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Gina McCarthy, National Climate Advisor

Gina McCarthy is the first National Climate Advisor—the president's chief advisor on domestic climate policy—and leads the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy focused on mobilizing a whole-of-government approach to tackling the climate crisis, creating good-paying, union jobs, and securing environmental justice. Previously, she served as 13th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and then as President and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). One of the nation’s most trusted and accomplished voices on climate issues, she has been at the forefront of environmental and public health progress in a variety of leading roles for over three decades.        

In her time leading the EPA, McCarthy oversaw successful efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, mitigate air pollution, conserve critical water sources, and safeguard vulnerable communities from chemical hazards. She spearheaded the Obama-Biden Administration’s Clean Power Plan, which set America’s first-ever national standards for lowering carbon emissions from power plants, and helped pave the way for the Paris Climate Agreement. Prior to her role with the NRDC, McCarthy was a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and currently serves as chair of the board of directors of the Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment.  

Throughout her career, McCarthy has advised five administrations of both Democratic and Republican Massachusetts governors on environmental matters, and she served as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection prior to being appointed by President Obama to head up the EPA’s Air Office. As EPA administrator, she pursued innovative global collaborations with the United Nations and the World Health Organization, and on global efforts to address pollution. Born and raised in Boston, McCarthy graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston and earned a master of science at Tufts University. 

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Audrey Zibelman Vice President, X’S Electric Grid Moonshot

Audrey Zibelman leads X’s moonshot for the electric grid. Her team is developing new computational tools to enable the rapid and cost effective decarbonization of the electrical grid.

Audrey has spent over three decades leading organizations with the goal of making power cleaner, more affordable and more reliable. She is an international expert in power system transformation, regulation, markets and operations. She’s also been a utility executive, regulator, system operator and entrepreneur.

Audrey joined X from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) where she was the Managing Director and CEO. AEMO plans and operates the electricity and gas systems and markets for Australia. Prior to AEMO, Audrey was the Chair of the New York Public Service Commission where she was a member of the Governor’s cabinet and oversaw the electric, gas, water, steam and communication utilities in New York. While in New York, Audrey oversaw massive regulatory reform of the electric industry to support a decarbonised grid, known as Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV. Audrey has also held executive roles at utilities companies PJM and Xcel Energy and was the founder and CEO of Viridity Energy.

When she’s not working to keep the lights on, she’s hiking the hills of San Francisco and playing tennis with her husband Bruce, or spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Finance and Markets Pre-Summit | September 22, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT | Online
Long Duration Storage Shot Summit | September 23, 2021 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT | Online 

Long duration energy storage systems – defined as technologies that can store energy for more than 10 hours at a time – are a critical component of a low-cost, reliable, carbon-free electric grid. In alignment with DOE’s Energy Earthshot Initiative, the recently announced Long Duration Storage Shot sets a bold target to reduce the cost of grid-scale energy storage by 90% within the decade. 

Join thousands of stakeholders for the Long Duration Storage Shot Summit on Thursday, September 23, 2021 to learn more about how we can work together to achieve this goal and create affordable grid storage for clean power – anytime, anywhere.

Want to attend the finance and markets sessions? Join us for the Finance and Markets Pre-Summit taking place on September 22 at 2 PM. Separate registration is required. 

September 22, 2021 – Finance and Markets Pre-Summit

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Stakeholder Round Table: Overcoming Market, Regulatory, and Finance Challenges for Long-Duration Storage Technologies

Long-duration energy storage (LDES) will increasingly be critical to balance the grid. However, existing market, regulatory, and financing paradigms are ill-suited to catalyze LDES deployment. Join this round table to learn more about the value proposition for LDES under evolving grid conditions, potential market, regulatory, and financing challenges, as well as potential solutions.    

