From the electric grid to energy pipelines, the built environment, and the transportation sector, U.S. energy infrastructure needs to incorporate technology advances and adapt to changing consumer preferences—to maintain and improve the health of our economy and environment. In the sixth annual C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium, we will engage with leaders from across the country and around the world who are researching and implementing solutions that can transform our energy infrastructure and reduce emissions—and inspiring others to take action.
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Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, we supply some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. Yet we also know that our customers count on us for far more than that. They also expect us to contribute to a better quality of life in our communities, a vibrant economy and a brighter tomorrow for our children and grandchildren. Our commitment to sustainability is about fulfilling this broader vision of PG&E’s role.
Never has this work been more important to our future. As a California utility, we are at the forefront of changes that are reshaping the energy business, driven by exciting new technologies and the need to transition to a low-carbon economy, while providing customers with more control over their energy choices. In 2015, we supported raising the state’s renewable energy standard for electric utilities to 50 percent by 2030, while doubling energy-efficiency targets. We backed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and pledged reductions to greenhouse gas emissions as a signatory to the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Initiative. And in December, we joined a California delegation at the international climate talks in Paris to highlight the state’s success in achieving cleaner energy along with strong economic growth. At the same time, we achieved industry-leading supplier diversity results, spending a record $2.5 billion that helped thousands of women-owned and minority-owned businesses to grow and hire. PG&E is also consistently named as one of the top utilities in the nation for workforce diversity and inclusion. We are inspired by the C3E award winners and their accomplishments. And like them, we look forward to finding fresh opportunities to do even more.
Shell is proud to support the 2016 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. We have long recognized the importance of the climate challenge, along with the ongoing critical role energy plays in enabling quality of life for people across the world. The global energy system is changing, both to meet greater demand and to respond to environmental stresses. The big challenge for society is how to provide much more energy with much less carbon dioxide. Meeting this challenge requires a combination of the best of renewables, alongside gas and oil to meet all types of energy needs – from power to plastics, and heating to transport. At Shell, we are exploring solutions in areas of our technical expertise, including bringing cleaner-burning natural gas to a wider market, innovation in biofuels and hydrogen as alternative transport fuels, and carbon capture and storage, as well as emerging energy system technologies, supply-chain management and the execution of large-scale projects. Such diverse, complex needs require collaboration and diverse thinking from the best minds, which is why Shell actively invests in the development of women in STEM education, our business and the energy industry. In 2014, Shell was recognized in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women, and named Top 50 Employer in Workforce Diversity (2014), Minority Engineer (2015) and Woman Engineer Magazine (2015). Additionally, our own Selda Gunsel was just awarded the STLE’s highest technical award for her outstanding contributions in tribology, lubrication engineering and related sciences. Our thanks to DOE, MIT Energy Initiative and Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy for the opportunity to contribute to the community of professionals dedicated to advancing the careers of women in clean energy. We commend the C3E Award winners and nominees for their tireless excellence addressing and resolving some of the greatest challenges that society faces.
Southern California Edison (SCE) is delighted to continue sponsoring the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium and congratulates the winners on their impressive achievements. SCE is one of the nation’s largest electric power companies, serving a diverse population of nearly 14 million in a 50,000-square mile area within coastal, central and southern California. The company has a long history of safely delivering reliable, affordable – and now, clean – energy to our customers. Our customers are embracing localized energy resources – such as private rooftop solar, plug-in electric vehicles and energy storage – to meet their needs. SCE is making investments to modernize its distribution system into an advanced power network to better integrate the technologies our customers are adopting while maintaining reliability and power quality. Our vision for a modern power system fosters customer choice, encourages technology innovation and promotes the deployment of low-carbon resources. Grid modernizing investments represent the core of the company’s business strategy, and SCE expects the 21st century power network will create new opportunities to better serve our customers and communities. This is an exciting time to be in the electric power business – ripe with opportunities for growth and to provide customers with customized products and excellent service. A diverse and well-trained workforce is essential to execute SCE’s strategy and capitalize on the opportunities ahead. The company’s ability to attract and retain a diverse workforce allows us to leverage the unique experiences of our employees and better reflect the communities we serve. The electricity industry is changing, and we embrace that change. We are helping to create a dynamic energy future, providing the vision, innovations and resources to create value for our customers and communities.
NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, stewarded by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. Alliance, equally owned by MRIGlobal and Battelle, is fully accountable to DOE for managing and operating the laboratory. NREL’s mission is to advance the science and engineering of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power technologies and provides the knowledge to integrate and optimize energy systems. This year marks NREL’s 40th anniversary. From its start in 1977 to today, NREL continues to deliver foundational science and technology and system innovations that push the boundaries of what’s possible with advanced energy technologies that use domestic resources to expand American prosperity and security while protecting the environment.
At Amazon, we are putting our scale and inventive culture to work on sustainability, not only because it is good for the environment, but also for the customer. By diversifying our energy portfolio, we can keep business costs low and pass along further savings to customers. It’s a win-win-win.
