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Part of North America Smart Energy Week

September 24-27, 2018Anaheim Convention CenterAnaheim, CA

General Sessions

The General Sessions at SPI celebrate the ever emerging possibilities of the solar industry. High-profile speakers bring future insight into the state of our rapidly evolving business. Attendees will leave General Sessions equipped with the key perspectives they will need as they navigate the “what’s next.”

Welcome & Opening General Session

WHEN: Monday, September 24, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
WHERE: Marriott-Platinum Ballroom
WHO: Open to all SPI & ESI attendees

Hear from three visionary electric utility leaders about what's next for the electric power sector as it continues its transition to a cleaner and more modern grid. Moderated by SEPA CEO Julia Hamm, the panel will explore what issues keep utility executives up at night, and where the biggest opportunities exist for collaboration between utilities and technology solution providers. Finally, every attendee will learn the one technology they should go get smart about right away.

Welcome Remarks


Julia Hamm
President & Chief Executive Officer,
Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)


Abigail Ross Hopper
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Utility Executive Panel

Moderator:
Julia Hamm, President & Chief Executive Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
Speakers:


Mary Kipp
Chief Executive Officer
El Paso Electric


J. Andrew Murphy
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, Edison International


Gil C. Quiniones
President and Chief Executive Officer
New York Power Authority

Keynote

With stories from across the nation, SEPA's President and CEO Julia Hamm will share brief vignettes about the increasingly important role of solar + storage, electric vehicle programs, NWAs, advanced inverters and software in advancing a clean and modern grid this year.
Speakers:


Julia Hamm
President & Chief Executive Officer,
Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)


Salvador Gómez-Colón
Light and Hope for Puerto Rico

Turning Positive Solar Attitudes to Positive Results

WHEN: Tuesday, September 25, 8:00 am - 9:15 am
WHERE: Marriott-Platinum Ballroom
WHO: Open to all SPI & ESI attendees

We know people like solar, but why is it that the popular support for solar does not translate to solar support? Perhaps in part because we are not communicating effectively enough.

What can you and your company do to collectively build support for solar? Hear from business moguls and political communication strategists on how to implement tactics that will help your business grow support for solar. In this session, you will gain insights on how to carry data-supported persuasive messages consistently and cohesively to strategic audiences to make solar a more dominant player in the U.S. energy landscape.

Speakers:


Abigail Ross Hopper
President & Chief Executive Officer,
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)


Omar Johnson
Marketing and Branding Expert
Former CMO at Beats by Dre and Former VP Marketing at Apple


Matt K. Lewis
Senior Columnist for the Daily Beast and Author of “Too Dumb to Fail”


Jen Psaki
Former White House Communications Director, CNN Contributor

The Opportunities for Solar + Storage in the Military

WHEN: Wednesday, September 26, 8:00 am - 9:00 am
WHERE: Marriott-Platinum Ballroom
WHO: Open to all SPI & ESI attendees

Energy storage technology, coupled with solar power, is one of the many solutions the military has invested in for safety and security on bases and in on the front lines. From battlefield readiness to cost savings and efficiency, America’s military is making an unprecedented commitment to energy resilience. Hear about what the military is doing to advance the deployment of solar, storage, and microgrid projects and the business opportunity for you.

Speakers:


The Honorable Sharon Burke
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy,
Department of Defense

William Deringer
Program Manager, Microgrid Solutions
Caterpillar Defense & Federal Products

John Lushetsky
Chief Operating Officer Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis
U.S. Department of Energy

Rob Rogan
Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development
SunPower

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