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Powering Forward Webinar Series

Powering Forward is a new webinar series from the BCSE and the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) that examines developments across the clean energy economy in the U.S. This series explores the unique impacts facing clean energy industries during the COVID-19 pandemic and the vital role of our sectors will play in the economy’s recovery. Each episode is produced collaboratively with partners working to advance clean energy, demonstrating that together, we can power forward through this crisis to emerge as a stronger, more resilient America.

Schedule

Upcoming:
To be announced.

Completed:
November 12: Election Results and Impacts for the Clean Energy Economy
October 27: Election Scenarios and Impacts for the Clean Energy Economy
September 9: Powering Up an Inclusive Clean Energy Workforce
July 29: State of Play: A Clean Energy Powered Recovery
May 20: The Clean Energy Economy: a Decade of Growth, a First Quarter Disrupted
April 24: FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program

Supported By

Powering Forward is made possible with support from Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum. The series is also supported by Natixis Investment Managers, pioneer of the first ESG-driven 401(k) target date mutual funds.

November 12: Election Results and Impacts for the Clean Energy Economy

The sixth installment of Powering Forward, hosted by the BCSE and the Clean Energy Business Network, was held in partnership with CRES Forum on November 12, 2020.  The webinar focused on the outcomes of the November 3 national election and its implications for the clean energy economy. The following policy experts with viewpoints from across the political spectrum discussed  legislation and policy prospects in the lame-duck period, the 117th Congress, and the incoming Biden administration.

Speakers:

  • John Hart, Co-founder and Vice President, C3 Solutions
  • Charles Hernick, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum
  • Nidhi Thakar, Co-Chair, Clean Energy for Biden and Director of Strategy, Portland General Electric
  • Karen G. Wayland, Ph.D., Co-Chair, Clean Energy for Biden and Principal, KW Energy Strategies

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October 27: Election Scenarios and Impacts for the Clean Energy Economy

The fifth installment of Powering Forward was held in partnership with the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell LLP on October 27 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET.  The webinar explored possible national election outcomes, as well as potential impacts on the clean energy economy and prospects for federal action on energy and climate change.  As part of the webinar, the BCSE discussed the same day release of an updated set of Principles and Recommendations for Energy and Climate Change Policy, to be used in its advocacy work as policy and legislation proposals are considered in the near future at the local, state and federal levels.

Episode 5

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Featured speaker: Liam P. Donovan, Principal at the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell LLP

Industry Respondents:

  • Emily Duncan, Chairman, BCSE Board of Directors and Director, Federal Government Relations, National Grid US
  • Nanette Lockwood, Senior Director, Climate Policy and Advocacy, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Trane Technologies
  • Chris Mathey, Vice President of Government Relations, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions
  • Malcolm Woolf, President and CEO, National Hydropower Association
  • Jim Wrathall, General Counsel, New Energy Equity LLC

 

September 9: Powering Up an Inclusive Clean Energy Workforce

The fourth installment of Powering Forward was held in partnership with Third Way on September 9, 2020.  The webinar explored opportunities and challenges associated with building and enhancing the clean energy workforce, with a focus on public private partnerships, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and recent survey results on clean energy employer responses to COVID-19. The webinar also explored workforce development initiatives currently pending in Congress.

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Speakers:

  • Shaun Garrison, Director, Congressional Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Senior Resident Fellow for Climate and Energy Program, Third Way
  • Timothy Alan Simon, Esq., Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Camille Moore, 2020 Jan Schori Fellow, Business Council for Sustainable Energy

July 29: State of Play: A Clean Energy Powered Recovery

The third installment of Powering Forward was co-hosted with The Pew Charitable Trusts and National Governors Association on July 29.

The webinar examined the state and local response to COVID-19. Panelists explored how state governments are responding to the pandemic, identify what energy resilience solutions are critical for communities in the wake of this crisis, and discuss federal infrastructure legislation currently pending in Congress.
 
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Speakers:
  • Laura Lightbody, Project Director, Flood Prepared Communities Program Initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts, Moderator
  • Mike Harryman, State Resilience Officer, Office of Oregon Governor Kate Brown
  • Dr. Rebecca French, Director, Office of Climate Planning, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Julian Dash, Principal/Founder, Copacity
  • Natalie Joubert, Manager, Federal Affairs, PG&E

 

May 20: The Clean Energy Economy: a Decade of Growth, a First Quarter Disrupted

The second installment of Powering Forward was co-hosted with E2 on May 20, 2020. It presented the long-term trends that have taken place across the energy sector in the past decade, and provided up-to-date insights on how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted clean energy in the first quarter of 2020.

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April 24: FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program

The first installment of Powering Forward  was hosted in partnership with the  National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) on April 24, 2020.  Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) is a new program at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help states, local communities, tribes and territories undertake hazard mitigation projects to reduce risks from disasters and natural hazards. This new pre-hazard mitigation program was authorized in the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA), which amended the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act). 

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Speakers:

  • Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
  • Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network
  • David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
  • Camille Crain, Section Chief, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

State and Industry Respondents

  • Megan Levy, Director, Local Programs, Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation, WI Public Service Commission and Co-Chair, NASEO Energy Security Committee
  • Ben Bolton, Energy Programs Administrator, Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation and Co-Chair, NASEO Energy Security Committee
  • Anna Pavlova, Vice President, Government Relations, Schneider Electric
  • Manny Perotin, Senior Project Manager, CDM Smith