On April 12, 2019, the Fifteenth Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century was held. Over 400 people crowded into the room to hear upbeat presentations by incredible speakers giving us hope and a path forward to decarbonizing our environment to curb climate change. People attended from all over New York State as well as 8 other states. We were sorry to disappoint many of you who we could not accommodate at the last minute and urge you to register earlier next year to make sure you are assured a place at the table. 

For all those who tried to stream, apologies. So many tuned in at the same time that the streaming crashed. Once more, we are overwhelmed at the response of so many who are anxious to hear our great speakers with the most up to date information.

The excellent power points from the speakers are below their pictures. 

Many of you have written about how much you learned from the Symposium. I truly appreciate your words and comments as well as suggestions. They are inspiring me to work toward the Sixteenth Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century on April 17, 2020. We are expecting great strides in the coming year and are already working with our friends from the National Environmental Research Laboratories to bring you the most up to date topics for next year.

 I want to thank our sponsors, without whom we could not produce this outstanding event. Several have already committed to be sponsors for next year’s Symposium so that we can start our planning right away. Many of our sponsors put us in their budgets and that assures us of the support we need to start work for next year. Let us know if we can count on you! And let us know if you have any job openings so we can include that on our mailings. We also thank our excellent tour guides for the trips following the Symposium, for NY Bus Sales who provided us with “clean” buses for the trips, and as NYSERDA for bringing electric cars for us to experience.

 We are indebted to our great speaker who traveled great lengths to present to us.

 Make sure to read the Energy21 newsletter which is sent periodically with updates about progress in the renewable energy sector. Please keep in touch and share any interesting information.  Rhea


Sixteenth Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century

April 17, 2020

Director, Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century

President, Energy21


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With up to 400 attendees each year, the Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century, provides a gathering venue for a diverse community to join together in a non-partisan, multidisciplinary learning experience and conversation on sustainability and renewable energy. The attendees range from prominent industry professionals to students and interested citizens. Commissioners, mayors, developers, architects, lawyers, engineers, farmers, many college students, all who are interested in the future of renewable energy with the most cutting edge policy being discussed.

See what some our attendees are saying!

This award winning event consistently offers information and expertise regarding the solutions offered through renewable energy and successfully creates a rich environment urging for ownership and accountability for renewable energy solutions…The Symposium annually challenges both traditional partners and the greater public community to explore and tackle critical energy issues facing our nation.

Charles E. Schumer, United States Senator

Each year Dr. Rhea Jezer attracts some of the most powerful energy czars to participate from academia, government and the private sector. Thank you!

Guy M. Zaczek, e3 Energy Environment Education

I have to commend you for creating this growing annual event and giving a powerful platform for professionals and students to come together and spend quality time sharing ideas. The topics had the right balance to reach a wide set of audience and the flow between different topics was perfect.

There are very few conferences that really feel open to students and yet keeps the focus very much on the hot topics of the energy industry. I also appreciate the details and the level of effort that went into planning and organization.

Arunkumar (Arun) Vedhathiri, Solution Delivery, New Energy Solutions

It is no surprise to me that the symposium was “a resounding success”. You did a great
job in putting this event together! It outlined the problem and potential solutions, the national
policy perspective and New York’s, opportunities/roles for individuals and businesses (NGOs, etc.), government programs at the national and state level, and more. The emphasis on Q&A gave the event real life. One person’s comment (I paraphrase) that it was good enough to be a $1000 event in prime time in New York City was no exaggeration. It was great fun to participate in the symposium, to share the stage with so many wonderful speakers, and to field some of the many excellent questions.

David Berg, Chief Advisor, Energy Policy, US Department of Energy

I just wanted to thank you so much for putting together such a fantastic symposium last Friday. It was beyond inspiring and gave me hope that maybe some of our problems could be solved if we collectively worked toward a sustainable future. You were so gracious with every introduction and made us all feel like family. Just a huge congrats for such tremendous effort and success. Looking forward to next year!

Sara Schultz, Buffalo, New York

The event is one of those sought for opportunities that foster the form of dialogue that will lead to a sustainable climate and economic solutions and reduce those moments that allow opposition to be the dominate point of discussion. I think it has become too easy to draw lines in the sand depend on lobbying to drive sound policy; your approach was a welcome alternative to demonstrate that collectively we can solve many challenges and optimize many opportunities.

Dennis Eisenbeck, National Grid Regional Director Energy Solution

I can’t say enough about the day and the experiences it held for my students. Simply extraordinary. Being in the same room with the great minds you gathered was inspiring. Thank you for making us feel most welcome and acknowledging what I believe, that young people carry the creative spirit and keys to helping us move our energy and other challenges forward.

Sue Foster, Science Department Chair, Manlius Pebble Hill School, DeWitt

This wonderful event addresses the challenges that we face as we work toward energy independence…It is exactly the forward thinking that we need as business leaders, environmentalists, members of government and citizens to ensure a sustainable future. I share your commitment to sustainable energy, recognizing the significant impact it will have on improving our environment and the health of our citizens.

Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator



Chair, Public Service Commission &
Chief Executive Officer, Department of Public Service
(Former President/CEO of NYSERDA)


System Modeling & Geospatial Data Science
Strategic Energy Analysis Center – NREL, US Department of Energy
Symposium PowerPoint


Congressman, NY 22nd Congressional District


President, National Grid New York
Symposium PowerPoint


Senior Director, Climate & Clean Energy Program


Chief Analyst, Strategic Energy Analysis Center
NREL, US Department of Energy
Symposium PowerPoint


Grid Integration Scientist Fellow, Climate and Clean Energy Program


League of Conservation Voters
(Former Chief of Staff DEC)
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