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Robert Herjavec
Founder and CEO of Herjavec Group, Lead Shark of ABC’s Shark Tank

June 7, 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.

Robert Herjavec is a highly-regarded business influencer, entrepreneur, best-selling author and star of NBC’s Shark Tank.  He founded Herjavec Group in 2003 after launching and selling a number of successful IT companies. Today, the firm is widely recognized as a global leader in information security. 

General Session: A Roundtable Conversation with EEI’s Leadership

June 6, 9 a.m- 10:30 a.m.

One of the most popular, and important, sessions in the entire Annual Convention. In a standing room only event, attendees listen to EEI’s top CEO leadership, joined by Greg Abel, currently Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Company​, explore major challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for C-Suite executives as the electric power industry continues to reinvent itself in the midst of a dramatic, long-term transformation.

Wednesday, June 14, 8:45 - 10:00 a.m.

​Today’s electric companies face both daunting challenges and major opportunities, as transformative shifts in technology, customer expectations and policy are driving a still uncharted future for EEI’s member companies. Get a front-row seat as EEI’s Leadership CEOs discuss the industry landscape in a candid general session dialogue moderated by Tom Fanning.


Breakout Sessions: Energy Matters

The Energy Matters breakout sessions will explore all the major issues facing today’s electric power industry. Connect with the industry’s top executives and thought leaders as they examine these cutting-edge issues in depth.

1)  Monday, June 12, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

1A.  Today’s Choices, Tomorrow’s Power      
The nation’s electric generating fleet is in the midst of major transformation driven by a number of factors, including generation costs, customer expectations, technological developments and government policy.  This transition has created significant, positive environmental impacts.  What timeframes and technologies will allow this transition to continue?  Listen to top experts chart the various pathways this transition could take in the decades ahead.  

 Moderator:  Bob Perciasepe, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions 
- Bryan Hannegan, Associate Laboratory Director - Energy Systems Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 
- Anne Smith, Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting 
- Sue Tierney, Principal, The Analysis Group 
 Industry and State Perspectives:
- Gerry Anderson, Chairman & CEO, DTE Energy 
- Asim Haque, Chairman, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio  

1B.  Building an Energy Workforce for Tomorrow     
As the electric power industry undergoes ongoing transformation and an increasing number of workers retire, there is a pressing need to recruit and retain a highly qualified and diverse workforce. This panel will explore a number of innovative programs that electric companies are now implementing to address the critical workforce issue.

 Moderator:  Geisha Williams, President and CEO, PG&E Corporation 
 -  Warner Baxter, Chairman, President & CEO, Ameren Corporation 
-  Chris Crane, CEO and President, Exelon 
-  Lynn Good, Chairman, President & CEO, Duke Energy 

2)  Monday, June 12, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

2A.  Crafting Wholesale Markets To Last     
Two decades have elapsed since the creation of the nation’s first RTOs and ISOs, and wholesale power markets continue to mature.  This panel will explore the wholesale power market evolution now under way designed to accommodate the growing use of renewable generation, natural gas, behind-the-meter generation storage, as well as the policy goals to ensure fuel diversity, resiliency, and reliability.

 Moderator:  Phil Moeller, Senior Vice President, Edison Electric Institute 
 -  Bill Hogan, Research Director, Harvard Electricity Policy Group 
 -  Andy Ott, President and CEO, PJM Interconnection 
 -  Shawn Schukar, Chairman and President, Ameren Transmission Company
 -  Gordon van Welie, President & CEO, ISO New England  
2B.  Powering Mobility in the 21st Century      
The energy grid is emerging as a critical transportation platform, as a variety of users – including public transit, container ports, and mobility service providers – turn to electrification for smarter, cleaner solutions. This panel will showcase innovative approaches to moving goods and people with electricity today, and identify what electric companies can do make electricity the backbone of America’s future transportation system. 

 Moderator:  Pedro Pizarro, President & CEO, Edison International
 -  Richard Cameron, Managing Director of Planning & Environmental Affairs, Port of Long Beach 
 -  Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft 
 -  Mike Champley, former Hawaii PUC Commissioner
 -  Donna DeMartino, Chief Executive Officer, San Joaquin Regional Transit District
 -  Marcy Reed, President—Massachusetts, National Grid  

3)  Tuesday, June 13, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

3A. Driving Customer Value in a Changing World     
Larger customers, including commercial, industrial and governmental entities, increasingly have specialized energy needs, whether they involve renewable targets, resiliency or economic goals. Electric companies, working cooperatively with these customers along with regulators and other stakeholders, are rapidly forging tailored solutions that nimbly address these requirements, and this panel will provide an in-depth look at those approaches.

