Panel Discussion - Powering Growth: Advanced Energy as an Economic Driver

Please join Microsoft and the Advanced Energy Economy Institute for a conversation on “Powering Growth: Advanced Energy as an Economic Driver.”  The discussion will bring together stakeholders from industry, utilities, energy consumers, and state business organizations to discuss how advanced energy is driving economic development and job growth in states across the U.S.

The U.S. energy system is going through a transformational change—consumer preferences, dynamic new technologies, and new threats are causing the energy system, as we have known it for the past century, to evolve.  In addition to supporting more than 2.5 million jobs in the United States, the advanced energy industry can deliver greater reliability, savings in energy costs, and a cleaner energy system for the 21st century.  Recent progress has been made on policies to unleash the economic potential of this sector in a wide range of states including Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Michigan.  Many other states are currently evaluating policy proposals.




Lisa Frantzis – Moderator
Senior Vice President, Advanced Energy Economy


Emily Fisher 

Vice President, Edison Electric Institute


Michelle Patron 

Director, Sustainability Policy, Microsoft


Peter Rothstein

President, Northeast Clean Energy Council


Dan Scripps 

President, Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council


Tom Starrs

Vice President, SunPower


Jim Steffes

Executive Vice President, Direct Energy


Malcolm Woolf 

Senior Vice President, Advanced Energy Economy

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 11:30am