Fireside Chat: Energy Efficiency in Rural Communities
Tuesday, May 9 : 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
EE Global is gathering two of the industry's most renowned leaders, Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute and Jim Rogers, Author & Former President & CEO, Duke Energy, for a bold fireside chat moderated by Clinton Vince, Chair of the Energy Sector, Dentons on how energy efficiency can be employed to improve energy access and reliability in rural communities around the world, and the policies, technologies and partnerships key to implementing energy efficient solutions.
Jim Rogers
CEO, Duke Energy
Jim Rogers, lawyer, CEO, and author. He was most recently CEO at Duke Energy and served as CEO for almost 25 years in the electric utility industry. Jim did a series of mergers and acquisitions culminating in the creation of Duke Energy, the largest electric utility in the US. He also owned and/or operated assets in 17 countries in Africa, South Asia, Europe, and Central and Latin America. Prior to being in the power sector, in the 1980’s he operated one of the largest gas pipeline companies in the U.S. He has served on the boards of eight Fortune 500 companies. He currently is a senior partner at Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and is a visiting professor of the practice at Duke University. He also serves on the boards of Cigna, Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, Invenergy, The Aspen Institute, Brookings Institution, The Nature Conservancy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, among others. In 2015, he authored "Lighting The World: Transforming Our Energy Future by Bringing Electricity To Everyone" in which he advocates for bringing electricity to the 1.2 billion rural poor through off-grid primarily renewable solutions. He is a co-founder of the Global Brightlight Foundation, which delivers solar-powered lanterns capable of charging cell phones to rural communities around the world. He is co-teaching a groundbreaking graduate seminar entitled: Renewables and the World’s Poor at Duke University. In 2009, Newsweek named him one of “the 50 Most Powerful People in the World.”
Dr. Andrew Steer
President & CEO, World Resources Institute
Dr. Andrew Steer is the President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, a global research organization that works in more than 50 countries, with offices in the Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. WRI’s more than 500 experts work with leaders to address six urgent global challenges at the intersection of economic development and the natural environment: food, forests, water, climate, energy and cities. Dr. Steer joined WRI from the World Bank, where he served as Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2010 - 2012. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Director General at the UK Department of International Development (DFID) in London. Dr. Steer is a Global Agenda Trustee for the World Economic Forum, and is a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Energy Transitions Commission, the Champions 12.3 Coalition to reduce food loss and waste, the Sustainable Advisory Groups of both IKEA and the Bank of America, and he serves on the Executive Board of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy For All Initiative. In earlier years, Andrew held several senior posts at the World Bank, including Director of the Environment Department. He also has directed World Bank operations in Vietnam and Indonesia and served as Chief of the Country Risk Division and Director and Chief Author of the 1992 World Development Report on Environment and Development. Andrew was educated at St Andrews University, Scotland, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cambridge University. He has a PhD in economics.
Clinton Vince
Chair of Energy sector, Dentons
Clint Vince is the chair of Dentons' Energy sector. Clint has directed the expansion of the US Energy team into a premier practice that includes professionals spanning the continent coast-to-coast, offering a full range of services to energy industry clients. He is widely recognized for his cutting-edge theories and solutions within the energy industry and has a top-tier litigation track record. Clint remains at the forefront of energy developments and continuously handles some of the highest profile cases in the industry. His experience involves major project development, legislative and regulatory advocacy on behalf of public and private clients, and litigation and appellate cases including US Supreme Court advocacy. Clint has argued before state appellate courts. the US District Courts for the District of Columbia, the Eastern District of New York and the Southern District of New York. the US Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Tenth, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits. and the Supreme Court of the United States, in some instances multiple times. Clint is a past editor-in-chief of the Energy Law Journal and just completed a two-year term as co-chair of the prestigious Keystone Center, a policy think tank known for its work in the energy and environmental fields. Prior to joining Dentons, Clint was the managing partner of the Washington, DC, office of Sullivan and Worcester LLP, where he was also director of the firm’s Energy practice. He served for many years as co-chair of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand, where he was the founder and chair of the firm’s Energy and Environmental practice.