Setting the North American Energy Transition Agenda in 2021

All times EST (Eastern Standard Time)



Day 1 - 6th December, 2021

09:40am – 09:45am (EST)

Welcome to Reuters Events: Energy Transition North America 2021

Join us to shed light on the defining issue of our time and tackle the energy transition head on! A welcoming address with live polls and interactivity.

Owen Rolt Head of Energy Transition Reuters Events

09:45am – 10:00am (EST)

Not because they are easy, but because they are hard; North America’s Leadership Role

A welcoming address and reflection on North America’s leadership role in the energy transition.

Peter Parry Chairman, Energy and Natural Resource Practice Bain & Company

Aaron Denman Partner and Head of Americas Utilities & Renewables Practice Bain & Company

10:00am – 10:15am (EST)

The U.S. Energy Roadmap

Join Reuters News as we sit down with U.S. Secretary for Energy, Jennifer Granholm, to discuss the post-COP landscape and U.S. energy roadmap.

Hon. Jennifer M. Granholm Secretary U.S. Department of Energy

Moderator: Timothy Gardner Correspondent Reuters

10:15am – 11:00am (EST)

A New Era: Collaboration, Climate & COP26

In the words of President Biden, climate change is the “number one issue facing humanity”. Renewed support has sparked the North American energy transition into life. How can the sector foster stronger collaboration with both private and public bodies? What impact will COP26 have on the North American transition landscape? Are we witnessing the dawn of a new era?

Katherine Neebe Chief Sustainability Officer Duke Energy

Kathleen Barrón EVP, Government and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy Exelon Corporation

Tristan Grimbert Chief Executive Officer EDF Renewables

Moderator: Ted Walker Partner Guidehouse

11:00am – 11:15am (EST)

Charting the U.S. Net Zero Energy System by 2050

What needs to happen, who needs to participate and how can the U.S. accelerate action and play a global leadership role in the energy transition? Join us for exclusive updates on Shell’s Net Zero CO2 energy system by 2050 sketch

Gretchen Watkins President Shell Oil Company

11:15am – 11:30am (EST)

Systems, Services, Sustainability

Explore how companies are turning ambition into action and enabling the transition through providing energy as service, decarbonising operations and driving sustainability throughout their organisation

Frederic Godemel EVP Power Systems and Services Schneider Electric

11:30am – 12:15pm (EST)

Building a Net Zero Business Model

In 2020, the number of governments and businesses committed to net zero targets roughly doubled, realigning $11.4 trillion of annual revenue globally. There is no company or business model that will be untouched by the transition. How can companies navigate the fundamental shift and turn climate rhetoric into business strategy?

Dave Rhéaume Senior Director – Business Development, Strategies and Relations Outside Québec Hydro-Quebec

Marc Merrill President & CEO Uniper North America

Joe Madden Chief Executive Officer Xpansiv

Rob Hull Director – P&A and Sustainability North America Land Halliburton

Moderator: Alan Trench Director Partners in Performance

12:15pm – 12:30pm (EST)

Delivering Net Zero Energy in North America

With renewed political support, industrial strength, and a history of innovation, North America is well placed to lead the global energy transition. Explore the net zero roadmap for North America, the applications for green hydrogen, and the challenges with scaling up technology.

Richard Voorberg President, North America Siemens Energy

12:30pm – 12:45pm (EST)

Decarbonization in Energy and Manufacturing

Deloitte recently surveyed 140 US financial executives in finance, tax, audit, and comptroller roles in the energy and manufacturing industries. We’ll present the findings of our decarbonization strategy report to illustrate how going green can create economic value as well as sustainability.

Christine LaCroix US Energy, Resources & Industrials Audit Leader Deloitte & Touche LLP

Kevin Simmons Principal, Energy, Renewables & Industrials Deloitte Consulting LLP

Moderator: Stanley Porter Vice Chair – US Energy, Resources & Industrials Leader Deloitte LLP

12:45pm – 1:00pm (EST)

1:00pm – 1:15pm (EST)

The Opportunity of our Time

The challenge of meeting the world’s growing need for energy while ushering in a lower-carbon future is the opportunity of our time. To meet this challenge, API’s Climate Action Framework lays out what governments can do, what our industry will do and how policies can enable our continued efforts to ensure energy delivery and emissions reductions.

Mike Sommers President & CEO American Petroleum Institute

1:15pm – 1:30pm (EST)

Turning Ambition into Action

For traditional energy giants, the pivot from international oil and integrated energy is at the heart of the transition. Understand the role of greening companies in the energy mix and the importance of turning net zero ambition into meaningful action.

