Strategic Energy Institute Hosts Conference for Energy Industry Leaders

Regional and National Energy Sector Leaders Provide Perspectives 
on Challenges, Solutions, and Methods of Expanding Industry Innovation

Few sectors have more impact on our economy than energy. Concerns about the availability, reliability, cost and environmental impact of energy are addressed daily via the media and through political dialogue.  

The Strategic Energy Institute hosted the first major event for the Energy, Policy, and Innovation Center (EPICenter), which was launched in Fall 2016 to specifically address, research and present solutions to regional energy challenges with a national impact. 

The INTERSECT: Energy, Policy, and Innovation Conference explored the future of energy and society by bringing together many of the most respected and experienced names in the energy industry. The event provided the most up-to-date information on national energy issues, with an emphasis on unique regional challenges and methods to expand industry innovation, through a series of panels led by thought leaders who are actively engaged in developing solutions to energy challenges.  

While each panel presented perspectives on approaches to developing clean, reliable and affordable power in the U.S., specific issues discussed included 

  • innovation related to energy technologies, business models, and regulation
  • identifying economic, social and environmental definitions of sustainability
  • distinct advantages of addressing energy challenges by leveraging regional perspectives, strengths, and approaches.

In addition to Georgia Tech president, G. P. "Bud" Peterson, speakers and moderators included

  • Steve Cross, Executive Vice-President of Research, Georgia Institute of Technology 
  • Mike Howard, President & CEO, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Arun Majumdur, Founding Director, ARPA-E Division of the U.S. Department of Energy 
  • Pat Wilson, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development
  • Energy leaders from Delta Airlines, The Home Depot, Walmart, the National Resources Defense Council and more.

The conference concluded with an informal, interpersonal dinner discussion moderated by Emmy award-winning journalist Frank Luntz and featuring former U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz; Southern Company CEO and president Tom Fanning; Kevin Yates President, Siemens Energy Management Division and Rafael Bras, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology. 

The INTERSECT Conference was co-sponsored by Southern Company, Siemens, and the American Energy Innovation Council. See photos from the event on Facebook.

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