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Preparing for Tomorrow Through Energy Innovation

Please note the agenda is subject to change.

Wednesday, October 18: Welcome to the 2017 Florida Energy Summit

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m Registration Desk Open

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Broward County Energy Tours

Tour 1: Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center Tour The Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center, located adjacent to Port Everglades, is one of the most modern and technologically advanced plants in the country. Come and learn all about FPL’s world-class clean energy generation fleet (fossil fuels and solar) which result in operating efficiencies and lower costs to customers. You will get a hard hat tour of the plant’s turbines and learn how the plant generates electricity.

Following the power plant tour, Marathon Petroleum Company will provide a tour of the port so that participants can learn more about the vital role it plans in the South Florida economy. The tour will also visit a transportation fuel storage terminal and learn how fuel is delivered into the facility and exported out to various retail locations. Marathon will also highlight various steps that were taken during and after Hurricane Irma to ensure that fuel was available to the motoring public.

Tour 2: Broward County Cogeneration Project and Advance Roofing’s PV Display See firsthand how Broward County has reinvented its aging water and wastewater treatment facility into a modern facility that uses cogeneration from biogas to offset 25 percent of its electricity needs. The facility uses recycled fats, oils, and grease to create additional methane for generating electricity. With guaranteed savings of more than $26 million over 17 years, the water and wastewater treatment facility ensures a more environmentally and economically healthy future for Broward County residents.

Following the water and wastewater tour, we will visit Advanced Roofing’s headquarters to see their custom solar carport. The solar carport can produce over 124,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year–the equivalent of powering 25 average U.S. homes. With this solution, Advanced Roofing is now powering up to 90 percent of its Fort Lauderdale operations through clean energy.

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Thursday, October 19: Implementing Innovation

7:00 a.m. Registration Desk Opens, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Comments - Kelley Smith Burk, Executive Director, FDACS Office of Energy

8:40 a.m. Solar Plus Storage

Hear from the Florida Municipal Electric Association about Florida’s innovative project that combines solar plus storage to provide enhanced grid services.

Speaker: Amy Zubaly, Director, FMEA


Amy Zubaly Solar Plus Storage

9:10 a.m. Drones in the Utility Sector

Gulf Power has a new tool to inspect power lines: the unmanned aircraft system, also known as a drone. Learn how drones are being used in a new way to increase safety, save money, and restore power faster.

Speaker: Jason Benton, Senior Engineer, Gulf Power Company


Energy Summit - Jason Benton

9:40 a.m. Battery Storage Technologies

Learn how Florida Power & Light is showcasing advanced battery technologies in southern Florida. Several types of battery technologies are being used to research a range of potential future benefits of energy storage, including grid reliability and power quality.

Speaker: Cory Ramsel, Senior Director Business Development, FPL


Cory Ramsel Battery Storage Technologies

10:15 a.m. Networking Break

10:30 a.m. Innovation in the Energy Sector

From new advances in energy technology to transportation to renewable energy, learn about innovation in Florida’s energy sector.

Moderator: Floyd Self, Partner, Berger Singerman, LLP
Michael Rowand, Director of Emerging Technologies, Duke Energy
Rob Bennett, Chief Operating Officer, TECO Energy
Linda Ferrone, VP-Strategy, Sustainability & Emerging Technologies, OUC


Rob Bennett Emera Energy
Mike Rowand Duke Energy
Linda Ferrone OUC

12:00 p.m. Luncheon and Keynote Speaker

Michael Zeto, General Manager and Executive Director of AT&T Smart Cities

Utilities are facing rapidly-changing environmental and market conditions and must respond quickly to new customer demands and technological innovation. Internet of Things (IoT) technology has applications in virtually every industry with the potential to transform existing business practices. This session will introduce the AT&T Smart Cities framework, explore the role of IoT for utilities and identify the solutions that are already having an impact.


Keynote Michael Zeto AT&T

1:25 p.m. Showcasing Energy Advancements in Rural Florida

Learn how some innovative programs like Farm Energy and Water Efficiency Realization Program, Farm Renewable and Efficiency Demonstration, Farm to Fuel, and combined heat and power are having a significant impact in rural Florida.

