Spring Forum

Event Schedule

8:00-9:00       Registration and Continental Breakfast.  Roundup by Prof. Peter J. Schubert, LCRE Director

9:00-9:20       Opening Remarks:  The Honorable Gregory A. Ballard, former Mayor of Indianapolis,  “Setting the Stage for Energy Security:  cyber/physical/natural resilience; portfolio/fuel mix; and locality/sustainability of supply”

9:20-9:40        Mr. John Lucas, Infragard Energy Sector Chief-Indiana and VP-IT Citizens Energy  – “Challenges and Opportunities in Energy Security”

9:40-10:00       Mr. Alexis Cain, US EPA Region 5 CPP Coordinator “Regional Perspective and Best Practices in Efficiency, Portfolios, Standards, Funding Mechanisms, and Rate Structures”

10:00-10:20     The Honorable Carolene Mays-Medley, recent Commissioner and Vice Chair, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, now Executive Director of the White River State Park Development Commission, “Successes, Failures, and Risks with Alternate Energy Technologies and Policies in Indiana”

10:20-10:40     The Honorable Jim Merritt, State Senator, “Aspects and Qualities Needed for a Secure Energy Future in Indiana:  Residential, commercial, industrial, environmental”

10:40-10:50       Networking, Refreshments, Walk to Breakout Sessions

10:50-12:00      Breakout Sessions A & B , each split 35/35 minutes

Viewing “Energy Security” through the lens of  cyber/physical/natural resilience; portfolio/fuel mix; and locality/sustainability of supply, each Facilitator to provide a brief overview to their topics, and engage audience audience members in a discussion to prepare talking points for the afternoon.   Please select two sessions (either A1 or B1 and either A2 or B2) in these rooms:

ROOM 406 (seats 40)  - short walk down hallway just past washrooms.

  • A1:  Efficiency, Combined Heat & Power, Renewable Energy – Mr. Anees Azzouni
  • A2:  Policy/Regulation, DSM, RPS, Netmetering, FIT, SIP/CPP  – Mr. Brandon Seitz


  • B1:  Nuclear, Fracking, CCUS, IGCC, Pollution, Climate – Ms. Ann McIver
  • B2:  Microgrids, Grid storage, Smart grid, T&D – Mr. Dave Roberts

12:05-12:45    Lunch and Speaker:  Yoram Bauman “The Stand-up Economist”

12:45-1:30      Breakout Reports – Panel:  summary of Breakout Sessions.

  • Ms. Ann McIver, Mr. Dave Roberts, Mr. Brandon Seitz, Mr. Anees Azzouni

1:30-1:45         Networking Break, cookies

1:45-2:55         Perspectives Panel:  Important Next Steps to Energy Security and Independence

                       Moderator:  Kyle Cline, Indiana Farm Bureau

  • Mr. Digaunto Chatterjee, MISO Director of Economic Studies
  • Mr. Mark Maassel, President, Indiana Energy Association                            
  • Mr. Ray W. Wilson, P.E., Chairperson, Indy Green Congregations
  • Dr. Jim Wheeler, Co-Founder PQR Energy

3:00-4:05         Prognostics Panel:  Longer-term Outlook of Possible Futures

                       Moderator:  Chris Cummins, P.E. MacAllister Power Products

  • Mr. Mike Rowand, Director, Technology Development for Duke Energy
  • Prof. Gabriel Filippelli, Director, Center for Urban Health, IUPUI
  • Mr. Jesse Kharbanda, Executive Director, Hoosier Environmental Council
  • Dr. Douglas Gotham, Director Indiana State Utility Forecasting Group                                                                                                                               

4:05-4:20        Closing Remarks:  Prof. Peter J. Schubert, LCRE Director, IUPUI

4:20-5:00         Professional Credits certificates awarded, networking


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