Levelized Cost of Energy--Making Economic Sense of Energy Options

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (“LCOE”) is an analytical tool that looks at the comparative cost of various technologies. LCOE is used frequently to guide resource decision making and deployment. The analysis takes into account U.S. federal tax subsidies, fuel costs, capacity factor, cost of capital and other factors. Certain factors such as the potential costs for stranded generation and environmental factors are not, necessarily, included in the model. The financial advisory firm Lazard’s LCOE Analysis Version 7.0 (August 2013) indicates that clean technologies, e.g. wind, biomass, energy efficiency and in some cases solar, are clearly competitive with conventional sources.

Plan to join two notable energy economists as they consider the strengths and weakness of LCOE analysis and the implications of LCOE in evaluating multiple energy sources.

Howard Axelrod, Economist, Energy Strategies
Howard has more than 40 years of experience in the electric and gas utilities industry. He has testified before numerous state regulatory agencies and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on topics that include resource planning, power contract management and utility operations and management. He has worked for the GE, several State of New York agencies including the NYS Public Service Commission, Planmetrics and Resource Management (now Navigant).

His clients include the Southern Company and Georgia Power, The Energy Authority, New York Power Authority, Mirant, Santee Cooper Power, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative and Massachusetts Wholesale Electric Energy Company.

Howard has a PhD in Managerial Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a MBA in Marketing from the State University of New York and BSEE & MSEE degrees in Power Systems from Northeastern University. He is a Professional Engineer and Senior Member of IEEE.

Daniel Shawhan, Gilbert White Fellow, Resources for the Future, and Assistant Professor, Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dan’s research focuses primarily on electricity policy and the environment. His current research interest is the development of tools to enable substantially better decision-making in the planning, regulation and operation of electric grids. The most important potential improvement in decision-making concerns pollutant emissions. Shawhan couples grid models with air pollution models to enable the incorporation of health and environmental costs in decisions about which existing power plants would be used each hour, what new plants should be permitted, and where new transmission lines should be built.

Dan has a PhD in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University and a BA in Economics from Grinnell College.

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Levelized Cost of Energy ‐‐ Making Economic Sense of EnergyOptions – Howard Axelrod

Including Environmental Costs in Levelized Cost of Energy – Daniel Shawhan

Building Energy and Clean Tech Companies

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

According to McKinsey & Company (Resource Revolution), in the 20th century, businesses didn’t have to worry about resource productivity; they could focus on capital and labor. Over the next 20+ years, however, resources must be at the heart of business strategy. To this point, a complete rethink of resource management will be needed to keep pace with soaring demand as up to three billion new consumers join the world’s middle classes over the next 20 years.

This transformation of markets and business will provide numerous opportunities for the use of new technologies, new applications for existing technologies, and the creation and growth of new markets and new businesses. Energy and water are noteworthy markets in transition.

On April 24th, plan to join two subject matter experts who will lead a discussion on global/local market change, emerging markets and business opportunities, and access to growth capital.

Samir Menon, Head, Eco Sustainability Services, Americas, Tata 

Tata’s Eco Sustainability services unit utilizes the power of Information Technology to help organizations achieve their sustainability and innovation goals with enhanced visibility of natural resource utilization and key ecological indicators. This is complemented with decision support tools and compliance management systems.

Samir has participated in multiple successful new ventures in the US, UK and India. In his last venture, Samir was as a founding partner and CEO of NatureFirst- Green Ecological Managed Services, which focused on working with companies and governments to restore the balance between nature and economics, through sustainable, strategic, resource-efficient business practices. NatureFirst was acquired by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and is now a part of the Eco Sustainability Services unit of TCS. Samir heads the unit in the Americas.

Samir is also actively involved in climate change advocacy with key international policy leaders and organizations like CDP, Yale University, UNEP and The Climate Change Group. He also has extensive experience working on sustainability projects in Asia especially with a concept called “Naturenomics.” Samir has been conferred with the Global Sustainable Leadership Award by the World CSR Congress.

Samir is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Computer Science.

Todd Wilson, General Partner, RockPort Capital

RockPort Capital is a multi-stage venture capital firm that invests in the areas of alternative and traditional energy, mobility, and sustainability. RockPort has a collaborative approach to investing, deep domain expertise, and insights into all aspects of energy and cleantech.

