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Thursday, April 20 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Technology for Good: What’s Next in the Green Revolution? The State of Cville’s Renewable Energy Innovation

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With mass electrification and higher living standards, global power consumption is expected to triple in the coming decades—making the nation’s target of decarbonizing the power grid by 2035 feel particularly ambitious. The United States needs to rapidly accelerate deployment of clean energy, quadrupling its annual growth rate of wind and solar power by 2030. So is this 2035 goal even achievable? Learn about the opportunities and barriers to meeting this target from some of the industry’s leaders, based right here in our hometown.

Charlottesville has evolved into an unexpected renewable energy epicenter, now home to more than a dozen companies whose technologies range from residential solar and energy efficiency to vehicle-to-grid bidirectional EV charging, and gigawatt-scale green fuels. Together, these pioneers are building the energy industry of the future and accelerating the transition to a new energy economy.

This session features keynote remarks from Apex Clean Energy President and CEO Mark Goodwin and a panel discussion between Goodwin; Fermata Energy Co-Founder, CFO, and CSO John Wheeler; and Lumin Founder and President Alex Bazhinov, moderated by Apex Clean Energy Senior Vice President of Finance Ellen Balfrey.

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Ellen Balfrey

Senior Vice President, Finance, Apex Clean Energy
Ellen Balfrey is the Senior Vice President of Finance at Apex Clean Energy.  In this role, she leads a team of 17 to secure financing for wind, solar, and battery storage projects throughout the U.S. and sell projects in development or operations.  She has 19 years of experience... Read More →
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Alexander Bazhinov

Founder, President and COO, Lumin
Alexander Bazhinov got his start in Russia after graduating from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. In Russia’s burgeoning capitalist economy, Alex navigated obstacles to business in a post-Soviet world until he found himself managing an international trade network of precious... Read More →
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John Wheeler

CFO, Fermata Energy
Bringing more than $2 billion in M&A and restructuring deal experience to Fermata Energy, John Wheeler is focused on the rapid commercialization and deployment of vehicle-to-everything solutions. He develops the use cases and investment structures that make V2G a fast-growing reality... Read More →
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Mark Goodwin

President and CEO, Apex Clean Energy
Mark has spent more than twenty years of his career in the renewable energy sector. As CEO of Apex Clean Energy, Mark leads the execution of corporate strategy. Since Apex’s founding, he has built a team of more than 400 professionals focused on creating customized clean energy... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
CODE Building Irving Theater