CANCELED: Clean Jobs Forum
Larry Downey, SBN’s Membership Manager: Larry@sbnphiladelphia.org.
- Bob KeefeExecutive DirectorE2
- Paul SpiegelPresidentPractical Energy Solutions
- Keith PeltzmanFounderIndependence Solar
- Mark Alan HughesFaculty DirectorKleinman Center for Energy Policy
- Alexa HeislerLegal CounselMomentum Dynamics Corporation
Led by one of the nation’s top energy efficiency industries and supported by burgeoning renewable energy and clean vehicle sectors, Pennsylvania is developing a strong, diversified clean economy.
Join the Sustainable Business Network, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy (KCEP) at the University of Pennsylvania, and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2,) to discuss the state of the Philadelphia region’s clean energy economy and the challenges and opportunities for continued growth.
Our featured panelists will speak from their industry perspectives on issues ranging from energy efficiency to renewable energy to clean vehicles to energy generation. The conversation will include a discussion of state level energy policy and the ways the business community is working to grow job and business opportunities in the region. The panelists include:
- Paul Speigel, President, Practical Energy Solutions
- Wayne Barnett, Manager, Thermal Business Development, Clearway Energy
- Alexa Heisler, Legal Counsel, Momentum Dynamics Corporation
- Keith Peltzman, President, Independence Solar
The panel will be moderated by Bob Keefe, Executive Director of E2 and Mark Alan Hughes, Founding Faculty Director of the Kleinman Center, will also provide keynote remarks.
Registration and networking will begin at 5 PM. The program will begin at 6 PM.
About the Speakers
Bob Keefe is E2’s Executive Director, overseeing E2’s work across the country and coordinating E2’s staff and chapters stretching from Boston to San Diego. Bob speaks regularly about the economic benefits of smart environmental policies; the clean energy economy; jobs and related issues, and has been widely quoted in publications nationwide. Prior to joining E2 in 2011, Bob spent more than 20 years as a political, business and environmental journalist. He served as the chief Washington correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; as a California-based national reporter for Cox Newspapers/Cox News Service; as technology editor for the Austin (Tx) American-Statesman and as a business and investigative reporter for the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times. Bob also co-founded a technology news Web site and has co-authored or edited several business-related books. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Paul Spiegel is President of Practical Energy Solutions of West Chester, PA, which he co-founded in March of 2006. The company works with businesses, schools, and municipalities to help them assess their existing building stock and energy consumption, implement retrofit and equipment upgrade projects, and develop energy programs and strategic plans to reduce their energy costs and their environmental footprint. A partial client list includes the City of Philadelphia, Liberty Property Trust, Lower Merion School District, West Chester Area School District, Delaware County, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), United Technologies, Media Borough, Tredyffrin Township, Perkasie Borough, Westtown School, School District of Philadelphia, DVRPC, PJM Interconnection, Chester County, Downingtown Area School District, and QVC.
Paul has over 30 years of experience in the engineering, design, and construction business in the Philadelphia region, is a licensed professional engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional, and has a degree in Economics from the University of Delaware. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Temple University, where he has taught since 2004, serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Smart Energy Initiative of Southeastern PA, and is a senior member of the Association of Energy Engineers. Practical Energy Solutions, which just celebrated its 14th anniversary, is a certified “founding” B-Corporation, and is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Green Building United, and the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia (where he served on the board for 6 years). He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Chester County Economic Development Council.
Keith Peltzman founded Independence Solar in 2007. Prior to Independence Solar, Keith worked for Allco Renewables, US Solar Finance and Verterra Renewables, managing the financial analysis and development of over $300 million of solar, wind and biomass projects. Prior to launching Independence Solar, Keith worked on M&A at groSolar, a leading solar distributor and installer. Keith holds a B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A from MIT, where he focused on the economics of solar.
Mark Alan Hughes is a professor of practice at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and founding faculty director of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. He is also a faculty fellow of the Penn Institute for Urban Research and a research fellow of the Wharton Risk Center. At age 25, Hughes joined the standing faculty of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. He joined the associated faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. Hughes has published in the leading journals of economic geography, urban economics, political science, and policy analysis and won the National Planning Award for his research in city and regional planning. He was the founding director of sustainability for the City of Philadelphia, where he led the creation of the Greenworks Plan. Hughes earned a Ph.D. in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in religion and art history from Swarthmore College.
Alexa Heisler serves as Legal Counsel for the Momentum Dynamics Corporation. Momentum Dynamics Corporation is the global leader in providing high-power wireless charging solutions for all classes of electric vehicles. Alexa has the responsibility of providing the company with advice, managing contracts, corporate governance, government affairs, investor relations, corporate development, and intellectual property matters.
Alexa has considerable and diverse experience. She previously worked in financial services providing institutional custody and administrative services, as project lead, subject matter expert, and manager of a team of attorneys and financial professionals. Alexa also served as compliance counsel and managed regulatory requirements for large financial institution clients. Prior to joining Momentum, she served as corporate counsel for the American branch of an international renewable energy company, where she managed complex customs regulatory requirements, litigation efforts, and original equipment manufacturing and sales contract administration.
Alexa earned her Juris Doctorate from Villanova University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Bryn Mawr College. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.