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FT Energy Transition Strategies Summit North America 2019

Innovating for Responsible and Profitable Growth

San Francisco |
Speakers include:
Ernest Moniz

Ernest Moniz

Energy Futures Initiative and Former US Secretary of Energy

Barbara Burger

Barbara Burger


Riccardo  Puliti

Riccardo Puliti

World Bank Group


The energy industry is facing an increasing need to adapt, invest and innovate as global demand grows and as constraints on greenhouse gas emissions tighten around the world.  New players and partnerships are emerging and the incumbents are re-evaluating their strategies in order to compete and achieve longevity in a low-carbon future.  Technological breakthroughs are helping to turn the challenges into opportunities to improve efficiencies and facilitate the transition to a clean energy economy. 

How can the energy sector fulfil its economic and environmental responsibilities and meet its commitments to consumers and shareholders?

The Financial Times is bringing the latest in its series of Energy Transition Strategies Summits to San Francisco.  California and its technology industry are at the forefront of the drive towards changing the way energy is produced and consumed.  At this Summit, energy leaders, innovators and investors will explore how to work together to understand the risks, navigate the uncertainties and realize responsible and profitable growth. 

fallback Add to my Calendar 11/14/2019 08:00:0011/14/2019 18:30:00trueFT Energy Transition Strategies Summit North America 2019The energy industry is facing an increasing need to adapt, invest and innovate as global demand grows and as constraints on greenhouse gas emissions tighten around the world.  New players and partnerships are emerging and the incumbents are re-evaluating their strategies in order to compete and achieve longevity in a low-carbon future.  Technological breakthroughs are helping to turn the challenges into opportunities to improve efficiencies and facilitate the transition to a clean energy economy. How can the energy sector fulfil its economic and environmental responsibilities and meet its commitments to consumers and shareholders?The Financial Times is bringing the latest in its series of Energy Transition Strategies Summits to San Francisco.  California and its technology industry are at the forefront of the drive towards changing the way energy is produced and consumed.  At this Summit, energy leaders, innovators and investors will explore how to work together to understand the risks, navigate the uncertainties and realize responsible and profitable growth. FT-Energy-Transition-Strategies-Summit-North-America-20193ea0471e6eb29d2714bb02c0bce1423bMM/DD/YYYY

Agenda - 14th Nov

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 8:50am
    Opening remarks from the Chair

    Leslie Hook, Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    Welcome address and keynote
  • 9:30am
    Opening panel: The big game-changers

    New priorities, obstacles and opportunities are emerging throughout the global energy sector as efforts focus on embracing change and increasing sustainability and resilience.The shift is all the more challenging given surging demand and increasing emissions, the IEA reported record carbon dioxide levels in 2018. This session will take a look at the big picture and key trends, and consider how innovation, leadership and strategy can ease the constraints and alter the way energy is produced, distributed and consumed.

    • What will it take to make the transition happen? Is there a place for fossil fuels in a modern energy system? 
    • In what ways is investment in innovation fuelling the transformation?  Who are the pioneers and what are their experiences and lessons learnt?
    • In the US, how is climate litigation impacting decision making in energy transition?  How is the Green New Deal influencing the political debate?
    • To what degree can established oil, gas and power companies reinvent themselves and translate their experience to compete in the clean energy business?    Are lower risk projects the way forward?  What is the potential for new alliances?

    Julien Perez, Vice President Strategy and Policy, OGCI

    Michael Wara, Director, Climate and Energy Policy Program, Woods Institute for the Environment

  • 10:20am
    Keynote interview
  • 10:40am
    Networking break
  • 11:00am
    Discussion: The economic rationale for energy transition

    Commercial viability and positive economic impact are critical to the future success of the energy sector. Technological advances mean that the cost of renewables and storage are continuing to fall but what are the long-term prospects and financial risks of the energy transition? This discussion will consider the drivers as well as the implications for the wider economy as the pace of change intensifies.

