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  • 1. The GW Solar Institute 2nd Annual Symposium Challenges to Solar as a Leading Solution to Climate Change and Energy Problems April 19, 2010 • 8:00am–5:00pm Jack Morton Auditorium 805 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC Sponsored By:
  • 2. Letter from the Director Dear Colleagues, Since we last met in 2009, the GW Solar Institute has grown in many ways: we have a larger network, we are working with a broader array of interests, and, most of all, we have added Debra Jacobson as Co-Director of the Institute. Despite the Institute’s advancement, we meet here today to discuss many of the same issues facing solar energy; the solar option is real and ready to be deployed, and our nation and world need it. Lingering challenges to solar energy include: deployment hurdles like siting and transmission, hidden fossil fuel subsidies, financing difficulties, integrating variable electric resources into the electric grid, unfavorable utility ratemaking policies, and the development of a new infrastructure for fueling vehicles through electrification or solar-to-fuel products. This year is different from last in several important ways. The political climate is more constrained by fiscal limits, but the will to pursue solar energy is strong. Meanwhile, the average price of solar modules has declined substantially. As this continues, solar energy becomes an increasingly attractive option for reducing CO2 and addressing energy needs. Perhaps the constrained political environment will see much more targeted, even more effective, solar solutions. Today is indeed about challenges but it is also about opportunities. We are here because we want to hear both the good and the bad because it is the only way we can find new solutions. Thanks for joining us, Ken Zweibel Director, GW Solar Institute
  • 3. Symposium Agenda Welcome Scott Sklar 8:45 – 9:00 am President, The Stella Group Steven Knapp Arnold Goldman President, The George Washington University Chairman, Brightsource Peg Barratt Rhone Resch Dean, GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association Debra Jacobson Ken Zweibel Co-Director, GW Solar Institute Executive Director, GW Solar Institute Keynote Discussion – 40 Minutes 9:00 – 9:30am Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat Break Partner, Covington & Burling LLP 11:00 – 11:15am Solar Vision Forum Solar Photovoltaic Electricity 9:30 – 11:00 am 11:15 am – 12:30 pm Key issues and opportunities for moving forward with solar on Technical & economic feasibility of energy-significant an energy-significant scale solar energy from PV Moderator: Jerry Bloom Maja Wessels Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP Executive Vice President, First Solar John Lushetsky Julie Blunden Manager, DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program VP of Public Policy and Corporate Communications, SunPower
  • 4. David Miller Break President, Electronics & Communications, DuPont 3:00 – 3:15 pm Question & Answer Session Solar Energy & Transportation 3:15 – 4:30 pm Lunch Which makes sense – electricity or portable fuels from solar? 12:30 – 1:45 pm Networking Lunch Sam Baldwin Marvin Center, 3rd Floor Chief Technology Officer, EERE DOE Stuart Licht Solar Thermal Electricity Professor of Chemistry, The George Washington University 1:45 – 3:00 pm Don Paul Technical & economic feasibility of energy-significant Executive Director, USC Energy Institute solar energy from CSP Question & Answer Session William Gould Chief Technical Officer, Solar Reserve Wrap Up Scott Frier 4:30 – 4:45 pm Chief Operating Officer, Abengoa Solar Ken Zweibel Executive Director, GW Solar Institute Chris Myers VP for Energy Programs, Lockheed Martin Reception Question & Answer Session 4:45 – 5:30 pm
  • 5. Speaker Bios Sam Baldwin Peg Barratt Dr. Sam Baldwin serves as the Chief Technology Dr. Peg Barratt is Dean of the Columbian Officer for the Office of Energy Efficiency and College of Arts and Sciences at The George Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department Washington University, the oldest college at of Energy and a Member of the Board of the University. Departments and programs Directors for the Office. In previous positions are supported in the arts and humanities; he has served with the White House Office social and behavioral sciences; and natural, of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the mathematical and biomedical sciences. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Dr. Barratt served as Deputy Director of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), Princeton Clinical Research Policy Analysis and Coordination program at NIH University, the U.S. Senate, and elsewhere. (CRpac) until 2006, and before that as Division Director for Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences and Program Director for Developmental Dr. Baldwin is the author or co-author of 9 books and monographs and Learning Sciences/Children’s Research Initiative at the National at OSTP, OTA, DOE, and elsewhere, and more than 30 papers and Science Foundation. technical reports on energy technology and policy, physics, and other issues. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Prior to her service at NSF, Dr. Barratt directed the Institute for Children, Advancement of Science and holds a doctorate in physics. Youth, and Families at Michigan State University and was a member of the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 19 years in the . Department of Human Development and Family Studies and served as department chair. She received the University of Wisconsin-Madison Distinguished Teaching Award in 1998. She received a doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Michigan State University. She also holds a Master of Philosophy in psychology from The George Washington University.
