Silicon Valley Energy Summit 2014
Former governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, talks with an SVES 2014 participant after kicking off the conference with her inspiring address.
Michael Boots, acting chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, discussed the Obama administration’s climate policy and strategy on stage with former Secretary of State George Shultz.
After his keynote, Michael Boots chatted with conference participants, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Microsoft’s Bill Mitchell discussed his company’s internal price for carbon-dioxide emissions, which every business division pays based on energy consumption. Fellow panelists included sustainability executives with Ebay, Oracle and Qualcomm.
From left, Google’s Rick Needham, California Public Utilities Commission’s Michael Peevey and Bain & Co.’s Joseph Scalise explored how utilities will change the way they do business. Not pictured, panel moderator Jeff Byron of Cleantech Open.
As always, SVES offered plenty of networking opportunities during breaks, meals and a post-conference reception.
Former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu (right), now a Stanford professor, debates whether California can meet its renewable energy goals while keeping the lights on with CCST’s Jane Long and NRDC’s Ralph Cavanagh. Not pictured, panel moderator Nancy Ryan of E3.
Entrepreneur Ross Chanin (second from right) of American Efficient talks about the cleantech investment climate with, from left, Kleiner Perkins’ David Mount, ARPA-E’s Ilan Gur and Voyager Capital’s Curtis Feeny. Not pictured, panel moderator Pedram Mokrian of the Mayfield Fund.
James Sweeney, director of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, caught up with NRDC’s Ralph Cavanagh (right) during a break.
All attendees received a copy of “Game Changers,” a new book on promising research and development of sustainable energy technologies by Secretary George Shultz, who chairs PEEC’s advisory council.
With three parallel panels running at several points, participants could catch headlines on the sessions they did not attend via a live Twitter feed. #SVES messages were tweeted every couple minutes during the conference.
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