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December 6th, 2022

SUMMIT | 9:00 AM ET – 6:00 PM ET

RECEPTION | 7:00 PM ET – 9:00 PM ET


Engage members of the Administration, U.S. Congress and heads of industry about the Nation’s energy policy, goals and objectives.

Register and join the American Association of Blacks in Energy at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004-2696 on December 6th, 2022.

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*All attendees and sponsors that will be in attendance must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19*

American Association of Blacks in Energy

2022 Energy Policy Summit: Promoting and Advancing Communities of Color through

Innovative Energy Policy Solutions
December 6th, 2022 

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Welcome and Introductions

Ralph Cleveland, President and CEO

9:10 AM - 9:25 AM

Welcome to Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

Tom Kuhn, President and CEO, EEI

9:25 AM - 10:55 AM

Strengthening the GRID through Energy Storage

The electricity sector is working toward deep carbon reduction and net-zero carbon electricity by 2050, for reference energy storage on the grid should rise from 23 gigawatts to 213 gigawatts by 2050. We need innovative energy storage solutions that strengthen the reliability and capacity of the GRID, however racial disparities in disconnection, utility fees, and inefficient housing persist. This panel will explore how to strengthen the GRID through energy storage with a focus on communities that are historically underserved and often forgotten by the energy sector.

10:55 AM – 11:10 AM


11:10 AM – 12:30 PM

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG): Conversation with Senior Energy Leaders

The issue of sustainable energy solutions could not be more important as the US moves towards meeting climate goals and diversifying their energy offerings. Engaging internally with different lines of the business and externally with key stakeholders ensures implementation of ESG policies throughout an energy organization. This panel will explore the ESG policy frameworks that can be directly translated from the international stage to the corporate level.

Luncheon with Keynote Speakers

12:30 PM – 1:45PM

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Fireside Chat with Ralph Cleveland, President and CEO of AABE and Brian Wolff, Chief
Strategy Office & Executive Vice President of Public Policy and External Affairs, EEI
(focus on diversity in the industry)

2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s (IIJA) Investment in Climate Resiliency

The IIJA bill has invested billions in the energy infrastructure for transportation, utilities, and the energy economy. This significant investment provides a unique opportunity to set the U.S. back on track towards the midcentury goals of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. What makes this bill so historic is that it includes funding to implement energy strategies for all communities including underserved communities and communities of color. This panel will explore the operationalization and execution of the energy provisions in communities of color.

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM


Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI)

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

As we enter 2023, diverse hiring and promotion in the energy and governmental sectors is
key to American productivity. Diverse senior leadership is important, however diverse recruiting, representation, and retention needs to exist throughout the organization. How do government-wide and company-wide JEDI resources and opportunities compare? How is the Administration’s Justice 40 initiative diversifying hiring practices and contracting opportunities? This panel will explore the solutions and the issues that remain in hiring and maintain energy workforce that looks
like America.

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701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004-2696


1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20004

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2022 will be remembered as a pivotal year in energy policy and we are grateful to EEI for their commitment to AABE and meaningful policy discussions.

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December 6th, 2022

SUMMIT | 9:00 AM ET – 6:00 PM ET

RECEPTION | 7:00 PM ET – 9:00 PM ET