The Role of Advanced Energy in National Security and a Resilient Grid

October 18, 2018 - 12:00 pm

Atlantic Council headquarters, 1030 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC

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The Role of Advanced Energy in National Security and a Resilient Grid

Introduced and moderated by:
David Livingston
Deputy Director for Climate and Advanced Energy, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council
A conversation with:
Senator Kelly Ayotte
Senior Advisor
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions;
Former US Senator (R-NH)

Joe Bryan
Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council;
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy
Nicole Bulgarino
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Federal Solutions

The Hon. Lucian Niemeyer
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment
US Department of Defense

Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center and Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a discussion about the role of advanced energy in supporting the security and resilience of the American electric grid
The electric grid is a critical artery of American commerce—the place where traditional power plants and transmission lines intersect with a growing number of new, distributed energy resources.  At the same time, the vulnerability of the grid to attacks or cascading failures create risks for America’s economy and national security—the latter all the more acute in relation to US military installations and operations. The Department of Defense and the military services are exploring the potential for new energy technologies to improve energy security, resiliency, and efficiency. What role can advanced energy, from renewables to energy storage to fuel cells and digital energy technologies play in enhancing grid performance and security, and how should Congress and others consider  these resources in the context of discussions around national infrastructure investment?
A group of high-level national security and industry leaders will lead this wide-ranging discussion about opportunities for bolstering America’s critical energy infrastructure by using a portfolio of advanced energy technologies coming to market.

Lunch will be served.

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Kelly Ayotte was elected to the Senate in 2010, where she was ranked as one of the most bipartisan senators working across party lines to find solutions to our nation’s biggest challenges. During her tenure in the Senate (2011–2017), Ayotte chaired the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations. She also served on the Senate Armed Services, Budget, Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Aging Committees.

Joe Bryan is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. He is also principal at Muswell Orange, LLC, a clean energy consulting firm.  Joe previously served as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for energy where he was responsible for policies relating to the department’s installation and operational energy programs. He was a proponent for improving energy efficiency and expanding the use of renewable energy to extend the operational reach of the force and reduce risks associated with logistics support. He also led efforts to improve energy resiliency, promote investments in energy efficiency and distributed generation, and rethink mobility on Navy and Marine Corps installations.        

Prior to his appointment, Joe led investigations for the Senate Armed Services Committee, including inquiries into counterfeit electronic parts in the defense supply chain, cyber intrusions into US Department of Defense contractors, and the treatment of detainees in US military custody. He also served on the professional staffs of the Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence and Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations where he participated in the investigation into Enron’s manipulation of energy markets. Joe has consulted on energy policy in Namibia and South America, and began his career working on electricity restructuring and state-level policies to encourage the growth of clean energy markets. 
Nicole Bulgarino is the executive vice president & general manager, federal solutions of Ameresco, a leading energy solutions company. She is responsible for the overall management of Ameresco’s dedicated business unit serving federal government customers.

Ms. Bulgarino has nearly twenty years of experience in developing and executing energy efficiency and distributed energy solutions. Ms. Bulgarino has overseen the development and implementation of over $1 billion in federal energy projects. She serves as the Company’s representative for federal energy savings performance contracts and federal agreements for distributed generation.

As the general manager for Ameresco’s federal group, Ms. Bulgarino oversees 200 professionals specializing in business development, engineering, commissioning, construction, operations and maintenance, and measurement and verification supporting comprehensive energy solutions.

Ms. Bulgarino is experienced in the design and development of demand side energy efficiency projects including deep energy retrofits, advanced microgrids and customer-sited power purchase agreements (PPA). She led the project development for a 60 percent energy reduction deep energy retrofit for the US General Services Administration, and recently oversaw the development of an advanced microgrid project incorporating energy storage for a large Marine Corps customer. She also led the development and execution of an onsite 20 megawatt solar photovoltaic PPA for the Army. Previously, she served as the lead engineer for the development, design and start-up of the US Department of Energy Savannah River Site Biomass Cogeneration Facility—the largest federal biomass facility constructed under the largest renewable energy savings performance contract.

Ms. Bulgarino is a licensed professional engineer and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee and an Executive Management and Leadership Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

David Livingston is deputy director, climate and advanced energy, of the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center. 

He is also a fellow of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins University, and teaches a course on energy for the University of Southern California (USC) program in Washington, DC.

Previously, Livingston served as a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and as the inaugural Robert S. Strauss fellow for geoeconomics at the Office of the US Trade Representative, where he concluded as acting assistant US trade representative for congressional affairs.

He also has worked at the World Trade Organization in Geneva and at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna.

Livingston was selected as a Future Energy Leader by the World Energy Council, is an alumnus of the Atlantik Brücke Young Leaders Program, and serves on the advisory board of South by Southwest (SXSW) Cities and a number of social enterprise start-ups. 

He earned a BA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and an MSc with distinction from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Lucian Niemeyer was appointed by the president as the assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations, and environment on August 2, 2017. In this position, he provides budgetary, policy and management oversight of the Department of Defense’s real property portfolio which encompasses 28 million acres, over 500 installations with over 500,000 buildings and structures valued at a trillion dollars. Within this portfolio, he is responsible for enhancing the Department’s planning, programs, and military capabilities to provide mission assurance through military construction, facilities investment, environmental restoration and compliance, installation and operational energy resilience, occupational safety, and defense community assistance programs. Mr Niemeyer is also responsible for the policy development and execution of initiatives concerning utilization, consolidation, and optimization of domestic and overseas installations.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Niemeyer worked in the private sector as the founder of The Niemeyer Group, LLC. He also served from 2003 to 2014 on the professional staff of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services where he was responsible for a wide portfolio of national security programs, including military installations and ranges, world-wide basing, energy programs, facility privatization initiatives, military budgets, unit readiness, industrial base, and environmental issues. He also provided oversight for military logistics and sustainment programs as well as Air Force and Navy acquisition programs.

Mr. Niemeyer is an Air Force veteran, retiring in 2008 at the rank of lieutenant colonel with fifteen years of active and five years of Air National Guard service working within the installation engineering and military plans community.

Mr. Niemeyer holds a Bachelor of Architecture, from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University, and a Master of National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.