The fifth annual National Clean Energy Summit will once again bring together clean energy visionaries and leaders, public officials, business executives and entrepreneurs, investors, students, and the media to discuss how to empower the public with tools to promote the clean energy economy; increasing jobs and our energy independence. The day-long clean energy summit will be hosted by Center for American Progress, Clean Energy Project, MGM Resorts International, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.National Clean Energy Summit 5.0: The Power of ChoiceAugust 7, 2012 - 8am to 6pm PDTBellagio Hotel and Casino3600 S. Las Vegas BlvdLas Vegas, NV 89109
Since the first National Clean Energy Summit in 2008 Nevada has seen a boom in clean energy and is now producing nearly 4-and-a-half times the amount of clean megawatts it was just four years ago. With solar, wind and geothermal projects popping up across the Silver State, Nevada is currently producing 1,150 megawatts of clean energy; enough to power tens of thousands of homes. In addition clean energy projects are fueling Nevada's tax base. Since 2010 Nevada has seen more than $248 million in tax revenue generated from clean energy projects.While much has been accomplished to realize the clean energy potential of Nevada and the West, much more can and should be done in the coming decades to ensure future clean energy growth. On August 7, National Clean Energy Summit 5.0: The Power of Choice will examine the most effective ways to drive immediate investments in our clean resources and policies that can optimize renewable energy production.
National Clean Energy Summit 5.0: The Power of Choice will focus on empowering individuals, governments, and businesses with the ability to choose clean energy. The conference will highlight energy options and how the freedom to make clean energy choices can improve the quality of life, save consumers money, and grow the economy. The more the public, business, and government understand the immense benefits of clean energy, the more likely they are to support and adopt policies to bring that future here sooner.There has never been a more important time for Nevada and the nation to better enable investment in clean energy. Bringing clean energy options in-line with a smarter electricity grid, while increasing the amount of solar, wind, and geothermal energy from projects in Nevada and the West, can give power to new industries and markets that will also simultaneously create new jobs and help rebuild our economy.The Summit will also discuss why we must invest in the research, development, deployment, and commercialization of new clean tech products to make us competitive in the $7 trillion global clean energy market. For example, investments by the Department of Defense in renewable and energy efficiency technologies for military use will keep our troops safer by reducing their exposure caused by the transportation of energy resources to forward operating bases. These investments can also simultaneously help the civilian clean tech sector to overcome the barriers of commercializing new clean energy technologies, just as we have with the Internet, engines, and microchips.Nevada and the WestWhile much has been accomplished to realize the clean energy potential of Nevada and the West, much more can and should be done in the coming decades to ensure future clean energy growth. Our economic future will be much brighter if we can make the Silver State into the vibrant core of a Western and national clean energy market unlike anywhere else in the world.National Clean Energy Summit 5.0: The Power of Choice will examine the most effective ways to drive immediate investments in our clean resources and policies that can optimize renewable energy production.
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