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Register Now: "Comparative Energy Policies and Technologies in France and the USA"

Mon, October 15, 2012
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Monday, December 17, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
AT&T Center Auditorium
Registration is Required

This conference will bring together representatives from academia, industry, government, and the media from the USA and France for a conversation about a variety of energy policies and technologies. The central thesis is that while France and the USA both share a similar set of concerns related to the abundance, safety, reliability, and cleanliness of energy, the two countries have taken very different approaches to achieving our respective goals (particularly, for instance, regarding how they have each dealt with nuclear and shale gas). Consequently, each country has different positive and negative results to share. This conference would seek to share best practices for solutions to the energy problem while educating participants about the problems and solutions and establishing a collaborative Transatlantic relationship. To this end, this conference will specifically seek to compare and contrast the energy landscape in the USA and France around four core topics: shale gas production; the grid (including nuclear, smart grid, renewables and energy efficiency); public policy; and media coverage.

Sponsors: French Embassy, EU Delegation, US Department of Education, UT Center for European Studies, France-UT Institute, UT Cockrell School of Engineering, UT College of Liberal Arts

Partners: French Consulate in Houston, TX; CleanTX Foundation in Austin, TX

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Media:

Evan Smith (CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Tribune)

Russell Gold (energy writer for the Wall Street Journal)

Clifford Krauss (energy writer for the New York Times)

David Sassoon (Founder and publisher, InsideClimate News)

Karl De Meyer (correspondent at Les Echos)

  •  Academia:

Prof. Ernie Moniz (Director of MIT’s Energy Initiative and former Under Secretary of the Department of Energy)

Prof. Richard Newell (Director of Duke University’s Energy Initiative and former Director of the Energy Information Administration)

Prof. James Sweeney (Director of Stanford University’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center)

Dr. Patrice Geoffron (Professor of Economics, University Paris Dauphine)

  •  Policy and Government:

Hon. Mark Strama, Representative, Texas House of Representatives

Dymphna van der Lans, Energy and Climate Fellow, German Marshall Fund

Dr. Franck Carre, Scientific Director of the Nuclear Energy Division, France

Dr. Paul Lucchese, Advisor to the General Director, New Technologies for Energy (invited)

  •  Industry:

Pierre Gauthier, President and CEO, Alstom US

Rod Nelson, VP of Communications and Innovation & Collaboration, Schlumberger

Marc Florette, Director of Research and Innovation, GDF Suez (invited)

Manoelle Lepoutre, VP for Sustainability, Total (invited)

Areva (invited)

Electricite de France (invited)


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