Breakfast Series

The CleanTech Alliance Breakfast Series presents notable cleantech executive speakers for a monthly conversation followed by networking with 100 cleantech industry leaders from across the region. A different speaker and topic is presented on the second Wednesday of each month (7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) from September through May (except November, which is reserved for the CleanTech Alliance Annual Meeting).

CleanTech Alliance now offers virtual attendance options through a live webinar feed.

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Coming soon: 2018-19 Breakfast Series Speakers & Topics

The next Breakfast Series kicks-off on September 12, 2018!


Past Breakfast Speakers (2017-2018 Session)


September 13, 2018
Michael Hagood | Idaho National Laboratory

Michael Hagood is Idaho National Laboratory’s Director of Regional Initiatives. Hagood works closely with laboratory leadership, directorates and partner organizations to help identify R&D opportunities that match INL’s core strengths and capabilities to solve unique energy challenges found in the West.


October 11, 2017
Susan Petty | AltaRock Energy

Susan Petty is the Chief Technology Officer, President, and Co-Founder of AltaRock Energy, Inc. With more than 30 years of experience in the geothermal industry, Petty’s work has included all aspects of testing, evaluation, analysis, modeling and optimization for geothermal wells, wellfields and powerplants. Petty has driven geothermal electrical generation projects in locations around the world, including: California, Nevada, Indonesia, the Philippines and Central America.


December 13, 2017
Ana Mari Cauce | University of Washington | Recap

As the President of one of the world’s great public universities, Ana Mari Cauce is leading the University of Washington in advancing its mission in four key areas: providing a leading-edge student experience, conducting research and scholarship that has a global impact, upholding the UW’s dedication to its public mission and infusing the entire university with a commitment to innovation.


January 10, 2017
Elliot Mainzer | Bonneville Power Administration

Elliot Mainzer was named Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration in January 2014 but had served as Acting Administrator since July 2013. In that role, he is responsible for managing the nonprofit federal agency that markets carbon-free power from Columbia River hydroelectric dams and the region’s one nuclear plant. BPA also operates most of the high-voltage power grid across the Pacific Northwest, distributing wind and other energy to the region and beyond.


February 14, 2018
Nuclear Fusion Panel

Nuclear fusion technology is advancing at a rapid pace with innovations that could forever transform our energy infrastructure and economy. Get the latest updates on the current and future status of nuclear fusion from three of North America’s leading technology companies – Helion Energy, General Fusion and TAE Technologies. The panel will be moderated by Nick Touran of TerraPower.


March 14, 2018
Virginia Emery | Beta Hatch

Can insects taste like #CleanTechBacon? Virginia Emery, Founder and CEO of Beta Hatch, is determined to find a way. Beta Hatch was born from the realization that we need to ‘think outside the field’ and innovate whole new sectors of agriculture. Simply put, Beta Hatch grows insects better than anyone else.


April 11, 2018
Dr. John Stark | Washington Stormwater Center

Dr. John Stark is the Director of the Washington Stormwater Center in Puyallup, Washington. He is also a full professor and conducts research in ecotoxicology at Washington State University (WSU) in Puyallup. Dr. Stark’s research interests focus on protection of endangered species and ecological risk assessment of pollutants with particular emphasis on salmon and aquatic invertebrates.


May 9, 2018
The Marine Energy Opportunity

Renewable energy opportunity lives in the water! Waves and ocean current generate tremendous power. Harnessing that power extends beyond technology alone. A panel of Northwest marine energy experts will outline the global marine energy opportunity while dissecting current technologies, potential environmental considerations and socioeconomic effects such as impacts on existing ocean users.