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2019 Agenda Florida Focus on Energy and Climate Change

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Tampa, Florida

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Noon to 5:00pm - Welcome to the 2019 Florida Energy and Climate Summit!

  • Registration desk open

1:00pm – 5:00pm

  • Tour 1 – University of South Florida Clean Energy Research Projects Participants will have an opportunity to tour University of South Florida’s main campus and learn about research efforts into parabolic solar, algal biofuels, and conversion of biogas to renewable liquid fuels.
  • Tour 2 – TECO Peoples Gas facility Gas Worx Training Center This tour will provide an overview of TECO’s new PGS Natural Gas Pipeline Technician training program and classroom. Visitors will be outfitted with hard hat, safety glasses and reflective vest for a walking tour of the GasWorX’s outdoor training facility. They will view a demonstration of a 45 psi flare and an under earth natural gas fire, then return to the assembly room for Q & A.
  • Electric Vehicle Ride and Drives ‘Driving on Sunshine’ Provided by Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

7:00 – 8:00am Registration Desk Opens, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

8:00am – 4:30pm Electric Vehicle Ride and Drives ‘Driving on Sunshine’ Provided by Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

8:00am – 8:10am Welcome and Opening Comments - Kelley Smith Burk, Executive Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

8:10am – 8:20am Introduction –City Tampa Mayor Jane Castor  (video)

8:20am – 8:40am Commissioner Nikki Fried, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (video)

8:40am – 10:00am EDUCATION
Energy will continue to be a critical issue for Florida’s large and growing population and education is key to introducing new and innovative technologies that reduce electric consumption and produce renewable energy. Science, technology, engineering, and math occupations lead to innovation while vocational occupations implement those new ideas. This session will discuss effective, energy education initiatives including K-12 students and vocational training.

Moderator – John Leeds, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Susan Schleith, K-12 Education, Florida Solar Energy Center
Sarah Boren, LEED AP BD+C & Homes, Director, U.S. Green Building Council Florida
James Miller, Coordinator, Sustainable & Renewable Energy, Seminole State College

10:00am – 10:15am - Networking Break (15 minutes)

10:10am – 11:15am TRANSPORTATION
Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation activities account for one third of all carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Learn about emerging trends in the transportation sector and how local governments and utilities are embracing new technologies in order to provide a progressive and diversified transportation system that is vital to Florida’s large population, evolving demographics, and projected growth.

Moderator – April Groover Combs, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Anne Blair, Director of Energy Efficient Transportation, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Lynda Crescentini, Director of Enterprise Project Management, Hillsborough Transit Authority
Pete Westlake, Manager, Customer Strategic Projects, Finance, & Contracts, Orlando Utilities Commission

Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (RDDD) plays a pivotal role in economic development while addressing the future challenges of the State of Florida. RDDD solves problems and leads to innovation, new jobs, and more advanced clean energy technologies. This session will highlight the research and development efforts happening in Florida.

Moderator – Tamara Waldmann, Florida Director of Distributed Generation Strategy, Duke Energy Florida
Gabe Alsenas, Director, Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Florida Atlantic University
Dr. George Philippidis, Associate Dean of Research & Director of Sustainable Energy, University of South Florida
Sam Choi, Manager, Emerging Technologies & Renewables, Orlando Utilities Commission

12:15pm – 1:15pm – Lunch

1:15pm – 2:30pm ENERGY AND WATER NEXUS (video)
Water resources and energy production rely on each other, and one cannot exist without the other. Without proper planning Florida's current fresh water supply will not meet the growing needs of Floridians in the future. Learn about the work being done at both the state and local levels to protect our water sources and lower the energy impacts on the environment.

Moderator – Brian J. Accardo, Partner, Manson Bolves Donaldson Varn
David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
Kim Shugar, Deputy Director, Office of Agricultural Water Policy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Temperince Morgan, Executive Director, Florida Chapter, Nature Conservancy
Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability and Resilience, City of Orlando

Florida’s agriculture industry is a $120 billion industry and is the second largest income producing industry in the state. Sprawling developments and the changing climate is forcing agriculture producers to use less water and cropland while still feeding Florida’s growing population. This session will focus on how Florida agriculture producers are using innovative practices and technology to develop crops, livestock, fruits and vegetables, and fuel.

Moderator – John Dicks, Partner, Akerman LLP
Dr. Gordon Surgeoner, University of Guelph
Craig A. Watson, Director, Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, University of Florida
Timothy O’Connor, Vice President Business Development, TECO Peoples Gas

3:30pm – 3:45pm – Networking Break (15 minutes)

3:45pm – 5:00pm ENERGY EQUITY (video)
As the energy sector moves towards a cleaner energy future, it may be easy for low income residents who already struggle with high energy costs to get left behind. This panel explores the effects of an energy burden on utility customers and their community and how to ensure an economic balance.

Moderator – Annie Vanek-Dasovich, Gulf Coast Regional Manager, Solar and Energy Loan Fund
Paula Glover, CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy
Sara Kane, Sustainability Program Coordinator, Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability
Terry Travis, Managing Partner, Enviore

5:00pm – Day One Closing

5:30pm – 7:00pm - Networking Reception (Dinner on your own)

Thursday, October 3, 2019

7:00am – 8:00am – Registration Desk Opens, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

8:00am – 11:30am Electric Vehicle Ride and Drives ‘Driving on Sunshine’ Provided by Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

8:00am – 8:10 – Opening Comments & Introduction


U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (video)
U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (video)

8:30am – 10:00am RESILIENCY
The climate of Florida is changing. While the extent and causes of these changes are subject to intense debate, doing nothing to address rising sea levels and protecting utility infrastructure against more intense storms is not an option. Learn what local governments are doing to address these challenges and lessen the environmental impacts.

Moderator – Kelley Smith Burk, Director, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Shannon Carroll, Director of Global Environmental Sustainability, TBD, ATT, Road to Climate Resiliency
Sean Sullivan, Executive Director, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
Megan Houston, Director for the Office of Resiliency, Palm Beach County, Member of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact

10:00am-10:15am – Networking Break (15 minutes)

10:15am – 11:15am ELECTRIC INDUSTRY
Florida’s utilities are continuously modernizing their infrastructure to accommodate future changes to the electric industry including increasing renewable energy technologies, incorporating storage devices into their network, and planning for electric vehicles and microgrids. Learn where new investments are occurring and what will be needed to lead Florida into the future.

Moderator – Amy Zubaly, Executive Director, Florida Municipal Electric Association
Brandon Stankiewicz Director of Development, Florida Power & Light
David Byrne, Manager, Electric System Integrated Planning, City of Tallahassee Utilities
Wayne Andrew Dunn, U.S. Green Building’s PEER Program

Transformational change is happening in the energy sectors. The innovative technologies that are being used offer new and exciting career opportunities. However, these technologies are also disruptive to the traditional workforce which leaves it vulnerable to being left behind. Learn how jobs in the state are changing and what is being done to prepare Florida’s workforce to excel in a changing work environment.

Moderator – Maureen Wilt, Senior Education Program Manager, Florida Power and Light
Company, Chair Elect Florida Energy Workforce Consortium
Phillip Jordan, Vice President, BW Research Partnership
Matt Stanberry, Managing Director, Advanced Energy Economy

12:15pm – Closing Remarks

12:30pm - Summit Concludes

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