  • 6. Jerry Bloom Julie Blunden Jerry Bloom is a partner at Winston and Strawn, Since April of 2005, Julie Blunden has LLP. He is chair of the firm’s energy, project served as VP of Public Policy and Corporate development, and finance practice group Communications for SunPower, leading public and focuses his practice on the development relations, financial relations, public policy, and operation of domestic and international and market development. Prior to SunPower, independent energy projects, electric-industry Blunden was a consultant at KEMA-XENERGY restructuring and privatization, and mergers on energy markets, renewable resources and and acquisitions. policy to industry, utilities and state and federal governments. In that role, Blunden supported the Schwarzenegger Bloom has extensive experience in the negotiation of off-take administration in developing the Million Solar Homes Initiative. In and power purchase agreements, engineering, procurement, and 1997, she co-founded Green Mountain Energy Company, a national construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, retail electric supplier of renewable power. fuel supply agreements, syndication, and agency agreements. He has assisted in the development and operation of energy projects Blunden began her career doing development and acquisitions in in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Turkey, Pakistan, the independent power generation business at the AES Corporation. Indonesia, Australia, the Philippines, and China. He is also active in She received a Master of Business Administration degree from the development of small- and utility-scale photovoltaic and thermal the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s from solar facilities. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the GW Dartmouth College majoring in engineering, modified with Solar institute. environmental studies. She serves on the board of directors at the Center for Resource Solutions and the Real Goods Solar Living Bloom received a bachelor’s in psychology in 1974 and a master’s Institute, as well as on the board of advisors for Vote Solar. in counseling in 1976 from The George Washington University. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 1980.
  • 7. Stuart E. Eizenstat Scott Frier Ambassador Eizenstat is head of the Scott Frier is the Chief Operating Officer international practice of Covington and Burling for Abengoa Solar Inc., which has a 20-year LLP. His work at Covington focuses on resolving history of solar thermal R&D in Europe and has international trade problems and business developed several +25 MW solar thermal plants. disputes with the U.S. and foreign governments, Frier had been in the oil and gas industry until and international business transactions and 1988 when he became General Manager of the regulations on behalf of U.S. companies and world’s first commercial solar thermal power others around the world. facility—SEGS I and II—near Barstow, California. During a decade and a half of public service in three U.S. He then moved on to become the General Manager of the five administrations, Ambassador Eizenstat has held a number of key Kramer SEGS for LUZ and afterwards, became the Chief Operating senior positions, including chief White House domestic policy adviser Officer of KJC Operating Company (KJC OC), the world’s largest to President Jimmy Carter (1977–1981); U.S. Ambassador to the producer of solar energy, until it was sold at the end of 2004. Frier European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, then served as President and CEO of Solargenix Operating Service – Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, now Acciona Solar. During his tenure, Acciona developed the Nevada and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration Solar One Project, a 64 MW plant near Boulder City, Nevada. It was (1993–2001). the first large-scale parabolic trough plant constructed in the US in sixteen years. During the Clinton Administration, he had a prominent role in the development of key international initiatives, including the negotiations Frier left Acciona Solar, to serve as Chief Operating Officer of Abengoa of the Transatlantic Agenda with the European Union (establishing Solar, where he is currently developing large-scale solar-thermal what remains of the framework for the U.S. relationship with the EU); projects in the U.S. Southwest as well as supporting other large-scale the development of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) among international developments. European and U.S. CEOs; the negotiation of the Japan Port Agreement with the Japanese government; and the negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, where he led the U.S. delegation.
