Disruptive Forces and the Energy System’s Response to Change: A Report from the 2017 Energy Policy Forum

November 29, 2017  • Energy and Environment Program

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The Energy Policy Forum has convened a small group of diverse energy experts in Aspen for more than 40 years, with this year’s topics including: the future of baseload generation, the internet of things, North American grid integration, the national security role of the electric sector, value creation, deep-decarbonization, and many other topics. This year, the forum will be co-chaired by former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and President and CEO of ComEd Anne Pramaggiore.

The 2017 Forum explored a diverse cross-section of topics, including the role of baseload generation, distribution system policy and regulatory design, decarbonization, cyber-security, and the increasingly interdependent roles the US, Mexico, and Canada play with each other in energy.

The round table format stresses dialogue between participant, rather than question and answer or just listening to speakers. While each session is introduced by brief presentations, the majority of time is reserved for candid dialogue between participants. The forum is enhanced by an informal atmosphere and a not-for-attribution rule that encourages creative thinking, dissenting opinions, and candid dialogue.