Following two years with AT&T during which he held both technical and sales and marketing positions, Todd began his operating career in small businesses. As the Director of External Affairs at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, he managed the revenue generating departments through the successful turnaround of this private secondary school. He later served as a general manager in a manufacturing business where he was responsible for multiple aspects of a small but growing company. When Todd joined RockPort he first focused on merchant banking opportunities in the energy and environmental sectors, before spending full time on the venture fund. Currently, Todd serves on the boards of EcoSMART Technologies, Enphase Energy, FirstFuel Software, and HydroPoint Data Systems.

Todd earned undergraduate degrees in Economics and History from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.



Building Energy and Clean Tech Companies: Two Perspectives for Success – Samir Menon

Building Energy and Clean Tech Companies – Todd Wilson


Energy Efficiency Opportunities--Best Practices in the South

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

McKinsey and Company has stated that energy efficiency offers a vast, low-cost energy resource for the U.S. economy—but only if the nation can craft a comprehensive and innovative approach to unlock it. When accomplished at scale, the potential benefits from energy efficiency are huge: savings of over 2X the capital investment, reduction of 23 percent of projected energy demand through 2020, and abatement of 1.1 gigatons of greenhouse gases annually.

Of the regions in the U.S., the Southeast has the greatest opportunities for savings. What strategies for improved energy efficiency work today or could work in the near future for this region–timely capital investment, creative tariffs/rates for utilities for energy efficiency practices, and effective demand measurement?

On Wednesday, March 27, join this expert panel as they consider this timely topic.

Jenah Zweig, Policy Manager, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA)
SEEA is the champion driving market transformation in the Southeast’s energy efficiency sector through collaborative public policy, thought leadership, programs, services and technical advisory activities.

Prior to joining SEEA, Jenah worked at the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta, Natural Justice in Cape Town, South Africa and the U.S. Department of Justice. She is currently a member of LEAD Atlanta’s Class of 2013, a LEED Green Associate, certified mediator in Georgia and California, and Board Member for Generation Green of the Georgia Conservancy. Jenah has also been honored as a Presidential Volunteer Service Award honoree.

Jenah earned a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, and a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Southern California.

Jim Kennerly, Regulatory & Policy Analyst, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA)
NCSEA works to ensure a sustainable future by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency to the benefit of North Carolina through education, public policy and economic development.

As NCSEA’s Regulatory & Policy Analyst, Jim is primarily responsible for the evaluation of existing and proposed policies intended to maintain and/or expand access to affordable clean energy. In addition, Jim is an energy efficiency, demand-side management and regulated utility subject matter expert. As a regulatory analyst, he monitors and analyzes utility filings at North Carolina Utilities Commission that pertain to issues of concern for our membership. He has given expert testimony on behalf of the organization to the Commission, and is a recent graduate of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Utility Rate School. Prior to joining NCSEA, Jim worked for ICF International and served as a consultant to EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program.

Jim holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. with Honors in Politics from Oberlin College.

Huiet Joseph, PE, Manager, Energy Conservation, Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. Headquartered in Atlanta, Cox Enterprises, which includes Cox Communications, Cox Media Group, Manheim Auto Auctions and the AutoTrader Group, generates annual revenues of nearly $15 billion and has more than 50,000 employees.

Huiet is responsible for executing strategies, initiatives and capital projects to reduce Cox’s carbon footprint. He and his team have installed over 160 energy conservation and water conservation projects, eliminating thousands of tons of carbon, and saving millions of gallons of water. All of these were completed while driving an average rate return of over 25%.

Prior to Cox, Huiet worked at Colonial Pipeline Company, the Tennessee Valley Authority and Square D PowerLogic. In these roles, he was responsible for managing energy consumption, conducting energy audits, engineering design, and power quality studies for commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities.

Huiet holds a B.S. in Physics from Dillard University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also has a M.B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds several professional certifications.


Energy Efficiency Trends in the Southeast – Jenah Zweig

Best Practices for Incentivizing Regulated Utilities to Pursue Energy Efficiency Programs, Or, How Duke and Progress Energy Get Real Results from Energy Efficiency – Jim Kennerly


Solar Economics—Is Grid Parity At Hand?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Solar power generation costs have dropped dramatically in the last year, e.g., from January 2012 to January 2013, average spot prices for polysilicon declined 49 percent and module prices dropped 30 percent (Goldman Sachs research, Feb. 6, 2013).   Subsequently, solar power has become competitive with, if not less expensive than, electricity from incumbent sources in many states and regions of the US.  While photovoltaic costs continue to drop, further cost reductions are expected and needed for solar to be competitive across the US.

