The WE3 Summit The WE3 Summit

The WE3 Summit brings together leaders in global water and energy innovation to engage, educate, and empower attendees on strategy, regulation, and transformation in the water-energy nexus. Armed with the knowledge, connections, and motivations from the conference, industry professionals should be more empowered to drive the necessary changes to address the global climate change and drinking water challenges that will define the coming decades.

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NOTE - VIRTUAL ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE A LINK TO JOIN THE SESSIONS ON THE MORNING OF THE EVENT. Your email and password you created at registration will grant you access to the sessions. 

Schedule

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

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Nothing But Net-Zero VR

Take on the twisted basketball challenges and build a city, taking into consideration the net zero goals. In this immersive and ideal ecosystem of the future with EVs, DERs, smart cities, smart homes, circular economy etc, we gamify the net zero reality with may worlds of energy, water, transport, and cities/governments



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Aspirations to Actions- WE3 Opening
Deepak Garg
Deepak Garg
SEW, Founder & CEO
Jason Rodriguez
Jason Rodriguez
Zpryme, CEO

SEW and Zpryme welcome global thought leaders into joining the 2022 WE3 Summit. Deepak Garg, CEO, and Founder of SEW, and Jason Rodrigues, CEO of Zrpyme, talk about the WE3 Movement, and the need to channel our discussions around Net-Zero, Climate Change, Sustainability, eMobility, Energy, Water, and People. 

We decode the E3 Mantra and pave the way to turn our aspirations into actions. 

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Walking the Energy Transformation and Sustainability Talk
Deepak Garg
Deepak Garg
SEW, Founder & CEO
Praveer Sinha
Praveer Sinha
Tata Power, CEO

In this session, we meet leaders representing millions of homes and billions of people, and we hear what energy transformation look from their eyes, how they prepare for such a huge responsibility. The world they serve are poles apart, yet are joined by a same mission to empower people, make energy reliable and modern, while also thinking well into the future.

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The Bold Net-Zero Utilities
Eric Rehberg
Eric Rehberg
Armada Power, Chief Engineer & Founder
Angel Lance
Angel Lance
Motive Power | NPUC, Founder and CEO
George Hunt
George Hunt
SEW, Chief Strategy Officer / GM-EU
Laurel Morris
Laurel Morris
Zpryme, Utility & Mobility Project Manager
Linda Mattes
Linda Mattes
Alliant Energy, Former VP- Customer Operations & Supply Chain Management

Plenty of utilities have Net Zero plans these days, but with increasing climate change affecting daily life, the spotlight is being shone on utilities that are showing greater agility in their Net-Zero plans and infrastructure modernization strategies.  This session will discuss how to be a leader in accelerating Net-Zero. 

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Another Way In: Reimagining ESG
Deepak Garg
Deepak Garg
SEW, Founder & CEO
David Nahai
David Nahai
LABC (labusinesscouncil.org), Chairman
Francois Rodigari
Francois Rodigari
San Jose Water, Director of Corporate Sustainability and Innovation
Michael O'Donnell
Michael O'Donnell
SAP, National Vice President-Utilities
Jason Rodriguez
Jason Rodriguez
Zpryme, CEO

ESG values and goals are increasingly informing investment plans in all business sectors. And as a sector that directly impacts the environment and serves all segments of the population, utilities especially run their operations through an ESG lens. But what exactly does it mean in the utility and energy space to have a mission to uphold ESG values? And what impact does that have on existing business models? What role does technology play to further ESG vision? The ESG puzzle is as complex and abstruse as it can get. But there lays a way to redefine and redesign ESG for Energy and Water, and in this session, leaders from diverse backgrounds share their perspectives and present a newer dimension to ESG. 

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Championing the Customer
Jill Anderson
Jill Anderson
SCE, Executive Vice President-Operations
James Douglas
James Douglas
Alectra, Executive Vice President, Customer Experience
Jay Castleberry
Jay Castleberry
SAP, Industry Executive Advisor for Utilities
Steve Dawson
Steve Dawson
SEW, Vice President-Sales

Customers drive every decision for a utility and yet their voice is often left out of larger policy discussions that affect their utility experience. How can the utility be a customer advocate in communities and within the halls of bureaucracy? We hear the work of leading utilities, in their journey of customer empowerment and enablement and how they championed the people connection. 

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VIRTUAL ACCESS ONLY - Jumpstarting Equitable Green Communities through Accessible Financing
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Jigar Shah
Jigar Shah
U.S. DOE, Director of Loan Programs Office

Jigar Shah, has been at the forefront of the energy transition helping to usher in the solar energy boom over the past decade. Now heading the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office, he is transforming the way the DOE scales energy innovation. At WE3, Jigar will discuss a new approach the LPO is taking to advance VPP’s and social justice. 


Join Jigar to find out how the LPO plans to finance these new types of projects and how tech companies, utilities, and cities can partner to scale a prosperous and just clean energy economy!

