AGI DAY 2022

Session Information

AGI Industry Day will bring together colleagues from state and federal agencies, utilities, industry, national laboratories, and academic, for a day of lively panel discussions and presentations. We’ll be discussing opportunities for the Pacific Northwest to leverage the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to make advances towards meeting clean energy goals.

This event is free, and open to everyone.

When: August 31 (9:30 am to 3:30pm PDT)


  • Washington State University Tri-Cities (2700 Crimson Way Richland WA 99354)
  • Virtual (Zoom)
  • Reception (WSU Wine Science Center 59 University Drive, Richland, WA 99354)

Speakers for the event include:

  • David Danner— Chair, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
  • Ann Rendahl — Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
  • Michael Furze — Assistant Director, Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Sandra Haynes — Chancellor, Washington State University Tri-Cities
  • Chris Keane — Vice President for Research and Professor of Physics, WSU

See detailed bios of each speaker and more details about the event in the sections below.


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David Danner — Chair

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission 

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed David Danner chair of the Utilities and Transportation Commission in February 2013 and re-appointed him to a second term in December 2018. 

Danner had been the agency’s executive director since 2005 and secretary since 2008. Before that, he served as executive policy advisor to Washington Gov. Gary Locke on energy, telecommunications, finance and elections issues. In 2004, Gov. Locke named Danner to the state Pollution Control Hearings Board and Shoreline Hearings Board, where he served before moving to the commission. 

Danner has also been a telecommunications attorney in private practice, counsel to the Washington Senate Energy and Utilities Committee, and senior policy advisor at the Washington State Department of Information Services.  

Danner serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI). He is Chair of the International Consortium of Energy Regulators, and a member of the State Technology Services Board and the Executive Council of the National Council on Energy Policy. He also serves on advisory boards of the Critical Consumer Issues Forum and the Center for Public Utilities at the New Mexico State University College of Business. 

Danner has a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. in communications from the University of Washington, and a law degree from George Washington University. 

Ann Rendahl — Commissioner

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission 

Ann Rendahl was first appointed to serve as a commissioner of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission by Gov. Inslee in December 2014 for a six-year term ending Jan. 1, 2021. Ann has been reappointed and confirmed to a second six-year term ending Jan. 1, 2027.

Ann is a member of the Committee on Electricity and Critical Infrastructure Committee, prior chair of the Committee on Electricity, a member of the Executive Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, or NARUC.

Ann serves as a member of the Body of State Regulators for the California ISO’s Energy Imbalance Market. Ann has been appointed to serve as a member of the Electric Power Research Institute’s Advisory Council through August 2022 and has been appointed to serve on the Advisory Council of the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico State University.

Ann previously served as the Director of Policy and Legislation for the UTC. Prior to leading the UTC’s Policy and Legislative Affairs Section, she served as the Director of the Administrative Law Division, as an administrative law judge for the UTC, and as an assistant attorney general representing the Utilities and Transportation Division.

Ann is a graduate of Wellesley College and received a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her law degree from Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco.

Michael Furze — Assistant Director

Washington State Department of Commerce

Michael Furze is an Assistant Director at the Washington State Department of Commerce where he leads the State Energy Office. The Office catalyzes the transition to a clean and just energy future through policy leadership, investing in leading edge clean technologies, planning & responding to energy emergencies and expanding access to clean energy and environmental justice. Their work strengthens communities so that the people of Washington thrive in a clean, affordable and just energy economy.

He currently serves on the Board of the National Association of State Energy Officials and co-chairs the NASEO equity committee. Michael holds a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning and a graduate certificate in Town Design from the University of New Mexico.

He waits patiently for the sun to emerge from behind the rain and clouds of the Pacific Northwest.

Sandra Haynes

Dr. Sandra Haynes is the7th Chancellor of Washington State University Tri-Cities and brings more than20 years of successful, high-level administrative experience, stemming from leadership at both a doctoral-granting university with very high research activities (R1)and a regional comprehensive institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Dr. Haynes holds a faculty appointment as a professor in the Department of Psychology.Asa first-generation student, she recognizes the transformative power of higher education and its ability to be a true equalizer for individuals, regardless of life circumstances.

Dr. Haynes maintains a clear focus on excellence in academics, exceptional student support, and service to the community and industry, which in-turn enhances diversity, equity, and inclusion. She uses innovative, data-driven strategies to best fulfill the campus’ land-grant mission to serve regional industry needs through excellent education, research, and service.

Prior to her role as Chancellor ofWSU Tri-Cities, she served 17 years at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, including as Deputy Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College of Professional Studies.Through her service at both WSU Tri-Cities and MSU Denver, she has overseen the design and construction of three academic buildings and developed public/private partnerships to support regional development and growth

Chris Keane

Christopher Keane is Vice President for Research and Professor of Physics at Washington State University. He received B.S. degrees in Physics and Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1980, and his Ph.D in astrophysics from Princeton University in 1986. Dr. Keane then worked a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) from 1986 to 1996, performing computational and experimental research in inertial confinement fusion and high energy density physics. He joined the Department of Energy in 1996, eventually serving as Assistant Deputy Administrator for Inertial Fusion and the National IgnitionFacility (NIF) Project within the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA),and a member of the Senior Executive Service. Dr. Keane rejoined LLNL in 2007and served as the Director of the NIF User Office from 2009 through 2014. He joined WSU in July 2014, where he has worked with colleagues to develop additional research opportunities for WSU faculty and staff, improve the University’s research infrastructure, and bring WSU innovations to the marketplace.

Dr. Keane is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society. He is the recipient of the NNSA Silver Medal, the Defense Programs Award of Excellence, and the Fusion Power AssociatesSpecial Award. He serves on a number of national and international governing boards and advisory committees, and served as Chair of the APLU Council onResearch (COR) from July 2020-November 2021.

Parking is free for the event.

Planning Your Trip

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Wine Science Center Entry

After the primary session, AGI will host a reception at the state of the art WSU Wine Science Center from 4:30pm to 5pm. The center is located at 59 University Drive, Richland, WA 99354

About the Wine Science Center

Built in a sagebrush landscape along the mighty Columbia River in the heart of Washington wine country, the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center is a hub for innovation, education, and collaboration.

The state-of-the-art Wine Science Center was developed in close partnership with the wine industry. This teaching, research, and extension facility is among the most technologically advanced wine research and education facilities of its kind in the world, transforming the Washington wine industry with cutting-edge science in the tradition of its forefathers, Dr.Walter Clore and Dr. Charles Nagel. Learn more about the location on its website.