Diverse organizations from Canada and the U.S. – representing hundreds of companies, unions, and interest groups – are gathering in Washington to discuss the interregional and cross-border grid of the future, how to get there, and the obstacles that must be overcome. Speakers will explore major economic, environmental, technological, and public policy goals. They will address planning and design of the future transmission grid, its economic benefits and regulatory challenges, the changing fundamentals in the electric sector as well as threats to the grid’s resilience. The overarching question: If the future is electric, will we have the high-voltage grid to support it?


Weds., Oct. 23rd, Reception and Dinner – 6:00pm-9:00pm
Thurs., Oct. 24th, Summit Forum – 8:00am-4:30pm

Both events will be live streamed:
Dinner Keynote – Hon. Martin Heinrich, U.S. Senate (D-NM)
Transmission Summit


Embassy of Canada
501 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Contact: Michelle Mahoney, Media Relations Officer, Embassy of Canada

These events require pre-registration and a valid government ID must be presented at check in.


Weds,. Oct. 23rd Dinner Keynote Speaker: Hon. Martin Heinrich, U.S. Senate (D-NM)

Thurs. Oct. 24 Forum Sessions Speakers:

The Grid as A Driver of Jobs and Economic Development – 8:30am

  • Francis Bradley, President & CEO, Canadian Electricity Association
  • Ernest Moniz, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Energy Future Initiative
  • Richard F. McMahon, Senior V.P. of Energy Supply and Finance, Edison Electric Institute
  • Lonnie R. Stephenson, International President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Hon. Gordon D. Giffin, Former U.S. Ambassador (Canada), Partner, Dentons – Moderator

Wind, Sun, Water and Wires: The Future of Clean – 10am

  • Congressman Paul D. Tonko, U.S. House of Representatives (D-NY), Energy and Commerce Committee, Chair of Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, Science and Space and Technology Committee and Natural Resources Committee – Keynote
  • Amy Farrell, Senior V.P., Government & Public Affairs, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
  • Abby Ross Hopper, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
  • Mike Martelli, President, Renewable Generation, Ontario Power Generation
  • Michael Skelly, former CEO, Clean Line Energy, Senior Advisor, Lazard
  • Rod Kuckro, E&E News – Moderator

Grid Modernization and Technology Deployment – 1pm

  • Christopher Clack, Founder and CEO, Vibrant Clean Energy
  • Mike Hyland, Senior Vice President, Engineering Services, American Public Power Association
  • Carl Imhoff, Energy & Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Lab, DOE Grid Modernization Lab Consortium
  • Charlie Smith, IEEE Life Fellow, Executive Director, Energy Systems Integration Group
  • Roger Rosenqvist, Vice President of Business Development, ABB
  • Brian Gemmell, Vice President, Transmission, Strategy & Performance, FERC, National Grid – Moderator

The Resilience Dilemma – Grid Integration & Exposure to New Threats – 3pm

  • Terry Boston, Principal, Grid Protection Alliance, former CEO, PJM Interconnection
  • Alex Foord, CIO & V.P. of Engineering & Standards, IESO, Ontario, Canada
  • Howard Gugel, V.P. Engineering and Standards, North American Electric Reliability Corporation
  • Chuck Hookham, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vice President at CMS Energy
  • Clair Moeller, President and COO, Midcontinent ISO
  • Katie Jereza, Director, External Relations, Electric Power Research Institute, former U.S. DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary, Transmission Permitting and Technical Assistance, Office of Electricity – Moderator


Summit Organizers

  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Americans For A Clean Energy Grid
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Canadian Electricity Association
  • Edison Electric Institute
  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • Energy Systems Integration Group
  • Energy Storage Association
  • Government of Canada
  • Great Plains Institute
  • GridWise Alliance
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • National Electrical Manufacturers Association
  • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • North American Electric Reliability Corporation
  • Solar Energy Industries Association
  • WaterPower Canada