To date, Amazon has announced or commenced construction on wind and solar projects that will generate a total of 3.6 million megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy annually. We were the leading corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the United States in 2016.
Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) serves nearly 4 million electricity customers in northern Illinois – 70 percent of the state’s population – and has been named among the energy industry’s “Most Trusted Brands.” The company is committed to a clean energy future for Illinois and is actively working to expand its already-robust energy efficiency commitments to customers, boost the development of solar energy in the state and create jobs in the new clean energy economy.
Cummins is proud to support and engage in the C3E Symposium to create more opportunities for women in advancing clean energy. As a global power leader, we have developed the cleanest and most fuel efficient engines and power generators in the world.
Cummins employs over 54,000 innovative minds who design, develop, test, refine, service and support our technology on behalf of our customers in 190 countries. We are global citizens working in over 600 facilities around the world, 30 of which are located in the U.S. Our focus on building success in our people and communities and our commitment to an inclusive, gender-balanced workplace aligns with the C3E initiative.
It’s important to endorse women in the area of clean energy and in technical careers to support role models, as well as motivate and inspire passionate, young minds. We support this initiative and our employees work every day around the world to do the same.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. Its Electric Utilities and Infrastructure business unit serves approximately 7.5 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest, while its Gas Utilities and Infrastructure business unit distributes natural gas to about 1.6 million customers. Duke Energy is also one of the largest renewable energy companies in the U.S., with wind, solar and battery storage projects in about 20 states. These projects, and other efforts to promote a cleaner energy mix, have led Duke Energy to lower carbon dioxide emissions by 29 percent since 2005. The company has also been selected to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North American companies for the past 12 years.
The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, and operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As a whole, the electric power industry supports more than 7 million jobs in communities across the United States. In addition to our U.S. members, EEI has more than 60 international electric companies as International Members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members. EEI’s members are working to deliver the clean energy future that customers want and expect, and are making significant investments to transition the generation fleet and take meaningful actions to reduce carbon emissions.
First Solar is a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) solar-energy solutions. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s renewable-energy systems protect and enhance the environment. With more than 12 gigawatts installed worldwide, First Solar believes that clean, affordable solar electricity is an essential part of the worldwide energy mix. The company’s proven energy solutions have diversified the energy portfolio and reduced the risk of fuel-price volatility, while delivering a levelized cost of electricity that is cost competitive with fossil fuels. First Solar has developed, financed, engineered, constructed and currently operates many of the world’s largest grid-connected PV power plants. By integrating technologies, services and expertise across the entire solar value chain, First Solar delivers bankable PV energy solutions that enable a world powered by reliable and affordable solar electricity.
GE is the world’s digital industrial company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. In the energy sector, GE brings our customers efficiency and cost effectiveness across the entire energy value chain. From greater gas recovery, to wind farms that adjust to weather changes, to power plants that use analytics to increase their efficiency – GE marries the digital and physical solutions needed to bring energy to people in an increasingly complex world.
Ecomagination is GE’s business strategy to deliver improved economic and environmental outcomes for our customers across sectors and in our own operations. We are demonstrating how a digital industrial company uses innovative and intelligent resource-efficiency solutions to help customers grow and compete. We execute our strategy by focusing on partnerships, new business models, and cleaner-technology research and development, and by leading conversations around big ideas to inspire action. Ecomagination’s success has been and will continue to be based on our relentless focus on results and on investment in cleaner-technology R&D. In 2015, we invested $2.3 billion in cleaner-technology R&D and generated $36 billion in revenues from Ecomagination technologies and solutions.
“Save money. Live better.” Sam Walton created Walmart to bring affordable household products to people in small towns. He put the customer first, and he created a strong company with dedicated associates and deeply held values of service, excellence, respect for the individual and integrity. More than 50 years later, hundreds of millions of customers in 28 countries trust Walmart to bring them food, apparel, household goods and other general merchandise at an everyday low price – not just through stores, but through e-commerce – anywhere, anytime. We have stores in 11,500 communities, employing more than 2.3 million associates and thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people.
Because of our heritage, we seek to use our scale and capabilities to help others – not only customers and Walmart stakeholders, but also society at large. We accomplish this through our focus on opportunity, sustainability and community.
As Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electric company, APS generates safe, affordable and reliable electricity for nearly 1.2 million retail and residential customers in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties. APS is among the top investor-owned utilities in the nation for customer satisfaction and electric reliability. The company serves its customers with a balanced energy mix that includes low-cost coal generation, clean-burning natural gas plants and a fast-growing portfolio of solar power. It also includes Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the nation’s largest power producer for 24 consecutive years. As one of Arizona’s largest local businesses, APS takes its commitment to the community seriously. The company is the state’s largest taxpayer and has a total annual economic impact of more than $3 billion. Last year, APS employees volunteered 127,000 hours in the community, and the company contributes $10 million a year to charitable causes throughout the state.
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with a mission to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Guided by science and economics, EDF finds practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. Our Clean Energy program works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the power sector and hasten the transition to a clean energy economy by rewriting old rules to reward conservation and clean energy, modernizing the electric grid, empowering customers to make smart energy choices, and spurring investment in energy efficiency and renewables.
