Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, and Deputy Secretary of Energy David Turk kicked off the series on Nov. 17, 2021, with a virtual panel discussion and focus on arctic infrastructure and deployment opportunities. Webinar topics include:
- Build Back Better for Alaska, North to the Future of Energy, Alaska and the Arctic as a proving ground
- Capacity building, workforce issues, energy justice (especially for Alaska Natives)
- Transportation needs for a state and region with significant remote access, including transportation electrification
- Leveraging federal agency expertise and resources.
Program Agenda and Speakers
11:00–11:02 a.m. AKST
Meeting logistics overview by FedTech
11:02-11:07 a.m. AKST
Welcome and Introduction by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Interim Arctic Energy Office (AEO) Director George Roe
11:12-11:22 a.m. AKST
Q&A with Deputy Secretary David Turk
Panel discussion on challenges and opportunities in the Arctic.
Moderator: George Roe, Interim Director, DOE Arctic Energy Office.
- What are the unique challenges and barriers to commercializing technologies in the Arctic region, and how are we addressing the gaps?
- What are the biggest opportunities for tech transfer and commercialization in the Arctic?
- How are the National Labs helping create a clean, secure energy future for the Arctic?
- Vanessa Chan, DOE Chief Commercialization Officer and Office of Technology Transitions Director
- Raina Thiele, DOI Arctic Advisor
- Sally Benson, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Deputy Director for Energy and Chief Strategist for the Energy Transition
Noon–12:15 p.m. AKST
Q&A session with Moderator George Roe
12:15–12:18 p.m. AKST
Introduction of Secretary Jennifer Granholm by Dr. Vanessa Chan
12:18–12:23 p.m. AKST
Closing comments by Secretary Granholm
12:23–12:30 p.m. AKST
Closing comments/next steps by Dr. Vanessa Chan