Western States Innovation Workshop

Sponsored by the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB) and the CleanTech Alliance

June 25, 2019


  1. Improve the systems for commercialization of clean energy technologies emerging from western R&D institutions and organizations.
  2. Build upon the 2016 regional energy innovation workshops sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
  3. Strengthen and broaden the Northwest Energy Innovation Alliance.
  4. Provide opportunities for WIEB states and provinces to strengthen their relationships with state and provincial R&D institutions to better link policy and technology development.


Invited participants from the June 24 CleanTech Innovation Showcase, WIEB members and Western state and provincial policymakers, and other energy R&D and commercialization organizations from throughout the West.

Click here to inquire about being invited to the Northwest and Western Innovation Workshop.

Draft Agenda

Masters of Ceremony: Tony Usibelli and Jimmy Jia

8:30 a.m.: Dr. Alan Winter, British Columbia’s first Innovation Commissioner

9:00 a.m.: Growing CleanTech Energy Businesses: New Research Findings

  • Moderator: Malin Young, Ph.D., Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Invited)
  • Ann Goos, Study Consultant
  • Craig Husa, President & CEO, Impact BioEnergy
  • J. Thomas Ranken, President & CEO, CleanTech Alliance
  • Brian Young, CleanTech Lead, Washington State Department of Commerce

10:00 a.m.: Three Breakout Discussion Session  I (Policy, Companies, R & D)

11:00 a.m: Networking Break

11:15 a.m.: Three Breakout Discussion Sessions II

12:15 p.m.:  Lunch

1:15 a.m.:  Group discussion of insights from Breakout Sessions

2:15 p.m.:  Where do we go from here?

3:00 p.m.:  Adjourn