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Event Date:
January 11, 2006

Event Time:


King Center, Community College of Denver, Auraria Campus, Denver


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


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 and click on "Renewable Energy Summit" to register.

**Members of the media planning to attend should contact Cody Wertz at 303-455-7600 or

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


Cody Wertz: 202-228-3630

Jen Clanahan: 303-455-7600

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