Friday, June 01, 2007

When in doubt, hold a conference...

If you happen to be in San Francisco on June 18, this should be fun...

The California Clean Energy Fund will hold an all day conference to "assess California's progress in turning clean energy policy initiatives and technology breakthroughs into market realities."

According to conference organizers, sessions will focus on "detailing specific ways in which public policy and the private market are both working and struggling to bring clean technologies to scale." [Emphasis on the word "struggling".]

Michael Peevey, who is a CalCEF Board Member, commented in the official press release that it is important to take "a hard look at the tough road still ahead and engaging in a frank discussion that tackles the challenges we face."


Conference materials describe the program thusly:

The full-day event, sponsored in part by PG&E, Nth Power, VantagePoint Venture Partners, DFJ Element, Nixon Peabody LLC and New Resource Bank, and managed by Global Inventures, includes a rich program comprising panels and keynotes examining:

-- The role of high-tech entrepreneurs in building the market for clean
-- Whether existing policy efforts and the surge in private financing have
the clean energy industry positioned for success
-- Challenges and successes from the investor's perspective
-- What it takes to drive clean energy innovations in California
-- Energy efficiency and innovation in transportation technologies
-- How entrepreneurs can partner with regulated corporate entities to
advance clean energy innovation
-- Major challenges California faces in terms of policy and business
-- Economic and employment-related benefits of the clean energy transition

CalCEF to Host Its First Annual Conference Detailing California's Transformation as a Driver of Clean Energy Initiatives [Offical Press Release]