National Clean Energy Summit

August 24, 2015 - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

The nation’s foremost clean energy conversation will return to Las Vegas for the eighth year with “National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress” at Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center Monday, Aug. 24. Clean energy advocates, business leaders, public officials and bipartisan decision makers will assemble this year to converse about how the U.S. continues the advancement of the clean energy economy through innovation, investment and strengthened collaboration.

“I’m very pleased to host the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada for the eighth year and to continue a constructive dialogue about clean energy progress in our country,” said Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. “Discussions like those that take place during the summit have been vital to achieving the rapid expansion of clean energy and innovation in this nation and beyond. We look forward to continuing the momentum this year with a dynamic lineup of speakers and panelists united to bring clean energy issues to the forefront.”

The annual conference is co-sponsored by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Center for American Progress, the Clean Energy Project, MGM Resorts International and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A diverse set of respected policymakers and industry leaders will participate as speakers and panelists in “National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress.” Past speakers at the summit include Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, John Podesta, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elon Musk and many more.

Distinguished speakers at this edition of the National Clean Energy Summit will include …

Dr. Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy. As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz is tasked with implementing critical Department of Energy missions in support of President Obama’s goals of growing the economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment. This encompasses advancing the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, maintaining the nuclear deterrent and reducing the nuclear danger, promoting American leadership in science and clean energy technology innovation, cleaning up the legacy of the cold war, and strengthening management and performance.

John Podesta, Former Counselor to President Barack Obama. John Podesta served as Counselor to President Barack Obama from January 2014 to February 2015. His duties included overseeing climate change and energy policy. In 2008, he served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition team, where he coordinated the priorities of the incoming administration’s agenda, oversaw the development of its policies, and spearheaded its appointments of major cabinet secretaries and political appointees.

“To foster true progress in the future of clean energy will require increased public awareness and education about clean energy issues, along with collaboration among policymakers and investors to take action for change,” said Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress. “Through the development of jobs dedicated to creating improved infrastructure and innovative renewable energy solutions, we’re not only advancing our economy, but also supporting a greater overall quality of life.”

“Over the years the summit has welcomed some of the most innovative business minds and political leaders of our time who, through thoughtful discourse and actionable solutions, have made the summit one of the most visible and productive platforms for the advancement of clean energy in this country,” said Kathleen Drakulich, Board Chair of the Clean Energy Project.