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. 


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

    Sponsored by Schneider Electric and Siemens

  • Introductions 8:30am

    Mr. Dave Robau
    Gulf Coast Energy Network

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

    Titanium Sponsor:
    Mr. Cagen Williams
    Director of Operations, Panhandle Power Solutions, SES Group of Companies

  • 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

  • Georgia Public Service Commission Update 9:15am

    Mr. Tim Echols
    Commissioner, Georgia Public Service Commission

  • Opening Plenary Session: Innovative Partnerships to Build Resilient Cities + Bases 9:30am

    Ms. Brandy Henson
    Head of Federal Government, Siemens Smart Infrastructure
    Honorable Katherine Hammack
    Director of Special Projects, Green Building Certification, Inc.
    Mr. Jonathon Monken
    Principal, Converge Strategies and Member Representative, RISE Consortium

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

    Mr. Dave Robau
    Executive Director, Gulf Coast Energy Network
    Dr. Julia Nesheiwat
    Distinguished Fellow, The Atlantic Council

  • Networking Break 10:45am
  • Workshop 2: Sustainment and Modernization: Intelligent Buildings + Infrastructure 11:00am

    Mr. William Pfleger
    Project Development and Engineering Manager, Microgrids Competency Center, Schneider Electric USA
    Mr. Mike Ringenberg
    ESPC Program Manager, Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), U.S. Air Force
    Dr. Jennifer Languell
    Founder & President, Trifecta Construction Solution

  • Networking Lunch 12:00pm

    Sponsored by SES Electrical

  • 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
    Mr. Chuck Strand
    Director, Government Business Development, FuelCell Energy Inc

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

    Dr. Tim Unruh
    Executive Director, National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO)
    Ms. Nina French
    Advanced Energy & Materials Portfolio Technical Director, Defense Innovation Unit
    Mr. Matt Ridley
    Energy Solutions & Services, Centrica Business Solutions

  • Networking Break 3:30pm

    Sponsored by Woolpert

  • Workshop 5: Resilient Installations and Fortified Construction 3:45pm

    Ms. Traycee Verdun Chapman
    Master Planner/Community Planner, Tyndall Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force
    Mr. Frank Holcomb
    Senior Researcher, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Lab (ERDC-CERL)
    Mr. Nicolas Fernandez
    International Developer, ConcreWall USA

  • Closing Keynote 4:45pm

    Mr. Jonathon Monken
    Principal, Converge Strategies and Member Representative, RISE Consortium
    Mr. Kirk Phillips
    Director, Office of Energy Assurance (OEA), U.S. Air Force

  • VIP Reception 5:30 - 7:00pm

    Sponsored by Centrica Business Solutions, FORTA Asphalt Fiber, FuelCell Energy, Pond & Co., AMERESCO and CHELCO

Thursday, November 4, 2021
Defense Innovation Forum



SES Electrical logo


Schneider Electric logo


Pond logo
Forta Asphalt Fiber logo
Chelco Power logo
Concrewall USA LOGO
Centrica Business Solutions logo
Ameresco logo
FuelCell Energy logo


ASSET Engineering logo
ASUS logo
Baker Stanley Cardno Joint Venture logo
Build with Strength logo
ClearWorld LED logo
EBI Consulting logo
Facility Solutions Group logo
Powersmiths logo
Sesco Lighting Logo
SWCA Environmental Consultants
Thompson Power Systems | Cat

Defense Innovation Forum

Gulf Power logo

Small business

JBH logo
Simplesense Logo
Federal Contracts Corp logo

Supporting organizations

Defense Leadership Forum
Florida Green Building Coalition
Florida's Great Northwest
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Seal
Northwest Florida Leadership Forum
Resilient Infrastructure + Secure Energy Consortium
America's Small Business Development Council of Florida


Woolpert logo

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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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