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Breakout A: The Water Crisis House of Cards
Lorraine Akiba
Lorraine Akiba
LHA Ventures, CEO & President
Seyi Fabode
Seyi Fabode
Varuna, CEO
Scott Hinson
Scott Hinson
Pecan Street, CTO

Water is a basic human necessity but its scarcity threatens the livelihoods of individuals, communities, and even entire nations. How can decision-makers and regulators work to create sustainable water systems to keep communities flourishing? How can technology avert water crisis while at the same time empower utilities and people? Let’s look at our real-life house of cards and how do we ensure no other calamity befalls us. 



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Breakout B: Battling Loss Aversion- SMART Water and Energy Infrastructure
Erin Boyd
Erin Boyd
AES Corporation, Chief Digital Commercial Transformation Officer
Darren Brady
Darren Brady
SEW, Chief Customer Officer
Stefan Zschiegner
Stefan Zschiegner
Itron, VP Product Management
Mayte Sanchez
Mayte Sanchez
LACI, Director-Energy

Infrastructure is being replaced and modernized across fields in order to create more robust and reliable systems and services. In this panel, experts will discuss the best strategies for energy and water infrastructure modernization, balancing the human factor, and how to keep the customer at the center of those decisions. 

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Breakout A: The X Factor- Digitizing Workforce Operations for Efficiency and Safety
Herman Ng
Herman Ng
Liberty Utilities, Senior Director- Data Innovation & Decision Intelligence
Brad Adamske
Brad Adamske
SEW, Vice President
Rick Cutter
Rick Cutter
Cloud for Utilities, Managing Director

Communication tools have greatly expanded capabilities and data access for field workers. However, organizations often miss out on opportunities to create safer and more efficient workplaces with available technology and applications. This session will look at how an organization can be made safer and more efficient for a happier workforce and more robust business. 

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Breakout B: Smart Agriculture and Water Management in the Face of Climate Threats
Scott Hinson
Scott Hinson
Pecan Street, CTO

Climate change is negatively and severely impacting agriculture. However, with the implementation of technologically advanced water and energy tools, we could avert the effects of climate on agriculture. 

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Driving Sustainability with Digital Twins
Matt Piper
Matt Piper
ESRI, Global Director Industry Solutions
Erin Boyd
Erin Boyd
AES Corporation, Chief Digital Commercial Transformation Officer
Thomas Lord
Thomas Lord
UGI, CIO/VP
George Hunt
George Hunt
SEW, Chief Strategy Officer / GM-EU
Laurel Morris
Laurel Morris
Zpryme, Utility & Mobility Project Manager

DER integration and the digital transformation of the grid requires technologically advanced tools to help merge the new digital world with legacy infrastructures. Join us as we discuss how digital twin technology offers the right tools and environments to achieve those goals and drive a more sustainable, resilient grid.

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Fireside Chat: Storage- The Lynchpin of Energy Transition
Frank Magnotti
Frank Magnotti
ElectriQ Power, CEO
Arash Saidi
Arash Saidi
LADWP, Power Engineering Manager overseeing Distributed Resource Development and Programs.

The full and complete transition to clean energy also centers largely on adequate and reliable energy storage. Current energy storage solutions are not without limitation, but the industry is making considerable progress in this area. In this session, we are joined by innovators and industry practitioners who've been with storage from the beginning to discuss where the industry is headed and what innovations excite them!

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Global CXO Roundtable: Hypergrowth Energy/Water Digital Transformation
Herman Ng
Herman Ng
Liberty Utilities, Senior Director- Data Innovation & Decision Intelligence
James Douglas
James Douglas
Alectra, Executive Vice President, Customer Experience
Norbert Jung
Norbert Jung
Siemens, VP of Portfolio and Product Management
Thomas Lord
Thomas Lord
UGI, CIO/VP
Trevor Larocque
Trevor Larocque
PwC, Partner

Through customers, shifting landscapes, and the natural progression of time, utilities face many modern challenges in the digital age. From climate-induced emergencies, remote work, aging infrastructure to evolving utility-customer relationships, the energy and water industries is witnessing a paradigm shift that requires agility and systemic innovation, achieved through robust digital transformation. Join the session and take home insights on how the new-age providers can ride the transformation waves to sustainable futures. 

Thursday, November 10, 2022

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Nothing But Net-Zero
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Take on the twisted basketball challenges and build a city, taking into consideration the net zero goals. In this immersive and ideal ecosystem of the future with EVs, DERs, smart cities, smart homes, circular economy etc, we gamify the net zero reality with may worlds of energy, water, transport, and cities/governments



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Designing the Future Now
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Deepak Garg
Deepak Garg
SEW, Founder & CEO
Paul Lau
Paul Lau
SMUD, CEO & GM

The future of human life will be shaped by the ways that our power and water systems are transformed by modern challenges and technologies. How can the utility industry take the lead in innovation and change the course of how people live, across the globe? 



