Clinton, Gore, Schwarzenegger prep for Energy Summit


Green energy jobs — and the new economy they are part of — will be the focus of the “National Clean Energy Summit, 2.0” to be held in Las Vegas on Monday. The summit, now in its second year, is hosted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the University of Nevada-LasVegas.

Morning panel discussions will center on the macro economic case for clean-energy investment, energy-efficiency projects, and promoting the market for renewable energy and its infrastructure.

The panels will include representatives from industry, science, government and advocacy organizations, including:

Denise Bode – CEO, American Wind Energy Association
Lucien Bronicki – Founder and Chairman, Ormat Technologies
Dr. Stephanie Burns – CEO, Dow Corning
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Secretary Steven Chu – U.S. Department of Energy
General Wesley Clark – Chairman, Growth Energy

Gov. Schwarzenegger at 2008 climate summit

Gov. Schwarzenegger at 2008 climate summit

Former Vice President Al Gore
Nevada State Senator Steven Horsford
Van Jones – White House Council on Environmental Quality
Rose McKinney James – Energy Foundation Boards
Terry O’Sullivan – General President, Laborers’ International Union of North America
T. Boone Pickens – Boone Pickens Capital Management
John D. Podesta – President and CEO, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Marc Porat – Serious Materials and Pegasus Investments
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
Steve Roell – Chairman and CEO, Johnson Controls
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – California
Dr. Keith Schwer – Director, UNLV Center for Business and Economic Research
Secretary Hilda L. Solis – U.S. Department of Labor
Danny Thompson – Executive Secretary Treasurer, Nevada State AFL-CIO
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – Los Angeles, California
John Woolard – President and CEO, Bright Source Energy
Michael Yackira – CEO, Nevada Energy
Former Senator Tim Wirth (D-CO) – United Nations Foundation, Moderator

Former President Bill Clinton will address the group before the afternoon session. (Clinton’s speech at last year’s gathering can be found here.)

Sec. of Labor Hilda Solis

Sec. of Labor Hilda Solis

In related news, a story in today’s UK Daily Telegraph says that the Clinton Foundation has reached an agreement to build what an Indian official called the “world’s largest solar park,” in Gujarat state near the Pakistani border. According to Gujarat’s energy minister, Saurabh Patel, the project will produce 5,000 MW of electricity. (For comparison, the largest nuclear facility in the United States is the Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station, west of Phoenix, with a total capacity of 3,739 MW). As of early Friday evening, the Clinton Foundation had not yet confirmed the story.

The Summit will conclude with an afternoon “town hall” session, a discussion of clean energy policies that will include Al Gore, Harry Reid, T. Boone Pickens, Cathy Zoi (Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE) and moderator John Podesta, Clinton’s former chief of staff, and now head of the progressive think tank, Center for American Progress.

[Phoenix Sun editor Osha Gray Davidson will be in Las Vegas covering the summit for Mother Jones magazine where he is a contributing blogger.]

[Phoenix Sun editor Osha Gray Davidson will be at the summit, live blogging for Mother Jones magazine.]

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