    • What are the cost and efficiency differentials of old and new energy? How can emissions reduction be cost-effective and deliver value to customers?  
    • How can green growth and economic growth be aligned?  Can clean energy sustain the economy and support wealth creation? Crucially, what are the ramifications for the job market?
    • To what extent can the energy business help mitigate the economic effects of climate change?

    Doug Arent, Deputy Associate Laboratory Director, NREL

    Dan Shugar, CEO, NEXTracker

  • 11:40am
    Fireside chat: Improving the impact of innovation

    Ernest Moniz, President and CEO, Energy Futures Initiative and Former US Secretary of Energy

  • 12:00pm
    Spotlight: How can carbon neutrality be achieved? Realizing the California “green” dream

    California has seen a dramatic expansion of renewable energy investment as it strives to meet demand, decarbonize its energy system and extend electrification to housing, industry and transport. The green dream faces many challenges, not least those posed by the disconnect between federal and state policy.  The PG&E experience has highlighted the reality of climate change and focused attention on the sustainability and reliability of the grid. Here we shine a light on how California is responding to the threats and leading the way to its ambitious 2045 goals.

    • What will a zero emissions energy system look like, what will it cost and what will it take to get there? What are the risks and rewards of diversifying investments into clean energy projects?
    • What have we learned from PG&E?  What innovation is needed to make the system architecture more robust and more capable of integrating renewables? To what extent can off-grid solutions provide an answer?
    • How can the advantages of renewables be made accessible to low-income Californians?

    Danny Kennedy, Managing Director, CalCEF

  • 12:40pm
  • 1:40pm
    Global Conversation: Increasing access to sustainable energy

    Riccardo Puliti, Global Director, Head of the Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice, World Bank Group

  • 2:00pm
    FT Debate: Is there a future for carbon capture and storage?

    As legislative and social pressures mount oil and gas companies are looking to reduce their carbon footprint in order to achieve longevity and sustainability. In the US, government support and tax credit reform is enhancing the appeal of carbon capture, utilisation and storage.  However, some could argue that CCUS is an expensive PR exercise rather than a solution. Can CCUS ever make environmental and commercial sense or is it a case of too little too late? 

  • 2:30pm
    Panel: Power plays in the electricity landscape

    Working through reliability, affordability and safety issues are key to survival as decarbonization changes the dynamics of the electricity sector.  Which approaches will prove most successful and who will be most agile and gain competitive advantage as the industry evolves and as new players enter the fray?

    • How can a low-carbon electricity business be structured and managed to build resilience and mitigate risk?  How is the storage hurdle being overcome?
    • How far and how fast is the energy mix transitioning to clean resources?  What is the outlook for gas as a bridge fuel?
    • Does it make sense for oil and gas companies to diversify into electricity or should they focus on their core business? 
    • What is the future for technology giants in energy procurement and as electricity producers? Do they represent a threat or opportunity for collaboration?

    Sharon Allan, Chief Innovation Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

    Marc van Gerven, Vice President, Renewable Power, Shell

  • 3:10pm
    Keynote presentation: The next leap forward for nuclear?
  • 3:30pm
    Networking break
  • 3:50pm
    Exploring new frontiers: What can we learn from the innovators?

    This panel will give the stage to clean energy disruptors who are pushing the boundaries and addressing the sector’s greatest challenges. We will assess how the latest wave of new technologies can optimize the affordability, flexibility, efficiency and accessibility of energy and drive the move to a decarbonized future. Who is challenging the status quo technologically? How are they able to demonstrate the benefits and value of their disruption? How are start-ups creating opportunities for the incumbents?  What are the challenges of scale-up and how can they be overcome?  How should innovation be rewarded and incentivized?  Do data and AI hold the key to global emissions reduction?

