Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Avoiding the Clean Tech Crash: Can Renewable Energy Achieve Subsidy Independence? (Webcast)

This free webcast will be broadcast live on Live on May 23, 11:30AM ET / 8:30AM PT. Federal clean tech funding is poised to decline 75 percent by 2014 compared to 2009, according to a recent report from a diverse group of think tanks titled "Beyond Boom and Bust: Putting Clean Tech on a Path to Subsidy Independence". The coming expiration of many policies and subsidies has raised concerns that the clean tech sector, and the pace of energy innovation in the U.S., may experience a collapse, much as it has in past years when funding similarly dried up

Can clean tech survive without subsidies? How can we structure support for renewable energy to avoid these boom-and-bust cycles?

Join The Energy Collective and a panel of the report's authors and industry leaders as they ask:
  • How severely will the end of subsidies affect the growth of clean energy technology?
  • Which will feel the most impact among the wind, solar, nuclear, biofuel, and electric vehicle sectors?
  • Can the industry sustain itself without funding support from the government? Do more sustainable policy solutions exist?
Letha Tawney is a Senior Associate in the World Resources Institute's Climate and Energy Program, leading the Two Degrees of Innovation platform. Letha's work focuses on the need to build a robust, dynamic innovation system for clean energy where great ideas can rapidly emerge and spread globally.
Joseph Desmond is Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications for BrightSource Energy. Desmond has also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer at Ice Energy, Inc. and Senior Vice President of External Affairs at NorthernStar Natural Gas.

Alex Trembath s a Policy Associate in the Energy and Climate Program at the Breakthrough Institute. Trembath's research has been published by the Breakthrough Institute, Americans for Energy Leadership, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Forbes, and the Huffington Post.
Marc Gunther is a veteran journalist, speaker, writer and consultant whose focus is business and sustainability. Marc is a contributing editor at FORTUNE magazine, a senior writer at Greenbiz.com, and a lead blogger at The Energy Collective.

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