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Re-energizing the West: A conference on the West's clean energy future

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10015 Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard

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The West’s Clean Energy Future

Western states are poised to play a global leadership role in clean energy development, but shifting national politics and the absence of strategic planning in the West could delay the Western energy transition.

This conference will assess the West’s Clean Energy Future from a political, business, and policy perspective, identifying next steps to advance an inclusive clean energy transition throughout the western states.

More information about speakers, sponsors, and directions can be found at Green Energy Institute's website here.


Saturday, October 7th

10:00am - 4:30pm

Lunch and refreshments included; Reception at 4:30pm



Speakers include:

Jeff Merkley, U.S. Senator from Oregon

Jeff Merkley headshotAfter earning an undergraduate degree from Stanford and a graduate degree in Public Policy from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Senator Merkley worked as a national security analyst at the Pentagon and at the Congressional Budget Office. Senator Merkley entered the Oregon House of Representatives in 1998 and became Speaker of the House in 2007. In 2008, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He is currently the junior United States Senator from Oregon, serving on the Senate Committees on Appropriations; Environment and Public Works; Budget; and Foreign Affairs.In the Senate, he has been one of the leading voices pushing to take on climate change and accelerate the shift to a clean energy economy. In April of this year Senator Merkley introduced the “100 by ’50 Act," which lays out a roadmap for a transition to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2050.



Earl Blumenauer, U.S. Representative for Oregon's 3rd Congressional District

Earl Blumenauer headshotAfter earning an undergraduate degree from Lewis & Clark College and a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School, Congressman Blumenauer served in the Oregon Legislature, the Multnomah County Commission, and the Portland City Council. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996 and is currently a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the subcommittees on Health, Oversight, and Tax Policy. These committee assignments give Mr. Blumenauer a unique platform from which to initiate and further legislation that addresses and mitigates the effects of global warming. A leading environmental advocate, Congressman Blumenauer has authored and co-sponsored legislation to preserve and protect public lands, shift the nation’s energy policy towards renewable energy and energy efficiency, curb global warming, and clean our nation’s water bodies.



Michael Garland, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pattern Energy

Mike Garland headshotMike Garland is President & CEO of Pattern Energy Group, Inc. (Pattern Energy), and also serves as the CEO of Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development). Prior to joining Pattern Development, Mr. Garland was a partner at Babcock & Brown from 1986 to 2009. Previously, Mr. Garland worked for the State of California as Chief of Energy Assessments from 1975 to 1986.



Elliot Mainzer, Administrator & CEO, Bonneville Power Administration

Elliot Mainzer headshotElliot Mainzer was named Administrator in January 2014. As administrator, Mainzer manages the nonprofit federal agency that markets carbon-free power from Columbia River hydroelectric dams and the region's nuclear plant. BPA also operates most of the high-voltage power grid across the Pacific Northwest, distributing wind and other energy to the region and beyond. Mainzer has provided leadership and coordination of significant regional initiatives, including the Northwest Wind Integration Action Plan in 2007 and the Northwest Power Pool Members’ Market Assessment and Coordination Initiative. Prior to joining BPA, Mainzer established and managed Enron’s Renewable Power Desk out of its offices in Portland, OR.



Megan Decker, Commissioner to the Oregon Public Utility Commission

Megan Decker headshotMegan Decker was appointed to the Oregon Public Utility Commission by Gov. Kate Brown on April 1, 2017. Her expertise in energy policy and regulation comes from managing utility commission advocacy in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana as counsel for Renewable Northwest. She also served as Board Chair of the NW Energy Coalition. Megan’s legal experience also includes work as an Assistant General Counsel with the Port of Portland and as a land use lawyer in private practice. Megan earned a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from University of Washington School of Law, and served two years as a judicial clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.​


Ruchi Sadhir, Energy and Climate Change Policy Advisor to Governor Kate Brown

Lauren Navarro, Senior Policy Manager, California Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund

Steve Douglas, Senior Director, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Sarah Hunt, Director, Center for Innovation and Technology, American Legislative Exchange Council

Bob Wieckowski, California State Senate 10th District

Eileen Wenger Tutt, Executive Director of the California Electric Transportation Coalition



More information about speakers, sponsors, and directions can be found at Green Energy Institute's website here.

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