Global Energy Solutions Summit

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | Friday, March 29, 2019


The National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices (NGA Solutions) and NGA Global, in collaboration with the Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of Canada and Embassy of Australia, hosted this summit to help states gather ideas from countries that are leading in the deployment of emerging energy technologies of offshore wind, energy storage, and carbon capture, utilization and storage. For each technology, the summit examined innovative activities and policies that each of the three countries is undertaking to foster deployment and development, highlight key policy actions states can take to advance these technologies and spotlight early movers in the U.S. Attendees included governors as well as high-level representatives from federal and state governments, partner countries, industry, nongovernmental organizations and others. 

AgendaSummit Takeaways

DAY 1 (Thursday, March 28): Offshore Wind & Energy Storage

Breakfast & Registration 

Welcome & Opening Remarks 

  • Speakers: 
    • Martin Loken, Minister, Embassy of Canada  
    • Scott D. Pattison, Executive Director & CEO, NGA   
    • Keynote: Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas, Bloomberg New Energy Finance   
    • Sue Gander, Division Director, Environment, Energy & Transportation, NGA   

Offshore Wind 

Roundtable Discussion: State of the Offshore Wind Market 

  • Moderator: 
    • Amy Harder, Energy Reporter, Axios   
  • Speakers:   
    • The Honorable Ned Lamont, Governor, State of Connecticut  
    • Morten Bæk, Permanent Secretary, Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate   
    • Alicia Barton, President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) 
    • Thomas Brostrøm, CEO, Ørsted US Offshore Wind 
    • Walter Cruickshank, Acting Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 

Keynote: Advancing Offshore Wind Through Regional Cooperation 

  • Speaker: 
    • Morten Bæk, Permanent Secretary, Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate   

Networking Break 

Opportunities & Next Steps: What Does it Take to Unlock the U.S. Market for Offshore Wind? 

  • Moderator:  
    • David Livingston, Deputy Director, Climate and Advanced Energy, Atlantic Council   
  • Speakers:

    • Sara Bluhm Gibson, Director, Office of Clean Energy, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities   
    • TomKiernan, CEO, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)  
    • Annie Hawkins, President, Representative from Responsible Offshore Development Alliance 
    • Jason Folsom, US National Sales Director, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind  
    • Rob Gramlich, Founder and President, Grid Strategies LLC   

Lunch w/Keynote  

  • Speaker: 
    • Joe Balash, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior  

Transition Session: Workforce Development 

  • Moderator:  
    • Stephen Pike, CEO, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center   
  • Speakers:   
    • Mary Sotos, Deputy Commissioner for Energy, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Connecticut   
    • Angela Navarro, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Virginia  
    • Cory Channon, Assistant Director of Construction Sector Operations, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers 

Energy Storage 

Opening Remarks  

  • Speaker: 
    • Hon. Peter McGauran, Australia’s Consul-General and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner   

Roundtable Discussion: State of the Energy Storage Market 

  • Moderator:  
    • Max Minzer, Partner, Jenner & Block   
  • Speakers:   
    • Betty Watson, Senior Manager of Energy Policy, Tesla Energy  
    • John Perry, Coordinator General, Tasmania  
    • Sarah Vorphal, Ph.D., Senior Energy Policy Specialist, Washington State Department of Commerce 
    • Ray Hohenstein, Market Applications Director, Fluence     

Keynote/Case Study on Energy Storage Project   

  • Speaker: 
    • John Zahurancik, COO, Fluence 

Opportunities & Next Steps: State & International Perspectives on Energy Storage 

  • Moderator:  
    • Tom Simchak, Research and Programs Director, Energy Storage Association     
  • Speakers:   
    • Dr. Imre Gyuk, Director of Energy Storage Research in the Office of Electricity, U.S. DOE  
    • Kevin Moriarty, Executive Chairman, 1414 Degrees   
    • Scott Bordenkircher, Director, Technology Innovation & Integration, Arizona Public Service Company (APS)   

Closing Remarks 

Evening Reception 

  • Australian Embassy

DAY 2 (Friday, March 29): Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage (CCUS) 

Welcome and CCUS Opening Keynote  

  • Speakers: 
    • Rachel McCormick, Counsellor and Head, Energy and Environment Section, Embassy of Canada  
    • Opening Keynote: Hon. Bronwyn Eyre, Minister of Energy and Resources, Saskatchewan  

 Roundtable Discussion: State of the CCUS Market   

  • Moderator:  
    • Jeff Erikson, General Manager – Client Engagement, Global CCS Institute   
  • Speakers:   
    • Samantha McCulloch, Head, CCUS Unit, International Energy Agency 
    • Trude Sundset, CEO, Gassnova 
    • Sarah Forbes, Scientist, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy 
    • John Harju, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC)  
    • Robert Niven, CEO, CarbonCure 

 Case Study on Boundary Dam Project  

  • Speaker: 
    • Beth Hardy, Vice President, Strategy & Stakeholder Relations, International CCS Knowledge Centre 

Opportunities and Next Steps: State and International Perspectives on CCUS   

  • Moderator:  
    • Jeff Bobeck, Director of Energy Policy Engagement, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions   
  • Speakers:   
    • Shannon Angielski, Executive Director, Carbon Utilization Research Council   Adam Schafer, Policy Director, Office of Montana Governor Steve Bullock  
    • Brad Crabtree, Vice President, Carbon Management, Great Plains Institute   
    • Jason Lanclos, Director, Technology Assessment Division, Louisiana State Energy Office   

Lunch and Keynote:   

  • Speaker:
    • Dr. Julio Friedmann, Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Global Energy Policy, Columbia University  

Closing Remarks and Wrap Up