“To light up!” – Women in Energy Network Annual Conference 2022 | Foley & Lardner LLP
Foley was a Silver Power sponsor of the WEN 2022 conference, held in person in Fort Worth April 3-5, 2022. A number of Team Foley members attended the conference along with over 500 attendees from various areas of the energy industry, including development, logistics, operations and management, consulting, financing and legal representatives. Attendees represented a wide cross section of the energy sector, ranging from more traditional oil and gas companies to renewable energy developers and everything in between.
Approximately 65 speakers participated in general presentations as well as breakout sessions throughout the conference. General sessions focused on broader topics, such as leadership; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I); and the energy transition. These presentations touched on the attributes of effective leaders (namely, courage, authenticity, and inclusiveness), the role of women in sustainable energy development, and a presenter’s prediction for future energy transition trends on the database collected by BloombergNEF.
The breakout sessions delved into more specific topics centered on four “tracks”: DE&I; leadership; regulatory, legal and financial; and technical. Popular topics include:
- Energetic transition :
- Emerging/growing industries, such as carbon capture, utilization and storage (“CCUS”), hydrogen, batteries and offshore wind. Panelists discussed technological improvements and future challenges and the need for a balance between historic and new energy sources.
- Decarbonization, including new and emerging technologies as well as the strategies adopted by various companies to achieve a net-zero goal and the challenges they face.
- Venture Capital – panelists discussed the impact of the clean energy transition on investment strategies, new opportunities and emerging trends in venture capital activity.
- Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) issues, including an in-depth look at each category and how companies can approach each area. Panelists also discussed the SEC’s climate disclosure proposal and the growing importance of measuring, tracking and reporting on these topics.
- The state of past and present energy policy in Mexico.
- Clean Water Act, including an overview of United States Waters (“WOTUS”) and a recent policy change by the Army Corps of Engineers.
- Cybersecurity: Panelists discussed trends in cyberattacks, including attack techniques, and what businesses can do to protect against an attack.