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Energy Crossroads: Stanford March 1-3: Thomas Friedman, James Woolsey, others
Feb 14, 2007 (From the CalCars-News archive)
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Energy Crossroads: Building a Coalition for a Clean, Seecure, and Prosperous Energy Future March 1-3 at Stanford University. This conference is open to the public and free for faculty and students (from any institution) and Stanford staff. Our car will be at the Thursday 4-6PM Expo, and some of the speakers are likely to reference PHEVs. Info and registration at

Description and agenda follow:

Decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels is the defining challenge of our nation, our world, and our generation. Shifting geopolitical and environmental realities are creating a unique opportunity for a revolution in the way we produce, consume, and think about energy resources. The complementary strategies of diversifying our mix of low-emitting energy sources and improving our energy efficiency are critical economic, environmental, and geopolitical goals-in many ways they are lynchpins upon which our common dreams depend.

Meeting our energy challenge will require a coalition including policymakers in all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, engineers, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, academics, and student activists. Driven by their particular concerns for the environment, economic growth, and national security, there are a growing number of energy-oriented groups. Too often, these groups work in isolation unaware of each other's presence, resources, and reach. Other times, they have had insignificant means to resolve their differences. Increasingly, these groups are understanding the advantages of working as a coalition and are eager to participate. Energy Crossroads is dedicated to promoting this coalition by convening a major conference of relevant stakeholders.

Thursday, March 1, 2007
noon-4pm Career Fair at White Plaza
Cleantech companies will have a chance to recruit
employees and interns in a specially designated
"Energy" section of the BASES Entrepreneurship
Expo, BASES' largest career fair of the year for startups.

4pm-6pm Clean Tech Expo at Oak Lounge, Tressider Student Union Various companies and labs will display cleantech technology to the conference attendees and the Stanford campus. [Our PHEV and other cars.]

7:00pm Opening Address & Remarks at Kresge Auditorium Opening address by R. James Woolsey, former head of the CIA, with remarks by:

  • Ralph Cavanagh, Senior Attorney and Co-Director of the Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council
  • John Denniston, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Beyers
  • Dr. Steve Chu, Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Friday, March 2, 2007 8am-9:45am Panel I: "Clean Energy Solutions: Setting Priorities" at Memorial Auditorium As we find ourselves at the energy crossroads, there is much debate about which technologies will comprise our future energy mix and where research and subsidy dollars should go. This panel compares three main electricity options for reducing carbon emissions: nuclear, clean coal, and renewables, alongside improvements in transportation, including electric vehicles, bio-fuels, and public transit.

  • Moderator: Erik Straser, Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
  • Mark Delucchi, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis
  • Burton Richter, Nobel Laureate and Professor Emeritus, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
  • Jeff Goodell, Author, Big Coal, contributing editor, Rolling Stone
  • 10:15am-11:45am Panel II: "Making Renewables and Energy Efficiency Competitive" at Memorial Auditorium Private-sector investment by large energy corporations, cleantech entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists has played a crucial role in advancing clean energy technologies. Public policies and regulations, in turn, have largely shaped the cleantech business environment. This panel will feature the perspectives of corporate strategists, venture capitalists, and policymakers in an attempt to reconcile private sector and regulatory efforts to drive cleantech to the forefront.

  • Moderator: John Weyant, Director, Stanford Energy Modeling Forum
  • Ira Ehrenpreis, General Partner, Technology Partners
  • David Gottfried, Founder, U.S. Green Buildings Council
  • Jeff Byron, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
  • TBD, Pacific, Gas, & Electric Company
  • 1pm-2:30pm Keynote Address at Memorial Auditorium Introduction by President John L. Hennessy "Green is the New Red White and Blue" Thomas L. Friedman, New York Time Columnist, three-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist

    3pm-4:45pm Panel III: "Clean Technology on the International Frontier" at Cubberley Auditorium Changing the global energy landscape will require profitable business models that span political boundaries, ensuring a consistently competitive marketplace. In this session, panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities of the international energy industry,including:
    - Taking a clean energy company global
    - International technology transfer, especially intellectual property issues
    - Future geopolitical impacts on the international energy landscape

  • Moderator: David Victor, Professor, Stanford Law School; Director, Stanford Program on Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Eric Heitz, President, The Energy Foundation
  • Ellen Pao, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Steve Westwell, Group VP, BP Alternative Energy
  • Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Global Correspondent, The Ecnonomist
  • Saturday, March 3, 2007 9:30am-3:00pm "The Roosevelt Energy Challenge" For Students Energy Policy Competition put on by Roosevelt Institution's Stanford Chapter. For more information about the competition, see the challenge overview and the tentative challenge schedule.

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