Midwest Energy Forum Agenda

Speakers and topics are subject to change.

Midwest Energy Forum Agenda
University of Chicago, Gleacher Center
February 12, 2013

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking (5th Floor Lobby)

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

Introductions and Morning Keynote (Room 621)

  • Speaker TBD

Morning Keynote

  • Speaker TBD
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Morning Split Panels

I. Storage

Where do the greatest technology opportunities related to storage lie? To what extent can new storage technologies impact grid reliability and efficiency? Can new grid technologies supplant some of the need for storage?


  • Mike Andrew, Johnson Controls 
  • Jeff Chamberlain, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Glen Merfeld, GE Energy Storage

II.        Power Grid Security

If the US is investing up to $2.0 trillion in new infrastructure, these assets must be protected.  What are the current cybersecurity and infrastructure security threats? Who is responsible for developing the software and infrastructure solutions to deal with them?  Where do the business opportunities lie?


  • Dr. Roger Flanagan, Lockheed Martin 
  • Scott Pugh, Department of Homeland Security 
  • Tristan Glenwright, Boeing 
 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch (Room 621)

Lunch Keynote

  • Speaker TBD
1:45 p.m. – 3:15  p.m.

Afternoon Split Panels

III.       Future of Power Generation 

What new generation assets will be built and deployed over the next 20-30 years, and which will come offline? Will natural gas plants proliferate? And while natural gas can help hedge generation from renewables, at such low prices, does it make renewable energy less competitive? Where are opportunities for investors?


  • Amir Shahkarami, Exelon
  • TBD

IV.  Intelligent, Efficient Grid

The most inexpensive form of alternative energy is better utilizing the power we have today. A number of solutions are being deployed and developed that make utilities and the grid more efficient. What is working today and where are we headed? The answer doesn’t stop at the utility. Hardware, software and analytic products are also being deployed at the full spectrum of large industrial/commercial/government customers, small to middle-sized businesses and consumers that are reducing and optimizing power consumption.


  • John J. Joyce, Ambient Corporation
  • Tim Stojka, Agentis 
  • Val Jensen, ComEd
  • John Spirtos, GridPoint
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Final Group Panel       

V.  Transmission

New transmission must be built to increase efficiency, allow for increased renewable generation and accommodate increasing energy demand.  Who will build and pay for it?  What are the regulation and policy issues involved? What will new transmission look like technologically?  How would the growth of distributed generation (including from renewables) and advances in energy efficiency impact the build-out?


  • Lisa Barton, EVP of Transmission, AEP 
  • Michael Skelly, CleanLine Energy
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Reception (Room 621)








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