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8th Annual Energy Innovators Virtual Conference


August 27
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Zoom Webinar


Michigan EIBC

The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council invites you to join us for the 8th Annual Energy Innovators Virtual Conference taking place on Thursday, August 27 from 1:30 to 5:00 pm EST.

The content of the half-day virtual conference will feature prominent speakers and panelists who will discuss the latest energy-related topics and innovations. The last hour of the conference will be a fun Virtual Happy Hour, which will give attendees the opportunity to socialize and network.

The keynote speaker for the virtual conference is Patti Poppe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jackson, Michigan based CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility and the nation’s fourth largest combination utility.

Confirmed speakers/panelists to date include:

Mr. Adarkwa has over 16 years of Utility Regulatory Experience. Currently, he works as a Manager of Regulatory Strategy for ITC Holdings Corporation. In this role, he formulates and helps shape the regulatory strategic initiatives for the company’s Michigan Operating Companies (ITC Transmission and METC). Prior to his work at ITC, he was a Public Utilities Engineer for the Michigan Public Service Commission. Mr. Adarkwa is a multiple time graduate of Michigan State University holding both a BS in Electrical Engineering (’03) and an MBA in Integrative Management (’13). He serves on the East Lansing Educational Foundation Board of Directors serving as its President from 2018 until June of 2020. Kwafo also is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE). He also has served on the Hawk Nest Homeowners Association Board of Directors and has been a mentor in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program in the Capital Region.

Katherine Hamilton is Chair of 38 North Solutions, a public policy consultancy specializing in clean energy and innovation. In this role, Katherine has been listed on the #Solar100 board by kWh Analytics and received a Cleanie Award as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018. Katherine was Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum‘s Future of Advanced Energy Technology Global Future Council and President of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic. Katherine served as President of the GridWise Alliance, advocating for nearly $5 billion in funding for smart grid projects in the Recovery Act. Prior to that role, Katherine was a policy advisor for Good Energies, Inc., a private investment company with a portfolio in clean energy technologies of nearly $6 billion. She co-directed the American Bioenergy Association, working with the states of Maryland and New Jersey to develop renewable portfolio standards. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Katherine led buildings research and then managed government relations in Washington, DC. Katherine spent a decade at Virginia Power, designing overhead and underground electrical systems for commercial and residential developments. Katherine studied electrical engineering at Northern Virginia Community College and holds degrees from Cornell University and the Sorbonne. Katherine is part of The Energy Gang podcast through Greentech Media.

Tentative Timeline:

1:30 pm – Welcome

1:45 pm – 4:00 pm – Programming including keynote address by Patti Poppe, conversations with national experts, and panel discussion focused on energy and the election

4:00 – 5:00 pm – Virtual Happy Hour (sponsored by Geromino Energy and Ranger Power)

Note: Registered attendees will receive a $15 GrubHub electronic gift card (while supplies last) prior to the event that can be used for the Virtual Happy Hour starting at 4:00 pm.

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