Join Pecan Street and a host of experts on March 3 for a discussion of the technology and policy roadblocks to clean energy adoption and how the Biden administration can begin to overcome them.
- Neil Chatterjee, FERC Commissioner
- Rory Christian, principal, Concentric Consulting Group and board vice-chair of WeACT for Environmental Justice
- Joshua Rhodes, PhD, Webber Energy Group, The University of Texas at Austin
- Suzanne Russo, CEO, Pecan Street
When: Wednesday, March 3, Noon – 1:00pm CT
Where: This free webinar will be hosted on Zoom.
The cost of solar systems and batteries has never been lower. Sophisticated home automation technology allows customers to control every outlet and appliance from their smartphone. Every auto manufacturer makes a new electric vehicle or has plans to make one or more models soon.
Why then, amidst all of this technology and market progress, does the electricity market in 2021 look so much like it did in 2010, or even 2000?
Pecan Street’s decade of electricity use and technology research has uncovered four key technology roadblocks that are holding back innovation and adoption of cleantech products, services, and systems. The webinar will begin with a brief discussion of our findings and expand into regulatory and policy insight from our panel of experts.
To learn more about these technology roadblocks, download our white paper.
About the panelist:
Commissioner Neil Chatterjee was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Donald J. Trump in May 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August 2017. He served as Chairman from August 2017 to December 2017 and was again named Chairman on October 24, 2018 to November 5, 2020. Since joining the Commission, Chatterjee has championed several strategic initiatives reflecting his firm commitment to ensuring that FERC regulations and actions reflect changes in today’s energy landscape, including ensuring new technologies such as electric storage can compete freely in energy markets.
Rory Christian has worked at the intersection of energy, climate and equity issues throughout his career. During his time at EDF, he oversaw efforts to advance environmental efforts while working in support of and in tandem with environmental justice and workforce development groups. He is now principal of Concentric Consulting Group, vice chair of the board of WeACT for Environmental Justice, and teaches energy efficiency courses at Columbia University.
Joshua D. Rhodes, Ph.D. is a Research Associate at The University of Texas at Austin, and a founding partner of IdeaSmiths LLC. His current work is in the area of smart grid and the bulk electricity system, including spatial system-level applications and impacts of energy efficiency, resource planning, distributed generation, and storage. He is also interested in policy and the impacts that good policy can have on the efficiency of the micro and macro economy. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes and is an AXIOS Expert Voice.
Suzanne Russo is the CEO for Pecan Street. Prior to joining the organization in 2010, she was director of sustainability initiatives for New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development where she led the development of green building and sustainable retrofit standards for municipally-funded affordable housing. Over the past seven years, Suzanne served as chief of staff and then chief operating officer for Pecan Street, during which time Forbes named her one of five women ‘Using Technology to Blow Up Social Change.’ An urban planner with a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Texas at Austin, Suzanne has worked in Africa, China, India and the USA on community-based sustainable development.