FirstFuel Software is the global leader in business customer engagement for utilities, using advanced analytics to help over 30 energy providers in North America and Europe improve business customer satisfaction, drive energy efficiency program participation, and reduce service costs. Combining data science, building science, and software, our platform derives intelligence from over 4 million meters, transforming energy providers into trusted advisers to their business customers. Our SaaS solutions deliver meaningful energy insights that enable business customers to reduce their carbon footprint by managing, monitoring, and optimizing their energy use and help utilities develop deeper customer relationships.
Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) supplies power to approximately 450,000 customers, or 95 percent, of Hawaii’s population through its electric utilities, Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii Electric Light and Maui Electric, and provides a wide array of banking and other financial services to consumers and businesses through American Savings Bank, one of Hawaii’s largest financial institutions. As the first state in the nation to set a 100 percent renewable energy goal, Hawai‘i’s clean energy future couldn’t be brighter. HEI is leading the way as our companies transform to meet this ambitious goal, enabling our communities, businesses and families to prosper and flourish. Together, we will work towards environmental sustainability and energy independence, building a strong local economy and a better tomorrow for all of Hawai‘i.
Hogan Lovells is engaged in all aspects of the new energy economy. We have assisted our clients in the development of more than 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy in the United States alone. We are also involved in advanced biofuels development, the licensing and deployment of nuclear power generated by small modular reactors, energy storage and carbon capture and storage projects. We advise project developers, investors, lenders and utilities on the permitting, development and financing of the full range of clean-energy projects. Our lawyers represent industry leaders and counsel both startup and established companies on emerging energy- technology research and development opportunities. We also assist clients in obtaining government funding and qualifying for incentives for clean- energy development.
We deal with the entire life cycle of clean-energy project development, including regulatory counseling, project contracts, financing, acquisition and sales structuring, as well as development on public lands. Our clients rely on our breadth of experience to help identify and resolve complex issues that come to light during the development phase of many first-of-a-kind projects.
Our energy-efficiency practice includes engagement for our clients in rule making, regulatory compliance and enforcement, as well as energy-saving performance contracting.
Honeywell’s innovative technologies are making our world cleaner and more sustainable, more secure, connected, energy efficient and productive.
Honeywell invents and manufactures technologies that address some of the world’s most critical challenges around energy, safety, security, productivity and global urbanization. We are uniquely positioned to blend physical products with software to support connected systems that improve homes, buildings, factories, utilities, vehicles and aircraft, and that enable a safer, more comfortable and more productive world. Our solutions enhance the quality of life of people around the globe and create new markets and even new industries.
Today, nearly half of our portfolio is linked to energy efficiency, and a growing portion supports clean air and clean water to promote good and safe living – especially in parts of the world where the need is greatest. We are committed to enabling a better quality of life and a cleaner, more sustainable environment for future generations.
National Grid delivers electricity and natural gas to more than 20 million people in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. We are at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society—creating our clean energy future to support our world for generations to come. Every day, we work with stakeholders to promote the development and implementation of clean, sustainable, innovative, and affordable energy solutions. National Grid is committed to providing growth opportunities for all employees, including emerging women leaders, providing a supportive environment for their professional development and assisting them in career advancement. The resulting increase in leadership diversity provides National Grid with a greater ability to respond to its varied stakeholder groups, contributing to our company’s future success. In 2017, National Grid was recognized for the seventh time by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company, underscoring our commitment to leading ethical business standards and practices.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) accelerated the shift from fossil fuels to clean energy when we pressed the U.S. government to adopt the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from power plants. We promote policies that make our cars, buildings, appliances, and everyday gadgets more efficient. We help communities fight dangerous fossil-fuel extraction operations in their backyards. And we collaborate with other countries to promote a global vision for—and an accelerated transition to—a clean energy future.
Perkins Coie is proud to counsel clean technology industry leaders and innovators. With more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia, we represents companies across all stages of growth—from startups to FORTUNE 500 corporations. We have extensive experience with all aspects of clean energy, including wind power and wind generation, solar power and solar energy, hydropower, geothermal energy, biomass conversion, biothermal energy, recovered energy and clean conventional energy generation.
Çimsa, a leader of the Turkish cement and building materials industry, is an international cement and building materials company continuously creating a difference in the industry through its 45 years of experience, its broad product range, its innovative employees and its humanistic and environmentally-conscious approach. The company carries out its operations with its 5 integrated plants, a grinding facility, and two cement packing facilities, all located in Turkey. Using resources efficiently, recycling wastes as energy and raw material, and investing in renewable energy resources are important steps in our sustainability road map.
Siemens Digital Grid partners with leading energy industry customers to provide expertise and innovative technologies to help in their digitalization journeys. In North America, Digital Grid has worked with more than 1,000 leading energy customers to deliver proven products, solutions, and services that improve operational efficiencies, enhance reliability and resiliency, integrate more renewable and distributed energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and empower consumers to better manage their energy use.