K&L Gates Quarterly Debate Series

We are partnering with K&L Gates to host a quarterly Debate Series. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from the experts on both sides of critical cleantech and energy issues. This is also your chance to network with K&L Gates representatives, our speakers, and your fellow cleantech industry leaders and innovators in a relaxed setting.

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, February 16, 2023 Decarbonizing AgTech
  • Thursday, April 20, 2023 Logging

Nov. 1: Lower Snake River Dam Removal
at Energy Leadership Summit 2022


2:45 – 4:00 PM PT
Energy Leadership Summit
Seattle Convention Center: Arch at 800 Pike

Elizabeth Thomas, Senior of Counsel, K&L Gates LLP

Liz is a lawyer in K&L Gates’ Power Practice Group and also serves on the board of the Clean Energy Transition Institute. Liz represents clients in regulatory, transactional, litigation and policy matters in the energy sector.

Nancy Hirsh, Executive Director, NW Energy Coalition 

Nancy Hirsh is Executive Director for the NW Energy Coalition. Nancy directs the Coalition’s efforts to enhance investments in energy efficiency, renewable resources, and low-income energy services through work with utilities, commissioners, regulators, and legislators. She serves on the board of Renewable Northwest and the Centralia Coal Transition Board. She is also on the advisory committee for the Institute for Energy Studies at Western Washington University. From 1996 through 2014 she served as the Coalition’s policy director. Before joining the Coalition, she spent twelve years in Washington, DC working on national energy policy issues for the Environmental Action Foundation and the National Wildlife Federation. She lives in Seattle with her husband, children and dog. When not advocating clean energy solutions, she is an avid backpacker and hiker.

Kurt Miller, Executive Director, Northwest RiverPartners

Kurt Miller is one of the nation’s leading advocates for hydropower’s role in a clean and equitable energy future. As the executive director of Northwest RiverPartners, Kurt represents millions of electricity customers across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah who rely on hydropower’s affordability and reliability to power their homes, businesses, and transportation. Kurt has spent most of his 30-year career in leadership positions for electric utilities, bringing expertise in power supply and smart grid initiatives. Kurt loves talking with people about how all of the pieces fit together as we work to reverse climate change and lift up our local communities. Kurt lives in Vancouver, Washington with his wife Jennifer and their two Boston Terriers.


Presented by K&L Gates

Previous Debates Include:

October 6, 2022 – Offshore Wind Development on the West Coast

May 19, 2022 Decarbonizing Transportation: Public and Private Sector Views on EV Charging Station Deployment

March 17, 2022 – Reframing the Discussion: Building a Better Future by Decarbonizing the Built Environment

The Next Disruptor in the Transition to a Clean Energy Economy: Hydrogen or Fusion? – September 16

The Role of Natural Gas in the Transition to a Clean Energy Economy – May 19

The Biden Clean Energy Plan: Does it Go Far Enough?

How Best to Modernize the Grid System To Achieve Carbon Reduction Goals

Is Nuclear Energy Critical to our Carbon Goals?- August 13, 2020