaker, educator, angel investor and Silicon Valley entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon best-selling book “Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation – How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030” and co-author of “Rethinking Humanity: Five Foundational Sector Disruptions, the Lifecycle of Civilizations, and the Coming Age of Freedom”.

Seba’s work focuses on the complex patterns and dynamics of change, disruption and transormation at all scales: from product to sectors to the economy and civilzations. He is the creator of the Seba Technology Disruption Framework™ which has been used to accurately explain and anticipate the ongoing disruptions of energy, transportation, information, and food and agriculture. Fifteen years ago, he foresaw the rise of Apple, Google, Netflix, and Salesforce. Ten years ago he accurately foresaw the rise of solar, batteries and electric vehicles.

He has been featured in several movies and documentaries including Bloomberg’s “Forward Thinking: A Sustainable World”, 2040, and SunGanges. He is recipient of many awards including the Savvy Award, Solar Future Today’s Visionary Influencer Award, Clean Energy Action’s 2017 Sunshine Award and the inaugural ASES Solar Transformation Recognition 2021.

He has been a keynote speaker at hundreds of global events and organizations including Google, the European Commission, Davos, COP21, CLSA, J.P. Morgan, Nomura, National Governors Association, Conference on World Affairs, the Global Leaders Forum, Intersolar and China EV100. He has taught thousands of entrepreneurs and corporate leaders at Stanford Continuing Studies. He has a Stanford MBA and an MIT degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

TUESDAY, MAY 24TH, 2022

The Role of Distributed Energy

Clay Koplin

Chief Executive Officer,
Cordova Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Panelist
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Electrify Everything: It Starts in the Arctic

Ingemar Mathiasson

Energy Manager,
Northwest Arctic Borough

Panelist
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Electrify Everything: It Starts in the Arctic

Darron Scott

President & Chief Executive Officer of Kodiak Electric Association

Panelist
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Global Microgrid Champions

Chris Rose

Founder and Executive Director of Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP)

Expert Speaker
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

What are the history, resources, issues and opportunities for Alaska?

Adam Low

Director of Upward Bound, UAF T3 Alliance Program Lead,
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Panelist
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Human Element: Building Capacity in Alaska

Peter Asmus

Executive Director, Alaska Microgrid Group

Expert Speaker
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

A Global View on Microgrid and Distributed Energy Strategies

Ian Baring-Gould

Technology Deployment Manager & Senior Engineer, Distinguished Members of Research Staff, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Panelist
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Power of Microgrids

Curtis Kirkeby

Fellow Engineer, Avista Utilities

Presenter
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Lunch Presentation

Annalise Klein

ARCTIC Fellow, Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP)

Moderator
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Community Perspectives in Microgrids

Peter Lilienthal

Independent Consultant

Panelist
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Power of Microgrids

Ethan Schutt

Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Bristol Bay Native Corporation

Moderator
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Electrify Everything: It Starts in the Arctic

Phil Maker

Adjunct Research Professor, ACEP/Principle Engineer, Circular Solutions

Panelist
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Power of Microgrids

Dennis Meiners

Principal, Intelligent Energy Systems, LLC

Panelist
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Global Microgrid Champions

Richard Rocheleau

Director, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Moderator
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Global Microgrid Champions

AlexAnna Salmon

President, Igiugig Village Council

Panelist
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Community Perspectives in Microgrids

Carrie Bohan

Facilities Programs Manager, Department of Environmental Conservation

Panelist
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Human Element: Building Capacity in Alaska

Timothy Sandstrom

Chief Operating Officer, Alaska Energy Authority

Moderator
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Human Element: Building Capacity in Alaska

Tim Leach

Transportation Lead, Launch Alaska

Moderator
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

What is the Future of Transportation?

David Van Holde

Director, U.S. Department of Energy’s Northwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership

Expert Speaker
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

CHP in Alaska – An Honest Triple Play of Cost Savings, Food Security and Emission Reductions

Alan Weitzner

Executive Director, Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority

Panelist
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Financing the Future

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25TH, 2022

The Evolving Grid

John Burns

President & Chief Executive Officer, Golden Valley Electric Association

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Uniting the Grid

Jennifer Miller

Chief Executive Officer,
Renewable IPP, LLC

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Solar Energy

Tom Plant

Senior Policy Advisor, Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

RPS Policy: 20 Years Later

Levi Kilcher

Senior Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The Abundance of Cook Inlet

Stuart Davies

Chief Executive Officer,
ORPC

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The Abundance of Cook Inlet

Bert Hunter

EVP & Chief Investment Officer, Connecticut Green Bank

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Financing the Future

Daniel Lauf

Energy Program Director,
National Governors Association

Moderator
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Financing the Future

Amanda Kolker

Laboratory Program Manager, Geothermal Technologies, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The Abundance of Cook Inlet

Mark Glick

Specialist, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

RPS Policy: 20 Years Later

Chris McConnell

Director of the Alaska Network for Energy Education and Employment (ANEEE), Renewable Energy of Alaska Project (REAP)

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The Human Element: Building Capacity in Alaska

Suzanne Settle

Vice President of Energy, Land and Resources for Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI)

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The Abundance of Cook Inlet

Mariko Shirazi

President’s Professor in Energy, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Moderator
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Emerging Energy Storage Solutions

Heather Grahame

General Counsel & Vice President, Regulatory & Federal Government Affairs for NorthWestern Energy

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Investing in Sustainability

Kevin Davies

Assistant Researcher, Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Emerging Energy Storage Solutions

Douglas Johnson

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Development Designs

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

What is the future of transportation?

