September 28–29, 2015: Austin, TX

2015 Agenda

Conference Tracks

Energy

Sponsored by Siemens

Smart Cities

Sponsored by Hitachi

Internet of Things

The Sustainable Economy

Sponsored by Sealed Air

 

 

Monday, September 28, 2015

2:00 PM WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

Alan Murray, Editor, Fortune

2:05 PM OPENING DEBATE: WHERE IS WASHINGTON?

The energy policy coming out of the nation’s capitol these days is almost entirely being driven by the President through regulatory action. The EPA and other agencies are taking the lead on vehicle mileage standards, emissions from coal plants and methane gas leaks. Will the Republican-led Congress take the reins and legislate for change for the energy and utility sectors, or will they try to defang Obama’s regulatory campaign? Will the renewables energy tax credit get extended? Will we see some sort of carbon or gasoline tax or will most of the new regulatory innovation be left to the states?
Andy Karsner, Executive Chairman, Manifest Energy
Dan Reicher, Executive Director, Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University
Christine Todd Whitman, Co-chair, Clean and Safe Energy Coalition
Moderator: Alan Murray, Fortune

2:40 PM A DECADE IN: WALMART’S SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

It’s been 10 years since the world’s largest company kicked off a new era of corporate responsibility in Bentonville and established ambitious goals for eliminating waste and boosting renewable energy. What lessons have been learned?
Dan Bartlett, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Walmart
Interviewer: Brian O’Keefe, International Editor and Co-chair, Brainstorm E, Fortune

3:05 PM THE FUTURE OF ENERGY

Energy is the biggest and arguably the most important industry in the world. Yet of late the price of oil has fallen, rigs are being mothballed, the Keystone pipeline is delayed and a few universities are divesting their carbon holdings. Fracking is under attack for methane emissions and water use. The EPA is trying to regulate carbon emission at coal plants. What new technologies and policies will drive the fossil fuel companies to prosperity in the years ahead?
Jeremy Bentham, Vice President Global Business Environment; Head, Shell Scenarios, Royal Dutch Shell
Matt Rogers, Director (Senior Partner), McKinsey
Doug Suttles, President and CEO, Encana

Moderator: Brian O’Keefe, Fortune

3:35 PM NEXT GEN BATTERIES

Hear from an entrepreneur and University of Michigan professor about a possible ground-breaking new storage technology.
Ann Marie Sastry, Co-founder and CEO, Sakti3
Interviewer: Katie Fehrenbacher, Senior Writer and Co-chair, Brainstorm E Fortune

3:50 PM SO YOU WANT TO START A CLEAN-TECH COMPANY

Backed by venture capitalist Nancy Pfund, Dan Shugar has built (and sold) two successful solar companies. What’s the secret to their joint success?
Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Partners
Daniel Shugar, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, NEXTracker
Interviewer: Adam Lashinsky, Assistant Managing Editor and Editorial Director, Brainstorm TECH, Fortune

4:10 PM FUNDING A SUSTAINABLE WORLD

A growing number of big banks, institutional investors and private equity funds are investing heavily in renewable power. Warren Buffett is now one of the biggest investors in solar and wind in the country. The Chinese installed a staggering 13 GW of solar in 2014 alone, more than America’s total installed base. Where are the opportunities, where will the money come from for future growth and what happens to the U.S. market when the federal investment tax credit expires?
Michael Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head, Environmental Finance, Citigroup
Scott Jacobs, Co-founder and CEO, Generate Capital
Kyung-Ah Park, Managing Director, Head of the Environmental Markets Group, Goldman Sachs
Tom Werner, President and CEO, SunPower
Moderator: Adam Lashinsky, Fortune

4:40 PM SUSTAINABILITY AND INNOVATION

Most CEOs know what sustainability is and why it’s important. The key is to figure out how to turn the concept into an opportunity. What strategies, systems, processes, and structures lead to breakthrough products and services? How can focusing on a low-carbon, safe chemical world lead to new ideas and stronger, more profitable relationships with suppliers? Experts now predict that we will be living in a world where every component has its own IP address and will be connected in a massive intelligent web. Industries will become more energy efficient as every process becomes smarter, and corporations will be able to make more with less—a must for a resource-scarce world. The nature of work will also change as white collar employees will need better analytical skills, factory workers will toil more with their heads then their hands and marketers will need to parse mountains of data. CEOs and management experts will discuss how to maneuver this new world.
Jeff Clarke, Vice Chairman, Operations and President, Client Solutions, Dell
Diane Regas, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund
Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens USA
Moderator: Natalie Allen, Anchor and Correspondent, CNNi

5:15 PM TRANSITIONING TO A LOW CARBON ECONOMY

The world needs energy and lots of it. Yet we also need to address the threat of climate change. How can we ensure a smooth shift to a less fossil fuel-intense energy system?
Chad Holliday, Commissioner, Energy Transitions Commission; Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell
Interviewer: Brian Dumaine, Senior Editor at Large and Co-chair, Brainstorm E, Fortune