For consumers or project developers, what reasonable expectations exist for further cost and price reductions for solar?   Are there parts of the solar value chain more likely to bear fruit than other elements?  Will government incentives continue to be critical for realizing economic benefit?

On Wednesday, the 27th, plan to join this important discussion led by these experts.

Ken Ostrowski, Director, McKinsey & Company

Ken Ostrowski is a Director in McKinsey’s Atlanta Office with over 26 years of consulting experience. Ken leads McKinsey’s North America Electric Power and Natural Gas Practice. Over the course of his career, he has served electric power, natural gas, and industrial clients in refining their strategic, aspirations and direction, and aligning the organizational, regulatory, and operational elements necessary to execute.  Ken also co-leads McKinsey’s U.S. Utility roundtables on Procurement, Generation, and T&D, which assembles leading company executives to discuss key issues facing the industry in these respective business areas.

He received an M.B.A. in General Management with honors from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.

Kevin Caravati, Senior Research Scientist, Energy and Sustainability, Georgia Tech Research Institute 

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) was awarded a DOE SunShot Initiative project in 2011 for the amount of $2.8 million to develop residential, commercial, and utility solar PV racking and mounting systems that reduce hardware and labor costs by upwards of fifty percent of current industry best practices. A multi-disciplinary team of architects, engineers, scientists, students, and industry partners has been assembled that has filed 19 provisional patents from 23 invention disclosures in 2012, and are developing prototypes as part of the commercialization process.

Kevin has a B.S. Geology, University of Dayton, M.S. Geology/Hydro Geology, University of South Florida, and a M.B.A., International Business, Mercer University.


Overview of Tata in North America – Kapil Sharma

Solar Economics—Is Grid Parity At Hand? – Ken Ostrowski

Innovations in Balance of Systems Cost Reductions: Targeting Parity – Kevin Caravati

Technology Insights from University Innovators

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Major research universities frequently provide visionary insight into the development and application of technologies. With research expenditures of over $650 million in 2011, Georgia Tech ranks among the top 10 in the US in research expenditures among universities without a medical school. Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Institute is a campus-wide program focused on interdisciplinary research in energy and related technologies.

On January 30, sign up for an insightful discussion with university innovators on the state of research in carbon capture, photovoltaic and smart grid technologies.

David Sholl, Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

The Atlantic Magazine’s July 23, 2012 issue highlighted work of David Sholl and his team. “Scientists at Georgia Institute of Technology have been working to make…absorbent materials that extract carbon dioxide directly from the air. Georgia Tech professor David Sholl says that even if we did away with all the CO2 exhausted from power plant as flue gas, “we’d still only get a portion of the carbon dioxide emitted each year. If we want to make deep cuts in emissions, we’ll have to do more—and air capture is one option for doing that.”

David’s research focuses on using atomically-detailed modeling methods to develop fundamental information that can accelerate the development of new material in real-world applications. Much of this work is directed towards environmentally and economically sustainable paths for generating and storing energy.

He is the GRA Eminent Scholar for Energy Sustainability and holds the Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Chair.

David has a B.Sc. from The Australian National University, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.

Miroslav M. Begovic, Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Miroslav is professor and chair of the Electrical Energy Technical Interest Group. In addition, he is Associate Director of the DOE Center for Photovoltaic Research and Education. His studies focus on analysis, monitoring, and control of voltage stability in electrical power systems. His research is concentrated on real-time monitoring systems for control of power system dynamics, protective relaying, distribution network operation, and distributed resources in energy systems.

He was actively involved in the design and construction of the 340 kW photovoltaic system on the roof of the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, which was the largest roof-mounted PV system in the world at the time of its construction in 1996. He has been the project director, or principal investigator, in research projects with total funding of over $12 million. The research projects included sponsors such as the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Energy, and utilities such as Southern Company, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Commonwealth Edison, and several other sponsors who are members of Georgia Tech’s National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC).

Miroslav has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering, from Belgrade University, Yugoslavia and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Rick Hartlein, Director, National Electric Energy Research, Testing & Applications Center, Georgia Institute of Technology

Rick is the director and principal research engineer at Georgia Tech’s National Electric Energy Testing, Research, & Applications Center (NEETRAC). His career spans work at the Georgia Power Research Center in evaluating transmission and distribution materials, developing material specifications and industry standards, managing research and testing programs, and providing engineering services. Subsequently, he helped establish NEETRAC at Georgia Tech.