    Barbara Burger, President, Technology Ventures, Chevron

    Christina Lampe-Onnerud, Founder and CEO, Cadenza Innovation

  • 4:40pm
    Discussion panel: Powering the ZEV transition

    The electrification of transport is at the forefront of efforts to protect health, the environment and the economy.  With changing customer expectations and sales of EVs projected to rise exponentially there is the pressing need for sufficient infrastructure and a robust supply chain to support growth.  Here we will discuss how collaboration and innovation can help deliver on the promise to revolutionize transport.

    • Can renewables growth keep up with the pace of transport electrification?  How can technology help facilitate the evolution and control costs?
    • How can the resource risk be addressed as demand for raw materials escalates and as concerns about social and environmental impact increase?
    • Where is the investment in charging infrastructure going to come from?  What are the prospects for cooperation between the private and public sectors?

    Drew Murphy, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, Edison International

  • 5:20pm
    Concluding remarks
  • 5:30pm
    Drinks reception

Speakers (13)

Ernest Moniz

Ernest Moniz

President and CEO
Energy Futures Initiative and Former US Secretary of Energy

Ernest J Moniz is the CEO and Founder of the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) of EJM Associates. He served as the 13th United States Secretary of Energy where he advanced energy technology innovation, nuclear security and strategic stability, cutting-edge capabilities for the American scientific research community, and environmental stewardship. In that role, he strengthened the Department of Energy (DOE) strategic partnerships with its seventeen national laboratories while producing analytically-based energy policy proposals that attracted bipartisan support.

A key architect of the Paris Agreement on climate change and Mission Innovation at COP 21, Professor Moniz has spearheaded international initiatives that placed energy, science, and technological innovation at the center of the global response to climate change. He also negotiated the historic Iran nuclear agreement alongside Secretary of State John Kerry. Professor Moniz was the Founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. He received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in physics from Boston College, a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and several honorary doctorates.

EFI provides policymakers, industry executives, NGOs, and other leaders options on how to advance a cleaner, safer, more affordable, and secure low-carbon future.

Barbara Burger

Barbara Burger

President, Technology Ventures

Barbara Burger joined Chevron in 1987 as a research chemist and has held numerous management positions across International Marketing, Chemicals, Technology Marketing and Lubricants. She serves on the Board of Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Climate Investment LLP, leadership counsel for Cyclotron Road and the external advisory council for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She also serves on the governing board of the MIT Energy Initiative and is a member of the MIT Visiting Committee. As an active alumnus of the University of Rochester, Barbara serves on the Board of Trustees and the university’s River Campus Libraries National Council. She established the Barbara J. Burger Endowed Scholarship in the Sciences and founded the Barbara J. Burger iZone, where students generate social and economic impact ideas. Her many civic and industry affiliations include leadership positions with Houston Exponential and the Houston Symphony Society.

Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester, a doctoral degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and an academic honor MBA in finance from the University of California, Berkeley.

Riccardo  Puliti

Riccardo Puliti

Global Director, Head of the Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice
World Bank Group

Riccardo Puliti joined the World Bank Group as Senior Director, Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice in November 2016.  In his role, Riccardo leads a team of 400 professionals in their work developing policies and financing in the global energy and extractive industries.  The Energy and Extractives practice has a portfolio of approximately USD 40 billion. In July 2019, in addition to his role as Global Director, Riccardo assumed the position of Regional Director for all Infrastructure for Africa.

Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Riccardo was the Managing Director in charge of Energy and Extractive Industries at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, leading a group of 100 professionals with a portfolio of approximately EUR 11 billion.  Riccardo started his career at Istituto Mobiliare Italiano in 1987 before moving to Banque Indosuez and NM Rothschild where he worked in equity capital markets, always in the energy and infrastructure sectors.  During his career, Riccardo has been a nominee or independent member of the board of several energy and extractive companies, including OMV Petrom (where he chaired its Risk and Audit Committee), Interrao OJSC, Irkutsk Oil and Iberdrola Poland. 

He holds an MBA from Instituto Superior de Estudios de la Empresa (IESE) and postgraduate studies at the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University) and Imperial College.  Riccardo is fluent in five European languages.

