Energy Innovation 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Washington Marriott at Metro Center
775 12th Street, NW Grand Ballroom
Washington, DC 20005
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At Energy Innovation 2010, clean energy advocates, policy experts, and public officials moved the clean energy policy debate in a new direction: an innovation strategy is required to develop the transformative technologies we need to address climate change, achieve energy independence and reap potentially vast economic benefits.

This debate continues amid ever more stark economic realities. Many continue to advocate a carbon pricing or cap-and-trade regime, tough mandates, and traditional regulations and standards even though most of these offer little chance of becoming law and would not likely be effective if enacted on their own. Others remain philosophically opposed to the government’s role in spurring innovation even though it is clear that the costs and risks of developing these breakthroughs are simply too high for private companies to take on by themselves. Even if there was a strong consensus for an innovation-based strategy, we would have to ask the question of how to proceed in a cost-effective and efficient way.

As a result, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Breakthrough Institute are again bringing together some of country’s foremost thinkers, scientists and innovators to look at clean energy innovation strategies in a time of fiscal austerity.

Energy Innovation 2011 is sponsored by ITIF, Breakthrough Institute, Bipartisan Policy Center, Third Way, Clean Air Task Force, Clean Energy Group, World Resources Institute, the New England Clean Energy Council, and the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes.

Panelists: 
Robert D. Atkinson
President
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Presenter
Tonio Buonassisi
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Presenter
Armond Cohen
Executive Director
Clean Air Task Force
Presenter
Coral Davenport
Energy and Environment Correspondent
National Journal
Moderator
Travis Doom
Program Specialist
Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes
Presenter
Joshua Freed
Vice President for Clean Energy
Third Way
Presenter
David Goldston
Director of Government Relations
Natural Resources Defense Council
Presenter
Nate Gorence
Associate Director, Energy Innovation
Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Energy Project
Presenter
Marc Gunther
Contributing Editor
Fortune Magazine
Moderator
Matt Hourihan
Clean Energy Policy Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Presenter
Jesse Jenkins
Director of Energy and Climate Policy
Breakthrough Institute
Alexis Madrigal
Senior Editor
TheAtlantic.com
Moderator
Arun Majumdar
Former Director
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
Presenter
Dennis McGinn
President
American Council on Renewable Energy
Presenter
Lew Milford
President
Clean Energy Group
Presenter
Ramamoorthy Ramesh
Director
Department of Energy SunShot Initiative
Presenter
Peter Rothstein
President
New England Clean Energy Council
Presenter
Mike Schwenk
Vice President and Director of Commercial Partnerships
Battelle
Presenter
Blake Simmons
Senior Manager
Sandia National Laboratory
Presenter
Bruce Stokes
Senior Transatlantic Fellow
German Marshall Fund
Moderator
Devon Swezey
Project Director
Breakthrough Institute
Presenter
Letha Tawney
Senior Associate
World Resources Institute Climate and Energy Program
Presenter
Samuel Thernstrom
Senior Climate Policy Advisor
Clean Air Task Force
Presenter
Monica Trauzzi
Managing Editor and Host
E&E TV
Moderator
Mark Udall
U.S. Senator
Colorado
Presenter
Bryan Walsh
Senior Writer
TIME Magazine
Moderator
Jayme White
Staff Director
Subcommittee on Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
Presenter