"Climate change policy is driving news headlines and being seriously debated again on Capitol Hill. Conservatives are reaffirming leadership on clean energy and asserting strong positions on innovative, technology neutral, and market-based approaches to reducing emissions.

"Join CRES Forum to discuss both the technologies and policies needed to reduce emissions and maintain a comparative advantage in clean energy. The goal of the discussion is to identify state and federal solutions that are market-based, actionable and will empower individuals and businesses to choose clean energy and make informed decisions that result in near-term emissions reductions."

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8:30 a.m. -8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks:

Heather Reams, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum Executive Director

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Lightning Talk: View from the Conservative Grassroots

Benji Backer, President – American Conservation Coalition (ACC)

Brittany Zwierzchowski Tisler, Executive Director – Conservative Energy Network (CEN)

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

A Case Study from the States: South Carolina Energy Freedom Act

Matt Moore, Chairman – Palmetto Conservative Solar Coalition (Moderator)

Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) – South Carolina Senator, District 46

Representative Nathan Ballentine (R-Richland County) – South Carolina Representative, District 71

Steffanie Dohn, Director of Government Relations – Southern Current

Tyson Grinstead, Director, Public Policy – Sunrun

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL01)

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Technology and Policy of Renewables and Energy Efficiency

Steven Shparber, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough (Moderator)

Celina Cunningham, Vice President & Chief of Staff – Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Emily Duncan, Director, Federal Government Affairs – National Grid

Rob Gramlich, Founder and President – Grid Strategies, LLC

Jeff Leahey, Executive Vice President – National Hydropower Association

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Technology and Policy for Reducing Emissions from Fossil Fuels

Charles Hernick, Director of Policy and Advocacy – Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum (Moderator)

Judi Greenwald, Principal, Greenwald Consulting, and Advisor, Carbon Capture Coalition

Emily O’Connell, Director, Energy Markets Policy – American Gas Association

Jeff Stein, Policy Advisor – American Petroleum Institute

12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Closing Keynote

U.S. Representative Ralph Norman (R-SC05)