NEETRAC is an electric energy focused research and testing organization with over 35 electric utility and manufacturing members. As director, Rick works with members, staff, and academic faculty to coordinate and perform research and testing projects related to the transmission and distribution of electric energy. He has served in several leadership roles in industry technical organizations related to this field.

Rick’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering are from Georgia Tech.


CO2 Capture: Near Term and Blue Sky Prospects
– David Sholl

Photovoltaics: Where from Here?- Miroslav M. Begovic

Technology Insights from University Innovators
– Rick Hartlein

What is the State of Climate Policy in the South?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

At the national level, the United States has been reluctant to engage in the discussion of, much less enact, climate policy or a climate plan. Consequently, action has been deferred to the individual states. A November 8, 2012 analysis by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), indicates that 36 states have developed various climate action plans, two states have climate action plans in progress and twelve states have taken no action or have nothing under consideration. Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas are among the states in the no action category.

In this post-election period will a more lucid national climate policy and plan emerge? In terms of regional action, what role will the individual states play during the next three to five years? What efforts will occur in the South? What economic, natural resource and geographic considerations are related to national and state climate policies and plans?

On November 28, plan to participate in this absorbing discussion.

Marilyn Brown, Professor, Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Visiting Distinguished Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Marilyn A. Brown joined Georgia Tech in 2006 from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she held various leadership positions. While at ORNL, Brown led several energy technology and policy scenario studies, becoming a national leader in the analysis and interpretation of energy futures in the United States. At Georgia Tech, her research has included an assessment of the U.S. Climate Change Technology Program, development of a national climate change technology deployment strategy, and an evaluation of the supply- and demand-side electricity resources available in the Southeast.

At Georgia Tech, Brown teaches a cross-listed graduate level course on energy policy and technology, as well as a policy analysis capstone course for master’s students. She has authored more than 200 publications and two books including Climate Change and Global Energy Security (MIT Press, 2011), which argues that we have all of the technologies need to live sustainably. She has established the Climate and Energy Laboratory, which analyzes climate change and energy policies using software tools including the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS),MARKAL models, hybrid NEMS-Input/Output approaches, and Monte Carlo methods to characterize uncertainties.

Brown served for thirteen years on the board of directors of the Alliance to Save Energy, and in that capacity she helped to found the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance. She is on the editorial board of the Energy Efficiency Journal and the Journal of Technology Transfer and has been a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy and the board of directors of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Among her honors and awards, she is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for co-authorship of the report on Mitigation of Climate Change. Brown has served on four committees of the National Academies of Sciences, including the Committee on America’s Climate Choices and the Board of Energy and Environmental Systems. She serves on advisory committees to universities and foundations across the country. In 2010, she was sworn onto the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public power provider, following her nomination by President Barack Obama.

Marilyn has a B.A. from Rutgers University, a M.R.P. from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Jonas Monast, Director, Climate and Energy Program, Nicholas Institute, Duke University

Jonas Monast directs the climate and energy program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Jonas’s work focuses on the interaction of state and federal energy policies, regulatory options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the intersection of financial markets and climate policy.

Jonas directed Duke University’s Climate Change Policy Partnership from 2007-2010 and coordinated the Nicholas Institute’s Carbon Market Initiative. He also teaches courses on the intersection of energy and environmental issues at Duke University’s School of Law and Nicholas School of the Environment. Prior to joining Duke, Jonas worked as an attorney in the Corporate Social Responsibility Practice at Foley Hoag LLP, where he advised clients on emerging legal and reputational risks regarding human rights and the environment. Jonas also served as a congressional fellow for the late Senator Paul Wellstone and as legislative counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending.

Jonas earned his J.D. from Georgetown University and his B.A. from Appalachian State University.


Climate Policy in the South- Marilyn Brown

State of Climate Policy in the SE- Jonas Monast

Is American Energy Independence Possible?

Can US energy production meet national power and fuel consumption in the foreseeable future?  Overall, the United States consumes a staggering 97 Quadrillion BTUs of energy annually. (EIA, Sept. 2012)  To meet this demand, numerous resources are utilized, e.g., coal, natural gas and petroleum, which come from domestic and foreign sources based on pricing, availability and public policy.  While new sources of domestic energy supply have entered and are entering the market—shale gas and oil, and wind and solar—do scale, economics and the commodities’ intrinsic qualities allow flexible, fungible use?  Is American energy independence possible given the country’s seemingly insatiable appetite for energy?

