Live Webcast: Driving Resources into Energy Innovation (July 23, 2014)

On July 23, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC) will gather experts, business leaders, academics and policymakers to assess the state of American energy innovation and new approaches to drive more resources into it.

AEIC’s mission is to foster strong economic growth, create jobs in new industries and reestablish America’s energy technology leadership through robust public and private investment in the development of clean energy technologies.Join the conversation on Twitter – @TheAEIC, #BPClive.



8:30 AM – 9:00 AM


9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Opening Address

Chad Holliday

Principal, American Energy Innovation Council

Chairman, Bank of America

“Reflections on American Energy Innovation in a Changing World” — What does energy innovation mean? Why is energy innovation a critical American priority? What has changed in the last five years? What can we expect in the near term for both innovations and innovation policy?

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Dialogue | Ingenuity as Policy: Addressing America’s Challenges with Innovation

What are innovation’s biggest strengths and barriers as an approach to solving our energy challenges? What is the role of public policy in American energy innovation? What incentives are needed, if any, for the private sector to increase investment in energy technology?

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Conversation | Making Public-Private Partnerships More Productive


  • The Honorable David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • John C. Wall, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Cummins
  • Robert Armstrong, Director, MIT Energy Initiative
  • Ricardo Angel, Managing Partner, GE Energy Ventures

Moderator: Steve Clemons,, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

What is the role of public-private partnerships in American energy innovation? How can partnerships increase the rate of bringing energy technology discovery and invention to market? How can they better drive follow-on investments? What are recent examples of success? How or why do failures occur?

10:50 AM – 11:00 AM


11:00 AM – 11:30 AM


Tom Fanning

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Southern Company

“A Business Perspective on Investing in Energy Innovation”

11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

Conversation | Improving Inducements for Energy Innovation


  • Mark Mazur, Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Richard NewellDirector, Duke University Energy Initiative
  • Keith MartinPartner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Moderator: Steve Mufson, Energy Correspondent, The Washington Post

What is the role of incentives and standards in inducing energy innovation investments? How do we (re)design our tax code to optimize energy innovation? To what extent can performance standards induce energy innovation? How do we avoid inappropriate market distortions?

12:20 PM – 1:00 PM


1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

Conversation | Unlocking Innovation Investment through Public Authorities


  • Alfred Griffin, President, New York State Green Bank
  • Ryan Popple, Chief Executive Officer, Proterra
  • Nancy E. Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Investors
  • Alicia Barton, Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Steve Corneli, Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Policy and Strategy, NRG Energy

Moderator: Ben Geman, Energy and Environment Correspondent, National Journal

Where are gaps in financing energy innovation? Why and how can the public sector cost-effectively address gaps in the financing supply chain? What role can public agencies play in unlocking private capital and lowering the cost of that capital? What are recent examples of success? How or why do failures occur?

1:50 PM – 2:00 PM


2:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Conversation | Enabling the Government to be a Customer for Innovation


  • The Honorable Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary for Energy, Installations, and Environment, U.S. Navy
  • Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor, New America Foundation
  • John Dukes, Director of Federal Markets, Constellation New Energy
  • Kevin Kampschroer, Director of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, General Services Administration

Moderator: Jim Snyder, Energy Reporter, Bloomberg News

How can the government as a customer drive resources into energy innovation? What makes the government well-suited as a customer for energy innovation? What are recent examples of success? How do we address the disconnect between short-term budgeting and longer-term payoffs?

2:50 PM – 2:55 PM

Closing Reflection

Margot Anderson

Executive Director, Bipartisan Policy Center’ Energy Project