David Lawler Chairman & President bp America & Chief Executive bpx energy

Chair: Owen Rolt Head of Energy Transition Reuters Events

1:30pm – 2:15pm (EST)

The Two Trillion Dollar Transition

At the core of U.S. energy policy is a pledge to invest two trillion USD in zero-emission electricity infrastructure by 2035. How, where, and when will green stimulus be spent? How can energy companies inspire confidence from customers, policymakers, and shareholders through uncertainty? Where is private sector finance placing its bets?

Craig Cornelius Chief Executive Officer Clearway Energy

Susan Nickey Chief Client Officer Hannon Armstrong

Ed Crooks Vice-Chair, Americas Wood Mackenzie

2:30pm – 2:45pm (EST)

Fireside chat, with Alan Armstrong

Join us for an exclusive fireside chat with Williams’ Chief Executive, Alan Armstrong, to unpack the importance of the natural gas value chain in building a more sustainable energy system.

Alan S. Armstrong President & CEO Williams

Owen Rolt Head of Energy Transition Reuters Events

2:15pm – 2:30pm (EST)

The role of hydrogen in the Net-Zero Transition

Using renewable energy carrier based fuels will be essential to accomplish the transition to net zero, not only as an organization but as a society. Hydrogen holds the promise to be a cornerstone of this shift to storable, carbon free energy carriers. Understanding the advantages and also challenges of introducing hydrogen from a sustainability perspective is best done using a life cycle based approach. Using the example of goods transport and its requirement to contribute to stated GHG abatement targets the integrated life cycle based approach developed by Sphera is illustrated.

Dr. Michael Faltenbacher Head of Energy & Mobility Sphera

2:45pm – 3:00pm (EST)

The Fastest Route to Sustainability

Most will agree that an effective ESG plan will touch every corner of your company. For many though, what is less clear are the steps you need to take to get there. The good news is that your company probably began its ESG journey many years ago, long before ESG had a name. Join the fastest growing fleet management company in North America as we explore the surprisingly easy steps you can take now to put your ESG plan in motion.

Brendan P. Keegan Chief Executive Officer Merchants Fleet

3:00pm – 3:15 pm (EST)

Questions and Reflections

Reflect on the key takeaways from day one at Energy Transition North America, with key speakers joining for questions, reflections and discussion.


Day 2 - 7th December, 2021

10:00am – 10:15am (EST)

Accelerating Energy Transformations with Technology

Explore why the digitalization of Electric Substations is critical to accelerating energy transformations. What solutions and project strategies hold most value and what impact will transformational technology have on the energy transition?

David Holmes General Manager – Energy Dell Technologies

10:15am – 11:00am (EST)

Talking Technology

The ability for the North American economy to transition away from carbon intensive industries will hinge on widespread technology development and deployment. Meanwhile we must upskill and reskill the existing workforce to adjust to this change. How can the sector foster innovation, scale technology and deliver a net zero energy mix for the future?

Carri Lockhart EVP Technology, Digital and Innovation Equinor

Rebecca Hofmann President Blockchain for Energy

Krish Krishnamurthy Head of Clean Hydrogen Technologies R&D Linde

Stan Knez Chief Technology Officer Technip Energies.

Moderator: Dan Goldman Co-Founder and Managing Director Clean Energy Ventures

11:00am – 11:15am (EST)

Scaling Low Carbon Technology for Transition

Explore the future technology landscape through the energy transition, the challenge of scaling up, and the role of oil & gas in a low carbon energy mix. Where’s the R&D ‘white space’? How do we engender collaborative innovation?

Barbara Burger VP Innovation Chevron & President Chevron Technology Ventures

Owen Rolt Head of Energy Transition Reuters Events

11:15am – 11:30am (EST)

A customer-centric approach to energy transition – Fireside chat with EY & Xcel Energy

As the energy transition accelerates, what customers want – and the world needs – from energy providers is changing fast. Companies that meet these needs by transforming the customer experience can unlock new opportunities, drive growth, reduce costs and create long-term value.

Brett C. Carter EVP, Chief Customer & Innovation Officer Xcel Energy

moderator: Karen Felton Americas Power & Utilities Leader EY

11:30am – 12:30pm (EST)

The Utility of the Future: Digitalization, Diversification & Decarbonization

In order to adjust to shifting consumer and political pressures, power utilities will have to adapt and deliver both lost-cost and green electricity. How can power providers unlock the estimated $1.3 trillion of value offered by digital transformation? What impact will an increasingly diversified supply have on the sector? How can we build the utilities of the future, today?.

