Thursday, June 8 | 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Virtual Sessions
OPEN TO ALL: Community Engagement and Equity sponsored by Sempra Infrastructure | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
The growth of the energy industry over the last 50 years has looked different in different communities. As the world transitions to low-carbon energy solutions and technologies, communities will be impacted. How will we bridge the gap between corporate climate action and community engagement and ensure that all communities have a voice in designing an energy-abundant, low carbon future?
This live streamed session will explore the challenges the energy transition creates for communities and the opportunity to address the unequal burdens created by climate change and ensure an equitable distribution of benefits created by the transition. Panelists will include representatives from the public sector, community groups, academia, and industry.
- Bob Harvey, President and CEO, Greater Houston Partnership
- The Honorable Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston
- Susan Amodeo-Cathey, Director, Energy Transition Programs, Policy and Alignment, Air Liquide
- Bolivar "Bo" M. Fraga, Senior Manager of Civic Engagement, BakerRipley
- Sallie Greenberg, Greenberg Consulting
- John Hall, President & CEO, Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)
- Selby Lilley, Regional Vice President – External Affairs and Communications, Sempra Infrastructure (moderator)
This live streamed sessions is complimentary and open to the public. Pre-registration is required.
Building a Workforce for the Transition sponsored by PwC | 10:30 - 11:20 a.m.
As we transition to net zero, how will the changing energy mix create new opportunities for our workforce – and how will we prepare our workforce to take advantage of those opportunities. This virtual session will explore the opportunities and challenges the industry is facing, with particular focus on workforce needs for clean hydrogen and CCUS deployment, as well as clean energy manufacturing (i.e., battery, energy storage, renewables, etc.). Panelists will include representatives from business, industry, and academia.
- Mary Beth Gracy, Houston Office Managing Director, Accenture
- Jim Griffin, Associate Vice Chancellor, Senior Vice President, LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology
- Rebecca Ensley, Director of Workforce Transformation, PwC
- Dr. Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Chief Energy Officer, University of Houston
- Tim Tarpley, President, Energy Workforce & Technology Council
Innovation & Technology for the Energy Transition | 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
In just a few short years, Houston has seen significant growth in its energy transition innovation ecosystem – from university research to early-stage startups to incubators & accelerators, Houston is becoming a hub of energy transition technology and innovation. This virtual session will discuss trends in energy transition innovation – from new technologies to evolving business models. Panelists will include representatives from the start-up community, industry members, and investors.
- Brett Perlman, CEO, Center for Houston’s Future
- Billy Bardin, Global Climate Transition Director, Inc.
- Jim Gable, President, Chevron Technology Ventures
- Howard Nelson, Founder and CEO, RedShift Energy
- Jason Wasserman, Executive Director, Green Hydrogen, NextEra Energy Resources
- Kimberly J. Williams, J.D., Chief Innovation Officer, Office of Innovation, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
Funding the Energy Transition | 12:30 - 1:20 p.m.
According to the UN, meeting the world’s climate ambitions will require at least $4 trillion per year in investments until 2030. From the IIJA to the IRA, over $2 trillion of federal funding has been allocated to support the development and deployment of energy transition technologies and solutions. This virtual session will explore the various funding opportunities, the different funding strategies and pathways, and the factors to consider when financing energy transition projects of various sizes. Panelists will include representatives from the Department of Energy, industry, and the business/investment community.
- Manasi Desai, Vice President, Ara Partners
- Kenneth B. Medlock, III, PhD, Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Director, Master of Energy Economics, Rice University
- Stuart Page, Senior Consultant, United States Department of Energy Loan Programs Office
- Jane Stricker, Senior Vice President, Energy Transition & Executive Director, Houston Energy Transition Initiative, Greater Houston Partnership
- Kassia Yanosek, Partner, McKinsey & Company