Energy Days

Energy Days is a two-day conference that brings together professionals working in all areas of energy to discuss topics ranging from energy technology to energy policy and justice. The goal is to create an opportunity for a diverse range of stakeholders to collaborate.

The purpose is to identify and discuss critical regional, national, and global energy challenges and opportunities for society. Ultimately, the conference looks to create new partnerships to address key research needs and provide innovative solutions to energy challenges.

The most recent Energy Days was held May 19–20, 2021. Recordings of select sessions are currently available. Posters are also available for viewing.

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Shalanda H. Baker

Keynote Speaker

Shalanda Baker is the deputy director for energy justice in the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Her talk was titled Energy Justice in a World on Fire and occurred on May 20 at 11:30 a.m. (EDT).

Learn more about Shalanda Baker.

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Eric Barron

Energy University

President Eric Barron presented on Penn State Energy University, including the current status of Energy University and an overview of areas that the University will focus on for growth and investment.

His talk took place on May 20 at 11 a.m. (EDT)

Learn more about President Eric Barron.

Who Comes to Energy Days?

Energy Days brings together professionals who work in and with the industry, including members of government, non-profits, and academia. The purpose is to identify and discuss the regional, national, and global energy challenges facing society. In addition to plenary sessions, there are a series of focused workshops on key topics where specific and compelling outcomes are in reach.

Join a Wide Range of Energy Professionals

Join professionals from across the energy industry in interactive breakout sessions and plenaries to:

  • Learn about Penn State initiatives in research, education, and outreach.
  • Determine how Penn State can support needs across the energy realm.
  • Identify societal energy challenges, from now into the future, and from Pennsylvania to the globe.
  • Build partnerships and relationships to help tackle important energy challenges.

“Energy Days has proven to be an incredibly effective way to connect Penn State researchers with our partners in industry, government, and society. This year we are looking forward to expanding those prior efforts and will also be seeding new topics for collaborations.”


—Tom Richard, Director of Penn State's Institutes of Energy and the Environment

Energy Days Topics

  • Renewable Natural Gas Opportunities
  • Community Microgrids & District Energy Systems
  • Getting to Carbon Negative 
  • Health and Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Equity and Education
  • Solar Technology for Energy-Efficient Buildings 
  • Advanced Nuclear in Sustainable Development 
  • Rare Earth and Critical Minerals

Energy Days Features

  • Keynote speakers
  • Panel discussions
  • Breakout sessions on specific energy topics
  • Networking opportunities
  • Poster session