Western Energy Summit

Moffett Field, CA
Thursday, July 30, 2009

JULY 30, 2009

Energy Security, Innovation
& Sustainability Initiative

                  Regional Energy Summit Series


Western Energy Summit

Accelerating Energy Innovation: Spurring the Development and Commercialization of New Energy Technologies


Sponsored by the NASA Ames Research Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of California and CMEA Capital


July 30, 2009

NASA Ames Research Center

Mountain View, California



Leadership Roundtable


8:00 a.m.           Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30                  Welcoming Remarks

Dr. S. Pete Worden, Director, NASA Ames Research Center

Ms. Deborah L. Wince-Smith


8:40                  Overview of the Day

Mr. Tyler Suiters, Clean Skies TV


8:45                  Simple Round Robin Introductions


8:50                  Opening Co-Host Comments

9:05                  Session I – Sustainable Energy Solutions Research and Development

     Lessons from the California Innovation Incubator

·         Why is California leading the way on sustainable energy R&D activity? 

·         How have partnerships (public-private and between private firms) contributed to this success? What are the attributes of these partnerships and how have they come together?

·         How successful has California been in capturing the economic development value of the innovations it has helped to foster?

·         How are California and other Western states addressing the shortage of scientific and engineering talent necessary for fulfilling the sustainable energy R&D agenda?

·         What can the federal government learn from the state’s efforts?

·         How should state and federal policies be aligned to best advance the sustainable energy R&D agenda?


10:30                Break

10:50                Session II – Deployment
at Scale

     Identifying Enabling Conditions for Energy Efficiency and Sustainable      

    Energy Development

·         What lessons can other states learn from energy efficiency policies adopted by California and other Western states?

·         What lessons can state and federal policymakers draw from California’s efforts to ramp up sustainable energy production?

·         How is California’s agricultural sector be being tapped for energy production and as a carbon sink? 

·         How are California and other Western states addressing the shortage of skilled workers necessary for advancing its energy efficiency and sustainable energy goals?

·         How have the businesses, universities and laboratories participating in the Summit handled the “skills gap” challenge?

·         How should state and federal policies be aligned to support deployment at scale?


12:15 p.m.         Adjourn  


12:30                Summit Luncheon


1:10                  Introduction of Keynote Speaker

1:15                  Luncheon Keynote

Steven E. Koonin, Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy



Experts Workshop – A Deeper Dive


2:00 p.m.           Session I – Research and Development in Sustainable Energy Solutions

·         What can other states learn from California’s R&D efforts?

·         How do – or should – state and federal policies support these efforts?

·         What opportunities are being missed for lack of supportive public policies?

·         Are California and other Western states successfully addressing the “valley of death” between development and commercialization?

·         How do California’s research and financial communities approach research, development, and deployment?


3:15                  Break

3:30                  Session IIDeploying Sustainable Energy Solutions at Scale

·         Have energy prices driven the business case for adoption of energy efficient and sustainable energy technologies, or has public policy created the business case – or has it been a combination of both?

·         How have developers addressed key hurdles to the deployment of sustainable energy production such as siting and the need for supportive infrastructure?

·         What else should be done to encourage the installation of more renewable energy production, both large-scale and distributed?

·         What hurdles have domestic manufacturers of energy-efficient or sustainable energy generation equipment faced? How have they addressed those challenges?

·         How can state and federal policies be better aligned/coordinated?

·         What has been done to keep the new energy technology companies and jobs in-state, in the region or even in the country?

4:45                  Closing Remarks

5:00                  Adjourn


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