2019 MIT ENERGY CONFERENCE
Tough Tech & The 2040 Grid

Agenda
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Thursday, April 4th

7:45am - 8:45am : Registration and light breakfast

8:45am - 9:05am : Tech & Policy: A Cautionary Tale from the Drive to Decarbonize Energy
Christofer Mowry, CEO of General Fusion

9:05am - 9:45am : Keynote - Paths to Commercial Fusion
Bob Mumgaard, CEO of Commonwealth Fusion Systems

9:45am - 10:00am : Break

10:00am - 10:20am : Virtual Power Plants Get Real
Audrey Lee, VP of Grid Services at Sunrun

10:20am - 10:30am : Break

10:30am - 11:30am : The Energy Gang

11:30am - 12:00pm : Break

12:00pm - 12:55pm : Room A - The Next 20 Years of Nuclear
12:00pm - 12:55pm : Room B - DER Debate

12:55pm - 1:50pm : Lunch

1:50pm - 2:45pm : Room A - Lighting Up The World
1:50pm - 2:45pm : Room B - Energy Storage for a Decarbonized World

2:45pm - 3:00pm : Break

3:00pm - 3:55pm : Room A - Natural Gas: Cost, Environment, & Trade-Offs
3:00pm - 3:55pm : Room B - Analytics & Power Startups

4:05pm - 4:30pm : Room A - Davids in Goliath: Accelerating Startups within A Large Energy Company

4:30pm - 6:30pm : Showcase - 30+ presentations and breakaway talks on energy tech & cleantech finance.

• Featuring: Commonwealth Fusion Systems; Climeworks; Clean Energy Prize semifinalists; LineVision; Akselos and Acciona; Infinite Cooling; “Hard Tech That Ain’t So Hard” by Praveen Sahay, Co-Founder & MD of WAVE Ventures; Women in Energy; and many more.


6:30pm - 8:30pm : Greentown Lab’s Energy Bar!

  • Get away from the Conference, stretch your legs, and come enjoy free food and beverage at this famous monthly happy hour for energy buffs at the world’s largest cleantech incubator. Register free here.


Friday, April 5th

8:00am - 8:45am : Registration and light breakfast

8:45am - 9:35am : Keynote - Ilan Gur on Cleantech Incubation: The Promise of Entrepreneurial Science
Keynote - Katie Rae on Cleantech VC

9:35am - 9:50am : Break

9:50am - 10:25am : Keynote - Sustainable Investing: How to move private and institutional capital into
carbon efficient technology

Brian Deese, Global Head of Sustainable Investing at BlackRock

10:25am - 10:35am : Break

10:35am - 10:55am : U.S. Offshore Wind - Exciting Present, Emerging Future
Alejandro de Hoz, VP of U.S. Offshore Wind at Avangrid

10:55am - 11:20am : Keynote - Alicia Barton - Green New Deal: A Path to a Carbon Neutral Economy

11:20am - 11:30am : Break

11:30am - 12:15pm : Utilities of The Future

12:15pm - 1:30pm : Lunch (following Room division) in both Rooms A & B
12:45pm -1:00pm: Room B - Breakthrough Energy Ventures Lunch Session, with Libby Wayman

1:30pm - 2:30pm : Room A - Grid CPR: Congestion, Pricing, & Renewables
1:30pm - 2:30pm : Room B - Negative Emissions Tech

2:30pm - 2:45pm : Break

2:45pm - 3:30pm : Room A - Future of Solar
2:45pm - 3:30pm : Room B - Autopia: Driverless Cars & Energy Use

3:30pm - 4:00pm : Break

4:00pm - 6:00pm : The Clean Energy Prize Finals

• 4 finalist startups from this large cleantech competition pitch their business plans to the audience & judges and win ~140K in awards.
Keynote Fireside Chat: Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs, and Stephen Pike, CEO of MassCEC