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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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