The CleanTech Alliance Annual Meeting is Washington State’s largest gathering of cleantech industry leaders featuring more than 300 business executives, investors and policymakers along with multiple international delegations. The annual CleanTech Achievement Award is also presented.
The Fourth Annual Meeting was held November 17, 2015, at the Washington State Convention Center in partnership with the Green Technologies Suppliers Meetings (GTSM) – a multi-day business-to-business matchmaking event to spur international partnerships and sales.
The CleanTech Alliance Fourth Annual Meeting caught the attention of Senator Maria Cantwell (Washington State) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska). Senator Murkowski leads the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources while Senator Cantwell serves as Ranking Member.
The Senators could not attend the Fourth Annual Meeting in person due to Senate commitments, but did offer welcoming remarks to all attendees:
New York State is transforming into a clean energy innovation center. Kate Burson sat at the epicenter as Chief of Staff to New York’s Energy & Finance Chairman (Richard Kauffman).
At the time of her departure in October 2015, Burson served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York State, operating a portfolio consisting of the state utility regulator, two public power companies, and the state's energy research and development institution. Burson oversaw a multitude of landmark achievements including the restructuring of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the creation of a $5 billion clean energy fund, as well as the establishment of the nation’s largest Green Bank.
Burson outlined the path to reforming New York’s energy vision and what Washington State and the Pacific Northwest can take away from the lessons learned.
The skies are a little greener over the Emerald City thanks to the Greener Skies Initiative – a collaboration between the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines that introduces satellite-controlled navigation approaches to improve flight operations and reduce fuel consumption in the skies above Seattle.
The Greener Skies Initiative procedures have the potential to cut annual fuel consumption by 2.7 million gallons and reduce carbon emissions by 25,600 metric tons each year, the equivalent of taking 5,400 cars off the road. To put that into perspective, 90 gallons of jet fuel and nearly 1 metric ton of carbon emissions are saved each time an Alaska Airlines flight lands using the new system.
Gary Beck shared insights from the Greener Skies Initiative and other airline sustainability efforts, including the growing use of alternative fuels. Beck played a driving role in the Greener Skies Initiative as the former Vice President of Flight Operations at Alaska Airlines. He is a 34-year industry veteran with more than 15,000 flight hours in Boeing 727, 757 and 767 aircraft.
The Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) is the U.S. Department of Energy’s commitment to innovation and breaking down market barriers to enhance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness while advancing the nation's energy goals. CEMI strategically focuses and rallies DOE experts around the urgent competitive opportunity for the U.S. to be the leader in the clean energy manufacturing industries and jobs of today and tomorrow.
Eli Levine is Deputy Director of CEMI. Prior, he worked on energy issues at the White House, Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of Management and Budget. He helped stand up the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) in 2010 where he worked on legal, budgetary and Congressional affairs matters.
Levine described the unprecedented progress America has made in clean energy manufacturing in recent years. He also shared how DOE is bringing together world-class researchers and entrepreneurs to re-invent the traditional energy innovation model, spurring our energy productivity and competitiveness, and accelerating the arrival of the global clean energy economy faster than anyone ever thought possible.
Washington State University boasts 16 research centers and labs leading in aviation biofuels, smart grid, advanced composite and bio-based materials, anaerobic digestion, air and water quality, sustainability building design and organic and precision agriculture. This diverse portfolio has earned WSU recognition as a national top-10 cleantech university.
Avista Utilities worked with a consortium of partners to deploy the largest vanadium flow redox energy storage system in North America. The project is now generating results, which are being developed into use cases that can be leveraged to replicate Avista’s energy storage deployment at utilities around the globe.
The Cleantech Open is the oldest and largest cleantech startup accelerator program in the U.S., supporting 150 early-stage startups every year. Since its inception in 2005, the Cleantech Open has helped more than 1,000 cleantech startups accelerate their businesses.
Breakfast Keynote: New York's Reforming the Energy Vision with Kate Burson
CleanTech Achievement Award
Breakfast Program Concludes / Full Day Workshop Resumes
Is Energy Storage Finally Poised for Rapid Growth? Energy storage deployment has been stymied by cost, scalability and standardization. The market has seen some advancement in 2015. The question is if 2016 will meet optimistic growth expectations or if more challenges lie ahead. Featuring:
UniEnergy Technologies: Russ Weed; VP of Business Development & General Counsel
EnerG2: Dr. Aaron Feaver; Chief Technology Officer
1Energy Systems: Dan Sowder, VP of Power Systems Integration
Klein Tech Advisors Group: Steve Klein, CEO (Moderator)
The Rise of Corporate Water Responsibility Water scarcity is prompting corporations to re-evaluate their water footprint. Hear how today’s corporations are reinventing water responsibility in an age of irrigation restrictions and wastewater treatment mandates. Featuring:
Starwood Hotels: Rocio Hammershaimb; Sustainability Manager, the Americas
WaterTectonics: Jim Mothersbaugh, CEO
APANA: Matt Rose; CEO
HaloSource: Martin Coles; CEO (Moderator)
Lunch Keynote: Into the Clear Green Skies with Gary Beck
Smart Grid Perspectives: Enabling and Enabled A panel of experts share insights on smart grid advancements, cross-cutting the continuum with experience in power generation, management, integration and utilization. Featuring:
Energy Northwest: John Steigers, Generation Development
OutBack Power: Harvey Wilkinson, General Manager
Itron: Tim Wolf; Director of Marketing for Smart Grid Solutions
Microsoft: Sean James; Sr. Research Program Manager
Alaska Center for Energy and Power: Gwen Holdmann; Director (Moderator)
Building Tomorrow's Facility Energy Managers The world needs facility and energy managers, but are today’s graduates ready to take the lead from a retiring workforce with a lifetime of hands-on experience? A panel of experts details the gap between today’s market needs and tomorrow’s workforce. Featuring:
Microsoft: Darrell Smith, Director of Worldwide Energy and Building Technology
MacDonald Miller Facility Solutions: Perry England; VP of Building Performance
Puget Sound Energy: Ryan Lambert; Business Energy Management
Construction Center of Excellence: Shana Peschek; Director (Moderator)
Trends in Japanese Energy Policy and the Opportunity for Energy Industries
Learn about the latest policies shaping Japan’s energy outlook and the opportunities those policies present to clean energy vendors across the globe. Featuring:
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO):
Kenji Ushimaru; Infra Innovations, CEO
Patrick Bray; PacificVision Partners, Director
Washington State Department of Commerce:
Brian Young; Cleantech Sector Lead (Moderator)
Andrew Crowder; Cleantech Business Development Manager (Moderator)
Closing Keynote: How America is Changing its Clean Energy Manufacturing Future with Eli Levine