Solar 2021

Opening Keynote Session

Session Moderator: Paulette Middleton

Accelerating the necessary transformation to 100% renewable energy in all end-use sectors (electricity, transportation, heating and cooling) in all cities, regions and nations throughout the world, requires effective technologies, markets, policies, community actions, public support and commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) principles. This opening plenary explores progress and promise occurring globally, nationally and regionally on all of these fronts. In addition, presenters provide insights into challenges from perspectives of utilities, policy makers and technology experts.


Aug 04 2021


9:00 am - 10:30 am


Center Ballroom


  • Alice Jackson
    Alice Jackson
    President, Xcel Energy - Colorado

    Alice K. Jackson is President, Xcel Energy – Colorado where she leads the Operating Company team for Public Service Company of Colorado. In this role she is responsible for the community, legislative, regulatory activities as well as responsible for delivering on corporate financial outcomes and objectives for Xcel Energy – Colorado. Since joining Xcel Energy in 2011, Alice has held various positions of increasing responsibility. Directly prior to her role as President, Ms. Jackson was Vice President of Strategic Revenue Initiatives, where she built a team to generate new revenues through exploring and integrating innovative technologies, activities, and economic development initiatives in addition to looking at expanded options for Xcel Energy’s unregulated businesses. Prior to her corporate strategic role, Alice held the lead regulatory position with Southwestern Public Service Company in Texas and then with Public Service Company of Colorado.
    Before her time with Xcel Energy, Alice spent nearly 10 years with Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy) managing the nationwide energy needs of this large industrial consumer. In Alice’s early roles with Oxy, she utilized her information technology background and technical acumen to provide software development and systems support to various trading activities as well as electric market deregulation. Through her involvement in the federal and state electric markets, multiple rate cases, and interaction with customers,
    large and small, Alice developed a unique perspective for utilities and their contributions to society.
    As if having a full-time career, being married to her high school sweetheart and having four sons is not enough of an adventure in life, in 2017 Alice completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard University. Alice earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University.
    2019 Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce – Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado 2019 Denver Business Journal’s Inaugural Trailblazer Award Recipient
    2018 Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) Power Player of the Year
    2017 American Red Cross CO/WY Chapter – Volunteer Leadership Award Recipient 2016 Denver Business Journal – PowerBook Recipient
    2015 Smart Grid Pioneer – Recognized by Smart Grid Today
    Ongoing Community Activities
    2020 – Present Denver Museum of Nature and Science Board of Trustees
    2020 – Present Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) Board of Directors & Secretary 2020 – Present Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
    2021 – Present Colorado Concern – Board Member
    2018 – 2020 Colorado Concern – Member
    2018 – Present Colorado Forum – Member
    2017 – Present Colorado Succeeds – Trustee
    2015 – Present American Red Cross CO/WY Chapter Board of Directors & Chairman FY 2020 2014 – 2018 Mile High United Way Women’s Business Alliance Member

  • Bill Ritter
    Bill Ritter
    Center for the New Energy Economy and Past Colorado Governor

    Bill Ritter, Jr. is the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University which launched on February 1, 2011. The Center employs an assistant director, four senior policy advisors and analysts, a research manager, a research associate, and a team of student researchers.

  • Dave Renné
    Dave Renné
    Leader in IRENA Coalition for Action and Immediate Past President of the International Solar Energy Society

    Dave has worked on renewable energy R&D programs for over 42 years. After graduating from Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA) with a Masters in Atmospheric Sciences and a PhD in Earth Resources in 1975 he launched his career at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, Washington USA) where he worked primarily on wind resource assessment programs, both in the U.S. and internationally. In 1991 he moved to the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, Colorado USA) to manage NREL’s solar resource assessment activities and to work on a number of international renewable energy programs. He retired from NREL in 2012 but remains engaged in renewable energy programs through his consultancy, Dave Renné Renewables. He is currently a Senior Consultant to Clean Power Research, and has consulted with the World Bank, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Asian Development Bank, and several private-sector organizations. From 2010 – 2019 he served as President of the International Solar Energy Society and remains on their Executive Committee as Immediate Past President. He also served for over 15 years as an Associate Editor of the Solar Energy Journal in the topical area of Solar Resource and Energy Meteorology.

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