Moderator:  Alan Oshima, President & CEO, Hawaiian Electric Company
 -  Chris Clark, President, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Xcel Energy 
-  Mark Schiavoni, Chief Operating Officer, Arizona Public Service Company 
-  Lloyd Yates, Executive Vice President, Customer and Delivery Operations, Duke Energy  

3B.  Taking Smart Cities to the Next Level      
Cities, electric companies, and other partners are developing a wide range of innovative partnerships that are propelling the rapid growth of smart cities around the country. Industry and municipal leaders will explore the concept of what makes a city “smart”, explain what is driving the growth of this market, and discuss the critical role the energy grid has in helping cities reach their “smart city” goals.  It will also highlight the variety of technologies and approaches being rolled out in communities nationwide.

 Moderator:  Pat Vincent-Collawn, Chairman, President & CEO, PNM Resources 
 -  Nick Akins, Chairman, President & CEO, American Electric Power 
 -  Rich Riazzi, President & CEO, Duquesne Light Company 
 -  Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Pittsburgh 
 -  David Graham, Deputy COO,  City of San Diego  
 -  David Kolata, Executive Director, Illinois CUB  

4)  Tuesday, June 13, 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon

4A.  Securing the Nation’s Energy Grid       
As owners and operators of some of the nation’s most critical infrastructure, electric companies have made safeguarding the energy grid a top priority.  Some of the nation’s foremost grid security experts will assess the security challenges facing the power sector, and focus on how industry-government partnerships have evolved to address these growing threats, while also evaluating  initiatives that make the sector—and the nation—more resilient.

   Moderator:  Tom Fanning, Chairman, President & CEO, Southern Company    
 -  Patricia Hoffman, Acting Under Secretary, Office of Science and Energy, US DOE 
 -  Robert M. Lee, CEO, Dragos
 -  Joseph McClelland, Director, Office of Energy Infrastructure Security, FERC 
 -  Mary Ann Davidson, Chief Security Officer, Oracle Corporation 

4B.  Distributed Energy Resources: The Road Ahead    
Distributed energy resources now comprise a rapidly growing share of the nation’s generation portfolio, as solar, wind and efficiency are integrated into electric companies’ systems. Top industry thought leaders will explore the impact of the surging DER growth on electric companies’ systems and discuss the issues surrounding evolving regulatory paradigms that may be needed to help manage it.

 Moderator:  David Owens, Executive Vice President, Edison Electric Institute
 -  Ashley Brown, Executive Director, Harvard Electricity Policy Group
 -  Rob Caldwell, Senior Vice President, Distributed Energy Resources, Duke Energy
 -  Gary Fromer, Senior Vice President, Distributed Energy, Constellation 
 -  Phil Mihlmester, Executive Vice President, ICF 

5)  Tuesday, June 13, 1:45 – 3:00 p.m.

5A.  The Impact of Technology on the Energy Grid                                                                           
Electric companies have made tremendous progress in building smarter energy infrastructure, and customers are now realizing the benefits in many ways. Find out how new technology is being used today to enhance energy grid reliability and resiliency, while also integrating more distributed energy resources—and learn about the most innovative approaches and what’s next on the horizon.
Moderator:  Lisa Wood, Vice Pres., Edison Foundation & Executive Director, Institute for Electric Innovation
-  Scott M. Prochazka, President & CEO, CenterPoint Energy 
-  Geisha Williams, President and CEO, PG&E Corporation  
-  John Carrington, CEO and Director, Stem  
-  Philip Mezey, President and CEO, Itron  
-  Naimish Patel, Founder & CEO, Gridco Systems 

5B. The Dramatic Reality of Energy Storage       
Energy storage is here to stay, as electric companies deploy increasing amounts of energy storage for a variety of reasons, optimizing grid operations. Energy storage is the “enabler” of the transformation of our energy grid and our economy, from renewable integration to smart cities and everything in between. Learn about the future of energy storage and how it will transform the energy grid, and which policy and regulatory changes may be needed to realize that future.

 Moderator:  Matt Roberts, Executive Director, Energy Storage Association
-  Stephen Coughlin, Vice President of Energy Storage Platforms, AES Corporation           
-  Scott Drury, President, San Diego Gas & Electric
-  Kim Greene, Executive Vice President & COO, Southern Company
-  Judith Judson, Commissioner, Mass. Department of Energy Resources 
-  Jeff Weiss, Co-Chairman & Managing Director, Distributed Sun