Sharon Allan

Sharon Allan

Chief Innovation Officer
Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Sharon Allan’s extensive background in technology, innovation, and information technology provides boards with invaluable expertise. She is currently the Chief Innovation Officer at the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) where she advises industry on unlocking value streams through innovation, technology, and strategy execution. In her more than 30-year career, she has advised and coached Fortune 100 companies, private equity companies, venture-backed companies as well as worked closely with US Department of Energy, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, and many of the US National Laboratories to address the transformation of the energy sector.

Ms Allan is on the Advisory Board of Enertech Capital.

Doug Arent

Doug Arent

Deputy Associate Laboratory Director

Doug Arent is Deputy Associate Lab Director, Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). As Deputy, he supports integrating the Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis (SCEA) directorate’s cross-cutting technical capabilities and will bolster the strategic positioning and growth of the entire laboratory. 

Doug is Sr Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, serves on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Steering Committee on Social Science and the Alternative Energy Future, is a member of the National Research Council Committee to Advise to U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), and is a Member of the Keystone Energy Board. He is the Editor in Chief for Renewable Energy Focus and is Associate Editor for the journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. He serves on the World Economic Forum Future of Electricity Working Group and is a member of the International Advisory Board for the journal Energy Policy and for Energy Academy Europe.

Marc van Gerven

Marc van Gerven

Vice President, Renewable Power

Marc van Gerven joined Shell in 2016 and leads global onshore renewable power activities, which are core components of Shell’s integrated power strategy. Marc most recently led minority investments in US-based Silicon Ranch Corporation and in Singapore-based Cleantech Solar. He also previously closed a stake in Sunseap Group. Marc oversees the installation and implementation of solar at Shell’s own operations facilities, the most recent at a chemical manufacturing facility in Moerdijk, NL. He opened and leads the New Energies office in San Francisco, California, where teams in renewable power, new fuels, energy solutions, digital ventures, and Shell Ventures are based.

Previously Marc held several executive roles at First Solar. He served as the Regional Vice President, Africa, Europe, and Turkey, covering business development and sales operations from offices in Germany, Turkey, Belgium, Morocco and South Africa. Before joining First Solar, Marc was Chief Executive Officer of Q-Cells North America where he built a turnkey solar power plant business in the distributed generation market serving utilities and IPP’s. He was also a founding member of Solaria, a solar technology start-up.

Marc currently serves on the Shell Foundation “Energy Company of the Future” advisory board and is a Board Member of the Silicon Ranch Corporation. He has previously held roles on the boards of Powerhive, Clean Energy Collective, Solar Energy Industries Association and Solar Power Europe. Marc has a PhD in Geothermal Resource Chemistry and an MSc in Geology.

Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy

Chief Energy Officer
New Energy Nexus
Christina Lampe-Onnerud

Christina Lampe-Onnerud

Founder and CEO
Cadenza Innovation

Christina Lampe-Onnerud is renowned for her pioneering work in developing and commercializing Lithium-ion batteries for the portable electronics, transportation, utilities and industrial markets.  She currently serves as Founder and CEO of Cadenza Innovation, Inc, a startup enabling a new generation of safer, higher energy density, lower cost batteries. The company’s patented ‘supercell’ platform is available for license to global manufacturers.

Earlier, Dr Lampe-Onnerud served as Founder, CEO and International Chairman of Boston-Power. She grew the battery company from a startup into a global organization backed by more than $360 million in investment, along with technology centers in Boston and Beijing and multiple Asia-based manufacturing locations. She has also held executive positions with Bridgewater Associates and Arthur D. Little, where she led the world’s largest non-captive battery lab while advising market leaders on go-to-market and technology strategies.

A member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Dr Lampe-Onnerud is a two-time World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer winner and leads the Forum’s Global Futures Council on Energy. An advocate for women entrepreneurs, she is featured among Inc.’s inaugural list of Top 100 Female Founders and is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the New England region.

