Energy Innovation 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM
JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Grand Ballroom Salons II and III
Washington, DC 20004
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The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Breakthrough Institute are pleased to host "Energy Innovation 2013: Clean Energy, Ready for Primetime?" on January 29, 2013, at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC.

Clean energy is at a crossroads. Thanks to public investments in nations like the United States, Europe, and China, solar, wind and battery technologies have over the last five years improved significantly and become cheaper, but still not as cheap as fossil fuels. Moreover, these investments, including the wind tax credit, are now coming to an end. Meanwhile, innovations in the production of natural gas are displacing coal, generating billions in consumer energy savings, and becoming the cleaner energy leader few foresaw.

What is the future of clean energy? On the one hand, Congress is divided over renewables, with the high-profile failure of taxpayer-funded Solyndra, and other clean tech companies, tarnishing green stimulus spending. On the other hand, President Obama has defended his clean tech investments and says energy innovation remains a high priority. Senate Energy Committee Chairs Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) say they are optimistic they can reach bipartisan agreement on new energy legislation. And natural gas and nuclear - two long-standing clean energy outliers - have received renewed attention due to possible inclusion in a clean energy standard.

Never before has a clear-eyed assessment of clean tech - broadly defined - been more important. Please join us for this important conference.

Highlights include:

What does the natural gas revolution teach us about how to do energy innovation?

What progress has been made with solar, wind, and batteries and how was this progress made? What can be expected of these highly promising but still nascent technologies and what's the best way to drive improvements in cost and performance?

Is nuclear energy dead due to high up-front capital costs and public fears post-Fukushima? Or is there new hope in the small modular reactors (SMRs) that DOE is purchasing, and other radical new designs? What must be done to accelerate their innovation?

What should be the highest policy priorities of energy innovation advocates - RD&D, subsidies and mandates, or carbon pricing?

This event will be webcast live below.

Panelists: 
John Broder
Reporter
The New York Times
Moderator
Kevin Bullis
Senior Editor for Energy
MIT Technology Review
Moderator
Eliza Strickland
Associate Editor
IEEE Spectrum
Moderator
Robert D. Atkinson
President
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Presenter
Matt Baker
Program Officer
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Presenter
Armond Cohen
Executive Director
Clean Air Task Force
Presenter
Gwyneth Cravens
Author
"Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy"
Presenter
Fort Felker
Center Director
National Wind Technology Center
Presenter
Phil Giudice
Chief Executive Officer
Ambri
Presenter
Fred Krupp
President
Environmental Defense Fund
Presenter
Minh Le
Director, Solar Energy Technologies
Department of Energy
Presenter
Ted Nordhaus
Chairman
Breakthrough Institute
Presenter
Ray Rothrock
Partner
Venrock
Presenter
Michael Shellenberger
President
Breakthrough Institute
Presenter