Director of Sustainable Energy
Copper Development Association
Increased energy efficiency and resiliency are vital to securing our energy supply and creating economic growth. This session will outline how improved infrastructure, coupled with comprehensive energy legislation, can protect our nation’s electrical energy supply and benefit the economy. There are currently 2.2 million Americans employed in the Energy Efficiency Sector, and 70% of them are employed by a small business. Meanwhile, the smart grid sector supported 19,745 jobs and micro grid development provided 14,890 jobs in 2016. Increased energy efficiency benefits the economy by reducing utility bills, increasing spending power for individuals, and offering higher competitiveness for businesses. Support for energy efficiency and resilience must come from both improved energy infrastructure and energy legislation. Modernizing our energy infrastructure and utilizing renewable energy will protect our power supply from various threats. On the material side, copper’s use in grid energy storage increases the conductivity, sustainability, and durability not only electrical applications but in all interconnecting energy system infrastructure. On the legislation side, bills like the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017 will strengthen the energy workforce, prioritize innovation, modernize and secure the electric grid. Strong will lead session attendees through various infrastructure improvements and pending legislation that can meet these goals.
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