The American Energy Society is convening a summit on emerging energy technologies suitable to the Upper South/Mid-Appalachia region, with emphasis on potential business development and job creation. The objectives for the Summit are straightforward: strengthen the energy cluster of the area and create a model that can serve as a best practice for other regions. Hosted by Emory & Henry College in beautiful Southwest Virginia, leaders with expertise in science and engineering, business and industry, capital and policy will contribute to the summit. Panel discussions will be broadcast as a webcast and the proceedings will be published and distributed as a white paper. CSPAN has agreed to film the sessions and broadcast them through December.
DECEMBER 6, 2016
7:45 – 8:45 AM REGISTRATION & REFRESHMENTS – Southwest Virginia Higher Educational Center
9:00 – 9:15 AM Welcome and Introductions
9:15 - 9:45 AM Keynote Address
9:45 - 9:50 AM BREAK
9:50 - 11:00 AM Conventional Solutions: A discussion of innovation in fossil fuel, nuclear, solar and other conventional energy, including generation, transmission, and distribution.
11:00 – 12:00 PM Renewable Solutions: Discussion of emerging technology in non-conventinal energy sources.
12:00 – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:15 – 2:30 PM Access to and the Creation of an Innovative Ecosystem: Barriers to and opportunities for capital in the Upper South/Mid-Appalachia. Focus on funding sources: public/private partnerships, VC, Government research grants. Panel also focuses on local, state and federal energy incentives.
2:45 - 3:00 PM BREAK
3:00 - 4:00 PM Infrastructure & Workforce: Issues and opportunities for industry and the workforce, with special emphasis on infrastructure and training of skilled labor for new and existing technology through the full supply chain.
4:00 – 4:20 PM Closing Remarks