  • 8. Arnold Goldman William R. Gould Jr. Arnold J. Goldman is the Chairman and Gould serves as the Chief Technical Officer Founder of both BrightSource Energy Inc. for SolarReserve. He brings more than thirty and BrightSource Industries (Israel), Ltd. (BSII). years of technical experience to SolarReserve Goldman founded Luz International, Ltd. in the areas of engineering, procurement and and served as its Chief Executive Officer. Luz construction of power plants and power related International, Ltd. designed, constructed, systems—with the last twelve years of his career financed, and operated the world’s nine largely dedicated to solar energy installations. largest Solar Electric Generating Systems Gould’s highly regarded solar energy expertise (SEGS) which, at the time, generated ninety percent of the world’s includes extensive feasibility work, design, construction, cost solar electricity. Goldman also co-founded Electric Fuel Ltd., an estimating, and financial due diligence on various concentrating electric battery/fuel cell company listed today as Aerotech on the solar thermal power plant technologies, including power tower and NASDAQ exchange. He was the Vice President of Engineering and solar trough designs. This work includes facilities in development, co-founder of Lexitron, the first word processing company in the construction and in operation in the U.S. as well as installations in U.S. Raytheon purchased Lexitron in 1977. Europe, Africa the Middle East, and Latin America. Goldman is the recipient of two international awards for his Gould served as Project Manager of the Solar Two project built in 1997 contribution to solar energy development. He holds numerous near Barstow, California by the U.S. Department of Energy. This highly patents for his inventions and innovations. He holds a Bachelor successful demonstration facility was the largest thermal power tower of Science in engineering from UCLA and a Master of Science in installation at the time and utilized molten salt technology for energy Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. capture and storage, similar to SolarReserve’s current technology. Gould received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in a several states.
  • 9. Debra Jacobson Steven Knapp Debra Jacobson joined the Solar Institute as Steven Knapp became the 16th president of Co-Director in September 2009. She has worked The George Washington University on August in the fields of energy and environmental law 1, 2007. A distinguished scholar with nearly and policy for more than 30 years or more than 30 years of experience in higher education 25 years, Jacobson worked in the legislative and administration, Dr. Knapp previously served as executive branches of the Federal government, provost and senior vice president for academic including 16 years as a staff member on the affairs at The Johns Hopkins University. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and 6 years as a legislative aide to a member of the Committee. As president, Dr. Knapp’s priorities include enhancing GW’s In addition, Jacobson served for five years as a senior advisor and partnerships with organizations and agencies throughout the in special assistant positions in the Office of the Secretary, the Office nation’s capital, increasing the institution’s preeminence in research, of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the Office of addressing the affordability of higher education, and strengthening Environmental Management at the Department of Energy. connections with its lifelong and worldwide community of alumni. He also has convened task forces on sustainability and campus Since 2002, Jacobson has taught Energy Law at the GW Law School safety and security. and worked as an independent consultant on energy and climate issues. She was a founding member of the Women’s Council on Energy A specialist in 18th- and 19th-century English literature and literary and the Environment in 1981 and currently serves as an Advisor to the theory, Dr. Knapp served for 16 years on the faculty at the University REIL Project and as a Member of the DOE’s Wind Powering America of California, Berkeley, where he held leadership positions in the Strategy Committee. Department of English and on university committees. Dr. Knapp earned a master’s degree and doctorate from Cornell University and She earned a Juris Doctor from The George Washington Law School a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University. and a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from the University of Rochester. She is a member of the Bar in both New York and Washington, D.C.
