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Electrify Alaska! Virtual Conference

November 16-18, 2020, Virtual

Hosted by: Cordova Electric Cooperative in partnership with the Energy Storage Research Program, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy; Beneficial Electrification League; National Rural Electric Cooperative Association; and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Electrify! Alaska Hosts
Welcome Opening Keynote

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Chairman, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Chairman, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Electrify Alaska! Conference Kick Off

Clay Koplin, Chief Executive Officer, Cordova Electric Cooperative

Pam Smith, Native Village of Eyak, Tribal Council

Welcome Opening Keynote
Moderator: Clay Koplin, Chief Executive Officer, Cordova Electric Cooperative

Dr. Imre Gyuk, Director, Energy Storage Research, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy

Speakers Panel: The Future is Electric!
Moderator: Robin Roy, Beneficial Electrification League

  • What is Beneficial Electrification? (video)
  • Powering the Blue Economy: Department of Energy and the Role of Energy Innovation
    Jennifer Garson, Senior Advisor, Water Power Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Electrifying Orkney — Lessons Learned from an Island Community
    Neil Kermode, Managing Director, The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Limited
  • A Beneficial Future - Bringing Renewables Home
    Robert Venables, Executive Director, Southeast Conference
Beneficial Electrification – The Challenges and Opportunities
Moderator: Keith Dennis, Vice President, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

  • Empowering Our New Facilities Science Center
    Katrina Hoffman, President and CEO, Prince William Sound Science Center; Alec Mesdag, V.P., Director of Energy Service at Alaska Electric Light and Power, Juneau, Alaska
  • The role of Storage in Beneficial Electrification
    Rob Roys, Deployment Director, Launch Alaska
Electric Vehicles and Storage
Moderator: Robert Venables, Executive Director, Southeast Conference

  • Can Storage Help Support Vehicles Electrification?
    Richard Fioravanti, Director, Transportation Electrification, Quanta Technology, Sandia
  • The Challenges and Research Opportunities for Electric Vehicles in Alaska
    Michelle Wilber, Research Engineer, Alaska Center for Energy and Power
  • The Alaskan Electric Vehicle Landscape
    Tim Leach, Principal, SparkBox, LLC and Adjunct Faculty, Alaska Center for Energy and Power
Electric Ships

  • Electric Ships in Norway – Experiences and Future trends
    Bjarte Hoff, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, UIT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Electric Vessels by Design
    Robert Varness, President and General Manager, Tongass Rain Electric Cruise LLC, Juneau, Alaska; Gwen Holdmann, Director, Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP)
Electric Airplanes
Moderator: Douglas Johnson, Founder and CEO of Development Designs

  • Developing Electric Aircraft with Real Utility Today
    Kevin Noertker, Co-founder and CEO of Ampaire
  • Climate Adaptive Infrastructure and Electric Aviation
    Cynthia Jaggi, Founding Partner and Director, Climate Adaptive Infrastructure
  • Electric Aviation for Pilot Training and Air Mobility
    Tom Calgaard, Bye Aerospace
Sponsors Spotlight

  • Brad Tuffley, Associate Client Account Manager, Black & Veatch Corporation
  • Brendan McNicholas, Renewable Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi
  • Jake Good, Vice President CoBank’s Power, Energy & Utilities Division
  • Gwen Holdmann, Director, Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP)
Electric Air/Water/Ground Source Heat Pumps
Moderator: Rob Bensin, Senior Research Engineer, Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP)

  • Alaska Heat Pump Applications
    Jim Rehfeldt, Mechanical/Energy Engineer, Alaska Energy Engineering LLC.
  • Transforming Residential Heating to Heat Pumps at a Community Scale
    Bob Deering, Alaska Heat Smart
Closing Conference Session: Mayors Roundtable
Moderator: Crystal Enkvist, Executive Director, Alaska Power Association

  • Clay Koplin, Mayor of Cordova, Alaska
  • Asthildur Sturludottir, Mayor of Akureyri, Iceland
  • Beth Weldon, Mayor of Juneau, Alaska
Electrify Alaska! Conference Tours
Moderator: Crystal Enkvist, Executive Director, Alaska Power Association

  • CEC Battery Energy Storage Project (BESS) Tour
    Clay Koplin, Chief Executive Officer, Cordova Electric Cooperative
  • Power Creek Hydroelectric Virtual Project
    Scott Newlun, Manager of Generation and Distribution, Cordova Electric Cooperative
Electrify Alaska! Networking Breakouts

Electric Air/Ground/Water Source Heat Pumps

Beneficial Electrification

Electric Vehicles, Ships and Planes