The National Clean Energy Project includes a distinguished panel of participants. President Bill
Clinton will address the panelists. Vice President Al Gore will address the panelists and join the
The event will kick off with opening remarks from former U.S. Senator and United Nations
Foundation President Timothy Wirth followed by brief comments from the Honorary Chairman of
the event, Senator Reid, Vice President Al Gore, as well as by business leader and clean energy
advocate T. Boone Pickens and Center for American Progress Action Fund President John Podesta.
These speakers will touch on the key themes of the forum, including over coming clean energy
infrastructure challenges, and reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil. This will be followed by a roundtable discussion among the invited participants moderated by Mr. Wirth.
The discussion will focus on guiding the transformation of our nation’s energy policies with particular attention on modernizing the electricity grid, integrating energy efficiency and distributed generation into its operation and regulation, rapidly increasing transmission capacity for renewable energy and reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil through natural gas, plug-in hybrids and batteries in the transportation and distribution system.
The National Clean Energy Project builds on the August 2008 “National Clean Energy Summit”
sponsored by Senator Reid, CAPAF, the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The participants in the
summit concluded that inadequate access to transmission was one of the most significant barriers to widespread development of renewable energy.
The goal of this forum will be to discuss the best, most cost-effective options to “green the grid” and lay the groundwork for a broad national consensus between as many key stakeholders as possible on a clean energy agenda that will reduce emissions, increase reliability and affordability, and make us more secure and competitive. This important event will influence the development of a new and better national energy policy and should help speed its adoption.