Cornell Energy Connection 2017

Friday, October 20th

The Cornell Energy Club held its eighth annual Cornell Energy Connection on October 20th. The event was hosted in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise.

Corporate sponsors included: 

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Thank you to all who attended!

Speakers included: 

Jason Blackburn, Emerson

Mark Brozina, Tangibl Group, Inc.

Micah Fuchs, Inovateus Solar

Paul DeCotis, West Monroe Partners

Brad Gallant, DTE Energy Services       

Todd Glass, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.

Derek LaClair, Empower Equity, Inc (EMPEQ)

Andres Castillo, Accenture

Marguerite Wells, Invenergy

David Gower, Youbicwitus LLC

Richard Levitan, Levitan & Associates

Jeff Weiss, Distributed Sun

Brian Bauer, Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!



8am – 9:00am                      Breakfast


9am – 9:10am                      Welcome & Opening Remarks


9:10am – 9:30am               So What’s Next? The Power Plant of the Future

                                                                        Jason Blackburn (MBA '07) Emerson

9:30am – 9:50am               Chaos in the Power Sector

                                                                        Mark Brozina (BS '80) Tangibl Group, Inc

9:50am – 10:10am            Spartan Solar: Building the Country's Largest Solar Carport Project

                                                                        Micah Fuchs (MBA '14) Inovateus Solar

10:10am – 10:30am         Carbon Utilization - Market Driven Solution to One of the World’s Most Pressing Problems

                                                                        Jason Salfi (BS '92) Dimensional Energy

10:30am – 10:50am         BREAK


10:50am – 11:10am         National Energy Policy:  Past, Present, and Future – What We Might Expect Going Forward

                                                                        Paul DeCotis, West Monroe Partners

11:10am – 11:30am         A Day in the Life: DTE Associates Help Develop Solutions to Complex Energy Problems

                                                                        Brad Gallant (MBA '08) DTE Energy Services

11:30am – 11:50am         The Fasten Seatbelt Light is On: Policy Turbulence and US Energy Innovation

                                                                        Todd Glass (BA '88) Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.

11:50am – 12:10pm        'Accounting' For Changes in Energy Finance

                                                                        Derek LaClair (MBA '14)  Empower Equity, Inc (EMPEQ)

12:10pm – 12:30pm        Pathways of the Energy Sector: World Energy Council Scenarios for the Grand Transition

                                                                        Andres Castillo (MBA '08) Accenture

12:30pm – 1:30pm           LUNCH


1:30pm – 1:50pm              Trends in Clean Energy Innovation: Where are Startups Focused?

                                                                        Brian Bauer (BS '85) Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement

1:50pm – 2:10pm              Using Distributed Green Data Centers as a Dispatchable Load - Youbicwitus™ Cloud Hosting & Energy Services

                                                                        David Gower, Youbicwitus LLC

2:10pm – 2:30pm              Renewable Initiatives in the Greater Northeast and Mid-Atlantic: A Rorschach Test on What’s Beautiful and Believable

                                                                        Richard Levitan (BA '75) Levitan & Associates

2:30pm – 2:50pm              Electricity Inversion: The Coming Move from Centralized to Decentralized Generation

                                                                        Jeff Weiss (BA '79) Distributed Sun

2:50pm – 3:10pm              Getting Renewables Built: The View from the Trenches

                                                                        Marguerite Wells (BS '99) Invenergy

3:10pm – 3:30pm              BREAK


3:30pm – 5:00pm              OFFICE HOURS

                                                                        Accenture (Future Energy Scenarios) RM# 216

                                                                        Dimensional Energy RM# 214

                                                                        DTE Energy Services, Inc. (3:30-4pm only) RM# 220                              

                                                                        Inovateus Solar RM# 210

                                                                        Invenergy RM# 208

                                                                        Michael Biron LLC RM# 206

                                                                        Tangibl Group, Incorporated RM# 310

                                                                        West Monroe Partners RM# 308

                                                                        Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati RM# 318

                                                                        Youbicwitus LLC   RM# 306


6:00pm – 9:00 pm             Networking Reception (by invitation only)             

                                                      Coltivare Restaurant (235 S Cayuga St)

Cornell Energy Connection 2016

See the highlights from last year's conference here!