5:35 PM BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEM

How one of the nation’s leading food retailers tackles the challenge of the food, water and energy nexus.
Jason Buechel, Executive Vice President and CIO, Whole Foods Market
Walter Robb, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Whole Foods Market
Interviewer: Alan Murray, Fortune

6:00 PM RECEPTION

7:00 PM DINNER

Sponsored by Dell
Music with Chuck Leavell of the Rolling Stones and the Randall Bramblett Band

9:00 PM Close

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

7:45 AM BREAKFAST ROUNDTABLES

BATTERIES AND STORAGE: CHASING THE HOLY GRAIL
Capturing energy has become the holy grail of a low carbon energy economy. The competition is heating as large corporation and startups scramble to find the best ways to store energy for electric cars, renewables and onsite generation. Will it be hydrogen fuel cells, lithium ion or trickle batteries, molten salt storage, some other technology or all of the above. We will explore the technologies with the most commercial promise.
John Carrington, Director and CEO, Stem
Danielle Fong, Co-founder and Chief Science Officer, Lightsail Energy
Randell Johnson, Chief of Analytics, Alevo
Henri Winand, Chief Executive Officer, Intelligent Energy
John Zahurancik, President, Energy Storage, The AES Corporation
Moderator: Katie Fehrenbacher, Senior Writer, Fortune

THE SUSTAINABLE FOOD REVOLUTION
The Sustainable Economy Track Hosted by Sealed Air
Farming consumes tremendous amounts of energy, water and fertilizer. How will the world feed a growing population without boosting fossil fuel use and depleting water sources? New breakthroughs in technology from GPS crop analyses, to automated irrigation techniques to urban hydroponic farming might hold some of the answers.
Mohammed Ashour, Co-founder and CEO, Aspire
Kathleen Ligocki, Chief Executive Officer, Harvest Power
Dhiraj Malkani General Partner, RockPort Capital
Kerry Preete, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy, Monsanto
David Rosenberg, Co-founder and CEO, AeroFarms
Moderator: Beth Kowitt, Senior Writer and Co-Chair, MPW Next Gen, Fortune
an Wolfson, Co-founder and CEO, Solazyme
Moderator: Beth Kowitt, Senior Writer and Co-Chair, MPW Next Gen, Fortune

THE ZERO ENERGY CORPORATION
Energy Track Hosted by Siemens
Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon all have laid out road maps that explain how they intend to achieve their goals of procuring 100% renewable energy. This includes not only their office buildings but also server farms that now consume 1.5% of global energy and are one of the fastest growing sources of CO2. Apple is now the biggest private owner of solar facilities in the country. Google has invested a $1 billion in clean energy. Even new comers like Salesforce and Box have made 100 percent renewable energy pledges. What works and what is the pay back?
Erin Decker, Senior Director of Business Development, Renewable Choice Energy
Joe Costello, Chairman and CEO, Enlighted
Thierry Van Landegem, Chairman, GreenTouch
Bill Weihl, Director of Sustainability, Facebook
Hugh Welsh, President and General Counsel, DSM North America
Moderator: Jib Ellison, Founder and CEO, Blu Skye

DESIGNING THE CITIES OF THE FUTURE
Smart Cities Track Hosted by Hitachi
One thing is certain: When it comes to designing cities for the next two billion inhabitants on earth expected by mid century, the old rules won’t hold. What new innovations in urban design, traffic flows, energy and water efficiency, the sharing economy, and microgrid power systems will make our cities more sustainable?
Sanjay Bhatnagar, Chief Executive Officer, WaterHealth International
Nicholas Eisenberger, Managing Partner, Pure Energy Partners
Brian Levite, Senior Manager, Social Innovation Business, Hitachi Consulting; Author, Energy Resilience
Grant Uhlir, Principal, Gensler
Jay Walder, President and CEO, Motivate
Moderator: Stacey Higginbotham, Senior Editor,Fortune.com

8:45 AM SWITCH BREAK

9:00 AM ENGAGING SUSTAINABLE CONSUMERS

Lessons from two online entrepreneurs, one of them a member of the Rolling Stones, who used social media and mobile to build the most visited consumer sustainability site in the world.
Joel Babbit, Co-founder, Mother Nature Network
Chuck Leavell, Co-founder and Director, Environmental Affairs, Mother Nature Network
Moderator: Brian Dumaine, Fortune

9:15 AM RIFFING ON THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The CEO of a giant Chinese textile manufacturer shares her story about how she cut energy, waste (and costs) out of her business.
Marjorie Yang, Chairman, Esquel Group
Interviewer: Jen Reingold, Fortune

