Energy Transition Symposium: Free, virtual event includes White House’s Gina McCarthy

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The Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory will host the 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium, May 4-5 and 14. The event will be online only and free of charge. Last year’s symposium was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Though the virtual symposium is free this year, registration is required. Attendees may choose to attend all or part of the symposium.

The Collaboratory, made up of Colorado State University, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado School of Mines and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is a research consortium focused on building energy-related collaborations among the four member entities. The Energy Transition Symposium, now in its ninth year, is a nonpartisan, educational event focused on research-driven solutions for the world’s energy challenges.

Symposium highlights

Bill Ritter, Colorado’s 41st governor and director of CSU’s Center for the New Energy Economy, will again serve as the symposium’s honorary chair and provide opening remarks on May 4.

Following Ritter’s remarks will be a moderated discussion on the Biden-Harris administration and the United States’ return to the Paris Accord with Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor and former head of the Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration.

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association CEO Duane Highley will deliver a keynote address on “A cooperative approach to addressing carbon.” A presentation by Dan Sperling, of University of California Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, will be moderated by Terri Fiez, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at CU Boulder.

On May 5, CSU Energy Institute Executive Director Bryan Willson will serve on a panel discussing “The future of combustion in a zero-carbon world.” A panel on “Envisioning the building of the future” will include Rodolfo Valdes Vasquez, associate professor in the Department of Construction Management at CSU.

Other CSU speakers scheduled to appear are Tom Plant of the Center for the New Energy Economy, Ellison Carter of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Todd Bandhauer of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Tom Bradley of the Department of Systems Engineering.

Presentations on May 14 are tied to May 4-5 symposium topics, with a focus on research solutions and technological advances.


Please register here.

Agenda at a glance:

This year’s platinum sponsor is Xcel Energy. More information on sponsorships here.

Questions can be directed to Symposium Chair Maury Dobbie, executive director of the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory.