Maryland Clean Energy Center will hold its Connecting to the Energy Economy Speaker Series online between September 14 and October 12: Registration is free. The subjects are on the technical side, but there is some good learning to be had here, and such webinars often provide candid opinions that are rarely found in published articles, plus you get a better sense of the real people who work in these sectors. Don’t stop reading before the last in the series: Workforce Readiness for Advanced Energy.
Transformation to the Grid of the Future
Tuesday, September 14, 10:30 AM – Noon
Regulators are implementing directives to transform the grid for the future. What impacts can ratepayers and consumers expect to result from FERC Order 2222 and Maryland Order PC 44? This session examines the deployment of distributed resource markets for load balancing and reliability, and how asset owners get paid to play for distributed energy, demand response, microgrid, and storage assets.
Innovation Ahead: Advanced Energy & Carbon Emissions Reduction
Thursday, September 16, 10:30 AM – Noon
Cutting-edge products & technologies being developed now will be mainstream in the future. From CO2 capture to portable batteries for consumer electronic charging capability, presenters will highlight innovative technologies as well as the resources and investment necessary to move them through the “valley of death” to the marketplace in the future.
Climate-Centric Solutions, Strategies & Policies
Tuesday, September 21, 10:30 AM – Noon
This session offers insights from scientists, academicians, policymakers, and economists examining potential pathways and possible impacts associated with climate-centric policies. Strategically targeted investments needed to maximize desirable outcomes, and achieve impactful results faster, will also be discussed.
Driving Change: The Future of Transportation
Tuesday, September 28, 10:30 AM – Noon
Transportation is being rapidly reformed by technology. Smarter, connected vehicles will bring increased automation, increased driving functions, and safety for both public and private modes of transport. This session examines a broad range of related topics from micro-mobility (LEVs) and hydrogen fueled vehicles now on the horizon, to vehicle-to-grid applications and strategies for rapid conversion of bus and truck fleets.
Equity in the Energy Marketplace
Thursday, September 30, 10:30 AM – Noon
Consumers are finding they have to become experts about how to best manage their energy purchase and consumption. Publicly funded initiatives and regulations are needed to ensure that underserved customers benefit from advancements in the energy economy. This session covers consumer choice from residential energy supply, generation and storage to smart homes, appliances, and adoption of electric vehicles.
Building & Bankrolling Energy Projects
Tuesday, October 5, 10:30 AM – Noon
The project development pathway can be complicated and treacherous! This session provides navigation assistance for project developers and identifies programmatic solutions that Maryland may consider. Green bonds, green banks, and catalytic capital funds, and model programs other states have successfully deployed, will be featured.
Federal & State Investment & Incentives
Thursday, October 7, 10:30 AM – Noon
The change of administration in the White House brought about renewed focus on implementing measures to reduce the impacts of climate change and encourage the adoption of non-fossil fuel energy sources. Some states have set aggressive climate change and energy goals, backed with strategic funding and regulation. Does Maryland measure up to other states? This session will provide information about federal and state policies, programs, incentives, and investments geared to address the challenge.
Workforce Readiness for Advanced Energy
Tuesday, October 12, 10:30 AM – Noon
With a renewed focus on the advanced energy economy and addressing the impacts of climate change, workforce readiness, diversity, and availability are challenges to be addressed. This session focuses on approaches, programs, incentives, and the people providing solutions and assistance to support evolving local businesses.