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Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center on Thursday, April 15 at 9:00 AM EDT for a public panel event with global power sector leaders as they discuss the importance of grid modernization and resilience and how to enhance energy systems and infrastructure worldwide.

Grid modernization around the world is key to integrating growing shares of clean energy into the electricity mix and accommodating power demand growth as populations rise, urbanization continues, and electrification accelerates across the economy. In developing the power grid of tomorrow, national energy leaders will need to need to take into account cybersecurity concerns, domestic and international power system interconnections, the incorporation of distributed energy and behind-the-meter resources, and the role of advanced utilities. And they will need to do so in a way that strikes a balance between the utilities, transmission & distribution operators, as well as a host of new, smaller and more local stakeholders that will play a larger role in managing the grid of the future.

The push for grid modernization in the United States and across the world raises policy questions around how to finance grid improvements, impacts on electricity reliability and price, and operations within a variety of power market models and regulatory regimes globally.

This event is part of the Atlantic Council “Raising Ambitions” events series, which focuses on the higher climate ambitions that the Biden Administration hopes to realize at home and abroad. It will evaluate key technologies critical to helping reach these goals, emphasize sectoral approaches to decarbonization, and highlight countries increasing their commitments to climate action. The aim is to build momentum in advance of the summit and encourage increased ambition from public and private sector actors.

Please join this conversation via the web application Zoom, which is accessible through your web browser, the Zoom desktop or mobile app, and by phone. If you wish to join the question and answer period, you must join by app or web. Please register below to receive further information on how to join the virtual audience.


A conversation with

Duncan Burt
Director for COP26
National Grid

Francisco Muñoz Espinoza
Director of Research
Generadoras de Chile

Nguyen Phuong Mai
Deputy Chief of Office, Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority
Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade

Leo Simonovich
Vice President and Global Head, Industrial Cyber and Digital Security
Siemens Energy

Beni Suryadi
Manager, Power, Fossil Fuels, Alternative Energy, and Storage
Centre for Energy, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Moderated by

Phillip Cornell
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council Global Energy Center;
Economist Intelligence Unit

The Global Energy Center develops and promotes pragmatic and nonpartisan policy solutions designed to advance global energy security, enhance economic opportunity, and accelerate pathways to net-zero emissions.