Stephen Trimble

Founder & CEO, Organization: Arctic Solar Ventures Corporation

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Solar Energy

Gwen Yamamoto Lau

Executive Director, Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Financing the Future

Audun Botterud

Principal Energy Systems Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

Expert Speaker
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Emerging Energy Storage Solutions

Brad Chastain

Alaska LNG Project Manager, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The Abundance of Cook Inlet

Robert Gillam

Chief Executive Officer, McKinley Management, LLC

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Investing in Sustainability

Morgan Neff

Chief Investment Officer, Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Financing the Future

Christine Resler

President and Chief Executive Officer, ASRC Energy Services, LLC

Moderator
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Investing in Sustainability

Luke Saugier

Senior Vice President, Alaska for Hilcorp Energy Company

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Investing in Sustainability

Janet Weiss

Former BP Alaska President

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Investing in Sustainability

Paul Denholm

Principal Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Solar Energy

Julie Estey

Senior Director of External Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, Matanuska Electric Association

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

RPS Policy: 20 Years Later

Brian Hickey

Chief Operating Officer, Chugach Electric Association

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Uniting the Grid

Tony Izzo

General Manager, Matanuska Electric Association

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Uniting the Grid

Christian (Birk) Jones

Senior Member of Technical Staff, Renewable Energy and Distributed System Integration Group at Sandia National Laboratories

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

What is the Future of Transportation?

Larry Jorgensen

Director of Power, Fuels and Dispatch, Homer Electric Association

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Uniting the Grid

Curtis Thayer

Executive Director, Alaska Energy Authority

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Uniting the Grid

Geraldine Richmond

Under Secretary for Science and Energy

Panelist
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Rooftops, the Railbelt, and Rural Alaska: Solar Power in the land of the Midnight Sun

Thursday, MAY 26TH, 2022

The Future 

Bruce McDowell

Senior Advisor,
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Panelist
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Nuclear’s Role in our Sustainable Future

Marc Nichol

Senior Director, New Reactors, Nuclear Energy Institute

Panelist
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Nuclear’s Role in our Sustainable Future

Erin Whitney

Research Associate Professor, Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP), University of Alaska Fairbanks

Moderator
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Alternative Fuels

Gwen Holdmann

Founder and Director of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power 

Moderator
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Power of Microgrids

Sunil Kumar

Vice-President of Energy Strategy and Engineering, Kinross Gold

Panelist
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Mining in a Net-Zero World

Jim Coxon

Vice President of Operations, North America, Northern Star Resources Limited

Panelist
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Mining in a Net-Zero World

Corri Feige

Commissioner of Natural Resources, State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources

Moderator
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Mining in a Net-Zero World

Justin Freeman

Vice President, CCUS and Hydrogen, Coffman Engineers

Panelist
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Dealing with Carbon

Maxine Ghavi

Senior Vice President and Head of Grid Edge Solutions Business, Hitachi Energy

Expert Speaker
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Maximizing the Power of Variable Renewables

Kipp Coddington

Senior Advisor, School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming

Panelist
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Dealing with Carbon

Cato Espero

Head of Sales, Wärtsilä Norway

Panelist
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Alternative Fuels

Kevin Connors

Assistant Director for Regulatory Compliance and Energy Policy, Energy & Environmental Research Center, University of North Dakota

Panelist
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Dealing with Carbon

Michael Valore

Senior Director, Advanced, Reactor Commercialization, Westinghouse Electric Company

Panelist
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Nuclear’s Role in our Sustainable Future

Nick Goodman

Chief Executive Officer,
Cyrq Energy, Inc.

Panelist
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Scaling up Geothermal: Challenges and Potential for Alaska

Geoff Larson

President and Co-Founder, Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Company

Panelist
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Alternative Fuels

Frank Richards

President, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

Panelist
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Powering Asia from Alaska

Mike Atkinson

Senior Vice President, Grid Automation for North America, Hitachi Energy

Expert Speaker
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Maximizing the Power of Variable Renewables

Edwin Makkinga

Manager, Climate Policy, Enbridge Inc.

Expert Speaker
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Net Zero by 2050: A Corporate Strategy

Lance Miller

Vice President – Natural Resources, NANA

Panelist
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Mining in a Net Zero World

Cristian Rabiti

Director of Strategy Technology, Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation

Panelist
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Nuclear’s Role in our Sustainable Future

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