THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021
FUNDING OUR ENERGY FUTURE
In December, Congress passed The Energy Act of 2020—the most important climate and energy legislation in over a decade. As President Biden prepares to deliver his first budget request to Congress, this webinar will examine the implementation of the Energy Act and its importance to the development of breakthrough technologies that are critical to meeting emissions reductions goals.
THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2021
CCUS AND CARBON REMOVAL POLICY TRENDS
The U.S. Chamber is convening our members and national energy and climate experts to highlight the need to fund the innovation programs authorized in the Energy Act of 2020, including the important role of carbon removal, and carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) in achieving global and national climate goals. In this webinar, experts will explore the status of and outlook for carbon removal and CCUS technologies in light of recent legislative changes, as well as the next set of policies necessary to accelerate their scaling and adoption.
THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021
PERMITTING AND TRANSMISSION
As demand for cleaner energy sources continues to grow, the need to build new energy infrastructure is greater than ever. However, the byzantine federal permitting process is neither predictable, nor transparent, and inhibits capital investment to bring new energy platforms to market, including non-emitting electricity generation and transmission. This webinar will highlight the inefficiencies of the permitting process as well as common sense, bipartisan solutions to unlock investment in the next generations of energy infrastructure.
THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2021
ALTERNATIVE VEHICLES AND FUELS
The transportation sector accounts for the largest share of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. As governments at the federal, state, and local level look for ways to reduce these emissions, this webinar will look at lower-emitting technologies like electric and hydrogen vehicles, challenges to adoption, and opportunities for infrastructure buildout.
THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2021
With efforts underway in the U.S. and other countries to reduce emissions in the electricity and transportation sectors, global energy security concerns long associated with petroleum are giving way to new “clean energy dependence” risks. Specifically, many of the key technologies necessary decarbonization—such as solar panels, wind turbines and batteries—require large quantities of certain critical minerals.
Presently, these critical minerals and manufactured end-use products containing them are largely imported, posing economic and geopolitical risks not unlike petroleum did for much of the 20th century. This discussion will examine the need for policies to address end-to-end supply chain concerns in order to facilitate continued energy innovation and emissions reductions across the economy.
THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2021
AMERICA'S CLEAN ENERGY WORKHORSE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FACING NUCLEAR POWER
As global investment in non-emitting sources of electricity grows apace, there still remains a shortfall in how close existing technologies can bring us to net-zero emissions. Scientific consensus has increasingly coalesced around how impactful nuclear power can be in achieving climate goals in the United States, as well as around the world. This virtual forum will explore the importance of our existing fleet, development of the reactors of tomorrow, and the accompanying policies necessary to facilitate greater investment, permitting, and deployment of emissions-free nuclear.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2021
PLASTICS AND SUSTAINABILITY
Plastic waste and marine debris are significant global challenges that are key drivers for the sustainability and climate policy debate. Companies are under increasing pressure to make their operations, products, and services more sustainable. How are businesses leading in innovation to address these issues? How can the U.S. be better stewards of the environment? How can we better manage our plastic waste? Join our discussion for answers to these pressing questions and to hear from the innovators and policymakers working to establish sustainable plastics recycling programs and policies.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
BLUEPRINT FOR THE HYDROGEN ECONOMY
Interest and excitement in hydrogen is at an all-time high. Often described as the “Swiss army knife of clean energy,” hydrogen possesses unique qualities as an energy carrier that can be used to store, move, and deliver energy produced from other sources. This makes it an attractive and versatile option with a variety of potential applications in hard-to-abate economic sectors such as transportation and industry. This webinar will explore the challenges, opportunities, and policy dynamics associated with realizing hydrogen’s full potential in our future energy system.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2021
CYBERSECURITY AND THE ENERGY SECTOR
The intersection of cybersecurity and energy policy has never been more acute. While the nightmare scenarios of lengthy regional blackouts have not yet hit our shores, a ransomware attack on significant pipeline infrastructure brought the nation’s dependence on privately-owned infrastructure to the forefront. Private entities cannot be expected to mount impenetrable defenses against hostile nation-state actors and entities operating under their protection. But enhanced government collaboration with the private sector can serve to mitigate the quantity and intensity of cyber-based intrusions impacting the components and industrial control systems essential to run our energy systems. This virtual forum will focus on the threats, the lessons-learned, and the rapidly evolving landscape impacting the convergence of our energy industries’ informational and operational technologies.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2021
As our transition to a lower-carbon electricity future progresses, today’s electric grid is increasingly being asked to integrate new energy users with a growing diversity of generation resources – both large and small, centralized and widespread. This evolution requires a new way of thinking with respect to the technologies and design parameters of the wires and associated infrastructure that are so very essential to supporting our economy and our way of life. This virtual forum will highlight the people, companies, and technologies that will support the modernization of the electricity grid while hardening the grid from emerging threats, both natural and manmade, and enhancing the high levels of reliability taken for granted today.