On October 31, plan to participate in a lively and stimulating discussion on this topic.

Branko Terzic, Executive Director, Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions

An international consultant to corporations, multilateral lending agencies and governments on energy, infrastructure and network industry issues, Dr. Terzic has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry in valuation, management and regulation having regulated natural gas distribution companies at retail, interstate natural gas and oil pipelines at the FERC and serving as CEO of a natural gas distribution company.

Dr. Terzic is a former Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Commissioner on the State of Wisconsin Public Service Commission (WPSC) and Chairman, CEO and President of the holding company Yankee Energy System Inc. and subsidiary Yankee Gas Services Company (Meriden, CT).

Dr. Terzic also serves as Chairman of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) and Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production from Coal and Other Fossil Fuels (Geneva, Switzerland). In 2010 he was appointed to The National Coal Council, the advisory body to the U.S. Secretary of Energy having previously served on the DOE Secretary’s National Petroleum Council.

Valerie Thomas, Anderson Interface Associate Professor of Natural Systems, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Thomas’ current research projects include the environmental impacts of biofuels and electricity system policy and planning.  Her research interests are energy and materials efficiency, sustainability, industrial ecology, technology assessment, international security, and science and technology policy. She has a joint appointment in the School of Public Policy.

From 1986 to 1989, she was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. From 1989 to 2004, she was a Research Scientist at Princeton University, in the Princeton Environmental Institute and in the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, and was a Lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In 2004-05, Thomas was the American Physical Society Congressional Science Fellow. Thomas was a Member of the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board from 2003 to 2009.  She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of the American Physical Society.

Dr. Thomas received a B.A. in physics from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cornell University.

Sam Shelton, Principal Research Engineer,Strategic Energy Institute; Professor, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering,Georgia Institute of Technology 

Throughout his 35 year faculty career at Georgia Tech, Dr. Sam Shelton has sought to apply basic technologies to the commercial design and development of energy technologies with research and development contracts from government and private industry totaling over $30,000,000.  Dr. Shelton’s primary area of teaching, research, and development is innovative energy systems assessment, design and optimization.

As its first director, Dr. Shelton founded the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Initiative in 2004 with a mission to actively engage industry to facilitate short term, high impact energy technology development and commercialization.  His current research interests include the use of natural gas for power generation and transportation applications.

Dr. Shelton, who holds eight patents, has been a successful business entrepreneur raising venture capital and co-founding two startup companies to develop, manufacture and market innovative energy efficient products based on new energy technology.

Dr. Shelton has BS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.



Is American Energy Independence Possible- Dr. Branko Terzic

Petroleum Independence- Dr. Valerie Thomas

Energy Independence: Security, Environment, Economy- Dr. Sam Shelton

Clean Energy As a Driver for Cooperation and Global Growth

Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  (NOTE: Date and Time)

On May 10, UK Government Minister Gregory Barker MP to be interviewed by CNN International anchor Fionnuala Sweeney.

Clean Energy and Clean Technology are established global markets with excellent prospects for future growth.  In the United Kingdom the Clean Energy and Clean Tech sectors  have continued to expand despite the difficult economic conditions.  In 2011 worldwide spending on solar projects totalled $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)

What is the role for international collaboration in advancing Clean Energy?  What is the UK’s experience in driving jobs and growth in Clean Energy and Clean Tech sectors?  What can be learned and shared about progress and setbacks that have occurred?   What new forms of collaboration are helping advance Clean Energy?  Where can international partnerships make a difference?

Plan to join this insightful discussion on May 10.

Mr Gregory Barker MP, UK Minister of State, Department of Energy & Climate Change

Gregory Barker, Member of Parliament, was appointed Minister of State in the Department of Energy and Climate Change by Prime Minister David Cameron in May 2010. He has a broad ranging portfolio including energy innovation, green jobs, sustainability and the green economy.Gregory Barker was appointed Shadow Minister for Climate Change & Environment in December, 2005 and led the passage of the Climate Change Bill through the House of Commons in 2008 and was a key author of the Conservative Party’s ‘Low Carbon Economy’ green paper, launched in January 2009. In October 2008 he was promoted to Shadow Climate Change minister in the new Shadow Department of Energy and Climate Change.Mr. Barker was elected Conservative Member of Parliament in June 2001. He was appointed to the Opposition Front Bench as a Conservative whip in 2003.  Prior to his political career Gregory Barker had over ten years experience working in the City of London and also worked in international commerce.  His previous positions include Associate Partner of the leading financial public relations firm, Brunswick Group Ltd, and head of International Investor Relations for Sibneft, a major Russian oil company, where he helped lead the company’s drive to modernize in the post Soviet economy and open up to Western markets.  He was also a director of Bartlett Scott Edgar which was sold to TMP Worldwide in 2001.

