OurEnergyPolicy’s Energy Leaders Luncheon Series brings together energy leaders from across the sector to engage in substantive, civil dialogue on U.S. energy policy.



The OEP Energy Leaders Luncheon Series, now in its sixth year, features well-known speakers from the private, public, academic, and nonprofit sectors who lead thoughtful discussions on key energy topics. Lunch attendees representing different viewpoints and sectors, including finance, corporate, government, academia, and advocacy, engage in serious, spirited dialogue. The impact of these discussions is amplified through our online community of more than 1,500 energy professionals.

These events—bringing together a diverse group of energy leaders from throughout the area—help to advance OEP’s non-partisan mission of enhancing the policymaking process by facilitating substantive, civil discourse on key issues. Increasingly, federal and state officials and journalists use our platform and content to support their work on energy legislation and regulation. Our goal is to drive sound energy policies on local, regional, and national levels.



If you are interested in attending an event or have any questions about the event series, contact Kevin Mehren, Program Manager at kmehren@ourenergypolicy.org or (202) 662-8715.


For media inquires, contact Alicia Moulton, Communications Manager at amoulton@ourenergypolicy.org or (202) 805-4166.
















Past Events


Accounting for the Cost of Carbon


Experts discuss the federal/state question, policy options, economics, and business challenges.



February 26, 2020


Robert L. Stout, Jr.
Vice President and Head of US Policy, BP America
Keynote Speaker


Gavin Donohue
President and CEO, Independent Power Producers of New York

Marc Hafstead
Fellow and Director, Carbon Pricing Initiative, Resources for the Future

Robert Litterman
Founding Partner, Kepos Capital, LP


Moderated By: Amy Davidsen, The Climate Group





New York’s Emerging Offshore Wind Market


Government and Industry Leaders Discuss Policy and Business Challenges in This Evolving Sector.



December 2, 2019



Alicia Barton
President and CEO, NYSERDA

Kevin Knobloch
President, New York OceanGrid LLC at Anbaric

Clint Plummer
Head of Market Strategies and New Projects, US at Ørsted

Rudolph Wynter
President and COO, Wholesale Networks and US Capital Delivery National Grid


Moderated by: Robert Catell, Chair, National Offshore Wind Research
and Development Consortium




New York’s Ambitious Climate and Energy Goals, and How to Get There



Dale Bryk discusses recently enacted state legislation, the state’s energy mix, and the road map for meeting the law’s objectives.



September 23, 2019



Dale Bryk
Deputy Secretary for Energy and Environment,
Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo



Moderated by: Robert B. Semple Jr., Associate Editor, The New York Times Editorial Page







Commercial Building Emissions and NYC’s Recent Retrofit Bill


The bill’s sponsor, a real estate industry leader, and a technology innovator discuss the new law and how best to address energy usage by property owners.


July 18, 2019



Robyn Beavers
CEO and Co-founder of Blueprint Power

Costa Constantinides
NYC Councilmember – District 22 Chairperson,
Environmental Protection Committee

John Gilbert
COO, Executive Vice President, and Chief Technical Officer, Rudin Management Company


Moderated by: Keiko Morris, Commercial Real Estate Reporter,
The Wall Street Journal




Powering Progress


Ralph Izzo, Chairman, President, and CEO of PSEG, discusses utilities’ role in meeting the challenge of climate change with clean energy.





May 13, 2019




Ralph Izzo
Chairman, President, and CEO, PSEG









City Energy Priorities, Policies, and Programs


Government leaders from New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. address economic and sustainability issues surrounding local energy goals.



March 13, 2019



Susanne DesRoches
Deputy Director, New York City Mayor’s Offices of Resiliency and Sustainability

Bradford Swing
Director of Energy Policy and Programs,
Boston Mayor’s Office of Environment

Tommy Wells
Director, Washington D.C. District Department of Energy and Environment


Moderated by: Richard Kauffman, Board Chair, NYSERDA






Innovation and Clean Energy


Innovation and Clean Energy: How 2018’s developments have driven clean energy technology and climate policy.




December 17, 2018





Ernest J. Moniz
President and CEO, Energy Futures Initiative
and 13th U.S. Secretary of Energy










The State of the New York Rev


New York’s Energy Czar addresses REVs progress, challenges, and the impact of Federal policies on REV  in New York and other states.



September 21, 2018






Richard Kauffman
Chair of Energy & Finance for New York









Implications of U.S. Energy Abundance


Karen Harbert addresses America’s ascendance to energy superpower status. What opportunities and challenges does this pose? What policies are needed to optimize America’s energy advantage?





April 25, 2018





Karen Harbert
President and CEO,
U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute









A Year of Energy Policy Changes: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead


Philip Sharp analyzes significant energy and climate policy changes enacted during President Trump’s first year and discusses energy markets and policy going forward.




January 24, 2018





Philip Sharp
Former United States Representative,
Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District










Past Speakers in 2017:

Emily Castor-Warren

Stephan Dolezalek

Kate Gordon

Jeffrey Tannenbaum

Ken Daly

Past Speakers in 2016:

Melanie Kenderdine

Andrew Revkin

Dan Kammen