Feb. 23 Webinar: DC’s Climate Action Plan Update & Innovative Uses of Hydrogen

We are pleased to invite you to our next virtual meeting about our Climate Action Plans. At this meeting, we’ll focus on our latest progress and spotlight the role of hydrogen in a diversified fuel portfolio to reduce the District’s GHG emissions.

The webinar will be held on February 23 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. via Zoom. We will feature interviews with experts in the hydrogen field. A live Q&A session will follow to answer your questions about hydrogen and the status of our plan, including our five-year and thirty-year Climate Action Plan roadmaps recently filed with the DC Public Service Commission.

The use of hydrogen is part of our plan to support the District in meeting its carbon reduction goals of lowering greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent by 2032 and to become carbon neutral by 2050. The plan centers on modernizing our infrastructure, increasing energy efficiency in homes and offices, and introducing carbon neutral fuels as energy options including in the transportation sector.

Hydrogen is emerging as a fuel source since it can be produced from several domestic resources with the potential for zero and near-zero greenhouse gas emissions. It can be blended with natural gas or used independently for heating buildings and holds great promise as a fuel source for other difficult to decarbonize energy-consuming sectors, including transportation.

We look forward to seeing you on February 23! Register below.

Panelists for the February 23 discussion on hydrogen include:

Melissa E. Adams

Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer,
Washington Gas


Ms. Adams is Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for Washington Gas and WGL. WGL and its regulated natural gas utility Washington Gas, which serves more than 1.2 customers across D.C., Maryland and Virginia, are wholly-owned subsidiaries of AltaGas.

Ms. Adams’ role includes formulating ESG strategy, policy, and programs that drive sustainable business practices for the benefit of WGL and the communities it serves. Ms. Adams works to minimize the effects the business has on the environment through both internal operations and the development of innovative new business models; promotes social objectives through corporate giving and volunteerism; and advances good governance and social equity through procurement practices as well as other programming. Prior to leading this new function, Ms. Adams was Division Head for Utility Sales, Economic Development and Corporate Sustainability. Ms. Adams began her career at WGL as Chief Investor Relations Officer.

Prior to joining WGL, Ms. Adams led the Investor Relations function for a vertically integrated Fortune 500 energy company and was the founding Principal of an energy and environmental consulting practice that provided strategic management, public affairs, and communications support to government, association and corporate clients. She began her energy career at the Edison Electric Institute.

Ms. Adams has served and continues to serve on many appointed national and regional commissions, associations, and task forces devoted to addressing climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. She is a current board member of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and Silver Bay YMCA. She is a member of Leadership Greater Washington and Lead Virginia and a graduate of The George Washington University.


Jason Hanlin

Director of Technology Development, Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE)


Jason Hanlin is the Director of Technology Development and a Senior Engineering Consultant for the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) located in Atlanta, Georgia. CTE is an Atlanta-based non-profit that develops and manages advanced technology transportation projects focusing on energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Mr. Hanlin is responsible for the organization, development, management, and promotion of technical projects and programs for CTE. These projects typically involve development of electric, hybrid-electric, and fuel cell vehicles and associated fueling infrastructure. During his 20+ year professional career, Mr. Hanlin has been responsible for the initiation and management of over $80 million in advanced technology projects for private, federal and state sponsors.

Mr. Hanlin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech while specializing in the Design Research discipline.


Rick Moore

Vice President, Climate and Energy,
Connected DMV


Rick Moore is Vice President, Climate and Energy with Connected DMV, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and delivers initiatives to benefit the Greater Washington, DC area (“the DMV” – DC, Maryland, Virginia). He is leading the organization’s first climate-based initiative, which is the establishment of the National Capital Hydrogen Center in the region, including the delivery of innovative regional hydrogen projects.

Rick previously led strategy, growth, and customer experience functions for WGL Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Washington Gas and held various other positions including COO for WGL Energy Services, Inc. Prior to that, he led large, complex projects for Accenture in their state and local government practice and was a country lead for Time Warner International in the former Czechoslovakia. His experience is in all phases of business transformation and new market entry: vision development, strategy creation and value-delivering execution.


Mallik Angalakudati

Senior Vice President of Strategy & Innovation
at AltaGas US Utilities / WGL


Mallik Angalakudati is Senior Vice President of Strategy & Innovation, Utilities. In this role, Mr. Angalakudati leads the Utilities strategy development, integrated planning, performance management and the Strategic Initiatives Office. He will work closely with the Utilities leadership team to drive operational excellence, innovation, and growth.

Mr. Angalakudati has more than 25 years of experience in energy, environmental and utilities industries in both industry and consulting roles. He joins the organization after most recently serving as the Executive Director at PwC’s Power and Utility Advisory practice, working with several utilities over the last few years to steer strategic direction and achieve operational excellence. Prior to his role at PwC, Mr. Angalakudati held senior leadership positions in both corporate strategy and gas operations at Pacific Gas & Electric and operational and process leadership roles at National Grid USA.

Mr. Angalakudati enjoys engaging with academic and industry communities. He is currently serving on the Advisory Board of the St. Mary’s College of California’s business school. His past affiliations include advisory board and committee positions with Utility Analytics Institute, MIT Leaders for Global Operations, and University of Michigan’s Tauber Institute.

Mr. Angalakudati is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and received his Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his MBA from the University of Michigan.