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Solutions Forum

States, cities, and companies all have a role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building a clean energy economy, and strengthening resilience against increasing climate risks. In a three-part series of events, C2ES is bringing together these groups to explore opportunities and options for reducing power plant carbon emissions under the Clean Power Plan.

States have a vast array of policy options to consider. We explore how market-based approaches could be used to efficiently and effectively implement the Clean Power Plan, the role of information technology and energy efficiency, and the best models for financing clean energy technology.

Solutions Forum Events

Innovative Finance and Clean Power
June 25, 2015
States and companies are deploying tools like green bonds, clean energy banks, and energy service contracts to finance clean energy and energy efficiency. How can these tools be scaled up? What can we learn from leading states and companies and what stands in the way of further progress?


Introduction and Discussion: A State Perspective on Clean Energy Finance
Introduction: Bob Perciasepe – President C2ES
Remarks: Kathleen Merrigan – Executive Director of Sustainability, The George Washington University
Lee Paddock – Associate Dean for Environmental Studies, The George Washington University School of Law.
Discussion: Bob Martineau, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.


Key Tools to Mobilize Clean Energy and Efficiency Investment
Andrea Colnes – Board of Directors, Coalition for Green Capital
Granville Martin – Managing Director, Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase
Robert Martineau Tennessee Environment and Conservation Commissioner
Bill Tyndall – Vice President of Commercial Strategic Initiatives, Duke Energy
Moderated by: Bob Perciasepe.

Financing Energy Efficiency: Scaling Up Models that Work
Amy Brusiloff – Senior Vice President, Community Development Financial Institution Lending & Investing, Bank of America
Anna Pavlova – Vice President, Government Relations, Schneider Electric
Keith Welks – Deputy Treasurer, Pennsylvania State Treasury
Moderated by: Donna Attanasio – Senior Advisor for Energy Law Programs, The George Washington University Law School

The GW Solar Institute: A Brief Introduction
Amit Ronen – Director, The George Washington University Solar Institute


Driving Energy Efficiency with IT
May 18, 2015
C2ES brings together business, state and city leaders to explore how information technology can help achieve energy efficiency and Clean Power Plan targets.


Why Energy Efficiency is Smart for States and Business
Introduction: Bob Perciasepe – President C2ES
Remarks & Discussion: Ralph Izzo – Chairman and CEO, PSEG


Intelligent Efficiency and the Power Sector; Options, Opportunities and Challenges
A discussion with Steve Harper – Global Director, Environment and Energy Policy, Intel Corporation
Alyssa Caddle – Principle Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, EMC
Lars Kvale – Head of Business Development, APX Environmental Markets


Delivering Intelligent Efficiency to Consumers – Why It Matters
A discussion with Doug Scott – Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Great Plains Institute
Katherine Gajewski – Director of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia
Jessica Burdette – Conservation Improvement Program Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Commerce
Rick Counihan – Head of Energy Regulatory and Government Affairs, Nest
Moderated by: Janet Peace – Vice President for Markets & Business Strategy, C2ES


Carbon Pricing & Clean Power
April 15, 2015
C2ES brings together state leaders and industry experts to explore market-based approaches to efficiently and effectively implementing EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan.


State Perspectives: Weighing the Options
Introduction: Bob Perciasepe – Presidemt, C2ES
Remarks: Adele Morris – Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Michael Wara – Professor, Stanford Law School

Discussion with Janet Coit – Director, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
David Paylor – Director, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Martha Rudolph – Director of Environmental Programs, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment


Businesses Perspectives: Carbon Pricing in Practice
A discussion with Skiles Boyd – Vice President, Environmental Management and Resources, DTE Energy
Erika Guerra – Government Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility, Holcim (US) Inc.
Kevin Leahy –
Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, Duke Energy

Katie Ott – Senior Manager, Federal Government Affairs, Exelon


How should Washington address climate change?

I recently replied to a question on the National Journal blog: “How should Washington address climate change?"

You can ready other responses at the National Journal.

Here is my response: President Obama’s inaugural address placed climate change and clean energy where they truly belong – among the most profound challenges of our time.  Our progress in addressing them over the next four years depends on how vigorously the president works to translate words into action, and whether there’s any willingness in Congress to join him in the effort.

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