The Third National Clean Energy Summit

The Third National Clean Energy Summit was held on September 7, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the University of Nevada Las Vegas' Cox Pavilion. Co-sponsored by US Senator Harry Reid and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the summit focused on accelerating investment in job-creating clean energy projects in NV and the USA. The program brochure summarized: "This summit convenes a select group o high-level leaders from government, business, labor, non-profit organization and academia to discuss the transformation of our nation's energy infrastructure."

About the sponsors: Harry Reid - as the Senate Majority Leader, Reid has a long history of supporting clean and renewable energy for the United States. He created 340 permanent clean energy jobs throughout Nevada with the passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008. The Center for American Progress Action Fund - is a "progressive think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action" (Summit Program). It is headed by John D. Podesta, former chief of staff to President William J. Clinton. "Along with their sister organization , the Center for American Progress, views solutions to the twin challenges of energy insecurity and global warming as an extraordinary opportunity to reinvigorate the economy thought investments in clean, sustainable, low-carbon energy sources."

Some notable panelists and speakers included: Sharon Burke - Director of Operational Energy Plans and Programs for the Dept. of Defense. Philippe Cousteau - CEO of EarthEco International and Grandson of the famed Capt. Jacques Cousteau. Peter Darbee, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). John Doerr, Member of the Board of Directors for Google. Tom Donahue, president and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce. Lynn Jurich, co-founder of residential solar finance company SunRun. T. Boone Pickens, founder and chairman of BP Capital Management, notable billionaire that has funded millions for wind energy to be produced in Texas.

Some key statements made:

  1. Price on Carbon is required.
  2. $3.2 Billion invested in LEED Certified Buildings - Puon Penn of Wells Fargo Banks - Green Buildings are profitable
  3. Four of the 30 top renewable energy companies are in the USA. Imagine having Apple Google Microsoft & Intel overseas.
  4. Need to match great innovation with an advanced work force to take the lead in clean energy - Matt Rogers US Dept. Of Energy
  5. 250,000 jobs to be produced by Home Star legislation - Harry Reid, NV Senator.

If you were following me @jcspascua on twitter, I was providing a live tweetcast during the Clean Energy Summit 3.0.
Fortunately, the Clean Energy Summit was captured on video and posted on the summit's webpage. Here's to a clean energy economy future for the US and the world!

Photo Credit: Juan Carlo Pascua

Juan Carlo has many pictures from the Clean Energy Summit, contact him via Justmeans messaging on how to obtain them.