Enrico Viale Head of North America Enel

Miguel Prado CEO EDP Renewables

Kim Greene CEO Southern Company Gas

Scott Neuman Chief Executive Officer Kaluza

Alessandro Palin President, Distribution Solutions ABB

12:30pm – 12:45pm (EST)

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12:45pm – 1:00pm (EST)

1:00pm – 1:15pm (EST)

The Economics of Transition

Explore how long-term market trends, threats and opportunities associated with the energy transition are impacting on business strategy.

Helen Currie Chief Economist ConocoPhillips

Moderator: Gary McWilliams Houston Bureau Chief Reuters

1:15pm – 1:30pm (EST)

A New View on Energy Sustainability

How can operators and their stakeholders reduce emissions, as well as minimize potential for soil and groundwater pollution, by using established, responsible energy waste management practices that are not only cost-effective but are profoundly carbon-negative?

Gabriel Rio President & CEO Milestone Environmental Services

1:30pm – 2:15pm (EST)

The North America Hydrogen Economy: A Roadmap for Delivery

In the U.S. alone, the Hydrogen economy pulls in hundreds of millions of dollars of investment annually, boasting over half of the world’s fuel cell vehicles and more than 8,000 small scale fuel systems in 40 states. How can the continent further integrate clean hydrogen for both energy and industrial applications and turn the dial on decarbonization?

Dr. Sunita Satyapal Director, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Centre U.S. Department of Energy

Dave Edwards Director and Advocate for Hydrogen Energy Air Liquide

Paul Bogers VP Hydrogen Shell

Moderator: Dr. Laura Nelson Special Advisor Green Hydrogen Coalition

2:15pm – 2:30pm (EST)

Nuclear in a Low Carbon Mix

From advancing innovative technology designs, to helping the public and private sectors meet carbon commitments and transitioning coal communities to carbon-free energy hubs, nuclear energy is at the core of solving our climate crisis. NEI President and CEO Maria Korsnick will share how nuclear energy is the backbone of our energy transition and a decarbonized economy.

Maria Korsnick CEO Nuclear Energy Institute


Day 3 - 8th December, 2021

10:00am – 10:15am (EST)

Reuters News, in Conversation with PSEG

Join Reuters New as we sit down with Ralph Izzo, to explore the roadmap for delivering clean and affordable power in the U.S. and beyond

Ralph Izzo CEO PSEG

Jessica Resnick Ault Team Leader of Energy Markets, Americas Reuters

10:15am – 11:00am (EST)

Capitalizing on e-mobility

Electric vehicles are primed to transform the landscape of the US, creating a predicted market worth $72 billion by 2030 and outpacing sales of other engine types by 2036. Multiple industries have a role to play in progressing this transition – oil and gas, power and utilities, automotive and mobility, public sector and beyond. How can companies adapt and proactively collaborate today? What strategies are essential to innovate and embrace this new path forward

Philip (Phil) Dion, JD, MBA Chief Customer Officer American Electric Power

Lucas di Grassi World Formula E Champion

Gia Mahmoud VP, Future of Electric National Grid

Moderator: Marc Coltelli Global Energy Strategy & Operations Leader EY

11:00am – 11:15am (EST)

The Making of a Market: Energy Storage in Transition

In 2020, the U.S. had just 23.3 GW of capacity in energy storage, compared to 1,100+ GW of generational capacity. The market for storage technology is clear, but how can we build this out at scale today?

Dave Carroll Chief Renewables Officer ENGIE North America

11:15am – 11:30am (EST)

The Future is Bright for Solar

With North America possessing some of the world’s richest solar resources and new development in PV and rooftop, the future looks bright. How can the solar industry continue to grow market share?

Peter Faricy CEO SunPower

Nichola Groom Correspondent Reuters

11:30am – 11:45am (EST)

Where the Rubber meets the Road

Explore the roadmap for 100% Renewable Cities, and the role for cities to deliver upon national and international climate targets.

Debbie Raphael Director San Francisco Department of Environment

11:45am – 12:00pm (EST)

Climate Action in the Build Environment

An exclusive address with Phoenix Mayor, Kate Gallego, on the work being done to deliver clean cities and decarbonised built environments

Kate Gallego Mayor City of Phoenix