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The Global Pledge to Save Earth
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Deepak Garg
Deepak Garg
SEW, Founder & CEO

Protecting our planet is not impossible and we need not do it alone. WE3 speakers and attendees get together to pledge and take a stand against climate change. At WE3, we're committed to driving energy and water transformation. Will you join us?

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Equitably Solving Sustainability Challenges
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Ravi Sajwan
Ravi Sajwan
Renew Group, CEO
Stephen Honikman
Stephen Honikman
ElectriQ Power, Senior VP
Stefan Zschiegner
Stefan Zschiegner
Itron, VP Product Management
Laurel Morris
Laurel Morris
Zpryme, Utility & Mobility Project Manager

ESG programs can bring much-needed sustainability investment to LMI communities. But to truly solve equity challenges, it's important to directly involve communities and diverse stakeholders in all steps of decision-making when implementing these programs. This panel will tackle how organizations can better engage community input while rolling out equitable energy programs and how this improves outcomes for both energy providers and the communities.


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The Power of Time- How TOU Rates Can Help Utilities Build their Net-Zero Future
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Scott Engstorm
Scott Engstorm
GridX, Chief Customer Officer
Harish Raju
Harish Raju
SEW, Vice President- Product Services

Time of Use Rates help create more robust demand response programs which can help onboard renewables and  inform EV program incentives. Join this session to see how a data-informed pricing model will benefit the end consumers of transforming utilities.

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EV Reality with a Fragile Grid
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Wally Hunter
Wally Hunter
EnerTech Capital, Managing Director
Andrew Vesey
Andrew Vesey
SmarteMobility, President
Ernie Lewis
Ernie Lewis
Bridgewater, SVP Business Strategy
Lisa Arellanes
Lisa Arellanes
Southern California Edison, Sr. Manager of eMobility Operations Support

Electric vehicles are a key method of decarbonizing the grid, and on top of that they can even make the grid more resilient. By electrifying fleets, water transportation and ports can be made more agile and resistant to strains on their systems. This panel will discuss how EVs can bring resilience to the water-energy nexus. 

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Community-Led Resilience in an Era of Transformation
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DeAnna Hardwick
DeAnna Hardwick
CPS Energy, Executive VP, Customer Strategy
Lincoln Bleveans
Lincoln Bleveans
Stanford University, Executive Director of Sustainability & Energy Management

Reliability is often a concern cited for those apprehensive about replacing carbon infrastructure. But with increasing climate-related disasters threatening the grid, the path to net zero is itself a pathway to grid resilience. 

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Workshop : Risk and Resiliency Planning
Seyi Fabode
Seyi Fabode
Varuna, CEO
Dr.Jean-Pierre Nshimyimana
Dr.Jean-Pierre Nshimyimana
Varuna, Lead Technical Manager

Utilities are under a lot of pressure from many external forces and the demands placed on their systems continue to change in an increasingly digital world. Join this workshop for lessons in assessing risk and creating modern resilience plans.

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Global CEO Roundtable: Hypergrowth Energy/Water Business Transformation
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Ravi Sajwan
Ravi Sajwan
Renew Group, CEO
Praveer Sinha
Praveer Sinha
Tata Power, CEO
Dawn Roth Lindell
Dawn Roth Lindell
City of Burbank- Water and Power, General Manager
Jason Rodriguez
Jason Rodriguez
Zpryme, CEO
Brian Bentz
Brian Bentz
CEO & President, Alectra
Deepak Garg
Deepak Garg
SEW, Founder & CEO
Michael O'Donnell
Michael O'Donnell
SAP, National Vice President-Utilities

New technologies and customer realities are changing the dynamics of the utility industry and corporate strategies must keep up in turn. This session will look at how utilities and businesses can stay agile to maintain a healthy innovative space and track where the industry is heading.

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Global Governments in Action
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Melissa Miyashiro
Melissa Miyashiro
Blue Planet Foundation, Executive Director
Dr.Carolyn Kissane
Dr.Carolyn Kissane
NYU Center for Global Affairs, Academic Director

How are policy decisions around the globe affecting the future of the water-energy world? What changes from the top could accelerate our path to a cleaner future? And where is global leadership on sustainability really coming from? Governments are in the midst of driving historical and monumental change.

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Connected Platforms for Utilities
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Harish Raju
Harish Raju
SEW, Vice President- Product Services
Thomas Lord
Thomas Lord
UGI, CIO/VP
James Douglas
James Douglas
Alectra, Executive Vice President, Customer Experience
George Hunt
George Hunt
SEW, Chief Strategy Officer / GM-EU
Trevor Larocque
Trevor Larocque
PwC, Partner
Jason Rodriguez
Jason Rodriguez
Zpryme, CEO