Moderartor: Kurtz Stowers, Vice President, Origination, 8minutenergy

Tony Morgan, Deputy Director, FDACS Office of Energy
Ian Small, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Plant Pathology, North Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida
Mark Cutshaw, Director, Business Development & Generation, Florida Public Utilities Company


Tony Morgan FDACS OOE
Mark Cutshaw Florida Public Utilites
Kurtz Stowers 8 minute energy
Ian Small Univeristy of Florida

2:30 p.m. Canada’s Perspective on Clean Energy

The clean-growth century is here, and it is up to all of us – national and sub-national governments, businesses, investors, and leaders around the world--to build and reinforce strong international partnerships and move the ball forward on climate action.

Speaker: Jennifer MacIntyre, Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change

2:50 p.m. Networking Break

3:30 p.m. Emergency Preparedness and Resiliency in the Energy Sector

Learn about the state’s role in preventing the disruption of fuel and electricity due to natural disasters and how the state partners with industry to restore services quickly.

Moderator: Walter Clemence, Policy Analyst, FDACS Office of Energy

James Briones, Engineer – Energy Systems Security Specialist, Energy Delivery & Security Division, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
Robert Graves, Public Utility Supervisor, Division of Engineering, Florida Public Service Commission
Keith C. Robson, Corporate Manger – Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness, Marathon Petroleum Company
Jeff Pillon, Director, Energy Assurance Program, National Association of State Energy Officials


Robert Graves Florida Public Service Commission
Keith Robson Marathon Petroleum Company
Jeff Pillon NASEO
James Briones USDOE

5:00 p.m. Summit Ends for the Day

Friday, October 20: State and Local Collaboration

7:00 a.m. Registration Desk Opens, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

8:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Comments - Jennifer Jurado, Ph.D., Director and Chief Resilience Office, Broward County

8:15 a.m. Introducing Multifamily Demonstration Project Results


Jennison Kipp Searcy University of Florida
Sergio Alvarez FDACS
Erin Rosica FDACS OOE

Learn about a successful retrofit demonstration project between the FDACS Office of Energy and two Florida housing authorities. The project implemented targeted energy efficient retrofits which lowered residents’ monthly energy usage.

Moderator: Erin Rosica, Policy Analyst, FDACS Office of Energy

Jennison Kipp Searcy, Resource Economist & Sustainable Floridians Statewide Coordinator, Program for Resource Efficient Communities, University of Florida
Sergio Alvarez, Ph.D., Chief Economist, FDACS Office of Policy and Budget
Angela Clute, Special Projects Manager, Pinellas County Public Housing Authority
Joel Hatcher, Construction Services Director, West Palm Beach Public Housing Authority

9:30 a.m. Making Solar Available to the Public

Learn how community programs and demonstration projects are expanding solar energy in Broward County, and how these investments are fueling growth within the local renewable energy sector.

Moderator: Jennifer Jurado, Ph.D., Director and Chief Resilience Officer, Broward County

Samantha Danchuk, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division, Broward County
Yumina Myers – School and Public Program Manager/Cultural Liaison, Young at Art Museum
Rob Kornahrens – CEO/President, Advanced Roofing Inc.
Dan West – Director, Parks and Recreation Division, Broward County


Samantha Danchuk Broward County
Dan West Broward County
Rob Kornahrens Advanced Roofing Inc
Yumina Myers Young at Art

10:30 a.m. Networking Break

10:45 a.m. Clean Cities Collaborative Projects

Hear from Florida’s Clean Cities Coalitions about their work with vehicle fleets, fuel providers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to reduce petroleum use in transportation.

Moderator: April Groover Combs, Policy Analyst, FDACS Office of Energy

Natalia Neira, Coordinator, Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition, South Florida Regional Planning Council
Doug Kettles, Coordinator, Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, University of Central Florida
Marci Larson, Public Affairs Manager, North Florida Clean Fuels Coalition, North Florida Transportation Planning Organization
Austin Marie Sipiora, Co-Coordinator, Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition


Natalia Neira Southeast Florida Clean Cities
Doug Kettles Central Florida Clean Cities
Austin Marie Sipiora Tampa Bay Clean Cities

11:45 a.m. Closing Remarks

12:00 p.m. Summit Concludes

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