Sen. Salazar's Renewable Energy Summit Set: Leading Energy Experts, Corporations, Organizations, Gov. Owens and More Participating in Summit to Discuss Renewable Energy's Role in Gaining Energy Independence
U.S. Senator Ken Salazar
Member of the Agriculture, Energy and Veterans Affairs Committees
2300 15th Street, Suite 450 Denver, CO 80202 | 702 Hart Senate Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
Thursday, January 05, 2006
CONTACT: Cody Wertz Press Secretary
Denver, CO Next week, United States Senator Ken Salazar will hold a Renewable Energy Summit with leading energy experts, farmers, business leaders and the public to raise awareness about the potential and viability of renewable energy. Senator Salazar believes there is a great and immediate potential for the production of renewable energy through wind, solar and biofuel production in Colorado and the United States.
As a member of the Senate Energy Committee, Senator Salazar helped craft key provisions of the 2005 Energy Policy Act. Senator Salazar has also held over 60 forums on energy issues throughout Colorado at which he pushed for energy independence as a national security imperative for the United States.
"Our national security depends on greater energy independence. We can turn that obligation into an opportunity for Colorado and our Nation," Senator Salazar said. "Renewable energy will be a cornerstone of our future independence."
The agenda features members of Colorado's and the Nation's renewable energy industries, research institutions, agricultural, rural and nonprofit organizations and corporate leaders including former Senator Tim Wirth; former Speaker of the House Lola Spradley; President of Ethanol Management Company, Patty Stulp; CEO of Blue Sun Biodiesel, Jeff Probst; President and CEO of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister; President and CEO of BP Solar, Lee Edwards; President and CEO of Public Service Company of Colorado, an Xcel Company, Patricia Vincent; NREL Director, Dan Arvizu; and many more. A draft agenda is attached.
Cosponsors of the event in alphabetical order so far include: American Solar Energy Society, American Wind Energy Association, Apollo Alliance, BP America, Center for ReSource Conservation, Colorado Environmental Coalition, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Renewable Energy Society, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Community College of Denver, Delta-Montrose Electric Association, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Energy Future Coalition, Interwest Energy Alliance, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Shell Oil Company, University of Colorado, Western Resource Advocates, Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy and Xcel Energy.
The public is invited to attend. Go to http://salazar.senate.gov/ and click on "Renewable Energy Summit" to register.
**Members of the media planning to attend should contact Cody Wertz at 303-455-7600 or email@example.com.
WHO: United States Senator Ken Salazar, former Senator Tim Wirth, leading members of Colorado's and the Nation's Renewable energy industries and more.
WHAT: Renewable Energy Summit
WHERE: King Center, Community College of Denver, Auraria Campus, Denver
WHEN: Wednesday, January 11, 2006, 9:00 am
Colorado Renewable Energy Summit
January 11, 2006
King Center, Auraria Campus, Denver, Colorado
Draft Agenda (01-04-06)
Goal: To increase understanding of the role of energy in America's national security and economic prosperity; provide information regarding renewable energy research, development and production; and discuss the next steps for renewable energy in Colorado and the nation
I. 9:00 a.m. 9:20 a.m. Welcome & Intro
- Christine Johnson, Pres., CCD
- Governor Bill Owens
- Senator Salazar
II. 9:20 a.m. 9:45 a.m. The National Security Imperative and Economic Opportunities for the U.S. --Former U.S. Senator Tim Wirth
- 9:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Q&A Senators Salazar and Wirth
III. 10:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Colorado Renewable Energy Industries: Present and Future·
- Overview Lola Spradley (former Speaker, Colo House of Rep)
- Ethanol Patty Stulp (Pres., Ethanol Management Co)
- Biodiesel Jeff Probst (CEO, Blue Sun)
10:45 a.m. 15 Minute Break
- Solar Rhone Resch, President, Solar Energy Industries Association
- Wind Mike Bowman (Board, 25x25)
- Biomass Michael Pacheco, Director, National Bioenergy Center, NREL
12 noon Q&A Colorado panel members
12:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. Lunch
IV. 1:00 p.m -- 2:00 p.m. The Place of Colorado and the U.S. in the Global Renewable Energy Economy
- David Garman, Under Secretary, DOE (invited)
- NREL Director Dan Arvizu
1:45 p.m. Q&A Under Secretary Garman and Dr. Arvizu
2:00 p.m. Break
VI. 2:15 p.m. 3:45 p.m. How Leading Corporations Are Embracing Renewable Energy --
- BP Solar Lee Edwards, Pres/CEO
- Public Service Co of Colo (Xcel) Patricia Vincent, Pres/CEO
- Shell Oil John Hofmeister, Pres/CEO
3:30 p.m. Q&A CEO Panel and Senator Salazar
VII. 3:45 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Senator Salazar: Next Steps for Colorado's Renewable Energy Future
4:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Reception