Ross Energy Week

This year, the Energy Conference will present panels within the categories of decarbonization, both within and outside of the grid, financing global energy access, and building climate resilient communities. The Energy Conference is open to the public, and participants can attend any number of panels: additional details on the 2021 Energy Conference and Renewable Energy Case Competition are forthcoming.


2021 Keynote: Building Strategy For The Energy Transition

Scott Corwin: (Moderator) Managing Director and US Leader for Sustainability & Climate Change; Deloitte Consulting

Maggie Pakula: Senior Vice President, Strategy; Invenergy

Kevin Self: Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development & Government Relations; Schneider Electric

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2021 Panels:

Unlocking Grid Decarbonization

Firming renewables supply through scaled transmission and long duration energy storage (LDES)

Monday, November 1st 1-2 PM EST (virtual)

Ben Lowe: (Moderator) Senior Project Manager, Roland Berger

Jon Newman: Product Strategy and Product Development Manager, Fluence

Annie Baldwin: Director of Product Management, Form Energy

Katherine Peretick: Commissioner, Michigan Public Service Commission

Chuck Conlen: Vice President, Renewable Energy; DTE

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Decarbonization Beyond the Grid

Scaling solutions for difficult-to-abate, carbon intensive sectors

Tuesday, November 2nd 12-1 PM EST (virtual)

Parth Vaishnav: (Moderator) Assistant Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Christina Reynolds: Cofounder & Chief Science Officer, Remora

Jessie Lund: Senior Associate for Carbon-Free Mobility program, RMI

Tadeu Carneiro: Chairman & CEO, Boston Metal

Volker Sick: Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering, DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research, Director, Global CO2 Initiative, University Michigan

Julia Reichelstein: Investor, Piva Capital

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Financing Global Energy Access

Financing clean energy access in developing nations, co-Presented by the William Davidson Institute,

Tuesday, November 2nd 3-4 PM EST (virtual)

Yi Jean Chow: (Moderator) Investment Principal, Future Energy Ventures

Amaury Fastenakels: Chief Marketing Officer, BBOXX

Michael Sudarkasa: Chief Executive Officer, Africa Business Group

Karl Skare: Managing Director of Global Partnerships and Strategy, d. light

Raghav Sachdeva: Chief Investment Officer, Nithio

Emily McAteer: Founder & CEO, Odyssey Energy Solutions

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Building Climate Resilient Communities

Implementing policies and tools to promote equity in local climate resilience strategies

Wednesday, November 3rd 1-2 PM EST (virtual)

Sarah Mills: (Moderator) Lecturer at the School for Environment and Sustainability, Senior Researcher at the Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan

Justin Schott: Project Manager, Energy Equity Project

Shimekia Nichols: Executive Director, Soulardarity

Nathaniel Smith: Founder & Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity

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University of Michigan Carbon Neutrality: How to Drive Culture Change in Ann Arbor

A conversation with faculty, staff, and community members on the forefront

Thursday, November 4th 6-7 PM EST (in-person for Ann Arbor community members)

Sara Soderstrom: (Moderator) Associate Professor, Organizational Studies and Program in the Environment, University of Michigan

Drew Horning: Special Advisor to the President for Carbon Neutrality, Managing Director and Chief of Staff at the Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan

Missy Stults: Sustainability and Innovations Manager, City of Ann Arbor

Sara Hughes: Assistant Professor, School of Environmental and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Location: Virtual

Dates: November 1, 2021 - November 4, 2021