Principal and Co-Founder Converge Strategies Seattle, Washington, United States
As any emergency planner in Tornado Alley or the Hurricane belt can tell you, resiliency is critical to surviving and recovering from a natural disaster. But in today’s hyper-networked, “always on” global economy, the threats to our energy infrastructure don’t exclusively come from Mother Nature. This panel will explore current and reasonably foreseeable security risks to our critical energy infrastructure, as well as new technologies and tools to ensure a secure grid and reliable and resilient power supply. Panelists will discuss the importance of domestically sourcing rare earth minerals that make up the backbone of our energy and telecommunications technologies, supply chain risks exposed by COVID-19 and the risk of overreliance on imported technologies, and the role of renewables in defending the American homeland. The panel will highlight ongoing efforts at the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense.