Thank you to our superb speakers at the Sixteenth Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century!

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Seventeenth Annual


APRIL 16, 2021


A note from our director       

For the past sixteen years four hundred people have gathered to hear cutting edge presentations by national excellent speakers giving us hope and a path forward to decarbonizing our environment to curb climate change. On October 26th the rescheduled award winning Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century was held virtually. People attended from throughout the country as well as internationally.

As is our ecosystem, we are resilient and will not allow adversity to limit our quest for solutions to the climate crisis in which we find ourselves. Although in the short term we need to deal with the devastating coronavirus, we still must not forget the longer term threat to our world, global warming. The information and tools we derive from the Symposium each year give us hope and a path forward to decarbonizing our environment to curb climate change. We must learn how to help create a carbon free and healthy world.

I will continue to update on these issues through our Energy21 newsletter with updates about progress in the renewable energy sector. If you are not on our mailing list, make sure to sign up. The newsletter not only keeps us all up to date on renewable energy issues around the world, but also provides a listing of grants and jobs available. Please keep safe and well and follow all of the directions of the CDC so we can all attend the Seventeenth Annual Symposium

Please thank our devoted sponsors. We could not do what we do without them, and they have been with us throughout our change of date.

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Director, Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century

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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

See our fabulous speakers for 2020

Read their bios & see their presentations


Acting President & CEO
Symposium Slides


National Grid
Symposium Slides


Senior Director, Climate & Clean Energy Program


Energy-Water-Land Analyst,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Symposium Slides


New York Power Authority
Symposium Slides


Energy Storage Association
Symposium Slides



New York State U.S Senator
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Hope Kunilholm

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