North America Smart Energy Week


September 19-22, 2022
Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim, CA

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Thursday, June 9
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

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This session will assess the trends and highlight the more active areas of renewable energy technology investments. By exploring market trends and end user requirements with leading renewable technology venture investors, startups should get valuable insight into their investment mindset. The investors, some of whom are large users, and DOE Grants team member will discuss their different approaches with startup investments including investment evaluation process, development, mentorship, internal use, exit strategy, etc. The attendees will gain new understanding of Investor insight, strategies, and venture investment process.

Dave McCarthy, Tech to Market Advisor, Department of Energy, Office of Science, SBIR Program


  • Roberto Pascual, Investor, Plug and Play
  • Michael Ware, Managing Director, Advance Capital Markets and member of Investor Advisory Board, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Past Discussions


Tuesday, November 9
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Generation Renewables: Who Are The Next Renewable Energy Executives and What Do They See Coming?

Watch Recording

This session will provide important insight from the next generation of renewable energy leaders. What are their ideas for change and how can the industry adapt? How will growing diversity in the workforce help bring about new opportunities? What lessons can we learn from other industries as we look to set new standards for growing the clean energy economy with equity and justice at the center? Attendees will learn from emerging leaders as they analyze the challenges and opportunities the next generation of clean energy decision makers will face.


  • Colin Silver, Chief of Staff & Chief Content Officer, SEIA
  • Miles Braxton, Analyst, Renewable Power Group, Goldman Sachs & Co-founder/Director, Strategic Partnerships, BlackOak Collective
  • Courtney Galatioto, Chief of Staff, SEPA
  • Esther Morales, Executive Director, Clean Energy Leadership Institute
  • Olivia Nedd, Policy Director, Access & Equity Program, Vote Solar


Tuesday, December 7
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

The Role of Green Hydrogen in Accelerating the Transition to Carbon-Free

Watch Recording

How can the clean energy community prepare for the short term business opportunities and future forecasts for the predicted slow, but steady incorporation of Hydrogen into the energy system over the next decade?

Lola Infante, Ph.D Executive Director, Government and External Affairs, Electric Power Research Institute

Anne-Laure Chassanite, Vice President, Power Supply, ENGIE North America
Elizabeth Crouse, Partner, K&L Gates
Fahd Hashiesh, Vice President, Global Hydrogen and Power Quality Leader, Hitachi ABB


Wednesday, December 8
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

EV Charging and Renewables Integration

Watch Recording

North America has seen upwards of 250% growth in EV sales in just the last four years. Additionally, the new policy and regulatory environment generated by the U.S. government is further driving the rapid deployment of intelligent and network connected EV chargers, creating both opportunities and challenges for utilities. The future of grid management has expanded beyond deploying EV-specific point solutions. Panelists will discuss how will the changing landscape of DC fast charging will incorporate energy storage, on-site solar, and EV tariffs in project economics, grid impacts and overall feasibility of EV charging programs and projects.

Larry Booth, Sr. Product Manager, Solar + Storage, ChargePoint

Joe Britton, Executive Director, Zero Emissions Transportation Association
Chris Monacelli, Electric Utility Manager, Westerville Electric Division
Isabelle Riu, Renewables Procurement, EVgo


Wednesday, December 15
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Energy Storage Safety: Protecting Personnel and Property as Storage Scales Up

Watch Recording

The stationary energy storage market is growing quickly, but the local authorities in many markets lack first-hand experience with battery technologies. As the market matures, stakeholders want to know how to make energy storage projects as safe, effective, and inexpensive as possible – particularly as battery fires garner global media attention. Attendees of this panel will come away with an understanding of market and technology trends and learn how to leverage that information to ensure the safety of personnel and property.

Gizelle Wray, Director, Regulatory Affairs & Counsel, SEIA

Ken Boyce, Senior Director, Principal Engineering: Industrial, UL
Barbara LaBarge, Global Safety and Quality Director, Fluence
Larry Sherwood, President and Chief Executive Officer, Interstate Renewable Energy Council
Karolina Fernandez, Technical Instructor, Solar Energy International



Wednesday, January 12
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Securing the Grid: Protecting our Energy Access

Watch Recording

This session will identify and dive into emerging threats and changes to the threat environment due to DERs and other technology developments. Speakers will also provide a forward-looking view into the next 5-10 years by discussing impacts to how cybersecurity is approached to ensure a smooth transition to a more secure grid.

John Franzino, Chief Executive Officer, GridSecurity Inc.

Shari Gribbin, Managing Partner, CNK Solutions
Karl Rabago, Principal, Rábago Energy LLC
Tom Tansy, Chairman, SunSpec Alliance


Wednesday, January 26
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

No Silver Bullets: Lessons Learned for Financing C&I Projects

Watch Recording

This session will assess the opportunities and challenges in financing commercial and industrial solar and wind projects. By exploring lessons learned from those who have developed, bought, built, financed, sold, and securitized portfolios of commercial solar and wind projects, attendees will gain new understanding of avoiding key pitfalls in the development process in this dynamic sector.

Greg Lavigne, Partner, Allen & Overy

Christopher Lafley, DG Project Finance, SunPower Corporation
Joe Ritter, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Seminole Financial
Laura Stern, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Nautilus Solar Energy
Britta von Oesen, Managing Director, Cohn Reznick Capital