Ms Fionnuala Sweeney, CNN International

 Fionnuala Sweeney is an anchor and correspondent for CNN International, at the network’s headquarters in Atlanta.  She was previously based in London and has reported on major news events from around Europe and the Middle East.  Most recently she has reported from Cairo, Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi as part of the network’s coverage of the unrest in Egypt and the Middle East.  In addition, Sweeney’s assignments have included the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism for CNN’s Autumn of Change program, the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War, and the expansion of the European Union.  She was the launch anchor of World News Europe.

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

Building Your Clean Tech Company in the South

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The world is increasingly flat in Clean Technology.  While local and regional markets exist for Clean Tech, national and international markets contain key drivers that impact market acceptance and economic viability that provide opportunities to achieve significant business viability and scale.  For entrepreneurs located in Atlanta or Research Triangle, what are some key considerations in addressing markets, raising capital, hiring employees and building company infrastructure to address growing national and international markets?

On March 28, plan to join a panel discussion of entrepreneurs and a market analyst on this important topic.

Paul Quinlan, Managing Director, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association

Paul handles the day-to-day operations of the organization and directs research, outreach, and fundraising activities. He has served on numerous advisory groups including the North Carolina Wind Technical Advisory Committee, Energy Efficiency Work Group of the North Carolina Energy Policy Council, Western North Carolina Clean Energy Economy Leadership Group, and Steering Committee of the State Energy Sector Partnership. He has testified at the NC Utilities Commission and consulted for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Paul co-authors the annual North Carolina Clean Energy Data Book and the annual North Carolina Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Industries Census. He is a regular instructor at the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series offered by NC State University and serves on the Board of Directors of Clean Energy Durham.  He earned a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Public Policy and Master of Environmental Management from Duke University.

Player Pate, Director of Marketing, JouleX

Player serves as Director of Marketing at JouleX, where he oversees go-to-market strategies, sales pipeline management, and program execution across global markets.  JouleX is a leading innovator in sustainable energy management for the enterprise. The JouleX Energy Manager (JEM) automatically monitors, analyzes and controls the energy consumed by all devices connected to networks, which provides enterprises unprecedented visibility and control over consumption and utilization of energy throughout distributed office environments, data centers and facilities management systems. JouleX is headquartered in Atlanta with offices in Shanghai, Tokyo, Paris, Munich and Kassel, Germany, and throughout the United States.

Prior to joining JouleX, Player was Director of Business Development at IBM where he led partner strategy for IBM’s security services division. Pate has also held various marketing positions at both IBM and Internet Security Systems, which was acquired by IBM in 2006 for $1.5 Billion.  He holds bachelors of arts degrees in Marketing and in Philosophy from the College of Charleston.

Anthony Coker, Sr. Director, Market and Solutions Development, Suniva, Inc.

Anthony is responsible for solutions development, key customer relationships and global product certifications. Suniva is an American manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and high-power solar modules. The company evolved from the work of Professor Ajeet Rohatgi of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s University Center of Excellence in Photovoltaics (UCEP).  Suniva is the highest cell efficiency producer in the U.S. with production cell efficiencies exceeding 19% and R&D cell efficiencies exceeding 20%.

Anthony is also a board member of with Technology Association of Georgia’s Smart Grid Society and is Chair of the Georgia Solar Energy Association. Anthony has held management, sales, marketing and engineering roles with GE Plastics, Dow Corning/Hemlock Semiconductor, Accenture, Software AG, ITW Chemtronics, and Davy Powergas/McKee. He holds a BChE from Georgia Tech and has pursued an executive MBA at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business.


Southeast, U.S. and International Clean Energy Trends- Paul Quinlan

Energy Efficiency from the Core to the Edge- Player Pate

Suniva Grows in Georgia- Anthony Coker


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Atlanta, GA 30308