Energy Leaders to Speak at A&M

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Key energy leaders from government, industry and academia will gather in College Station next Thursday, Aug. 31, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., for a one-day symposium, “The Energy Policy Act of 2005: One Year Later, a Look to the Future,” at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at Texas A&M University.

Hosted by The Texas A&M University System, the symposium will focus on The Energy Policy Act of 2005, which addressed the United States’ energy challenges, and the impacts and implementation of the landmark legislation.

Featured speakers will include Rep. Joe Barton, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; Rep. Chet Edwards, member of the House Energy and Water Appropriations Committee; David Garman, undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Energy; and John D. White, chairman of the Board of Regents of the A&M System.

Panel sessions will feature leaders from Idaho National Laboratory, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Shell, TXU and PNM Resources, as well as other key national and state organizations.

Approximately 200 energy professionals and policy experts from the private and public sectors are expected to attend. Companies and governmental entities to be represented include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Texas State Energy Conservation Office, Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), Texas Municipal Power Agency, UK Trade & Investment (British Consulate-General) and Southern Union Gas.

Key national energy leaders will discuss the intent and purpose of Congress in enacting the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and related subsequent actions by Congress; the response of the U.S. Department of Energy in developing initiatives and programs to implement the legislation as well as the department’s future plans; the Congressional perspective in appropriating resources for energy programs; and the views and recommendations of the leading energy sectors regarding the legislation.

“This will be an excellent opportunity to hear the thoughts of key national policy and decision makers on this critical issue,” said K. Lee Peddicord, A&M System vice chancellor for research and federal relations and symposium organizer.

Following the symposium will be a one-day workshop on Friday, Sept. 1, for A&M System faculty, staff and researchers to address several components of the energy picture in which the A&M System has particular capabilities.

James Decker, principal deputy director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science will begin the workshop with a talk on the department’s science program to secure the energy future of the United States. The six breakout sessions, led by Texas A&M faculty members, will be Fossil Fuels for Transportation, Nuclear Energy, Electric Power Systems, Energy Efficiency and Renewables, Energy Policy and Economics, and Renewable Bio-energy Feedstocks.

The Aug. 31 symposium is open to the public, but attendance is limited. Registration is $150 per participant. A&M System faculty, staff and researchers are invited to both days–– the symposium and workshop––at a cost of $50. Texas A&M University students wishing to attend the Aug. 31 symposium are encouraged to inquire about the limited number of scholarships available to cover their registration costs.