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Renewable Energy as a Business Driver in the Evolution of the Electric Grid Webinar Series

Companies are increasingly seeking to source electricity from renewable sources as part of their commitment to move toward zero carbon emissions. The series delves into the business benefits of state green energy policies.

Can Clean Energy be a Business Magnet for the State of Arizona?

Mon, Apr 26, 2021


Overview

Companies are increasingly seeking to source electricity from renewable sources as part of their commitment to move toward zero carbon emissions. In Arizona, natural gas, nuclear, and coal currently provide 89% of net energy generation, but the state has an abundance of wind and solar resources that could meet this growing demand with supportive state renewable energy policies.

  • How does grid-level renewable energy factor into companies’ choice of energy suppliers and decisions to locate their operations?
  • What can state energy policymakers do to attract companies seeking to decarbonize?
  • How can technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence help companies document clean energy supply in their operations and value chain calculations?

Moderator

Kris Mayes, Founding Faculty Director of the Program on Law and Sustainability at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Panelists

Sheila Remes, Vice President of Environmental Sustainability at The Boeing Company

Ashley Ellixson, Executive VP of Legal and Risk Management at United Dairymen of Arizona, a milk marketing cooperative

Pratik Raval, Global Manager, Sustainability for American Express

The Economic Development Power of Clean Energy in Arizona

June 9, 2021


Overview

The shift to renewable sources of power has been accelerating for several years and could be further boosted with supportive state policies that respond to stakeholder demands for clean energy solutions. Unambiguous state clean energy goals and requirements that support a pro clean air, pro-growth economy can create a competitive state advantage to attract new business and business investment in communities.

This webinar convenes economic development, utility managers and municipal leaders who highly prize their sustainability commitments to discuss how supportive renewable policy in Arizona can be a driver of local economic vitality. Companies responding to the need to decarbonize factor into their choice of energy suppliers and decisions in the management of their operations and location of their facilities.

Moderator

William Brandt, Director of Strategic Integration for ASU LightWorks

Panelists

Mayor Kate Gallego, Mayor, Phoenix, AZ

Chris Camacho, President & CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Kelly Barr, Chief Strategy, Corporate Services & Sustainability Executive, Salt River Project

Clean Energy Attracts Business – CO, CA, and AZ Policy Leaders Address Eenergy & Business in a Changing Climate

August 17, 2021


Overview

The shift to renewable sources of power has been accelerating for several years and could be further boosted with supportive state policies that respond to stakeholder demands for clean energy solutions. This third webinar in the series convenes energy policy officials from several states to discuss how they use state clean energy goals and requirements that support a pro-clean air, pro-growth economy to create a competitive state advantage that attracts new business and business investment in their states. Renewable energy is not a stand-alone issue: it impacts jobs and job quality in different ways in different communities and industry sectors, requiring place-based economic solutions. The panel will discuss their organization’s journey to clean energy policies, and how various sectors are engaged, as a path forward that can guide other states. Jobs opportunities created by the transition to a clean energy policy will be discussed as well.

This webinar convenes economic development, utility managers and municipal leaders who highly prize their sustainability commitments to discuss how supportive renewable policy in Arizona can be a driver of local economic vitality. Companies responding to the need to decarbonize factor into their choice of energy suppliers and decisions in the management of their operations and location of their facilities.

Moderator

Gary Dirks, Senior Director Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory and LightWorks®

Panelists

Governor Bill Ritter, elected Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006 and was the District Attorney of Denver from 1993-2005

Dan Adler, Senior Advisor for Climate Finance at IBank and CA Office of Business and Economic Development

Greg LeRoy, Executive Director Good Jobs First

Kristin Mayes, Professor of Practice School for Future of Innovation in Society, ASU College of Global Futures