Power Up Energy Expo 2021

Building Resilient Installations

Now in its 12th year, Power Up Energy Expo will bring hundreds of subject matter experts in architecture, engineering, construction, and power generation together for 2 days of information sharing, networking, and business development. 

This year’s event theme is “Building Resilient Installations.” We will focus on how military installations can use current and future technology to improve their impact on the environment and create a model for government sustainability programs. 

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This year’s event is at the Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort. This amazing location allows attendees to enjoy onsite accommodations, golf, spa treatments and other amenities while participating in Power Up. Prices starting at $134. Book by October 15 and save today. 

2021 Power Up Agenda


Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

(Sessions listed below are subject to change)

  • Registration Opens/Networking Breakfast 8:00am

    Sponsorship Opportunity

  • Introductions 8:30am

    Mr. Dave Robau,
    Gulf Coast Energy Network

  • Welcome Message 8:40am
  • Introduction of Morning Keynote 8:45am

    (Exclusive Titanium Sponsor)

  • Morning Keynote Address 8:50am

    Colonel Travis K. Leighton
    Division Chief, Natural Disaster Recovery Division, Program Management Office, Tyndall Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force

  • Opening Plenary Session: Innovative Partnerships to Build Resilient Cities 9:15am

    Mr. Tim Echols
    Commissioner, Georgia Public Service Commission
    Honorable Katherine Hammack - Invited
    Director of Special Projects, Green Building Certification, Inc
    Dr. Jonathan Foley
    Executive Director, Project Drawdown

  • Workshop 1: Climate Change as a National Security Priority 10:15am

    Dr. Julia Nesheiwat
    Distinguished Fellow, The Atlantic Council

  • Networking Break 10:45pm

    Sponsorship Opportunity

  • Workshop 2: Sustainment and Modernization: Intelligent Buildings + Infrastructure 11:00pm

    Mr. Mike Ringenberg
    ESPC Program Manager, U.S. Air Force, Air Force Civil Engineer Command (AFCEC)
    Dr. Jennifer Languell
    Founder & President, Trifecta Construction Solution
    Mr. Chuck Stand
    Director, Government Business Development, FuelCell Energy Inc

  • Networking Lunch 12:00pm

    (Titanium, Platinum and Gold Sponsors Only)

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  • Workshop 3: The Future of Energy + Cyber Security 1:30pm

    Mr. John Kliem, PE, CEM
    Director, Federal Energy Strategy, Johnson Controls, Inc
    Mr. Paul Robinson
    Strategic Advisor, Energy of the Future, Bedford Funds

  • Workshop 4: Bridging the Gap Between Technology and Finance 2:30pm

    Dr. Tim Unruh
    Executive Director, National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO)
    Mr. Benjamin Richardson
    Portfolio Director, Advanced Energy & Materials, Defense Innovation Unit

  • Networking Break 3:30pm

    Sponsorship Opportunity

  • Workshop 5: Contracting Opportunities in Resilient Design and Fortified Construction 3:45pm

    Ms. Traycee Verdun Chapman
    Master Planner/Community Planner, Tyndall Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force
    Mr. Steven Webster, PE, CEM
    Regional Energy Program Manager, Naval Facilities, Southeast (NAVFAC), U.S. Navy

  • Closing Keynote 4:45pm

    Mr. Kirk Phillips
    Director, U.S. Air Force, Office of Energy Assurance (OEA)

  • VIP Reception 5:30 - 7:00pm

    Sponsorship Opportunity

Thursday, November 4, 2021
Defense Innovation Industry Day

  • Introductions 8:30am

    Sponsorship Opportunity

  • Welcome Message 8:40am

    Sign up for schedule announcements.

  • Introduction of Opening Keynote 8:45am
  • Morning Keynote 8:50am

    Mr. Richard G. Kidd IV
    Deputy Assistant, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Environment and Energy Resilience, U.S. Department of Defense

  • Plenary Session: Community Partnership for Defense Innovation 9:15am

    Ms. Jennifer Miller
    Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Energy, U.S. Air Force
    U.S. Navy Speaker - TBD
    U.S. Army Speaker - TBD

  • Networking Break 10:30am
  • Tyndall Program Management Office Session 10:45am

    Moderator – Mr. Lowell Usrey
    Integration Division Chief, Natural Disaster Recovery Program Management Office, Tyndall Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force
    Speakers TBD

  • 2021 Power Up Closing Remarks 11:45am

    Maj. Gen John Allen
    Commander, Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) - Invited

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Power Up is the largest business event for energy and sustainability professionals along the Gulf Coast. This event will consist of presentations from state, city, county officials, federal and military contracting officials, architectural, engineering, and construction firms, energy services companies and many more. Join us and connect with new clients and other industry professionals, and meet with exhibitors in the Technology Demonstration Area to learn about new business opportunities for large and small businesses.

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