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2021 Virtual Global Electrification Forum
Monday, April 12, 2021 - Friday, April 23, 2021
Edison Electric Institute
701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC 20004-2696 UNITED STATES
  • More than 300 professionals from across the energy industry have already registered for this year's Global Electrification Forum, with virtual sessions from April 12-23. Join us for one of the largest gatherings of industry CEOs and global thought leaders.

    Register now in just two simple steps:

    1. Click here to create an EEI account, if you don't already have one. It's free and takes less than a minute!
    2. Click here to register for the GEF. You will be asked to log in using your EEI account.

    Your ticket will give you access to the live event, as well as session recordings for on-demand viewing post-event. See detailed pricing information below.

      • EEI U.S. and International Members - Complimentary
      • Industry Professionals - $150
      • D.C. Embassy Staff - Free (email international@eei.org)
      • Students - Free

    Please read below for more information about the event, including confirmed speakers and sessions surrounding our theme, Destination 2050: Pathways, Inflections, Crossroads, Convergence. We look forward to seeing you at this year's virtual GEF!

  • Destination 2050: Pathways, Inflections, Crossroads, Convergence

    The world is in the midst of several parallel transitions that will shape our energy future for decades to come. As countries continue to set ambitious targets to reduce emissions and address climate change, the electric power sector is prepared to play a key role in economy-wide decarbonization. Simultaneously, the transportation industry is facing a great shift as companies and countries commit to electrifying cars, buses, shipping, and even aviation. The increasingly digital nature of grid operations is another important transition, with digitalization and new technologies improving efficiency and changing how companies interact with customers.

    Over the next 30 years, these transformations (and more) will be superimposed on one another as the electric power industry continues to evolve. Because of the interrelated nature of these transitions, electric companies will face many critical decisions in the coming years, with countless trajectories branching out to create possible futures for the energy industry. Societal, economic, political, and technological factors add further layers of uncertainty and complexity to the final destination of these transitions.

    Today, many people are looking to the year 2050 as the promise of the future. As the Global Electrification Forum celebrates its 5th anniversary, we hope to explore visions for what the energy system will look like in 2050. With this destination in mind, this year’s GEF will consider the various pathways the industry can take, predict points of inflection, and envision the crossroads the industry will face and the opportunities to be harnessed as we prepare for the convergence of transformations.

  • Please view the full session agenda for more detailed session descriptions. Below we've included an overview for the sessions that will be held each week during the virtual Global Electrification Forum.

    Week 1 Session Overview (April 12-16)

      • Keynote: Radical Uncertainty
      • Thriving in a Post-Pandemic World
      • Electrifying Transportation, Industry, and Economies
      • Enabling the Clean Energy Future
      • Showcasing Innovation: Part One
      • Harnessing Digital Technologies

    Week 2 Session Overview (April 19-23)

      • Keynote: The Good Ancestor
      • Intergenerational Roundtable on Energy and Climate Change
      • Serving the Customer of Tomorrow, Today
      • Evolving Business and Regulatory Models
      • Responding to Extreme Events: Resilience, Infrastructure, and Economics
      • Showcasing Innovation: Part Two
      • Realizing Net Zero Ambitions: Policy and Finance
      • Leadership in Uncertain Times

  • We are very excited for this year's lineup of speakers, with many CEOs from around the world committed to being a part of the GEF conversations and panel sessions. Please see below a list of some of our confirmed speakers to date. More speakers to be announced.

    More than 50 confirmed speakers from over 20 countries, including:

      • Dan Jørgensen, Minister of Climate, Energy, and Utilities (Denmark)
      • Dr. Hamadoun Toure, Minister of Information Technology and Digital Economy (Republic of Mali)
      • Rod Carr, Chairperson, Climate Change Commission (New Zealand)
      • Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Former President of Iceland, Chair of IRENA's Global Commisison on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation (Iceland)
      • Lord Mervyn King, Former Governor of the Bank of England and Author of Radical Uncertainty (United Kingdom)
      • Roman Krznaric, Public Philosopher and Author of The Good Ancestor (Australia)
      • Fatima Al Foora Al Shamsi, Executive Director of Energy Policy, Department of Energy (United Arab Emirates)
      • Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute (United States)
      • Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit (United States)
      • Henrik Green, CTO, Volvo Cars (Sweden)
      • Arshad Mansoor, President and CEO, EPRI (United States)