Navigating Industrial Decarbonization Funding: Principles for Companies Engaging with Local Communities

September 26, 2023 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

New and expanded federal funding through the Inflation Reduction Act and the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure law presents significant opportunities for industries to decarbonize their operations and contribute toward meeting climate goals. This webinar, the first of a series aimed to help industrial applicants for these programs, will feature presentations on Department of Energy funding opportunities and the critical role of community benefits as a part of any application.

Speakers will discuss how companies can approach their community engagement and partnership process, strategies for developing Community Benefit Plans, and using federal decarbonization funding to positively impact local communities. They will also share insights learned from the first year of funding applications and look ahead to the next phase of federal programs.


Anne Hampson, Technical Partnerships Program Manager, Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Anne currently serves as the program manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO) Technical Assistance and Workforce Development subprogram, which supports the development and validation of technologies and practices to increase the productivity and competitiveness of American manufacturers and other large energy-using facilities. The programs that Anne oversees are the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Deployment Program, Better Plants, Energy Management programs (50001 Ready and Superior Energy Performance), and Onsite Energy program.

Before joining AMO, Anne was a resilience fellow at the Federal Energy Management Program where she focused on tool development and stakeholder outreach related to energy and water resilience. Anne also spent over 15 years at ICF focused on distributed generation and CHP, where she led a team focused on CHP technology assessment, market potential, and regulatory/policy considerations. 

Patrick Phelan, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Arizona State University

Pat is a Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU), the Associate Dean for Engineering Graduate Programs, and the Director of the ASU Energy Efficiency Center. He received his BS from Tulane University, his MS from MIT, his PhD from UC Berkeley, and was a post-doc at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He served as the Director of the NSF Thermal Transport Processes Program, and as the Manager of the Emerging Technologies Program at the DOE Building Technologies Office. He is the Field Chief Editor of Frontiers in Energy Efficiency and an ASME Fellow.

Dana Harmon, Principal, Juniper Advisory Group

Dana Harmon works with industry, NGOs, and government to advance solutions for a sustainable and equitable energy future. She previously served as Executive Director of the Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute and held leadership positions in multiple energy technology start-ups after an early career in management consulting.  She is a Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, an Energy Transition Fellow of the University of Texas at Austin’s Energy Institute. She has served on several local and national energy related boards and commissions currently including the Research Advisory Board of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Anna Johnson, Senior Researcher, Industry Program, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Anna conducts research and analysis to support industrial decarbonization efforts. Her work has focused on integrating variable renewable energy into industrial processes, development of state-level decarbonization roadmaps for heavy industry, and connecting industrial decarbonization technology progress to air pollution reduction and community benefits.

Moderator: Nora Wang Esram, Senior Director for Research, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Dr. Esram oversees ACEEE’s research programs including Buildings, Industry, Transportation, Behavior, and Health and Environment. She leads and manages ACEEE’s research activities. She joined ACEEE in 2020. Prior to joining ACEEE, she was a chief engineer and team lead at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for over ten years and spearheaded a variety of multi-disciplinary projects advancing building energy efficiency and decarbonization. She is a licensed architect and holds a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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