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NCES 8.0 Panel Announcement: Energy in the Information Age



LAS VEGAS — “National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress” will explore solutions to revitalize the nation’s outdated power grid during the “Energy in the Information Age” panel. Returning Aug. 24 to Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center, the Summit welcomes a dynamic group of clean energy experts who will lead a robust dialogue about modernizing our outdated electric grid with 21st century communications technologies and energy storage.

As homes and appliances become more connected to the internet and people generate more of their own clean electricity, the country will need to invest in innovative solutions to ensure the grid infrastructure is serving the needs of Americans. During “Energy in the Information Age,” the panelists will lead a thrilling conversation about how companies are inventing and deploying solutions that will ensure the grid communicates better with consumers and their homes, allowing them to save energy and deploy cleaner energy.

Panelists include Dr. Ellen Williams, Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), a federal agency that provides funding, technical assistance and market readiness to transformative energy technologies; Thomas Voss, Chairman of Smart Wires, a leader in grid optimization solutions; Amy Ericson, Country President for the United States at Alstom, which creates innovative solutions to efficiently transmit electricity and aid the power grid; and Susan Kennedy, CEO and Board Member of Advanced Microgrid Solutions, a company that specializes in large networks of battery systems for buildings and personalizes energy projects to match what local utilities companies need to support the grid.


“National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress” is co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Center for American Progress, the Clean Energy Project, MGM 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.

WHAT:   “National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress”

U.S. Senator Harry Reid

John Podesta, former Counselor to President Barack Obama

Secretary Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy

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

Diarmuid O'Connell, Vice President of Business Development at Tesla Motors

Jamie Evans, Managing Director at Panasonic Eco Solutions

Dr. Ellen Williams, Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E)

Thomas Voss, Chairman of Smart Wires

Amy Ericson, Country President for the United States at Alstom

Susan Kennedy, CEO and Board Member of Advanced Microgrid 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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