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Cleantech Open National Conference: Cleantech Entrepreneurship: "Can it put the nation back to work?"

July 22, 2010, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM PDT

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July 22, 10:20 AM to 11:40 AM PDT
Smart Decision Making for a Dumb Grid

With the energy grid across our country broken in ownership, geography and efficiency, the Federal Government has recognized the need for a smarter grid. Their answer? Pouring billions in ARRA funding into advancement. Yet we face major challenges in the near future in dealing with a fractured grid, owned by scores of utilities across the country with insufficient cross-communication. How do we systematically and feasibly combine the multitudes of utilities and grid systems across the country? And even if the country can manage to organize the grid, the questions for energy consumption, storage and monitoring remain unanswered. What will it take to have battery storage a feasible option for the majority of consumers? What effects will a cohesive grid have on energy prices? Whose responsibility is it to control and operative the grid? There is a broader question still: should we even work to fix the grid we have, or are we only trying to improve an obsolete system? Should we be thinking outside the box in structuring a new smart grid?

The Road Ahead: Legacy Versus Efficiency

Recent years have challenged the old standard of the transportation industry. No longer are the major players able to own all aspects of the vertical supply and manufacturing chain. Electric cars, alternative fuels and other forms of transportation do not adhere to the same rigid structure that the legacy auto makers do. Are we witnessing the disaggregation of the auto industry? How will this affect the functionality of the pieces within the horizontal auto industry? And most importantly, how will transportation entrepreneurs change the game for the legacy car makers to pave the way for cleaner, better, future transportation options

July 22, 1:30 PM to 2:50 PM PDT
Water: the 21st Century Strategic Resource

Many believe that the next global conflict will be over water rights. Even in the United States we have started to see water scarcity issues and growing concern over citizens' access to safe drinking water. Take a deep dive into the world's most precious resource as we discuss the major players and what motivates them. We'll address water's flashpoints on the global scale and how water shortages are affecting local politics, especially in the developing world. In a water-limited world, who are the winners and losers? Is water truly a public asset that needs fair and public distribution? What is the role of big government and business in finding solutions to this precious public asset? And what technologies can truly change the game so the future of water does not mirror the bleak future of oil?

The Next Renewable Energy Renaissance

Solar energy has gained increasingly popularity across the country, where we see installations in all major markets: residential, commercial and utility scale. Why the popularity, and how did solar reach its current success? Is large venture capital investment giving solar the lead, or is there a lemming factor? And even though we've seen vast growth in recent years, will it continue? What can we learn from solar providers about how they've managed to expand the number and diversity of installations? And can other renewable businesses make the same transition to broad acceptance if those businesses don't also receive the rebates and backing that solar received?

July 22, 3:20 PM to 4:30 PM PDT
Not Just CFL Bulbs: What's Slowing Down Energy Efficiency Adoption?

Energy efficiency has long been called the "low-hanging" fruit for saving energy consumption. And the government is touting energy efficiency as the fastest path to mass adoption and job creation. In reality, why is energy efficiency adoption taking so long? Is it more complicated than we think, with CAFE and LEED standards so difficult to decipher? Are there enough options for the general public to take part in relating to energy efficiency? What's going to be the "next CFL bulb" for citizens to take up? Will the costs of energy efficiency make it feasible to easily adopt new standards? And ultimately, can consumers really control their own consumption to positively impact the amount of megawatts our country needs?

The Greenzone: The Greening of America

Visions of future green cities elicit images of urban centers friendly to pedestrians, net zero buildings throughout, and low energy grid demand. But getting to that reality is proving more challenging than hoped, even with the recent legislation enacted. Implementing the concept of green buildings can come through each individual, or through municipalities and neighborhoods. But what role does the residential and commercial real estate industry have in realizing the vision of a green community? What obligation do home builders have to provide green options to buyers? Can large home builders make an economic case that makes sense for buyers, or does it have to be done through mandate? And how will cities deal with retrofitting and legacy buildings? How do you really "green" a town

Additional Details

**If you cannot pay by credit card, please contact us by calling 888.989.OPEN and request to speak with Nancy Bahamondes.

Registration Fees

Type Early* Regular Door
General Public n/a 197.00 347.00 400.00
*Early registration prices available only until July 10, 2010, 6:59 AM.
 All prices in U.S. dollars. Sorry, no refunds available.
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