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10th Anniversary Energy Policy Conference

From Disruption to Megatrends

October 14-15, 2021 — All Virtual Event

Prominent forces are at work from COVID-19 to urbanization, digitalization, and extreme weather. Understanding disruption and megatrends for actionable energy policy is critical to future resilience.

We are pleased to announce keynote speakers: Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industry Association;  William D. Magwood, Director-General of the Nuclear Energy Agency; Jennifer Fordham, former Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the Natural Gas Supply Association; John Wagner, Director of Idaho National Laboratory; and Jon Wellinghoff, former Chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Among our panelists, we will be joined by experts from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Transportation, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, the Northwest Power Pool, regional transmission organization PJM, and the Zero Emission Transportation Association.

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Energy Policy Conference

The Energy Policy Conference is a premier, interdisciplinary forum in North America that examines issues and opportunities of energy policy. It does so, with timely discussion and research that fosters in-depth, cross-cutting exchanges of ideas.

The 10th Anniversary Meeting will emphasize actionable energy policy. Policy is defined as formal rules, directives, guidance, and action/inaction of government that affects energy utilization. The scope of the event is from local to international conditions.

We will have special panels on resilience in the power sector, and electric vehicles. We also look forward to seeing all of you for Energy Trivia Night.

The call for abstracts is now closed. These focus on energy policy in the context of one the following topics.

COVID 19 and Energy (e.g. resilience/notable lessons in energy systems; workforce and project trends; stimulus packages and policy shifts)

Digitalization and Modernization (e.g. balancing privacy with ‘smarter tools’; cyber risk; workforce needs; the growing role of electric vehicles; data centers and energy; shifting analytics)

Urbanization and Population Shifts (e.g. urban-rural differences; adjustments for shifting energy behavior in supply, delivery and use)

Decarbonization (e.g. jobs in new and shifting industries; net zero targets; the role of hybrid systems and cross-sectoral strategies; environmental, societal and governance considerations; infrastructure repurposing)

Extreme Weather and the Changing Climate (e.g. disaster response; planned outages with wildfires; nationally determined contributions, long-term investment and stranded asset risk; fairness in change)

Eco-system Resilience (e.g. microgrids and storage; inter-dependencies and inter-agency readiness; integrated systems; prosumers; advances with demand response; critical infrastructure vulnerabilities; best practices in planning)

Politics (e.g. local-state-federal approaches to energy; the role of incumbents and new entrants for energy policy; momentum vs. inertia and (re)framing in energy choices).

Presentations, Panels, and Poster Sessions

Individual research presentation – Individual paper presentations are assigned to panels for presentation and discussion along with other presentations (typically three or four papers per session, approximately 75-90 minutes).

Self-organized presenter panel – A group of three to four presenters self-organize a panel to present papers and discuss a common theme (approximately 75-90 minutes).

Roundtable discussion – A 60-minute session designed to stimulate dialogue on a select topic. These sessions are self-organized, facilitated by the individuals proposing the session, and do not require a presentation or paper.

Poster – Posters highlighting research will be on display for the entire conference. Awards will be granted for the best poster(s). Authors will also have an opportunity to present their posters during a dedicated poster session.

General timeline

  • May 10, 2021: Abstracts due
  • June 15, 2021: Notification of abstract acceptance
  • July 15, 2021: Presenters and panelist registration deadline
  • August 14, 2021: Early registration ends
  • September 25, 2021: Papers due
  • September 30, 2021: Powerpoints (if used) and posters due
  • October 14-October 15, 2021: Conference