Day One at Top Innovators

To fulfill our ambition, in this energy transition, to reduce carbon emission, we must accelerate how we innovate.

For the innovators are the creators of a new foundation, from the substation to how we generate.

On that, Fortnightly Top Innovators 2023 shall be. With me the emcee, starting today, in the capital of our nation.

On innovation, this conference will concentrate. For innovation, up to now, and to be, this conference will celebrate.

Kentucky’s Henry Clay, the eighteenth-century Speaker of the House, introduced the Mint Julep at the Willard. Known as the Great Compromiser, he helped found the Republican Party. Maybe he’s available for the current House.

Ulysses S. Grant, while President, was besieged by men in the Willard’s lobby plying him with promises for favors and jobs. He dubbed them lobbyists. The name and the profession stuck.

Martin Luther King wrote his inspiring “I Have a Dream” speech in the Willard. Another of the many historic events that took place there.

And this afternoon, the Fortnightly Top Innovators 2023 conference kicks into gear. With a welcome address by Exelon’s chief strategy officer, Sunny Elebua, and keynote by Southern Company’s executive chair, Tom Fanning.

Two panels with a bunch of energy tech leaders, another with four utility EV program leaders, another focused on gas innovation, and another with utility execs. And that’s just the first afternoon of this three-day conference.

If you’re among the couple hundred of our industry’s energy innovation leaders at the Willard this week, including from nearly forty different utilities, see you there. If not, perhaps we’ll see you next year. At Fortnightly Top Innovators 2024 next October. Or Edison Congress 2024 next May.