Educational sessions covering
Innovations in Transportation Electrification for a Carbon-free Future
The Future of Local Distribution Companies
Grid Resiliency: Objects In The Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
Distributed Energy Resources: Opportunities & Challenges
Understanding and Addressing Energy Burden in Oregon
Energy Efficiency: Much More Than Energy
2020 Keynote Presentations
Power to the People: Creating a Just, Clean and Equitable Energy System
Jaimes Valdez, Portland Clean Energy Fund Startup Team
Jaimes works for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, leading the launch of the groundbreaking Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund. Before taking this position, Jaimes worked for Spark Northwest, where he covered regulatory, market, and legislative policy issues and worked to create communities powered by affordable, locally-controlled clean energy. He has more than 15 years of experience in regional energy issues, including in project development, energy planning, utility marketing, and public advocacy towards an equitable, clean energy economy. Jaimes will guide us through the community-led efforts that created the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF), and the upcoming funding opportunities for projects focused on addressing climate change, social benefit, and racial equity. He will also examine the systemic and technical barriers that have stood in the way of a just, clean energy transition in the Northwest, and what is needed to overcome them. Through images, stories, and data, he will shine a light on a path forward, providing tools to shift our regional energy and power systems.
NuScale Power: Advanced Nuclear for a Balanced Energy Mix
Jose N. Reyes, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of NuScale Power
Jose N. Reyes is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of NuScale Power, and the co-designer of the NuScale passively-cooled small nuclear reactor. An internationally recognized expert on passive safety system design, testing, and operations for nuclear power plants, Dr. Reyes has served as a technical expert at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and as an engineer with the Reactor Safety Division of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). He is Professor Emeritus in the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering at Oregon State University, where he taught for more than 30 years and served as head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2018.
Where is Oregon headed on Climate Policy? From Cap & Trade to Cap & Reduce and Beyond!
David Van’t Hof
Clean Energy Consultant, David Van’t Hof
Oregon Director, Climate Solutions
Climate and Energy Policy Advisor to Governor Kate Brown
Climate Change Project Director for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians