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Summit IV - February 2014


Arizona Solar Summit IV

The Arizona Solar Summit IV will be part of the Sustainability Solutions Festival from Feb. 17-22, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona. The summit will be hosted at ASU SkySong on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. The summit will focus on introducing innovative policies, programs and technologies critical in reshaping Arizona energy markets.

Location: ASU SkySong, Convergence Room 150 (first floor of Building 1), 1475 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257


7:30 a.m. • Registration, Breakfast and Technology Innovation Roundtable

Representatives from the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives lead roundtable discussions about the latest trends in solar technology, products and markets at the Technology Innovation Roundtable. A hot breakfast buffet is provided.

Table topics:

  1. Organizational sustainability strategy and planning (Lead: Raj Buch)
  2. Water/energy nexus issues (Lead: Richard Rushforth)
  3. Energize Phoenix  (Lead: Mick Dalrymple)
  4. Urban sustainability (Lead: Mara DeFilippis)
  5. Algae for biodiesel (Lead: Nick Francis)
  6. Science and policy for renewable energy development (Leads: James Culver & John Mitchell)
  7. Waste-to-energy technologies (Lead: William Campbell)
  8. Solar water heating technologies and new solar technologies (Leads: Joel Dickinson & Kristen Osgood)
  9. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants (Lead: Neetu Rao)
  10. Green building (Leads: Bob Boscamp, John Riley & Andy Stein)


9 a.m. • Break


9:10 a.m. Opening Remarks

Todd Hardy, Vice President of Assets, ASU Foundation for a New American University • Senior Economic Development Advisor, ASU Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development


9:15 a.m.

Panel I: Utility of the Future: How New Technology Is Bringing Change and Opportunity to Electric Companies and Their Customers

Moderator: Kris Mayes, Director, Utility of the Future Center • Professor of Practice, ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law


  • Charles Bayless, North America Energy Holdings
  • Tim Berg, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Bob Graham, Southern California Edison (retired)
  • Meghan Nutting, SolarCity

Distributed solar energy, in combination with a host of other customer-sited technologies, is putting new pressure on utility revenues and leading many to wonder whether a new utility business paradigm is in order. This panel focuses on the role of ASU’s Utility of the Future Center in understanding what utilities and regulations will look like in the new energy economy.


10:30 a.m. • Break


10:45 a.m. Panel II: De-Carbonizing the Energy System

Moderator: Gary Dirks, Director, ASU Global Institute of Sustainability and ASU LightWorks


  • Charles Bayless, North America Energy Holdings
  • Kerry Smith, ASU W. P. Carey School of Business
  • Ellen Stechel, ASU LightWorks

This panel focuses on the complex problem of de-carbonizing our energy system, delving into the unique challenges of alternative fuels as well as the experiences of nations and communities that have used carbon pricing and other models in an attempt to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions.


12 p.m. • Lunch begins


12:25 p.m. Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Todd Hardy


12:30 p.m.  Keynote Speaker

William Harris, CEO, Science Foundation Arizona


1 p.m. Remarks  

Sethuraman Panchanathan, Senior Vice President for Knowledge Enterprise Development, ASU


1:15 p.m. • Break


1:30 p.m. Panel III: Deep Energy Retrofit Financing

Moderator: Harvey Bryan, Professor, The Design School, ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts • Senior Sustainability Scientist, ASU Global Institute of Sustainability


  • Daniel Hunter, Ameresco
  • Dimitrios Laloudakis, City of Phoenix
  • Scott Muldavin, Rocky Mountain Institute

Deep energy retrofits involve a highly integrated approach that engages multiple building systems to achieve 30 to 50 percent energy savings. With such great potential, deep energy retrofitting is faced with complicated challenges, including financing. Emerging mechanisms such as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and energy efficiency power purchase agreements (PPAs) may prove to be more capable of delivering high levels of energy savings than past strategies.


2:45 p.m. • Break


3 p.m. Panel IV: NGA Policy Academy Targeting Clean Energy for Economic Development and Briefing on the Arizona Master Energy Plan

Moderator: Leisa Brug, Energy Policy Advisor to Gov. Jan Brewer • Director, Arizona Governor's Office of Energy Policy 


  • Bennett Curry, Arizona Commerce Authority
  • Rep. Frank Pratt, Arizona State House
  • Sen. Bob Worsley, Arizona State Senate

In October 2013, Arizona was awarded a National Governors Association (NGA) grant to participate in the NGA Center for Best Practices Policy Academy Targeting Clean Energy for Economic Development. The state assembled a team with representation from the Governor's Office of Energy Policy (GOEP), the Corporation Commission, the Arizona Legislature and the Arizona Commerce Authority. Over the past year, GOEP has worked in partnership with these entities to develop a Master Energy Plan for the state of Arizona, the first such endeavor in more than 23 years.


4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

Gary Dirks and Todd Hardy


4:30 p.m.  Reception and Technology Showcase




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