AHC Group Energy Competitiveness Workshop — Nov. 2017 Session

We see clear winners for the next 25 years—natural gas but especially wind and solar—replacing the champion of the previous 25 years, coal. But there is no single story about the future of global energy: in practice, government policies will determine where we go from here.
~ Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency

Best Corporate Practices Through the Rising Role of
Renewables, Microgrids, Storage, and Strategic Planning

November 1–2, 2017

Ingersoll Rand Headquarters
Building B—Great Divide
800-A Beaty Street
Davidson, NC

November 2017 Sponsors

Wheel of November 2017 Workshop Sponsors


Workshop Agenda

Workshop Presenters, Participants, and Topics

November 2017 Workshop Agenda
(Click to download.)

Two Good Reasons to Register
for This Workshop

What are the key routes for large, complex multinationals to meet their combined energy and sustainability needs? What — after all this debate over climate, the price of energy, and competing in a carbon- and capital-constrained world — would lead to clearly defining energy competitiveness? What mix provides a reliable, tested set of actions and investments?

To answer these pressing questions and expectations, we have secured as speakers:

  1. Scott Graybeal, the SVP in charge of their Energy Solutions division at Flex
  2. Mark Correll, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy, Environment and Infrastructure, US Air Force

To show the range of Flex's reach and Graybeal's skills, we attach Scott's bio below (the other speakers’ bios are included in the workshop agenda). These are two of the ten market-shaping executives maturing the leading edge of energy competitiveness. They will give you a reliable insight into what is now happening, and where the technology and markets are heading.

Many of you know that the US Air Force — as our workshop Chairman Ken Strassner puts it — "is well ahead of large parts of the private sector, and they offer us the leading model in organizations on energy innovation." Flex is working with over a thousand corporate customers globally to extend the reach of what they can do in alternative energy at scale, from Microsoft and Wal-Mart to Mars and others present in November.

The seventeen sponsor organizations displayed here, along with the speakers listed below, include some of the largest energy users and innovators in the world. They support this ongoing Energy and Sustainability working group at $20,000 per year. The price for you as a non-member for this single November workshop is $2,695. We credit that fee toward membership should you wish to remain involved in an ongoing way.

For further details regarding either workshop registration or program sponsorship, please contact Marti Simmons ([email protected]) to schedule a call.

View a Summary of Findings
from this Workshop here »

Biography of Scott Graybeal at Flex

Schedule of Confirmed Presentations and Panelists

Wednesday, November 1


Scott Tew, Executive Director Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand

Welcome Remarks and Introduction of Participants


Edwin Makkinga, Enbridge

Renewables Procurement: Offshore Wind Purchases—Investment Climate Comparisons Between North America and Europe


Mark Correll, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Air Force for Environment, Safety & Infrastructure (co-presenting with John Mogge, CH2M)

Strategic Planning: Energy Surety and Energy Security Through Building Renewables


Scott Graybeal, SVP, and Bruce Klafter, Flex Energy Solutions

Innovations in Alternative Energy at Scale


Panel Discussion on Mainstreaming Energy Competiveness, with panelists to include:

  • Skiles Boyd, DTE Energy
  • Tim Lindsey, Highlander Innovation
  • Kevin Butt, Toyota
  • Calvert Research and Management Representative


Monica Ferrer, Senior Manager—Energy & Utilities, Walgreens

Walgreen’s Energy Management Systems: The Existing Array, Innovation, Locations and the Next Steps

Thursday, November 2


Stephen Abbott, Rocky Mountain Institute Business Renewable Center

Meeting Sustainability Requirements Through Renewable Energy: Corporate Case Studies


Tim Juliani, Edison Energy

Strategic Planning: Renewable Energy As a Sustainable Solution: The Rising Role of Analytics and Energy Options


Michael Grichnik, Emerging Technology Manager, Caterpillar

Microgrids, Energy Storage and Other Energy Innovations: Delivering Options in Energy Competitiveness


David Deshotels, Regional Sales Manager, CSSI

Efficiency First: How Energy Economics Favors LED Retrofits


Panel Discussion on A Review of Achievements and Next Steps, with panelists to include:

  • Kevin Walgreen, Walgreens
  • Ray Evans, First Energy

Program Overview

Until recently, energy planning has been mostly a technical manager function about getting the best rates from your local utilities and, at times of price spikes, on improving energy efficiency. This has mostly been an engineering/cost function at all great firms.

Today, efficiency improvement continues to be a major concern; but we are finding the ability to purchase or to build renewables cost-effectively, to generate power in strategic locations, and to use micro-grids and storage to enhance energy security offer more strategic ways to reduce energy costs and enhance the competitiveness of corporate facilities. A new world of energy optionality has emerged, with a range of energy providers, optimizers, and suppliers offering many complex choices.

Suddenly, in the last three or four years, such a menu of options in energy has become of sustained concern at the senior management and Board level of the hundreds of firms we have served since 1981. Much of this is market-driven, combining strategy, innovation, brand, investor relations, and other parts of leadership councils.

To examine this menu of market-driven strategic options, we now have organized a 40-firm Business-to-Business best-practice summit, to be hosted by our corporate affiliate Ingersoll Rand at their North Carolina headquarters.

For the past four years, the AHC Group has sponsored a series of special workshops focused on Energy Innovation and Carbon Competitiveness. We invite you to attend the ninth workshop in this series.

Confirmed speakers at this workshop include:

  • Edison Energy, a leading provider of strategic energy planning services to major corporations.
  • Enbridge, the largest energy infrastructure player in Canada and the U.S.
  • Caterpillar, a leader in onsite energy generation and storage solutions.
  • CH2M, a leading global engineering firm whose work enhances the energy efficiency and security of the U.S. Air Force, with an Air Force leader in co-presentation.
  • Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, the recently formed advisory group helping companies learn how to purchase renewable energy effectively.

Besides these speakers, there will be several panels with new world companies like Flex, Apple, Microsoft, and other members of the RE100 reporting on their commitments, decisions, and steps planned forward.

Over a focused day and a half, this meeting is designed to give attendees practical and strategic guidance that they can take back to their leadership councils in a format of use. AHC Group workshops are actively facilitated, and designed for interaction between the large sponsors, speakers, and invited leaders. They are held under Chatham house rules in a private sanctuary that is ongoing.

Additional information on the workshop may be obtained from Bruce Piasecki, President and Founder of the AHC Group, at [email protected]. For more on the history of our eight prior sessions, please contact our workshop chair, Ken Strassner ([email protected]), formerly from Kimberly Clark, where he made these types of energy decisions. Registration and hotel information is available from AHC's Corporate Affiliates Director, Marti Simmons, at [email protected].


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