Indiana Chamber Conference tackles tough energy issues

INDIANAPOLIS — Energy management isn’t just about saving money; it can also result in saving lives as recent events have shown.

Both are reasons to attend the 2021 Indiana Conference on Energy Management, which will be hosted by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 1 at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. The day-long event will cover the status of energy in Indiana, what the future may hold and what businesses, municipalities, and organizations can do to prepare.

While the Texas power crisis happened more than 1,000 miles away, the February event that resulted in a massive electricity generation failure – as well as shortages of water, food, and heat, plus at least 210 deaths – hit a nerve close to home.

Jason Ryan

“What happened in Texas this winter, in part, was a failure to appreciate the interconnectedness (of power and energy) and proactively address it,” says Jason Ryan, senior vice president for CenterPoint Energy, who will give the keynote presentation at the upcoming conference. “And the impacts of that were felt well beyond Texas because the energy supply chain doesn’t just operate inside of one state’s borders. So it’s a lesson for us all.” 

The Indiana Conference on Energy Management is billed as Indiana’s premier gathering for finding affordable and sustainable energy sources for businesses, with attendees hearing from experts from around the state on strategies needed to cut costs and remain in compliance.

The event is also a prime opportunity to network with other professionals in the field and offers various continuing education credits.

Ryan will deliver the keynote presentation on the importance of reliability, affordability, and sustainability in setting a strong energy policy.

“Increasingly, the energy that is delivered to our communities – whether from natural gas or electric utilities – is from an interconnected supply chain. That means the industry must increasingly build, operate and maintain energy infrastructure with that interconnectedness front of mind,” Ryan stresses. “This is critical for providing the kind of reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy that Hoosiers deserve and expect, and keeping Indiana a state that works.” 

Other topics on the day-long agenda include alternative energy in Indiana, businesses doing their part to address climate change and air emissions, how federal regulators will allow commercial solar and storage owners to compete in the open energy market, plus cybersecurity relating to the grid and critical infrastructure.

Admission is $399 for Indiana Chamber members, $499 for non-members, and $199 for government employees. If an organization sends two or more employees, they’re eligible for a 20% discount.

Registration and event information is available at www.indianachamber.com/conferences or you can register by phone at (800) 824-6885.

Platinum sponsors for the event are Indiana Michigan Power and AES Indiana. EDF Energy Services is a gold sponsor. Silver sponsors are Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy), Citizens Energy Group, Cummins Inc., England Power Solutions, Franklin Well Services LLC, Geronimo Energy, Hoosier Energy REC Inc., NIPSCO, Skill Demand Energy, and Solar UV Solutions LLC.

The Indiana Chamber partners with 25,000 members and investors – representing over four million Hoosiers – to achieve the mission of “cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity.

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