Can Clean Energy be a Business Magnet for the State of Arizona?

Mon, Apr 26, 2021 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EDT
Companies are increasingly seeking to source electricity from renewable sources as part of their commitment to move toward zero carbon emissions. In Arizona, natural gas, nuclear, and coal currently provide 89% of net energy generation, but the state has an abundance of wind and solar resources that could meet this growing demand with supportive state renewable energy policies.

-How does grid-level renewable energy factor into companies’ choice of energy suppliers and decisions to locate their operations?
-What can state energy policymakers do to attract companies seeking to decarbonize?
-How can technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence help companies document clean energy supply in their operations and value chain calculations? 

In this 90-minute webinar, top officials from Arizona State University, Boeing and other major companies explore these questions and provide their insights into what the State of Arizona can do to capitalize on its renewable resources and better compete for corporate investment. 

Meet the Panel

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Kris Mayes is the Founding Faculty Director of the Program on Law and Sustainability at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Mayes was an Arizona Corporation Commissioner from 2003 to 2010 and Chairman for two years. During her ACC tenure Kris co-authored Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard and was a driving force behind the Commission’s adoption of one of the nation’s most ambitious Electric Energy Efficiency Standards.
Sheila Remes is vice president of Environmental Sustainability at The Boeing Company. In this role, she leads a team focused on continuously improving Boeing’s products, services, and operations to achieve environmental goals. She also oversees the environmental sustainability strategy on the Boeing International leadership team.Additional panelists announced shortly.
Ashley Ellixson is the Executive VP of Legal and Risk Management at United Dairymen of Arizona, a milk marketing cooperative. She is responsible for government relations, addressing legal issues including joint venture opportunities, food safety concerns, as well as the coop’s sustainability efforts.

Pratik Raval is the Global Manager, Sustainability for American Express.He is responsible for strategy, execution and business integration of corporate sustainability & ESG in operations globally. Concurrently, he has been a visiting lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)