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NCES 8.0 Hosts "Ripple Effect" Panel with Executives from Tesla Motors and Panasonic



LAS VEGAS — “National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress” brings the next generation of clean energy development into focus with an in-depth look at large, trend-setting investments in clean energy. A recent example of those game-changing investments is the Nevada-based lithium ion battery plant, the “Gigafactory.” 

On Aug. 24 at Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center, the summit will welcome leaders from Tesla Motors and Panasonic Eco Solutions to discuss why large-scale initiatives like the Gigafactory are needed, what these developments bring to communities and the future steps needed to capitalize on clean energy innovations. Moderated by Dan Klaich, Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), the panel will feature insight from Diarmuid O'ConnellVice President of Business Development at Tesla Motors and Jamie Evans, Managing Director at Panasonic Eco Solutions, two executives representing the companies behind the gigafactory in Nevada and clean energy investments across the country.

The “Ripple Effect: Game Changing Clean Energy Investments” discussion will focus on how significant clean energy investments have dramatic positive impacts on the surrounding communities, including job creation, fostering entrepreneurship and building economic diversity. The panel will also provide an opportunity to discuss cooperation between the public and private sectors to prepare the workforce to match the needs of a growing clean energy economy, with the gigafactory highlighted as one of many models of success.

“National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress” is co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Harry ReidCenter for American Progress, the Clean Energy ProjectMGM Resorts International and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In its eighth year, the summit has become the nation’s foremost clean energy conversation, with past speakers including Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elon Musk and many more. Sen. Harry Reid, John Podesta and Secretary Ernest Moniz will participate as speakers at this year’s summit, with additional details about speakers and panels to follow.



National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress



U.S. Senator Harry Reid

John Podestaformer Counselor to President Barack Obama

Secretary Ernest Moniz, Department of Energy

Dan Klaich, Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE)

Diarmuid O'ConnellVice President of Business Development at Tesla Motors

Jamie Evans, Managing Director at Panasonic Eco Solutions



Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.



Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center

3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89119


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