9:30 AM ON THE ROAD TO PARIS

This December the COP21 climate talks will be held. How will an international agreement change the landscape for business, and how can corporations capitalize on this change?
Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO, Schneider Electric
Interviewer: Brian Dumaine, Fortune

9:45 AM THE WIRED ENERGY CONSUMER

The race is on to control every aspect of the house from electric vehicle hookups, solar and storage systems to energy management, which includes smart products such as Internet connected thermostats and appliances. Technology, big data, sensors, massive processing power and mobile apps will help make tomorrow’s homes be more energy efficient. The businesses that control these smart products will be able to tap into a tremendous amount of data about the habits of Americans, presenting a huge, new marketing opportunity. The utilities want to dominant this new business but so do a lot of big home security, cable and Internet companies. Who will be the winners and losers?
Nick Akins, Chairman, President and CEO, American Electric Power Company
Ben Bixby, Director of Energy Products, Nest Labs
Suzanne Shelton, President and CEO, Shelton Group
Dan Yates, Founder and CEO, Opower
Moderator: Stacey Higginbotham, Fortune.com

10:15 AM NETWORKING BREAK

10:45 AM MATERIAL GAINS IN A RESOURCE-CHALLENGED WORLD

This CEO of a leading packaging company knows how to squeeze carbon out of a business. Here are his secrets.
Jerome Peribere, President and CEO, Sealed Air
Interviewer: Brian O’Keefe, Fortune

11:00 AM INTELLIGENT WHEELS

Silicon Valley is infiltrating the transportation sector faster than anyone thought possible only a few years ago. New software-based technologies such as advanced cruise control, collision avoidance systems and self-parking are leading toward the self-driving car, which will not only reduce accidents but will also make driving more efficient. Uber, which is shaking up the taxi industry, is now working with Carnegie Mellon to build self-driving cars. Automated mobility will not only reduce accidents but also will making driving more efficient. In addition, the way we use cars is changing. Car sharing services have become popular with millennials, leading some to wonder how the auto industry will be impacted by sharing instead of buying vehicles. Where are we in this race and which technologies will prevail?
Jerome Guillen, Former Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Service, Tesla Motors
Stefan Knupfer, Director, McKinsey
Margo Oge, Vice Chairman, Deltawing Technology; Former Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. EPA; Author, Driving the Future
Moderator: Sue Callaway, Senior Editor, Automotive, Time Inc.

11:25 AM HARNESSING THE POWER OF THE UNIVERSE

Is fusion finally real?
Nathan Gilliland, Chief Executive Officer, General Fusion
Interviewer: Katie Fehrenbacher, Fortune

11:35 AM THE COMING RENEWABLE REVOLUTION

Distributed solar generation, energy storage, and smart grids are disruptive technologies that will transform the way that energy is produced, regulated, and consumed. Pair solar with batteries and smart micro-grid technology and individuals and businesses will be able cut the cord to the old grid. What are the challenges and opportunities that this disruptive technology poses to utility companies, upstarts, and other stakeholders? Looking ahead, what are the business models that will work?
Ted Craver, Chairman, President and CEO, Edison International
Lynn Jurich, Co-founder and CEO, Sunrun
John Woolard, Vice President, Energy, Google
Moderator: Alan Murray, Fortune

12:10 PM CONCURRENT LUNCHES

WHERE THE MONEY IS FLOWING
After investing billions in clean tech over the last decade, the Sandhill Road venture capitalists are backing away from the sector. Now it seems that corporate VC arms and family offices are filling the void. Last year, for example, family offices alone invested more in cleantech than traditional VC investors and that number is growing. Who are these new investors, what is their strategy and where do they see the next hot area of investment.
Colleen Calhoun, Senior Executive Director, Energy Ventures GE Ventures
Bryan Lawrence, Chief Executive Officer, Yorktown Partners
Cory Steffek, Managing Director, North American Venture Capital, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures
Steve Vassallo, General Partner, Foundation Capital
Moderator: Andrew Shapiro, Founder and Partner, Broadscale Group

TAPPING INTO THE MILLENNIAL MINDSET
Sustainable Economy Track Hosted by Sealed Air
When it comes to living, eating, traveling and consuming, the millennials are a different breed. They are very conscious of global warming and the environment; they don’t necessarily want to own things; they prefer to share cars or hail an Uber cab rather than own their own wheels; they choose to stay in an Airbnb abode rather than own a vacation house; they want their food to be organic, and their clothing to be recyclable. What’s the mindset of this generation and how can companies best reach them with their products and services.
Kaye Ceille, President, Zipcar
Grace Jeon, Founding CEO, JUST
Rakesh Mathur, Chief Executive Officer, Flywheel
Moderator: Jennifer Reingold, Fortune

