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WCTA Breakfast Series Sponsored by Perkins Coie
BATTERIES INCLUDED: How storage batteries are serving US energy needs today and how they can drive the future.
December 11 | at Perkins Coie, 1201 Third Ave., Suite 4800, Seattle | 7:30-9:00 a.m. | Contact us to sponsor the event.
Dr. Grant Norton will open the discussion with Battery Storage 101, then join industry specialists Craig Collar and Sean James to discuss current uses and promising opportunities for stationary grid, commercial/industrial, and mobile applications. The discussion will close with highlights on the most exciting research in the pipeline and ways storage batteries could significantly change how we use energy in the US and the world.
Grant Norton is Dean of the Honors College at Washington State University. M. Grant Norton is Dean of the Honors College at Washington State University and a Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. From 2005 to 2011 he served as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Engineering and Architecture. Professor Norton obtained his PhD in Materials from Imperial College, London in 1989 under the direction of Professor B.C.H. Steele and spent a two-year postdoctoral at Cornell University with Professor C. Barry Carter before joining the Washington State University faculty in 1991. Currently, Norton is working on developing new nanomaterials for batteries and fuel cells with support from the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, Boeing, the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI), the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Sandia National Laboratory, and the Washington Research Foundation.
Craig Collar is Assistant General Manager at Snohomish County PUD Power, Rates & Transmission Management Division. Craig joined the utility in 2006 as a senior manager for Energy Resource Development. He was promoted to Assistant General Manager of Power, Rates and Transmission Management in November 2012. His areas of responsibility include power scheduling, short-term and long-term resource planning, resource development, power and transmission contracts, rates, energy risk management, load forecasting, and NERC compliance coordination activities.
Prior to joining the PUD, Mr. Collar was employed at Kimberly-Clark Corporation for 16 years, serving in several positions that included energy and environmental manager, operations manager, operations leader, technical manager and mechanical engineer. He earned his MBA at Colorado State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering at Montana State University. He also served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer.
Sean James is Senior Research Program Manager, Data Center Advanced Development at Microsoft Corporation. Sean James is responsible for research and developing new datacenter efficiency technology for Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (GFS) group. GFS provides the foundational cloud infrastructure for over 200 Microsoft online and cloud services for consumers and businesses worldwide. Sean drives new datacenter technology for Microsoft’s next generation data centers including the evaluation, development, and testing of it.
7:15 – Buffet Open
7:30-7:45 – Welcome (Breakfast & Networking)
7:45-8:45 – David Beck & Krish Sankar: The Economic Forecast
8:45-9:00 – Break
9:00-9:30 – Todd Myers, Richard Locke & Brad Boswell: The Political Forecast
9:30-9:55 – Panel Discussion moderated by Chris Ajemian
9:55 – Closing
Join us for an extended breakfast event on January 8th, 2014 from 7:30-10:00 a.m.
David Beck and Krish Sankar from Merrill Lynch will gaze into the future to forecast both global and alternative energy trends we can expect to see in the 2014 economy. Sankar will also share his top companies to watch in the New Year.
Todd Myers (Washington Policy Center), Richard Locke (Executive Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce) and Brad Boswell (Boswell Consulting) will shed light on the political forecast for Washington State in 2014. The discussion will cover carbon taxes initiative, the administration’s perspective, including the Climate Legislative Executive Workgroup and the business lobbyist’s perspective. The panel discussion will be moderated by Chris Ajemian (Chris Ajemian Consulting).
David Beck has been a member of the financial services community for over 8-years. As a financial advisor, David leverages the world-wide resources of Merrill Lynch to bring a holistic perspective to clients on how to best optimize the key aspects of their balance sheet and financial well-being. Using a top-down analytical approach to planning and investing, he starts with a keen understanding of the macro-trends and uses both fundamental and technical indicators to navigate the investment landscape.
Todd Myers is the Environmental Director at the Washington Policy Center, a market-oriented think tank in Seattle. With more than a decade in environmental politics and public relations, Myers’ experience combines planning and implementing public relations strategies for sports franchises, producing award-winning public events, managing successful statewide political campaigns, building strong grassroots coalitions, and creating innovative Internet marketing solutions. He has received national praise for his book, Eco-Fads: How the rise of trendy environmentalism is harming the environment. Forbes called it “the definitive tome on the systematic errors of” the environmental movement, and Dr. Jay Lehr said “Myers (addresses) these issues better than anyone I have encountered in a half-century of work on environmental battlefields.”
Chris Ajemian is a business development and government affairs consultant. A former corporate lawyer, CEO of a software startup and a veteran of three U.S. presidential campaigns, he advises clients in the clean energy and technology fields. He publishes in professional journals and social media. He currently is leading an initiative to create a green bank for Washington State.
Sustainable Seattle’s Sustainability Leadership Awards | Oct 8 – Jan | It’s time to recognize those making the Puget Sound a healthy and livable place! Sustainable Seattle is now accepting nominations for the Sustainability Leadership Awards. Take the opportunity to nominate individuals, businesses and organizations who you think deserve to be recognized for their efforts and achievements in the past year. 3 organizations, 3 businesses and 1 individual (a Sustainability Hero) will be chosen by independent judges. Nominations accepted through October 8th, the dinner celebration and awards ceremony will be in January.
Northwest Environmental Conference and Tradeshow | Dec 10-11 | Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach, Portland OR | The conference for today’s environmental, operations, and sustainability professionals. With keynote speaker, Terry Mutter from The Boeing Company and Patrick Reiten from Pacific Power. It will also include the region\’s largest environmentally focused trade show!
GoGreen Seattle: A Conference to Green Your Business | Apr 30 2014 | The Conference Center, Eighth Avenue at Pike Street, 3rd Floor | The GoGreen Conference is a sustainability learning experience for business and government decision-makers. Featuring regionally targeted content and recognized leaders from the community, GoGreen works across industry silos to foster peer-to-peer learning and collaborative solutions. Our mission is to empower attendees with the strategies, tools and connections to green their organizations with profitability in mind. This year we’re tackling a new slate of topics including urban agriculture and food systems; the shared economy; positive system disruption; self reliant/self funding sustainability advancements; and intrapraneurship.