•    Noel Bakhtian, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) [moderator]
•    Mark Ahlstrom, NextEra Energy Resources
•    Richard Baxter, Mustang Prairie
•    Jason Burwen, Energy Storage Association
•    Debbie Lew, Energy Systems Integration Group
•    Julia Prochnik, Long Duration Energy Storage Association of California

3:00 - 3:15 PM Break
3:15 - 4:15 PM

National Capabilities to Support Decision Making around Energy Storage 

DOE’s national laboratories have a wide range of analytical and technical assistance capabilities that can be used to enhance decision making related to energy storage. Join this session to learn more some of this cutting-edge storage analyses taking place across DOE and how you can leverage the national labs to assist in your decision-making processes.

•    Paul Spitsen, Department of Energy [moderator]
•    Patrick Joseph Balducci, Argonne National Laboratory 
•    Nate Blair, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 
•    Pete Cappers, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory 
•    Amanda Harker-Steele, National Energy Technology Laboratory
•    Adam Mate, Los Alamos National Lab
•    Thomas Mosier, Idaho National Laboratory 
•    Jeremy Twitchell, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 

4:15 - 4:30 PM

Long Duration Storage Shot Summit Preview 

Get a sneak peek into The September 23 Storage Shot Summit where we will discuss how we can work together to achieve the goal of Long Duration Storage Shot and create affordable grid storage for clean power – anytime, anywhere.

•    Alejandro Moreno, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, U.S. Department of Energy
•    Michael Pesin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Advanced Grid Research and Development, U.S. Department of Energy

September 23, 2021 – Long Duration Storage Shot Summit

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Welcome
  • Secretary Remarks/Announcements
    • Deputy Secretary David Turk, U.S. Department of Energy 
  • Keynote
    • Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor 
    • Audrey Zibelman, Google X 
12:00 - 12:15 PM Break
12:15 - 1:15 PM

National Labs as Storage Technology Boosters: The Facilities and Capabilities Navigator 

This session will highlight the results from the National Labs Storage Capabilities survey. By attending this session, you will find out how you can work with the National Labs to help reach the Long Duration Storage Shot.  

•    Vinod Siberry, U.S. Department of Energy
•    Vince Sprenkle, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
•    Michael Starke, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

1:15 - 1:20 PM Break
1:20 - 1:50 PM

Lab Partnering Service Demo 

Join this discussion that will highlight the energy storage content on the Lab Partnering Service ( and how LPS can serve as a conduit to access lab expertise and capabilities. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how this site can help you reach you long duration storage goals.

•    Robert Bectel, U.S. Department of Energy
•    Laura Burke, U.S. Department of Energy

1:50 - 2:00 PM Break
2:00 - 2:50 PM

Rapid Operational Validation Initiative: Industry Roundtable

To meet the administration's 2035 decarbonization goal, long duration storage technologies will need to be commercially ready, at scale, in 8 years (by 2030). Most energy assets have operational lifetimes of 15-20 years or longer. Commercial deployment of these new technologies will require the ability to validate performance faster than real time. DOE has proposed investing in this capability through the Rapid Operational Validation Initiative. Join this session to learn more about the ROVI concept and voice your real needs so ROVI can be developed to address them.

•    Sue Babinec, Argonne National Laboratory [moderator]
•    Brentan Alexander, New Energy Risk
•    Eric Dufek, Idaho National Laboratory
•    Craig Horne, Wellhead Energy
•    Eric Hsieh, U.S. Department of Energy 
•    Lola Infante, EPRI

2:50 - 3:00 PM Break
3:00 - 3:50 PM

Lab Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs 

Want to learn about the DOE fellowship programs? Then join us for this session about the Lab Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs. Hear from participating energy storage innovators that have “graduated” as they discuss their successes from these programs.

•    Joe Cresko, U.S. Department of Energy [moderator] 
•    David Bierman, Antora Energy 
•    John Carlisle, Argonne National Laboratory 
•    Don Derosa, Eonix Energy
•    Tom Guarr, Jolt Energy
•    Dan Miller, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
•    Rachel Slaybaugh, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
•    Paul Syers, U.S. Department of Energy

3:50 - 4:00 PM Closing


Following the Summit, we will post the recordings and presentations to this page. 

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Workshop Spotlight

Don’t Miss the DOE Sessions at World Energy Storage Day on September 22

9:00 – 10:30 AM Recycling Workshop 
12:30 – 2:00 PM Workshop on Long Duration Energy Storage 

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