At Stony Brook University, we stand firmly behind the Advanced Energy Conference 2022, New York State’s premiere energy conference, in its mission to better our planet. We recognize that now is a critical, and urgent, time to discover and advocate for new ways to harness life-sustaining energy. I would like to thank the conference committees, exhibitors, and supporting organizations for gathering such a multi-faceted group of global energy and government leaders to share their passions and expertise on this important cause. We are pooling our powerful knowledge. We are driving innovation. And together, we are charting a new frontier of clean energy. With hard work, strong convictions, and pioneering research, Stony Brook continues to improve the latest technologies while remaining focused on the ultimate goal: to bring hope to an increasingly challenged world and share what we learn to advance sustainable energy. We do this for the future, but we also do this for a better world—right here and right now.
Maurie McInnis has served as the sixth president of Stony Brook University — one of America’s leading public universities, an internationally recognized research institution, and a member of the Association of American Universities — since July 1, 2020. As chief executive for Stony Brook, McInnis also oversees Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island’s premier academic health center, which encompasses five health sciences schools, four hospitals, and 200 community-based healthcare settings.
Under her leadership, Stony Brook has been designated a State University of New York (SUNY) flagship institution; substantial new funding has been targeted to foster diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields; and the University has been named a finalist in its bid to become the anchor institution for the Governors Island Center for Climate Solutions in New York City.
President McInnis is also a key player in furthering economic development on Long Island and in Stony Brook’s role as part of the management team of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy facility.
As the provider of gas and electric services to millions of customers in New York and Massachusetts, National Grid is committed to leading a clean energy transition that is reliable, safe, and leaves no communities behind. We are working with our partners throughout New York to meet the state’s groundbreaking climate goals and believe the most affordable, efficient, and practical way to reach them is through a hybrid pathway that decarbonizes both our gas and electric systems. Increased energy efficiency will play an important role in this effort. We’ve invested millions in infrastructure to connect wind, solar, battery storage, and enable electric vehicle charging stations. And we envision replacing natural gas with fossil-free alternatives like renewable natural gas, or RNG, and green hydrogen by 2050.
We are proud to sponsor this important gathering of energy professionals to discuss our shared interest in a clean and fair energy future.
National Grid New York
The Advanced Energy Conference is a key gathering of energy professionals in New York and beyond. This is an excellent forum to exchange ideas and learn about current energy issues and opportunities. This is a unique opportunity for our company and we are proud to support the conference.
Welcome to the 12th Advanced Energy Conference in New York City! The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is honored to once again sponsor one of the nation’s top clean energy conferences. This two-part conference attracts innovative clean energy leaders from all around the globe who are committed to collective climate action. In New York, thanks to Governor Hochul’s leadership and our public and private partners, we are on this rewarding journey together to upgrade how we power our electric grid, boost energy storage, enhance energy efficiency and electrify our homes, businesses and transportation, in a comprehensive and just and equitable way. Ever Upward!
President & CEO
Doreen M. Harris is the president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions to improve New York State’s economy and environment.
Ms. Harris has held public- and private-sector leadership roles advancing clean energy projects and engineering companies for more than 20 years.
During her 10 years of public service, she has held executive, technical, and policy positions at NYSERDA. Most recently, as Vice President of Large-Scale Renewables, she oversaw the State’s nation-leading advancement of renewable resources under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, including the development of offshore wind. Before embarking on a career in public service, Ms. Harris spent more than a decade in the energy sector, serving in management and engineering roles.
Ms. Harris earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Master of Business Administration from the University at Albany.
Guided by its strategic vision, VISION2030, the New York Power Authority is helping the Hochul Administration advance a nation-leading clean energy economy through the aggressive decarbonization of the power grid.
The Power Authority is leading the most significant rebuilding of the state’s transmission system in 40 years. These landmark large-scale projects are being designed to unbottle the movement of clean energy generated upstate to the areas of demand downstate and expanding access to utility-scale solar and wind renewable resources.
NYPA’s innovation-centric focus is contributing to a significant increase in the utilization of electric vehicles by coordinating with transportation agencies to electrify their fleets and deploying a network of EV chargers across the state. The Power Authority has also launched ConnectALL, a 2022 State of the State initiative, transforming New York’s digital infrastructure and expanding broadband access, affordability and equity, statewide.
Justin E. Driscoll is the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, the New York Power Authority. NYPA is also the owner and operator of the New York State Canal System. Mr. Driscoll is responsible for developing and implementing the statewide utility’s strategic vision and mission and for supervising its operations, legal and financial matters, and relationships with external stakeholders.
Justin previously served as EVP and General Counsel of the Authority. He also supervised the activities of the Hydropower Licensing Group, the Regulatory/Energy Markets functions, Legislative and Community Affairs Group, Environmental Justice, the Corporate Secretary, and the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. He also served on the Enterprise Risk Management Committee and was management’s liaison to the Cyber and Physical Security Committee and Audit Committee to the Board of Trustees.
Before joining NYPA, Justin was engaged in the private practice of law and represented clients that included Fortune 500 companies, governmental entities, and energy companies in complex commercial litigation and regulatory matters.
Justin serves on several boards including The Alliance to Save Energy, New York City’s Urban Green Council, the Large Public Power Council, World Resources Institute’s Global Energy Advisory Group in Washington, D.C., and New York State Energy Research and Development Corporation.
Justin is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor’s degree from the School of Public Affairs. He received his law degree from New York Law School and attended the New York University School of Law L.L.M. Program in trade regulation, He is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the Energy Bar Association.
Ørsted’s vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy, an ambition that will require immense collaboration, innovation and bold leadership to achieve. As a company, Ørsted has already made its transition from a fossil-fired power generator to a renewable energy developer, and the AERTC conference is an ideal opportunity to share lessons learned and discuss the best paths forward for our collective energy future.
As the U.S. offshore wind leader, we look forward to the conversation about how the industry is beginning to scale in the U.S. and how we can work together maximize the immense clean energy and economic opportunity it presents. American ingenuity and innovation will be vital to addressing the climate crisis, and through events like this we have a chance to share insights and build collaboration that will lead to a cleaner, greener future.
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
Pamela Venzke is the Chief Corporate Affairs Office of Ørsted North America. In this role, Pamela oversees a variety of activities across Ørsted’s onshore and offshore technologies across the U.S. Since taking her role in 2020, Pamela has helped Ørsted become one of the top names in renewable energy in the U.S., promoting and maintaining Ørsted’s brand and reputation among a wide array of stakeholders, including the two federal administrations, state governments, NGOs, rate payers, environmental advocates, and much more.
Most notably, Pamela helped spearhead Ørsted’s National Offshore Wind Agreement: a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the North America’s Building Trades Unions to construct the company’s U.S. offshore wind farms with an American union workforce. With this PLA, Pamela has helped further secure a future for the American worker in the country’s green energy transition, allowing the economy to fully tap into the economic potential that offshore wind brings. With the PLA agreed upon, Pamela continues to champion the green energy transition across the country, bringing stakeholders on both sides of the aisle to the realization that transitioning to renewables is a win for the environment, the economy, and everyone in our country.
PSEG Long Island works hard to provide customers on Long Island and in the Rockaways with outstanding reliability and storm response, strong involvement in the communities we serve, and an exceptional customer experience that incorporates new technology and smarter energy use. We fully embrace the goals contained in the New York State Climate act, including solar, offshore wind, electric vehicles and heat pumps. We are excited to support the Advanced Energy Conference because it gives us the opportunity to share our vision, interact with other leaders and visionaries, and learn how best to forge a responsible energy future on Long Island, in our state and across the nation.
Interim President and Chief Operating Officer