Grid Modernization in Massachusetts Speaker Series


Fraunhofer CSE will be hosting a series of Roundtable Speaker Sessions on Grid Modernization in Massachusetts. The first event in this series is entitled: International Insights to Meet 2050 Carbon Goals

International Insights to Meet 2050 Carbon Goals

Where: Fraunhofer CSE, 5 Channel Center Street, Boston, MA

When: April 25, 2018, 3:30-5:30 PM

The April 25th event will feature two speakers and a roundtable discussion, focused on pathways to 2050 which are currently being considered in Massachusetts and in Germany—two leaders in research and energy innovation.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Germany, and other state and federal governments around the world, have committed to cutting their carbon emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050. It is a massive undertaking to accomplish this goal and yet, there is no agreement as to how to accomplish it. 

  • What are the pathways to 80 percent carbon reduction?
  • What are the phases of the transition? 
  • What are the opportunities and challenges of interaction between the electricity, heat and mobility sectors?
  • What do our efforts for reduction of carbon emissions mean for our economy?

Featured Speakers:

  • Katie Theoharides, Assistant Secretary of Climate Change, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
  • Prof. Hans-Martin Henning, Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE), Freiburg, Germany


  • Penni McLean-Conner, Chief Customer Officer & SVP Customer Care Organization, Eversource Energy
  • Patrick Haswell, Director of Business Development and Public Affairs, Veolia North America (updated speaker)
  • Kayte O'Neill, Vice President, Regulatory Strategy, National Grid USA
  • Stephen Pike, CEO, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)



The event will include light refreshments.


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