Building Consensus on the Role of Clean Energy and Clean Tech

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Clean Energy and Clean Technology continue to play increasingly significant roles in meeting future energy needs as evidenced by the growth of numerous markets across the US and globally.  As an example, in 2011 worldwide spending on solar projects totaled $136 billion while US spending equaled $56 billion.   At the same time worldwide investments from venture capital, corporate RD&D and government R&D sources in the development of Clean Tech exceeded $10 billion.  (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)

The use of Clean Technology has not been without debate.  Is there a path for Republicans and Democrats, government and industry, and the US and the rest of the world to come together and advance the role for Clean Tech?

On April 18, plan to join an outstanding discussion on this important topic.

Reid Detchon, Executive Director, Energy Future Coalition

The Energy Future Coalition is a broad-based, non-partisan alliance that seeks to bridge the differences among business, labor, and environmental groups and identify energy policy options with broad political support.  The Energy Future Coalition works closely with the United Nations Foundation on energy and climate policy, especially energy efficiency and bioenergy issues.

Mr. Detchon previously served as Director of Special Projects in Washington for the Turner Foundation, managing a portfolio of major grants aimed at increasing the effectiveness of environmental advocacy and encouraging federal action to avert global climate change. He also spent six years at Podesta Associates, a government relations and public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., where he was a Principal.

From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Detchon served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Previously he was Principal Speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush. Mr. Detchon worked for five years in the U.S. Senate, advising Senator John Danforth of Missouri on energy and environmental issues and serving as his Legislative Director. He was a reporter for the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune from 1974 to 1980. He is a graduate of Yale University.

Jay Hakes, Director, Carter Presidential Library

Most recently, Dr. Hakes has served as Director for Policy and Research, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, 2010-11. He serves as Director of the Carter Presidential Library, a position he’s held since 2000. From 1993 to 2000, Dr. Hakes served as Administrator, Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to EIA, Dr. Hakes served as assistant to Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus during the Carter administration, Director of the Governor’s Energy Office for Florida Governor (later U.S. Senator).

Dr. Hakes is the author of A Declaration of Energy Independence (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008). He has testified before congressional committees more than 25 times and has appeared in national print and electronic media on numerous occasions to discuss energy issues. Formerly a professor of political science at the University of New Orleans, he holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Duke University. He is a graduate of Wheaton College (lllinois).


Challenges and Opportunities on the Path to a New Energy Future- Reid Detchon

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