What the 2012 Election will mean for the future of US Clean Energy

NEW YORK, June 6, 2012 – Clean Energy Connections launches its fourth event of the season with Cleantech Elect: What the 2012 Election will mean for the future of US Clean Energy.

This featured event of Climate Week NYC 2012 will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, 44 Charlton Street (at Varick Street), New York. Greentech Media is the media sponsor for this series and will host the live web stream of this event at www.greentechmedia.com.

Solar One and the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy (NYC ACRE at NYU-Poly) created the discussion series to join professionals, policymakers, investors and academia to explore major topics shaping New York City’s rising cleantech industry.

The fate of America’s economic, environmental, national security, and diplomatic future depends on having reliable, affordable energy. Other countries have taken the lead in renewable technologies, while debates over U.S. energy policy have never been so polarized. What kind of energy policy – no matter who wins the November election -- will catapult the United States into an age of advanced energy: clean and financially sustainable for both producers and consumers? This event turns to thought leaders who will assess current energy policies, debate what better policies would require from the private sector and government, and examine whether the candidates’ plans will get us where we need to go. Speakers will also examine what effect the candidates’ current policies and views could have on the clean energy industry post-election.

To submit questions in advance of the event, please submit them to sara@solar1.org with the subject line, “Cleantech Elect: Question for Speakers.” Advance Questions can be submitted until 3:00PM on September 27, 2012. We will also be taking questions during the live broadcast via Twitter (@CleanECynyc, #cleanNRGx).

Opening Speaker:
- Michele Wucker, President, The World Policy Institute

Featured Speakers:
- Travis Bradford, Founder, The Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development
- Tim Greeff, Vice President, Government Affairs, Advanced Energy Economy

- Shayle Kann, Vice President, Research, Greentech Media

Clean Energy Connections provides an expert forum to share successful practices and collaborate on new ideas. Clean Energy Connections was developed in partnership with the Energy $mart Communities program of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and is sponsored by NYSERDA, Loeb & Loeb LLP, and Con Edison’s Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs. This event was developed in partnership with the World Policy Institute.

This event is open to the public. General admission is $25, and student admission is $10. Advanced registration is required at www.cleanecnyc.org.

Solar One is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing energy and environmental awareness, and inspiring action through public education and cultural programming. Solar One is the Manhattan and Staten Island contractor for Energy $mart Communities, a program of NYSERDA.

About NYC ACRE at NYU-Poly
The New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy (NYC ACRE) helps grow clean technology and renewable energy companies in New York City, advancing the city as a role model for a low carbon future. NYC ACRE is seeded by a four year, $1.5 million grant from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) to Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly). Aimed at assisting entrepreneurs and innovative, scalable start-ups that are providing solutions to climate and energy issues, the initiative focuses on growing the cleantech/renewable energy sector and creating technology jobs in New York City. For more information, visit www.nycacre.com.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. A public benefit corporation, NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.

Greentech Media delivers research and analysis in the business-to-business greentech market. Using an integrated platform, we produce high quality products, whether it is industry news, market research or networking events. GTM Research, the research arm of the company, produces in-depth market reports and is the publisher of PV News, a monthly solar market tracker. Greentech Media is headquartered in Boston, MA, with operations in New York, NY, San Francisco, CA and Munich. For more information, visit www.greentechmedia.com.