  • 10. Stuart Licht John Lushetsky Dr. Licht is Professor of Chemistry in The John Lushetsky is the Manager of the George Washington University Columbian U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy College of Arts and Sciences and is a founding Technologies Program (SETP) with responsibility member of the GW Institute of Basic Energy for all solar technology development, grid Science and Technology. His current research integration, and market transformation activities focuses on the generation of fuels from under the Solar America Initiative announced by sunlight, and he has published numerous President Bush in 2006. His career has included articles on the subject, which have been significant technology development and featured in the Journal of Physical Chemistry. commercialization roles with both start-up and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to coming to The George Washington University, Dr. Licht served Lushetsky was previously with Corning, Inc., where he held a number as a Program Director in the Chemistry Division of the National Science of senior positions with responsibility for strategic marketing, Foundation. He also held professor positions at Technion Israel Institute account management and business development activities. Most of Technology, Clark University, and the University of Massachusetts, recently, Lushetsky was responsible for developing new strategic Boston, where he served as Chair of the Chemistry Department from business opportunities in the solar technologies as well as the 2003 to 2006. computer electronics, medical device and life science, and water purification industries. Dr. Licht earned his doctorate from the Weizmann Institute of Science and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s in physics from Prior to Corning, Lushetsky was with Electrosource, Inc., an Austin, Wesleyan University. Texas-based start-up developing an advanced battery technology for electric and hybrid vehicles. While with Electrosource, Lushetsky had responsibility for marketing, business development and company financing activities. Lushetsky holds a Master of Business Administration in international business from The George Washington University, and a bachelor’s and master’s degree cum laude in engineering science from the University of Florida.
  • 11. David Miller Chris Myers David B. Miller is President of DuPont Electronics Christopher D. Myers was appointed Vice & Communications. Miller joined DuPont in President of Government and Energy Programs 1981. He began his career with DuPont at for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors the Savannah River Plant in Aiken, S.C., where (MS2) in January 2010. he held several positions in engineering and In this role, he is responsible for ensuring MS2’s manufacturing. He then moved into the business strategies are properly coordinated DuPont Electronic Materials business where and executed in conjunction with Lockheed he held assignments in sales, marketing, and Martin’s Corporate Washington office. Myers also leads MS2’s entry business management, including Managing Director of the Asia Pacific into the renewable energy market as the capture executive for Energy Region. Upon his return from Asia, Miller became a Director in DuPont Generation and is responsible for establishing and growing MS2’s Investor Relations. He was named Vice President and General Manager, presence in this field. DuPont Electronic Technologies in January 2001. In June 2007, he was named group Vice President of DuPont Electronic & Communication Previously, Myers was Vice President, Business Development, where he Technologies. He assumed his present position in October 2009. was responsible for new business acquisition, technology research and development for MS2 pursuits. He has also served as Vice President, Miller is also a member of the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Advanced Programs, with responsibility for leading MS2’s efforts International (SEMI) North America Advisory Board, serving on the in developing advanced sensors and weapons systems for surface public policy subcommittee. combatant ships. Before that role, he was Vice President, Seabased He received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Missile Defense Programs, which included overseeing Aegis Ballistic University of Virginia. Missile Defense. Myers joined Lockheed Martin after a distinguished career with the U.S. Navy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from The University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Public Administration degree from Cornell University. .
