The big picture for energy issues in the United States and around the world is that a myriad of sources are likely to be needed for the foreseeable future. But each energy source has its own challenges, benefits, and drawbacks. The Total Energy USA Conference November 27-29 in Houston, TX will provide participants with an in-depth look at the energy landscape, from biomass and energy efficiency to natural gas, nuclear, and oil.
Terry Tamminen, CEO of Seventh Generation Advisors, and advisor to former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, will kick off the upcoming conference in Houston, TX. It’s fitting, as Tamminen’s background is as diverse as the energy sources the conference will cover. A U.S. Coast Guard licensed ship captain who has both worked in aquaculture and studied ocean ecology, Tamminen ran the largest sheep ranch east of the Mississippi, owned a recreational services company, and helped found a solid waste recycling program in Nigeria. Tamminen helped elect Governor Schwarzenegger and pass several proactive energy laws in California, including the Global Warming Solutions Act (2006), Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Million Solar Roofs Initiative.
Sessions on hydrogen, natural gas and “The Future of Wind Energy” will follow the opening keynote roundtable, which also features Russ Conser, leader of the GameChanger Team at Shell, Kenneth Medlock III, Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at Rice University, and the Honorable Philip R. Sharp, former U.S. Congressman and President of Resources for the Future.
A big topic at the conference will be finance. Specifically, how we can finance clean energy investments. Jan Koninckx, Ph.D. business director for biofuels at DuPont, will showcase how DuPont has championed renewable transportation fuels.
Other keynote sessions include the U.S. Electric Grid 2.0, Water and Energy: Opportunities & Issues (featuring Ben Grumbles, President of the U.S. Water Alliance), Transporation with Advanced Vehicle Technologies and Fuels (featuring Larry Burns, Professors of Engineering Practice at the University of Michigan and Director of the Program on Sustainable Mobility at Columbia), How the Department of Defense will impact U.S. energy security (with Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, President of the American Council on Renewable Energy), Energy Production in Efficiency and Buildings (with Gordon Gill, who we interviewed on CleanTechnica a few weeks ago), Job Creation and Workforce Education, Finance and Investments (featuring Mike Eckhart, Managing Director of Citigroup), and City Leaders who are shaping energy generation and use.
The early bird rate ends today for conference registration, so register today! Advanced registration goes through 11/26, and onsite registration begins thereafter, wherein the price goes up $100.
Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. As a serial eco-entrepreneur who has started, grown and sold multiple green businesses, Scott believes that capitalism, true capitalism, can be a powerful force for change, but that our current version of capitalism is severely hampered by perverse subsidies and negative externalities that make unsustainable products less expensive than healthier alternatives. Scott is a vegetarian, an avid cyclist, and an organic gardener. Find Scott on Google Plus