The Climate Resilient Grid

JuneJun 14 2017 12:00pm - 06:00pm ET

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Eventbrite - The Climate Resilient Grid: A Forum on Energy, Climate, and The Grid


THE CLIMATE RESILIENT GRID: A FORUM ON ENERGY, CLIMATE AND THE GRID brings together thought leaders from industry, government and academia to work side by side with climate experts. Together we explore how climate science and data can inform energy challenges related to integrating renewables into the grid. Raising the level of renewables requires efficient transmission lines and new systems of microgrids, which in turn requires climate data, analytics and environmental intelligence.


The event takes place at The Collider, a world-class innovation center in the heart of downtown Asheville beginning June 14, 12noon to 6pm, and running through June 15, 8:15am to 3:45pm. 



Here's What You Can Expect at this Forum


* UTILITIES EXECUTIVES share their perspectives on the current state of their grid, their climate risks and vulnerabilities and the future of renewables in their portfolio.

* SOLUTION PROVIDERS demonstrate how environmental data and intelligence has been used for asset management and load planning in a changing climate.

* THOUGHT LEADERS discuss the critical role of renewables and the right mix of energy to build an adaptive infrastructure while reducing carbon dioxide.

* SCIENTIFIC EXPERTS from NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information interact with leaders from utilities, providers, and thought leaders about their services to develop climate-science based solutions to real energy sector challenges.

Forecasts from the US Energy Information Administration


The US Energy Information Administration forecasts that non-hydro renewables will rise from 2% to a total of 10% of electricity generated in 2018. Not only essential for meeting energy demand, wind, solar and hydro are cost-competitive with conventional generation per Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis. Industries are gearing up for business in the new era, where climate and environmental intelligence is factored in the decision-making, with the grid on the frontlines.



Speakers & Agenda


>>Download a PDF of the agenda here.


Keynote speaker
Alexander MacDonald,
Spire Global Inc.; Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research & Director NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, An “Interstate Highway” for US Wind, Solar, Hydro, & Nuclear Power.

Other speakers
John Gajda, Manager, Operations Support, Distributed Energy Technologies Department, Duke Energy
Gregory Stunder, Vice President, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Philadelphia Gas Works
Michael McPeck, Lead Engineer, National Grid, and the Liaison to the Department of Energy Partnership for Energy Sector Climate Resilience
Daniel (Danny) Kassis, Vice President, Customer Services, SCANA
Dr. Anthony Smith, CEO Secure Futures, LLC
Dr. Ria Persad, CEO, StatWeather
Dr. Michael Legatt, CEO,Resilient Grid
Corey Call, CEO, GenCom Solar
Dr. Phil Hanser, Principal,The Brattle Group
Dr. Judsen Bruzgul, Manager, ICF International
Dr. Delavane Diaz, Senior Technical Leader, Energy and Environmental Analysis Group, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Dr. Margarita Gregg, Deputy Director, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Dr. Stephanie Herring, American Meteorological Society Chair of Climate Services and NOAA Climate Extremes Scientist
Dr. Jessica Matthews, NOAA Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites - NC / NC State University

The organizers will submit for publication a summary of the key points and general proceedings.

Additional Material


Smart meters, inter-state transmission, EV charging - energy infrastructure in the US needs (Bloomberg New Energy Finance, March 28, 2017)
Dr. Ria Persad, Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards



Lodging & Visiting Asheville, North Carolina


A special group rate has been established for conference participants at the new Hyatt Place Asheville/Downtown. These rates are available only through May 17, 2017. Go here to learn more and make reservations. 

Discover for yourself why Asheville was named Lonely Planet's #1 "Best in the U.S. Destination for 2017." Explore all this mountain town has to offer here.

Eventbrite - The Climate Resilient Grid: A Forum on Energy, Climate, and The Grid

Advisory Committee:
* Mr. John Curry, JD,  Member National Board of Environmental Defense Fund (former)
* Dr. Otis Brown, North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies / NC State University
* Dr. Michael Brewer, Climate Scientist and Chief Customer Services, NOAA NCEI
* Mr. Phil Hanser, The Brattle Group,  Lecturer at Boston University & Harvard University

Organizing Committee:
* Dr. Stephanie Herring, American Meteorological Society Climate Services Committee Chair
* Jenny Dissen, North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies / NC State University
* Marjorie McGuirk & Doug Copenhaver, CASE Consultants International
* James McMahon, CEO, The Collider
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