5th Annual Midwest Energy Forum

Energy Policy Institute at Chicago

Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

February 12, 2013

The Midwest Energy Forum has been the premier conference for energy and clean tech professionals in the Midwest since 2007. Each year, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and others interested in innovation and growth within the energy sector gather to discuss some of the newest breakthroughs in this rapidly changing field.


Gleacher Center
450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

The Midwest Energy Forum is the premier conference for researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, policymakers and others interested in innovation and growth within the energy and green technology sectors in the Midwest. In its fifth iteration, the forum allows various stakeholders to share new and exciting innovations in this rapidly growing field and highlights the innovative ideas being developed between the two coasts.

The Midwest Energy Forum hosts many prestigious speakers and panelists, including scientific experts from the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, energy industry leaders, and officials of various energy-related government entities from across the United States.

In 2007, the Midwest Energy Forum was created with the goal of establishing a community among alternative energy technology companies and investors throughout the Midwest region. In many ways, this goal has been accomplished, and this community has given rise to new nonprofit organizations whose chief mission is to serve as a connector between clean tech companies and investors. This has allowed the MEF to expand its mission to be that of a knowledge-sharing forum for the burgeoning energy and clean-tech community in the Midwest. To reflect this expanded focus, the Forum's leadership within the University of Chicago has also changed.

Beginning in 2013, steering committee leadership of the Midwest Energy Forum is transitioning from the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship to the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC), a joint initiative of the Chicago Booth School of Business and Chicago Harris School of Public Policy with a broad concentration on energy issues. Along with EPIC, the steering committee is made up of a distinguished group of supporters in the Chicagoland area, including the Michael P. Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, ACG Chicago, the Energy Foundry, and the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries. These organizations, and the others that have partnered with them, are committed to highlighting the exciting developments in energy and clean technology that continue to stream out of the Midwest.


No Charge


Register Online

Deadline: 2/12/2013


Lydia Veliko 
Associate Director, Energy Policy Institute at Chicago

Other Information

Speakers include:

Mike Andrew, Johnson Controls
Lisa Barton, AEP
Jeff Chamberlain, Argonne National Laboratory
Roger Flanagan, Lockheed Martin
Tristan Glenwright, Boeing
Terry Harvill, ITC Holdings
Patricia A. Hoffman, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy
Val Jensen, ComEd
John J. Joyce, Ambient Corporation
Josh McCall, BP
Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, ACORE
Glen Merfeld, GE Energy Storage
Scott Pugh, Department of Homeland Security
Ross Rosenberg, First Solar
Amir Shahkarami, Exelon
Michael Skelly, CleanLine Energy
John Spirtos, GridPoint
Tim Stojka, Agentis
Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, FERC