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WATCH: City, state and business leaders talk about tackling the nation’s energy issues

On June 23, business leaders, elected officials, government innovators, tech pioneers and scientists from around the country discussed and debated what’s working in their cities, states and businesses when it comes to producing, delivering, securing and conserving energy.

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The Post's Stephen Stromberg, GRID Alternatives' Anna Bautista, Effortless Energy co-founder Claire Tramm and Alexa Marrero, deputy staff director for the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, talk about how millennials, those roughly between the ages of 18 and 34, are shaping energy policy.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige told The Post's Jim Tankersley how he plans to meet an ambitious goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.

The Post's Alison Snyder talks to 1776 co-founder Evan Burfield and Kate Burson, chief of staff to the chairman of energy and finance in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office, about the ideal makeup to spur innovation on the grid.

The Post's Steven Mufson discusses ways to implement models of efficiencies in cities with BlocPower chief executive Donnel Baird, Urban.us co-founder Shaun Abrahamson and Austin Blackmon, Boston's chief of environment, energy and open space.

Young people are most likely to have college degrees, but still be unemployed. That's a big drawback for a demographic that's trying to take the lead on energy solutions.

An expert panel contemplates how this new technology -- paired with solar panels -- will unfold.

He stopped short of offering a personal opinion on the matter.

The Post's Chris Cillizza, leads a discussion with former Dallas mayor Laura Miller, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former EPA Administrator Carol Browner on the short and long-term challenges of dramatically changing the country's energy systems.

The Post's Ylan Mui and Southern Company chief executive Thomas Fanning discuss coming investments in energy diversity and storage, and the future of the grid.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and The Post's James Hohmann discuss the effects of climate change in Arizona, and how cities are more self-reliant than ever before -- building infrastructure and implementing efficiency without the help of Washington.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton tells The Post's James Hohmann about the state's readiness to fight for water rights. "One thing we can't allow to occur is to have our friends in Southern California have access to water that rightfully belongs to the people of Arizona."

Ahead of The Post's Powering Cities live event, we asked our readers how they conserve energy, and what investments they'd consider to better their home or business energy systems. Here's what they said.

The International Energy Agency says the world needs to peak its energy related greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2020.

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