The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association invites you to join advanced energy leaders and policy makers from across the state for AAEA’s 7th annual meeting and policy conference. emPOWERing Arkansas brings together 200 advanced energy business leaders, utility executives, policy makers and regulators, and other industry stakeholders to examine the critical advanced energy policy issues facing our state today, and to recognize innovative industry leaders. Join us for discussions on the growing demand for advanced energy in Arkansas, innovative energy efficiency initiatives and the landscape for new technologies.
Ticket sales have ended. To inquire about availability, please call 501-537-0190.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1 World Ave, Little Rock, AR 72202
Featured Policy Panels:
The Rising Demand for Advanced Energy:
A Conversation with Arkansas Advanced Energy Buyers
Dr. Michael Hester, Superintendent, Batesville School District
A.J. Hood, Farmer/Farm Manager, Tillar & Company
Mark Lundy, Director, South Arkansas Telephone Co.
Dr. Douglas Hutchings, President, Picasolar, moderator
Emergence of New Technologies:
Spotlight on Storage & Other Distributed Energy Resources
Lamar Davis, Executive Director Government & Regulatory Affairs, MISO
Andrew Owens, Director of Regulatory Research, Entergy Corp.
Ted Thomas, Chairman, Arkansas Public Service Commission, moderator
Innovations in Energy Efficiency
Mark Cayce, General Manager, Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corp.
Sherry McCormack, Energy Efficiency Manager, SWEPCO
John Ware, Manager – Energy Efficiency Programs, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corp.
Keith Canfield, Program Portfolio Manager, CLEAResult, moderator
Arkansas Advanced Energy Awards Program
David Wilhelm, Partner, Hecate Energy
Each year AAEA works to identify a dynamic keynote speaker to share his or her expertise on energy policy issues facing our state and nation and their impact on Arkansas’s rapidly expanding advanced energy marketplace. In recent years, we have been fortunate to welcome Arkansas Public Service Commission Chairman Ted Thomas; the independent evaluator of Arkansas’s utility energy efficiency programs, Dr. Katherine Johnson; and Walmart’s Vice President for Energy, Mark Vanderhelm.
This year, we are pleased to welcome David Wilhelm of Hecate Energy back to the Natural State as AAEA’s keynote luncheon speaker at emPOWERing Arkansas 2018.
David Wilhelm’s career has spanned the worlds of energy, finance, politics, academia, and public policy. Today, he is a Partner at Hecate Energy, a developer of large scale renewable energy projects around the globe. There, he leads efforts to link solar project development to job creation in places ranging from the coal fields of the Ohio River Valley to the high plains of central Tanzania. He is also a founder of Empower, an energy technology company that uses data analytics to promote the spread of energy efficiency strategies and shared solar projects.
Wilhelm has founded venture capital funds that have brought badly needed investment dollars to entrepreneurs in central Appalachia and the rural Midwest. His efforts have led to the creation of one of rural America’s most successful innovation ecosystems, in and around his alma mater of Ohio University.
He has led or helped lead the campaigns of some of America’s best-known politicians, including those of William Clinton, Joseph Biden, Richard M. Daley, and Paul Simon. After his election in 1992, President-elect Clinton tapped the then 36-year-old Wilhelm to serve as Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
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