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Summit Course Topics

Delivered in a sophisticated retreat setting, the Summit features industry thought leaders grappling with critical issues facing the future.

Keynote Sessions

Leading expert Michael Webber explores how innovative utilities across diverse markets, regulatory environments, and geographies are collaborating to understand emerging technologies and business models to prepare for the utility of the future.

Recognized innovator, leader, and technologist Raiford Smith explores the convergence of new computational tools, automation, and strategic partnerships in the transition to a resilient, carbon-free electricity system.

Stellar instructors Ralph Cavanagh and David Owens examine a view forward, responding to comprehensive energy and climate legislation and a new regulatory model.

Plenary Sessions

Leading expert Greg Guthridge examines how technology advances are powering new ways to engage consumers in the increasingly diverse energy ecosystem.

Leading expert Grant Dougans examines how utilities are investing to benefit customers and contribute to growth, including grid modernization and hardening, power-generation, fleet transitions, and new energy technologies.

Executive Panels

A panel of industry CIOs discuss the opportunities and challenges of the digital transformation. Topics include the search for new talent, investing in new technologies, launching new products and services, and cybersecurity.

A panel of industry experts examine how big data is transforming the energy industry. Topics include using predictive analytics to prioritize risk, how energy companies are using big data to deliver what customers want, and machine learning.

A panel of operations officers discuss the challenges of operating and coordinating a more complex grid with more information, distributed resources, and diverse customer expectations. Topics include managing a distribution system in transition, and balancing supply and demand by enabling more flexibility, adaptability, and responsiveness.

A panel of industry CFOs discuss the economic impact of new technologies, customer expectations, and changing business models. Topics include the impact of disruptive technologies on the planning and investment cycle, how customer expectations and changing policies are impacting investment decisions, and how rating agencies and Wall Street perceptions affect raising capital.

A panel of human resource executives examine challenges in the energy industry and the impact on the workforce. Topics include the digital workforce, culture and engagement, talent crisis, and the workforce of the future.

A communications and energy industry expert discuss how effective messaging is being employed to build public and governmental support for critical initiatives. Topics include cognitive bias, understanding the language of our stakeholders, and employing effective advocacy tools and messaging to build collaboration.

A panel of industry CEOs explore today’s fast-paced change and discuss how they are aligning their vision with changing policy, regulation, and business models. Topics include increasing customer and employee expectations, new competitors, integrated grid, growing threats to resilience, and decarbonization.

"The Summit is an excellent forum on the latest energy industry trends through an informed and knowledgeable set of speakers and a highly engaged group of attendees - very well done with great customer focus!”
Tom O’Brien, Vice President, Information & Technology Services PJM Interconnection, LLC.

Executive Education

Mailing Address:
College of Business and Economics
875 Perimeter Drive MS3161
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3161

Phone: 208-885-6265

Email: uieec@uidaho.edu