Michael Webber


Chief Science & Technology Officer

Dr. Michael E. Webber is Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a global energy and infrastructure services company. His latest book, Power Trip: the Story of Energy was published 7 May 2019 by Basic Books with a six-part companion series aired on PBS starting Earth Day 2020. His first book, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival was published in 2016 by Yale Press and was made into a documentary. Dr. Webber was selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and as a member of the fourth class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars, which is a leadership training program organized by Presidents George W. Bush and William J. Clinton. He has authored more than 400 publications, holds six patents, and serves on the advisory board for Scientific American. Dr. Webber holds a BS and BA from UT Austin, and a MS and PhD from Stanford University. 

Sessions With Michael Webber

Thursday, 4 March

  • 07:00am - 07:45am (CST) / 04/mar/2021 01:00 pm - 04/mar/2021 01:45 pm

    Strategic Dialogue

    Perspectives on the Texas Power Crunch

    Panel Power & Renewables Geopolitics/Policy/Regulatory
    The Texas power crisis was a wake-up call for the industry. How did a system wide failure paralyze the capital of global energy? What were the flaws in grid infrastructure that left millions of Texans vulnerable to extreme weather? And where did investment fall short, leading to weakness in the system? These are fundamental questions around energy security and the subject of fierce debate. Policymakers, business leaders, and investors have an opportunity to design a resilient response. How can greater reliability and resilience be built into power systems that guard against extreme conditions and advance low-carbon goals? How should power markets be designed to incentivize investment while managing costs for consumers?  
  • 01:20pm - 01:50pm (CST) / 04/mar/2021 07:20 pm - 04/mar/2021 07:50 pm

    Strategic Dialogue

    Monetizing the Value of Energy Storage

    Panel Markets/Economics/Strategy Power & Renewables Finance & Investment/Trading & Risk Management
    Battery storage is rapidly being deployed across of range of applications in the power sector as costs continue to decline and renewables accelerate their growth in power markets. What are the opportunities and challenges of monetizing the value of batteries on the grid? What value streams are supporting the growth of batteries today? How are those value streams likely to change or evolve in the future? What are the unique challenges of developing a business case for batteries compared to more traditional resources?