April 14-16, 2013, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado






Speakers and Sponsors Reception



Registration and Breakfast


Welcoming Remarks

David Blivin, Managing Director, Cottonwood Technology Fund
Deborah Wince-Smith, President and CEO, Council On Competitiveness



Opening Remarks

Event Sponsor – ConocoPhillips:

"The Changing Energy Landscape – Natural Gas and the Potential Impact on US competitiveness, Manufacturing and Job Creation"  Sabrina Watkins, Head of Sustainable Development, ConocoPhillips



Honorary Chair Former Sen. Jeff Bingaman

Former U.S. Senator from New Mexico Jeff Bingaman is the Honorary Chairman for this year's event.

Bingaman is the immediate past Chair of the US Senate’s Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Now a private citizen, he'll  share insights Monday morning from more than a decade of energy policy leadership and his candid assessment on energy policy   -- both in terms of where the nation has been, but more importantly where he believes it should be headed.


Opening Keynote – U.S. Energy Policy, Manufacturing, Economic Growth, Jobs


Networking Break


Strategic Conversations I

Track 1 - Water Impacts and Approaches

Particularly with the growth in natural gas production and fracking, water has become an area of controversy and attention. What is being done – and what more can be done – to best manage this equally valuable resource?

Track 2 - Long Term Policy Pathway

With each two year political cycle energy policy shifts its focus and areas of concentration. This has resulted in declining US competitiveness due to our continued over reliance on foreign sources despite a consistent pledge to do the opposite. Is there a path to establishing and committing to a long term energy policy for the US.?

Track 3 – Financing

Uncertainty in the financial markets and in the renewables industry is causing the financing of renewable projects to be increasingly challenging. What is the current state of the markets? What are the creative approaches being used to underwrite energy projects?


Keynote - A New Era for American Competitiveness


Lunch and Keynote


Panel Discussion - New Election/New Realities: Secure, Affordable, and Reliable Energy in America


Strategic Conversations II

Track 1 - Natural Gas and Carbon Free Alternatives

Natural gas has taken the lead as the energy growth area. What are the ripple out effects on decision making impacted by energy cost? How is this impacting other energy sectors – particularly renewable energy sectors? Where is the balance in sustaining broad US investment across the energy sectors vs overweighting now toward natural gas?

Track 2 – Manufacturing/Standards/Jobs

Low energy cost, particularly with the emergence of natural gas, has the potential to shift US competitiveness for new manufacturing commitments to the US and be a driver of job growth. What can the manufacturing industries do around standards and other initiatives to improve the likelihood of sustained advantage for the US?

Track 3 – Entrepreneurship and Commercialization

New innovation will always be a strong suit for the US creating competitive advantage across its energy industries and solving the unsolvable issues creating unforeseen impacts across each energy industry. Where will the innovations most likely come from, and what can be done to insure they are identified and supported proactively?


Anticipated Demonstration - Oil ShockWave


Networking Reception



Breakfast and Registration


Morning RoundUp

David Blivin, Managing Director, Cottonwood Technology Fund


Unsung Heroes Presentation


Dan Arvizu, Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Dr. Arvizu, Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will  share his thoughts and insight  Tuesday morning.


Keynote – Advancing Clean Energy, Driving Competition and Customer Choice


Panel Discussion – Wisely Developing and Using the Globe's Energy Resources


Networking Break


Strategic Conversations III

Track 1 - Data Centers and Energy

Continued rapid growth in data centers and will drive increased demand for electricity. Massive cloud data centers are often strategically located and supported by access to low cost electricity -hydro, coal, and natural gas. This panel session will feature discussion of innovation and long-term strategies to reduce data center impacts such as electricity demand, water usage, and carbon footprint.  The panel will also discuss the regulatory environment and potential policy impacts and drivers for data centers.

Track 2 - Transmission and Smart Grid

Transmission and grid initiatives have been driven largely based on the need to support wind and solar sources of renewable energy. With the growth in low cost natural gas and the tax and other impacts affecting wind and solar – are the drivers still there? What drives the need for continued infrastructure investment and what should be done to insure it continues?

Track 3 - Next Generation Workforce

Skills gaps, particularly in the mid-level and low level jobs areas, continue to impact the ability for US corporations to grow and compete. What is being done – and what more can be done -- to fill these gaps? Where will this workforce come from, and what can do done to support building this needed resource?


Lunch and Keynote

Keynote Speaker:  Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn (USN, ret.), President and CEO, American Council On Renewable Energy


Next Steps: Jack McDougle, Senior VP, Council on Competitiveness