by Pam Zubeck
The Broadmoor will host the fourth annual New Energy Summit April 9-11, with a lot of big shots in the energy industry slated to appear, representing such fossil-fuel behemoths as Chevron, Halliburton and ConocoPhillips.
But there are others coming who represent the new world of energy, including members of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of Boulder and Denis Hayes, founder of Earth Day.
Among the sponsors is our own Colorado Springs Utilities, which already has invested in hydro power and the large solar array at the Air Force Academy. CSU also has set up a program to accommodate community solar gardens. The city-owned enterprise also is venturing into another realm of renewables, having recently discussed buying 50 megawatts of wind power.
We asked Utilities to give us a comment but haven't heard back. We'll update if we hear anything.
Here's the press release:
The 4th annual Global New Energy Summit will again be held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 9th-11th. The Summit brings together internationally recognized leadership across key energy disciplines of science, industry, policy and finance. Summit panels will discuss the latest trends in innovation, policy, markets and capital across all areas of energy — including innovation in traditional energy area like Oil, Gas, Coal and Nuclear, as well as Solar, Wind, Water, Bio-fuels, Nuclear, Transmission and Smart Grid. This year’s Summit opens with an International Expo conversation and show floor illustrating exciting activities taking place in key regions around the globe including Asia, Europe and North America.
This year’s Honorary Chair is Denis Hayes, Founder of Earth Day and Former Director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. “The Global New Energy Summit has increasingly delivered on the vision of bringing together national and international leadership across all disciplines and all energy sources to discuss their common ground and practical ways to achieve the mutual goals of economic prosperity and environmental sustainability. It’s my honor to participate and help lead this year’s discussion,” Hayes commented. Currently Hayes is President & CEO of the Bullitt Foundation. At the Bullitt Foundation, he leads an effort to mold the American Pacific Northwest into a global model of sustainability. Focusing mostly on the region’s largest cities (Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver) and its dominant industries, the foundation applies principles of the science of ecology to the design of 'human ecosystems'. To "walk its talk", the foundation is currently constructing the world’s greenest office building.
Internationally, Denis is recognized for having expanded Earth Day to more than 180 nations. It is now the world’s most widely observed secular holiday. Hayes remains the honorary chair of the Earth Day Network. He was prior a professor of energy engineering at Stanford, the director of the Illinois State Energy Office and director of the energy programs at the Worldwatch Institute. He has received the national Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Public Service as well as the highest awards bestowed by the Sierra Club, the Humane Society of the United States, the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Council of America, the Global Environmental Facility, the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, the American Solar Energy Society, and the Commonwealth Club. He has served on dozens of governing boards, including those of Stanford University, the World Resources Institute, the Federation of American Scientists, the Energy Foundation, Children Now, the National Programming Council for Public Television, the American Solar Energy Society, Greenpeace, CERES, and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. Time magazine selected Hayes as one of its "Heroes of the Planet". He has been profiled as "Newsmaker of the week" by ABC News and as "Today’s Person in the News" by the New York Times.
“There is no better place to host the Global New Energy Summit than the Rocky Mountain region, home to leading innovation across the entire new energy spectrum,” said David Blivin, managing partner of Cottonwood Technology Fund and Summit director. “Each year the Summit grows in participation and attendance. There is clearly an interest among industry and policy leaders to assemble, discuss and discover from their peers in this rapidly evolving energy industry.”
Other committed Summit participants already include Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Head of Global Unconventional Resources at ConocoPhillips Greg Leveille, Gil Forer, Global Head of Cleantech, Ernst & Young and leaders from Luca Technologies, ITC Holdings, Colorado Springs Utilities, EPRI, Patton Boggs LLP, Altira Ventures, Arsenal Ventures, Wells Fargo and numerous others.