  • 12. Donald Paul Rhone Resch Dr. Donald Paul is the Executive Director of the Rhone Resch is President and Chief Executive University of Southern California Energy Institute, Officer of the Solar Energy Industries Association where he also holds the William M. Keck Chair in (SEIA). At SEIA, Resch is responsible for all Energy Resources. The USC Energy Institute was aspects of the association’s operations and launched in 2008 to create a university-based implementation of SEIA’s strategic priorities. framework to support and expand opportunities Resch is a registered lobbyist with more than in energy-related research, education, and public 15 years of experience working in clean energy policy development. development and climate change issues. Prior to coming to SEIA, he was Senior Vice President of the Natural Gas Dr. Paul had a distinguished career at Chevron, retiring in 2008 Supply Association, a trade association that represents both major as the corporation’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. and independent companies that produce and market natural gas. During his 33 year tenure at Chevron, he held a variety of positions in In addition, he has served as Program Manager at the EPA’s Climate research and technology, exploration and production operations, and Protection Division in the Office of Air and Radiation, developing executive management, including service as president of Chevron’s energy efficiency programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and Canadian subsidiary. As Chevron’s Chief Technology Officer, he was hazardous air pollutants from the petroleum industry. responsible for the corporation’s three major technology subsidiaries: Energy Technology, Information Technology, and Technology Ventures. Resch has also supported the U.S. Department of Energy’s He was extensively involved in forming external research and Environmental Management Program, evaluating the energy efficiency technology partnerships between Chevron and major universities, of industrial operations and reviewing regulatory compliance with governments, and businesses. respect to Superfund, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Toxic Substance Control Act, as well as the Clean Water Act, Clean Dr. Paul’s public service record is expansive, and he was recently Air Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. recognized for his career contributions as a recipient of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Distinguished Service Award and an honorary He received a Master of Public Administration degree in management Doctorate of Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, a Master of Environmental Engineering from SUNY Syracuse, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan. .
  • 13. Scott Sklar Maja Wessels Scott Sklar is President of The Stella Group, a Maja Wessels leads First Solar’s government strategic marketing and policy firm for clean affairs, sustainable development and distributed energy users and companies. The firm community relations activities globally. specializes in blending technologies and financing Wessels joined First Solar as Vice President of for projects, assisting companies to scale-up Government Affairs for the Europe, Middle East market penetration, and facilitating federal and and Africa region in May 2008 after serving four state polices to expand markets. He joined the years as Senior Vice President of Government company full-time as its President in 2000. Affairs at Honeywell for the EMEA region and three as President, United Technologies International Operations for For fifteen years, he was simultaneously the Executive Director of Europe. Wessels chaired the American Electronics Industry Association the Solar Energy Industries Association and the National BioEnergy Europe from 2006 to 2007 and prior to that served as President of the Industries Association. Sklar also served as Political Director of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU from 2003 to 2007. From Solar Lobby, formed by several national environmental groups, and 1997 to 2000 she was Vice President of Government Affairs in Europe at co-founded the Congressional Solar Coalition, which helped drive Daimler Chrysler. legislation for renewables in the 1970s. His co-authored book, A Consumer Guide to Solar Energy, was re-released for its third printing, Wessels received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. She and his co-authored book, The Forbidden Fuel: Power Alcohol in the also holds a master’s degree in international economics and European Twentieth Century, was updated and re-released in early 2010 by studies from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns University of Nebraska Press. Hopkins University. Sklar serves on and chairs numerous industry and non-profit boards. Sklar will join The George Washington University in September 2010 to teach a course on sustainable energy within the Columbia College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 14. Ken Zweibel Ken Zweibel has almost 30 years experience in solar photovoltaics. During his 26 years at the National renewable Energy Lab (NREL), Zweibel led their development of thin film PV, serving as program leader for the Thin Film PV Partnership Program until 2006. The Thin Film Partnership worked with most U.S. stakeholders in thin film PV (companies, universities, scientists) and is often credited with being important to the success of thin film PV in the U.S. Zweibel subsequently co-founded and became Chairman and President of a thin film CdTe PV start-up, PrimeStar Solar, a majority of which has been purchased by General Electric. Zweibel authored the “Solar Grand Plan,” an article appearing in Scientific American (January 2008). Since July 2008, Zweibel has been Director of the Solar Institute at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The Institute conducts research into the economic, technical, and public policy issues associated with the development and deployment of solar energy to meet global energy and environmental challenges. Zweibel has been on the Steering Committee of the “DOE Solar Vision” since June 2009, when it began an effort to develop a deployment plan for solar through 2030. Zweibel also keeps an active blog on solar energy, thesolarreview.org. Printed on recycled paper made with process-chlorine-free 100% post-consumer waste fiber, manufactured with electricity powered by wind power. G32025
  • 15. The George Washington University Solar Institute researches the economic, technical, and public policy issues associated with the development and deployment of solar energy to meet global energy needs and environmental challenges.