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Julia Verdi 

San Antonio, Texas
August 8, 2011

The 2011 Energy Policy Summit explores the transportation energy challenges facing states and options for increasing economic and energy security while reducing the reliance on imported oil. With high energy prices creating a roadblock for recovering state economies, this year’s Summit explores transportation energy solutions that encourage rather than hinder economic growth.

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The Transportation Energy Challenge 

With rising energy prices and significant dependence on imported oil for the nation’s transportation needs, policymakers and consumers alike are interested in finding energy resources that can reduce the nation’s reliance on fuels that incur dramatic price swings, which can have serious impacts on consumers, businesses and the economy. This session will explore the nation’s current and forecasted fuel consumption, international and domestic output, long-term supplies, price forecasts, and the potential for becoming less reliant on imported oil.

John Staub, U.S. Energy Information Administration
Mike Stanton, CEO of Global Automakers
Diana McQueen, Legislative Assembly of Alberta


The Future of Biofuels

Biofuels mandates and incentives exist at both the federal and state level, and the federal government is requiring that 36 billion gallons of biofuels be produced in the U.S. by 2022. Concerns over the efficiency, environmental impact and food price impacts of corn ethanol have elevated the issue, and more states are looking to promote other biofuel technologies, such as cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel from algae. Since state and federal policies are the primary drivers behind biofuel growth and adoption, what policies will be most effective in promoting the best technologies and fuels for the future?

Brian Duff, Chief Engineer and Deployment Team Leader, Biomass Program, U.S. Department of Energy
Brian Conroy, Strategy Manager for BP Biofuels

Vehicle Electrification Technologies and the Role of Utilities

This session will look at the role that electric vehicles may play in decreasing transportation costs and reducing reliance on imported energy. It will explore the affect they will have on the U.S. electricity sector and how utilities will need to adapt to changes in electricity use through new pricing policies and smart grid technologies. The impact on consumers, electricity consumption, and state infrastructure will also be addressed.

Mark Duvall, Electric Power Research Institute
Randy Johnson, Director of Electric Transportation, Southern Company
Yvon Marcoux, National Assembly of Québec

“Making Transportation and Goods Movement Leaner, Cleaner & Greener”

Keynote Luncheon (in Exhibit Hall), Sponsored by the Diesel Technology Forum
More than 90 percent of the world’s global trade is diesel-powered. The luncheon presentation investigates how moving goods and people is growing more sustainable through the use of clean diesel technology and renewable diesel fuels.

Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum

Transit-Oriented Design

Communities and transportation systems that are designed to allow easy commuting by transit, foot, and bicycle use far less energy per person than those that rely heavily on passenger vehicles for transportation. This session will explore the role community design and transportation choices can play in decreasing energy usage and increasing energy independence and what states have done to encourage these developments.

Deron Lovaas, Federal Transportation Policy Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
Anne Canby, Director, OneRail Coalition

Natural Gas for Transportation

Using natural gas as a fuel source is a way to utilize domestic energy resources while decreasing vehicle emissions. Although natural gas buses, vans and other larger vehicles have been in use for many years, there is also potential for natural gas passenger vehicles. This session will explore current technology, natural gas resources and trends for the future.

Tommy Foltz, Director of Government Relations for Petrohawk Energy Corporation

State and Federal Roles and Policy Options

States have been critical to promoting markets for a range of transportation energy options, from biofuels to electric vehicles. This session will explore federal efforts and innovative state policies that promote economic growth and innovation in planning the nation’s transportation energy future.

Emil Frankel, Bipartisan Policy Center

Nuclear Energy Update

The crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan has created concerns about the safety and future of nuclear energy in the U.S. This session will review the latest information regarding the recovery efforts and what safety precautions are being taken in the U.S. It will also take a look at what efforts are being considered to ensure a similar event will not occur on American soil.

Ed Halpin, President & CEO for South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company

posted 8/18/11