HOW DO YOU MAKE SOLAR AFFORDABLE?
Solar is one of the fastest growing industries in the US. and faces both challenges and opportunities. Prices of panels are falling and consumer acceptance is growing. Storage will make solar more appealing. At the same time federal subsidies are likely to be phased out and some utilities want solar customers to pay their fair share of the grid. Looking ahead, what are the business models that will work?
Lynn Jurich, Co-founder and CEO, Sunrun
Danny Kennedy, Managing Director, CalCEF
JP McNeill, Founder and CEO, Renovate America
Dickon Pinner, Director (Senior Partner), McKinsey & Company
Moderator: Brian Dumaine, Fortune

CARBON CAPTURE: WHERE TO PUT ALL THAT CO2
Energy Track Hosted by Siemens
Despite a projected investment of $8 trillion in renewables over the next several decades there will be enough legacy fossil-fuel plants and enough investment in new coal-fired capacity in developing countries to ensure global CO2 emissions rise all the way to 2029, and will still be 13% above 2014 levels in 2040. Many countries, especially in the developing world, are still burning coal and will keep building coal plants. Corporations trying to develop carbon capture storage technology have huge issues surrounding cost and where to store the carbon. And some entrepreneurs and scientists are exploring cutting-edge geo-engineering solutions that include systems to suck greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere. What makes sense?
Paul Bunje, Principal and Senior Scientist, Energy & Environment XPRIZE
David Keith, Executive Chairman, Carbon Engineering
Laura Miller, Director of Projects, Texas, Summit Power Group; Former Mayor of Dallas
Kurt Waltzer, Managing Director, Clean Air Task Force
Moderator: Nicholas Eisenberger, Managing Partner, Pure Energy Partners

1:50 PM COOL COMPANIES COMPETITION

Clean tech entrepreneurs make their four minute elevator pitch to a distinguished panel of investors who will grill them on their ideas. Who has the best business plan? The audience will pick the winner.
Presenters:
Damian Beauchamp, Co-founder and CEO, KAir Energy
Etosha Cave, Co-founder and Chief Science Officer, OPUS 12
Erik Norwood, Founder and CEO, Curb Energy
Claudia Wentworth, Co-founder and Board Chairman, Sunlayar

Judges:
Colleen Calhoun, Senior Executive Director, Energy Ventures GE Ventures
Abe Yokell, Partner, Rockport Capital Partners
Moderator: Adam Lashinsky, Fortune

2:20 PM GRASSROOTS POWER

Through policy shifts and financial incentives, New York’s green czar has been decarbonizing and decentralizing the grid.
Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York; Office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Interviewer: Andrew Shapiro, Founder and Partner, Broadscale Group

2:40 PM HANGING WITH A PARAGLIDER

An adventurer, environmentalist, and daredevil shares the story of his trek by air across the Alps.
Gavin McClurg, Chief Executive Officer, Offshore Odysseys
Interviewer: Brian O’Keefe, Fortune

3:00 PM BRINGING RENEWABLES TO THE DEVELOPING WORLD

Billions of people in the developing world have either no or inadequate access to energy. How can we provide enough clean energy in those regions without them becoming more dependent on coal power? What innovations in solar, wind and storage technologies will help make these technologies more affordable in Asia, Africa and South America? What new financing models will help widen their adoption? What’s working and what isn’t?
Pierre-Yves Lesaicherre, Chief Executive Officer, Lumileds, Philips Lighting Company
Cathy Zoi, Chief Executive Officer, SunEdison Frontier Power
Moderator: Rik Kirkland, Partner, Global Publishing, McKinsey & Company

3:20 PM BREAK

3:40 PM CONQUERING AMERICA’S ROOFTOPS

The founder and CEO of the nation’s largest solar company says the revolution is just beginning.
Lyndon Rive, Co-founder and CEO, SolarCity
Interviewer: Brian Dumaine, Fortune

3:55 PM HOW THE INTERNET OF THINGS WILL REVOLUTIONIZE CITIES

The mash-up of sensors, Big Data and the Internet promises to bring radical new efficiency to cities. The new trend: Tens of billions of devices and systems are connecting online, allowing revolutionary changes to how things are done from improving traffic flows, boosting building efficiency, and maximizing water use, to mention just a few. Some say this is a trillion-dollar opportunity. Who will the players be, and which applications show the most promise?
Smart Cities Track Hosted by Hitachi
Fahd Al-Rasheed, Group CEO/Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City
Doug Baker, Chairman and CEO, Ecolab
Mahesh Ramanujam, Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Green Building Council
Moderator: Brian O’Keefe, Fortune

4:25 PM ANNOUNCING A NEW $20M XPRIZE

Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, XPRIZE

4:35 PM THE ROAD AHEAD

One of the nation’s top governors talks about Obama’s clean power plan, creating clean tech jobs and more.
Terry McAuliffe, Governor, State of Virginia
Interviewer: Alan Murray, Fortune

5:00 PM Closing Reception