FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 1, 2015
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT
“NATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY SUMMIT 8.0: POWERING PROGRESS”
IN LAS VEGAS, AUG. 24
LAS VEGAS — President Barack Obama will lead the nation’s foremost clean energy conversation as the keynote speaker during the “National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress” at Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center in Las Vegas Monday, Aug. 24. In its eighth year, the annual summit brings together clean energy advocates, business leaders, students, public officials and decision makers to discuss solutions for the advancement of the clean energy economy.
“I have so much affection and admiration for President Obama and we are thrilled to welcome him to participate in this year’s summit,” said U.S. Senator Harry Reid. “President Obama’s record on clean energy and climate stands above all others. His administration has made the largest investment in clean energy in American history and there is no place better than Nevada to discuss how we will continue this progress.”
Under the direction of President Obama, the United States is leading global efforts to address the threat of climate change, while making great strides domestically by increasing the use of wind, geothermal and solar power and reducing carbon emissions in record numbers. During the summit, President Obama and other clean energy visionaries will discuss topics such as securing greater energy independence, empowering Americans to develop existing clean energy resources and job creation through renewable energy initiatives.
“It’s a tremendous honor to welcome President Obama as the keynote speaker at this year’s summit,” said Board Chair of the Clean Energy Project, Kathleen Drakulich. “Clean energy solutions have grown and diversified Nevada’s economy and are key to the future of our country. We are thrilled at the opportunity to hear the President’s vision for continued innovation and development during his visit to Nevada, one of the leading states for clean energy.”
“MGM Resorts International believes in the need for businesses to make a conscious effort to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, Jim Murren. “President Obama has made significant strides in this space and has been a strong ally in the fight for clean energy.”
“We’re so delighted that President Obama will be this year’s keynote speaker at the National Clean Energy Summit,” said President of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden. “At the Center for American Progress, we’re dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans and finding alternative energy solutions today that will benefit generations to come.”
“UNLV is a proud co-sponsor of The National Clean Energy Summit,” said President of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Len Jessup. “President Obama has prioritized funding for important clean energy research and education activities that are making a positive impact in Nevada.”
“National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress” is co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Center for American Progress, the Clean Energy Project, MGM Resorts International and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Past speakers at the annual summit include Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elon Musk and many more. Sen. Harry Reid, John Podesta and Secretary Ernest Moniz will join President Obama as speakers at this year’s summit, with additional speakers and details about panels to follow.
WHAT: “National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress
WHO: President Barack Obama,44th President of the United States
U.S. Senator Harry Reid
John Podesta, Former Counselor to President Barack Obama
Secretary Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy
Dan Klaich, Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE)
Diarmuid O'Connell, Vice President of Business Development at Tesla Motors
Jamie Evans,Managing Director at Panasonic Eco Solutions
Dr. Ellen Williams, Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E)
Thomas Voss, Chairman of Smart Wires
Amy Ericson, Country President for the United States at Alstom
Susan Kennedy, CEO and Board Member of Advanced Microgrid Solutions
Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress
Bill Ritter, Former Governor of Colorado
Antonio Villaraigosa, Former Mayor of Los Angeles
Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Investor
Geisha Williams, President of Electric Operations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company
WHEN: Monday, Aug. 24, 2015
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE: Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center
3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
REGISTER: To register for Summit 8.0 and for the latest information about the panels and panelists, please visit cleanenergysummit.org
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