Summit on America's Energy Future

Thu, 13 Mar 2008 04:00:00 GMT

This event will feature presentations by leading thinkers on energy policy from the U.S. government (state and federal), universities, and the private sector, as well as international perspectives. It will take place in the main auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building at 2100 C Street, NW, in Washington DC. This event will serve to develop information for the Academies’ ongoing study, America’s Energy Future: Technology Opportunities, Risks and Tradeoffs, and to stimulate discussion among leading thinkers with diverse points of view on energy issues as the 2008 U.S. elections approach.

The Summit will include presentations addressing three major energy themes: Energy Security; Energy and the Economy; and Energy and the Environment. During the sessions, the analyses and results of key recent energy studies will be presented by principals from:

  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • InterAcademy Council
  • International Energy Agency
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • McKinsey Global Institute
  • National Commission on Energy Policy
  • National Petroleum Council
  • National Research Council
  • Rocky Mountain Institute
  • U.S. Climate Change Science and Technology Program
  • U.S. Department of Energy

In each session, there will also be time provided for participants to ask questions to a roundtable of speakers. The preliminary agenda will be posted by mid-January. This event is expected to be very full – please register early (free) if you’d like to attend. If you have any questions, please contact us at energysummit at

Thursday, March 13, Auditorium, National Academy of Sciences Building

8:00-8:15 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Ralph Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences (confirmed)
8:15-9:45 a.m. Current U.S. Energy Policy Context
Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Chair, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senate (invited)

The Geopolitical Context of America’s Energy Future
James R. Schlesinger, Chairman, The MITRE Corporation and Senior Advisor, Lehman Brothers (confirmed)

Raymond L. Orbach, Undersecretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy (invited)

The Geopolitics of Energy
Madeline Albright, Chair and Principal, The Albright Group, LLC (invited)

World Energy Outlook
Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (confirmed)
9:45-10:00 a.m. Question and Answer Forum
Moderator: Ralph Cicerone
10:30-10:45 a.m. Defining the Problems
Robert W. Fri, Senior Fellow Emeritus, Resources for the Future (confirmed)
10:45-11:15 a.m. Reference Global Energy and Environment Projections
Ged Davis, Managing Director, World Economic Forum Centre for Strategic Insight, and Co-Chair, Global Energy Assessment Council, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (confirmed)
1:15-11:45 a.m. Facing the Hard Truths about Energy
Lee F. Raymond, Chair, National Petroleum Council (invited)
11:45 a.m. – noon Question and Answer Forum
Moderator: Robert W. Fri
Session 1
1:30-1:45 p.m.
Introduction to Session 1
Harold T. Shapiro, President Emeritus, Princeton University and Chair, National Research Council Committee on America’s Energy Future (confirmed)
1:45-2:30 p.m. The Future of Coal and Nuclear Power
Ernest J. Moniz, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Co-Chair, MIT Interdisciplinary Study on the Future of Nuclear Power (confirmed)
2:30-3:00 Biofuels: How Much, How Fast, and How Difficult?
Jose Goldemberg, Secretary for the Environment, State of São Paulo, Brazil and Co-chair, Global Energy Assessment Council, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (confirmed)
3:30-4:00 p.m. Automotive Fuel Economy: How Far Should We Go?
Paul R. Portney, Dean, Eller College of Management, University of Arizona and Chair, National Research Council Committee on Effectiveness and Impact of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards (confirmed)
4:00-4:30 p.m. Prospects of a Hydrogen Economy
Michael P. Ramage, Executive VP, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. (Retired), and Chair, National Research Council Committee on Alternatives and Strategies for Future Hydrogen Production and Use (confirmed)
4:30-5:15 p.m. Closing Address
Samuel W. Bodman, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy (confirmed) Moderator: Harold Shapiro
5:15-6:30 p.m. Reception: Great Hall, National Academy of Sciences Building
Friday, March 14, Auditorium, National Academy of Sciences Building
Session 2
9:00-9:15 a.m.
Introduction to Session 2
Charles M. Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering (confirmed)
9:15-10:00 a.m. Ending the Energy Stalemate
John P. Holdren, Professor, Harvard University and Co-Chair, National Commission on Energy Policy (confirmed)
10:00-10:30 a.m. Google’s RechargeIT Program for Commercial Deployment of Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles
Dan W. Reicher, Director, Climate Change and Energy Initiatives, (invited)
11:00-11:30 a.m. Electricity Innovation Pathways
Steven R. Specker, President, Electric Power Research Institute (confirmed)
11:30 a.m.-noon Session 2 Question and Answer Forum
Moderator: Charles M. Vest
Session 3
1:15-1:30 p.m.
Introduction to Session 3
Richard A. Meserve, President, Carnegie Institution for Science (confirmed)
1:30-2:00 p.m. Lighting the Way: Toward a Sustainable Energy Future
Steven Chu, Director, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and Co-Chair, Interacademy Council Study Panel on a Sustainable Energy Future (confirmed)
2:00-2:30 p.m. Global CO2 Reduction Supply Curve
Matt Rogers, Director, McKinsey and Co. (invited)
3:00-3:30 p.m. Winning the Oil End Game
Amory Lovins, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute, and Principal Investigator, Winning the Oil End Game (confirmed)
3:30-4:00 p.m. Climate Change Technologies
Robert Marlay, Deputy Director, Climate Change Technology Program, U.S. Department of Energy (confirmed)
4:00-4:30 p.m. Session 3 Question and Answer Forum
Moderator: Richard Meserve
4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks and Adjourn
Robert Fri

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