The State of America’s Energy Transition: REN21’s Renewable Global Status Report

June 7, 2018 - 9:00 am

Atlantic Council headquarters, 1030 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC, DC
The State of America’s Energy Transition:
REN21’s Renewable Global Status Report Launch

Opening remarks by:
David Livingston
Deputy Director for Climate and Advanced Energy, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council
John E. Morton
Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council
Speaker’s remarks by:
Arthouros Zervos
Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21)
A conversation with:
Genevieve Cullen
Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA)

Tom Kiernan
Chief Executive Officer
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
Kelly Speakes-Backman
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Storage Association (ESA)

Dan Whitten
Vice President of Communications
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Moderated by:
Greg Wetstone
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) on Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. for the US launch of the 2018 REN21 Renewables Global Status Report (GSR), the most comprehensive annual overview of the state of renewable energy. First published in 2005, the annual Renewables Global Status Report is the most complete and timely overview of the status, recent developments and trends in renewable energy markets, industries, investments, and policy developments worldwide. Data are provided by a network of 800 contributors, researchers, and authors from all over the world.
Following a highlight presentation of the GSR by Arthouros Zervos, chair of REN21, our panel of distinguished experts will discuss a range of market specific US trends captured in the 2018 report and highlight the role of renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicles in modernizing the US electric grid.

On Twitter? Follow @ACGlobalEnergy@ACORE, and @REN21 and use #ACEnergy and #GSR2018

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Genevieve Cullen is the president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), the cross-industry trade association promoting the electrification of transportation. Prior to becoming president, she served as EDTA’s vice president and lead the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts. 
Genevieve has extensive public and private energy policy experience, including serving as energy counsel to two US senators and as a consultant to the Department of Energy. In her capacity as an advocate for private sector initiatives, Cullen promoted advanced technology solutions to diverse energy and environmental challenges. 
A graduate of Washington College of Law and Bucknell University, Genevieve is a member of the District of Columbia bar.
Tom Kiernan began as CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) in May, 2013. Prior to joining AWEA, Tom was president of the National Parks Conservation Association for fifteen years.  Previous positions include deputy assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation, where he assisted in leading the implementation of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, president of the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, and a senior consultant with Arthur Andersen & Co.  Tom is a native of Arlington, VA, has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in Environmental Computer Modeling, and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
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.
John E. Morton is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. He is the former White House senior director for energy and climate change at the National Security Council and brings more than twenty years of experience in emerging markets, investment finance, and economic and environmental policy. In his White House role, Mr. Morton had overall responsibility for coordinating the Obama Administration’s policies and strategies on international energy and climate change issues. Earlier in the Administration, Mr. Morton was the chief of staff and chief operating officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). At OPIC, Mr. Morton managed the Agency’s day-to-day operations, including its 250 employees and $20 billion investment portfolio in over one hundred countries. Previously, Mr. Morton was OPIC's vice president for investment policy where he oversaw the Agency’s focus on environmental stewardship and sustainability, overseeing a tenfold growth in OPIC’s lending to the renewable energy sector.
Prior to joining OPIC, Mr. Morton was managing director of economic policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts where he led a team focused on research and advocacy on national economic issues. Prior to joining Pew, Mr. Morton served as director of national security policy for the John Kerry presidential campaign, where he coordinated the development of policy concerning Afghanistan, Russia and the former Soviet states, Africa, and on issues relating to democracy, human rights, and economic development.
Previously, Mr. Morton was an investment officer with Global Environment Fund, where he oversaw global investments in sustainable forestry and the natural gas sector and developed the firm’s clean-energy practice. Mr. Morton also worked as a strategy consultant with Mercer Management Consulting. He began his professional career at the World Bank, where he managed environmental infrastructure investments in the former Soviet Union.
Mr. Morton received an MBA. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in international economics from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. He graduated from Harvard College with a BA in Russian history and literature.
He has served on the boards of directors and executive committees of the National Security Network, and the Clean Energy Network. He is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Catto Environmental Leaders Program and the US–Japan Leadership Program.
Kelly Speakes-Backman is the first CEO of the Energy Storage Association. Kelly has spent over twenty years working in energy and environmental issues in the public, non-governmental organization (NGO), and private sectors, including United Technologies, SunEdison, and Alliance to Save Energy. She is a former commissioner of the Maryland Public Service Commission where she also served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, co-vice chair of the NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, and member of the EPRI Energy Efficiency & Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group. She currently serves on the External Advisory Board of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Strategic Energy Institute.

Gregory Wetstone is president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), a national non-profit organization that unites finance, policy and technology to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy. Since assuming this role in January of 2016, he has led the way to dramatic improvements in ACORE’s organizational health, prominence and effectiveness in pursuit of its mission. Greg oversees ACORE’s strategic planning and core activities, including government affairs, communications, research and analysis, executive programs, market expansion priorities, signature events and fundraising.
Prior to joining ACORE, Greg served as vice president for Terra-Gen Power LLC, a renewable energy company with utility-scale wind, solar, and geothermal energy facilities. Prior to his six-year term with Terra-Gen, he served as senior director for government and public affairs at the American Wind Energy Association and director of programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he founded the legislative program. Earlier in his career, Greg was senior counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and played an important role in crafting a number of important laws, including the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Prior to joining the Committee staff, Greg was director of the Air and Water Pollution Program at the Environmental Law Institute. Greg is a forceful advocate for the policies and financial structures essential to renewable energy growth, and has been widely published and quoted on energy and environmental issues over the span of his career. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the Duke University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida State University.
Dan Whitten is the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)'s vice president of communications, where he oversees all of SEIA's internal and external communications efforts, including media relations, email marketing, digital and social media efforts, and others.
Dan comes to SEIA after more than fifteen years as an energy and environmental journalist including as a Bloomberg News energy reporter in Washington, where he covered legislative, regulatory and financial aspects of US climate and energy policy debates.
Most recently, Dan served as a senior director of communications at America's Natural Gas Alliance, overseeing the group's earned media efforts and playing a significant leadership role in advertising and social media campaigns, as well as the group's core issue campaigns.

Arthouros Zervos is the chair of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). He is a professor at the National Technical University of Athens and was previously chairman and CEO of the Greek electricity utility Public Power Corporation (PPC) as well as chairman of the PPC Renewables. He had both positions from 2009 to 2015. 

Arthouros has more than thirty years of high level expertise in policy, science, research, and technology across the renewable energy sector. He led key European and international renewable energy bodies and has acted as policy advisor to governments, European Union bodies, and in various policy fora. Arthouros was formerly the president of the European Wind Energy Association (2001-2013), president of the European Renewable Energy Council (2000-2012), and president of the Global Wind Energy Council (2005-2010). In 2013, he received the “Poul La Cour” prize for outstanding achievement in wind energy.

Arthouros is a graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor and Master Degrees of Science in Engineering as well as a Ph.D. from the Université P. et M. Curie (Paris 6).