Drew Murphy

Drew Murphy

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development
Edison International

Drew Murphy is responsible for managing the strategic planning process for Edison International and its subsidiaries and oversees the analysis of emerging trends in the industry and their impact on Edison’s regulated utility and competitive businesses.  In this role, he has responsibility for advancing strategic initiatives and assessing new opportunities that are key to achieving business growth and long-term shareholder value for the company. He also oversees the competitive businesses of Edison International including Edison Energy.  Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest utilities, and Edison Energy Group, a subsidiary composed of a variety of non-regulated businesses in the energy sector. 

Prior to joining Edison International, Drew was senior managing director of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, where he headed the utilities, energy and power team in North America.  His team was responsible for identifying new investment opportunities and the management of existing investments in the regulated utility, power generation and midstream energy industries.  Previously, he served in a number of senior executive positions at NRG Energy, Inc., including executive vice president, Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions; executive vice president and president, Northeast Region; and executive vice president and general counsel.  He was also a partner in the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP, where he worked in the New York, London and Washington, DC offices leading the global energy, infrastructure and project finance practice.

Drew earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1983 and a juris doctorate degree from George Washington University in 1987, where he was a member of the George Washington Law Review. 

Julien Perez

Julien Perez

Vice President, Strategy and Policy

As Vice President Strategy & Policy of OGCI Climate Investments, Julien Perez is responsible for developing external policy views, coordinating commitments, managing relations with institutions and providing strategic direction to drive future investments. Previously, Julien was head of Climate & Energy Services at Ernst & Young where he assisted private and public players in setting up and implementing low-carbon strategies. Julien also worked at Total where he coordinated climate change actions and at Aecom managing environmental liabilities for various industries. Julien holds an Environmental Engineering degree from Agro ParisTech, an Energy and Climate Economics degree from Dauphine and an advanced degree in climate change management from Yale.

Dan Shugar

Dan Shugar


Dan Shugar has helped advance renewable energy in the US and around the globe for over 30 years. As Founder and CEO of NEXTracker, a PV systems company for solar tracker and energy storage technology, he has led the company to reach the 20 GW milestone for solar trackers across 5 continents. Prior to NEXTracker, he was president of Solaria Corporation where he increased annual revenue five times over a three-year period. Mr Shugar is also well-known for his leadership as president of SunPower Corporation and president of PowerLight, where he worked diligently to make solar more cost-effective than traditional fossil fuel sources.

Mr Shugar holds a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Golden Gate University. He currently sits on the Board of the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) and the Wind Solar Alliance, and serves as an advisory board member of the Powerhouse Fund. He holds multiple US patents and has published over 50 technical papers.

Michael Wara

Michael Wara

Director, Climate and Energy Policy Program
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Michael Wara is a lawyer and scholar focused on climate and energy policy. He is Director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program and a senior research scholar at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, where he provides fact-based, bipartisan, technical and legal assistance to policymakers engaged in the development of novel climate and energy law and regulation. He also facilitates the connection of Stanford faculty with cutting edge policy debates on climate and energy, leveraging Stanford’s energy and climate expertise to craft real-world solutions to these challenges.

Michael collaborates with economists, engineers and scientists in research on the design and evaluation of technical and regulatory solutions to climate and energy challenges. He is also an expert on international environmental law with a particular focus on the ozone and climate treaty regimes. Prior to joining Woods, Wara was an associate professor at Stanford Law School and an associate in Holland & Knight’s government practice. He received his JD from Stanford Law School and his PhD in Ocean Sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Ray Wood

Ray Wood

Managing Director, Co-head Natural Resources
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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Leslie Hook

Leslie Hook

Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent
Financial Times

Leslie Hook is the FT’s Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, based in London. Since joining the Financial Times in 2010, she has reported from Beijing and most recently from San Francisco, where she covered Uber and self-driving cars. She was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University during the 2013-2014 academic year, and a recipient of the FT’s Jones-Mauthner Memorial Prize (runner-up) in 2017. Previously she was at the Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review.

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