North America Smart Energy Week


September 20-23, 2021
New Orleans, LA In-person & Digital

General Sessions

Part I: A Quantum Leap for Clean Energy: Accelerating the Radical Transformation of the Solar+ Decade

WHEN: Monday, September 20, 2021
TIME: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
WHERE: La Nouvelle Ballroom – New Orleans Convention Center
WHO: General sessions are included in all registration types

Radical transformation of the nation’s energy system is more achievable than ever. With renewed federal-level interest in addressing climate change and accelerating clean energy deployment, the recent ITC extension, and demonstrated industry resilience through the pandemic’s worst impacts, the growth of the solar industry is set to accelerate well beyond previous projections. How will the clean energy sector seize this moment?

SEIA is leading the industry’s radical transformation with a comprehensive strategy, as articulated in a newly revised version of The Solar+ Decade: Roadmap for Building the Solar+ Economy. By advocating to ensure policymakers follow through on their promise to advance clean energy goals, managing industry growth in a way that supports a diverse and inclusive customer base and workforce, and aggressively collaborating with other industries and stakeholders towards our shared vision, we can achieve these highly ambitious goals. This session will take stock of our progress thus far in the Solar+ Decade, highlight the solar industry's new, more ambitious goals, and outline how we get there together.

Julia Hamm
President & CEO
Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Abigail Ross Hopper
President & CEO
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

George Hershman
President, SOLV
Swinerton Renewable Energy

Mustafa Santiago Ali
Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization
National Wildlife Federation


Representative Donald McEachin
U.S. Representative - Virginia

Chairman Richard Glick
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Part II: Progress Not Perfection: How Carbon Reduction Gets Real

WHEN: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
TIME: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
WHERE: La Nouvelle Ballroom – New Orleans Convention Center
WHO: General sessions are included in all registration types

We’ve entered the most important and challenging phase of the transformation to a carbon-free energy system -- the realization of the vision and goals. This is where carbon reduction gets real. During this general session, you’ll hear from Smart Electric Power Alliance CEO Julia Hamm about big picture trends and from three leaders about the tangible actions they are taking to make progress towards their targets. Moreover, each participant will identify the biggest “missing” component of their transformation and share how companies in the clean energy industry can help fill that gap.

Julia Hamm
President & CEO
Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Alice Jackson
Xcel Energy – Colorado