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Join us for ICOSA Connect+Collaborate Radio Monday February 13 – A Discussion with David Blivin, Director and Founder, Global New Energy Summit; Carl Huslig, Executive Director Grid Development for ITC, Dr. Doug Kothe, Director, Consortium for the Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL)
The 4th annual Global New Energy Summit (Summit) will be hosted at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado April 9-11th.The Summit, the vision of Summit Director and founder David Blivin, brings together world-renowned leaders across science, industry, policy and finance to discuss the various facets of the energy landscape and the solutions that are needed to address energy demand.The Summit provides platforms for energy experts to debate about the latest innovations in technology, finance and the marketplace and through these debates form new partnerships and new ideas to address our energy challenges.New to the Summit this year is an International Expo designed to highlight advances in Asia, Europe, and North America.
The strong participation by the Council on Competitiveness (“Council”), this year’s co-producer of the Summit, underscores the importance of energy to our economic prosperity.According to the Council, it is critical to competitiveness that manufacturing firms have access to low-cost, dependable energy supply.“Energy, really, is everything.It’s the lifeblood of the economy.It cuts across every activity, it also has a huge impact on how we make things, how we transport things, how we use things, and, quite frankly, that has been true since the beginning of human civilization.So the innovation machine that we need to stimulate and grow and maintain in this country is more important than ever given the challenges of climate change and environmental stewardship and scarcity as well,” says Wince-Smith President and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness.
Also critical to our competitiveness is an educated and skilled workforce.Jamai Blivin, President and CEO of Innovate+Educate, so strongly believes that industry alignment for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and workforce development is critical to solve the issues the U.S. faces to develop an innovation economy, that she partnered with Intel and Lockheed Martin Corporation to work towards advancing effective education transformation.As another critical element to maintaining our competitiveness, STEM plays an important role at the Summit.
We will be discussing the Summit with David Blivin on ICOSA Radio’s Connect+Collaborate segment.In addition, we will be highlighting two panels.The first panel is Transmission Integration with Carl Huslig, Executive Director, ITC Grid Development for ITC.According to Huslig, “our nation’s grid is governed by a combination of state, regional and federal agencies created to deal with mostly local-level incremental changes.It’s an archaic and outdated regulatory structure that’s fractured across multiple jurisdictions at the local, state and federal levels.”A 2010 report by the Department of Energy found that electricity disruption cost the country $150 billion dollars a year.That equates to roughly $500 for every man, woman and child in the United States.Huslig will be discussing what needs to be done to turn this situation around.
The second panel highlighted on the show will be Energy Hubs with Dr. Doug Kothe, Director, Consortium for the Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors.Doug led a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary team known as “CASL” (Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors; www.casl.gov) in winning a $122M, five-year award from the U.S. Department of Energy for its first Energy Innovation Hub. As a result of this award, Doug is now Director of CASL and the CASL Division Director at ORNL. CASL was called out (indirectly) by the President in his Jan 2011 State of the Union Address: “At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, they're using supercomputers to get a lot more power out of our nuclear facilities".These hubs are designed to accelerate research and shorten the path from scientific discovery to technological development in key areas.They are intended to bridge the gap between basic scientific breakthroughs and industrial commercialization of technology.Dr. Kothe will be discussing the tangible benefits that the consumer can expect from this project.
Listen to Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President Government Affairs for Western Energy Alliance discuss the Blueprint for Western Energy Properity by following the link below. The segment starts 20 minutes in.
ICOSA Radio's Connect and Collaborate Energy 101 segment - a discussion with Steve DePalo, Director of Energy for McDonald's USA. We talk to Steve about the great strides that McDonald's USA has made with their efficiency efforts. Steve provides insight into how the changes made by businesses can have positive impacts that go beyond just energy savings and extend into other areas such as the environment.To listen to the discussion, click the link below, the segment starts 20 minutes in.
New technology, diverse energy resources and grid solutions can help redefine our energy landscape. Kelly de la Torre’s practice focuses on getting client's results by: finding solutions to market and regulatory barriers to energy development and for emerging technologies, by working with her client's to identify market opportunities and bring together the right parties and legal support to take advantage of those market opportunities.
By understanding the energy landscape and understanding the client's objectives, Kelly can help companies design strategies to achieve their objectives within the existing statutory and regulatory framework and advocate for changes if necessary.
Kelly has a B.S. in biochemistry and an M.S. in chemistry both from the University of New Mexico and a J.D. from the Rutgers-Camden School of Law in New Jersey. She is licensed to practice in New Mexico and Colorado and is a member of the U.S. Patent Bar.
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