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Day Three of 2012 ARPA-E Summit Will Feature President Bill Clinton, ARPA-E Director Majumdar, and America’s Top Energy Thought Leaders

February 29, 2012 - 6:59am


Washington D.C. – This week, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is hosting its third annual Energy Innovation Summit. With over 2,400 registered attendees, the Summit is designed to unite key players from all sectors of America’s energy innovation community to share ideas for how to lead the world in the development of next generation clean energy technologies, develop our nation’s energy resources, and build an American economy that lasts.

Tomorrow’s full agenda with speakers is below. For specific press requests, please contact Keri Fulton at

The Summit features a Technology Showcase displaying over 250 breakthrough energy developments from ARPA-E’s awardees and many other innovative companies. There will be exhibits from ARPA-E-funded projects and applicants in areas including grid-scale storage, power electronics, batteries for electric vehicles, building efficiency, advanced carbon capture and electrofuels.

WHAT:      ARPA-E’s Third Annual Energy Innovation Summit 

WHERE:   Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center

201 Waterfront Street

National Harbor, MD 20745

RSVP:         To register, visit: For on site assistance, contact Keri Fulton at or 202-586-4940.


8:30 AM Summit Opening Remarks from Dr. Arun Majumdar, ARPA-E, Director

Location: Hall A

8:40 AM Congressional Perspective from Senator Jeff Bingaman (NM)

Location: Hall A

8:50 AM Congressional Perspective from Representative Chaka Fattah (PA)

Location: Hall A

9:05 AM Keynote Presentation by Susan Hockfield, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, President

Location: Hall A

9:35 AM Congressional Perspective from Senator Christopher Coons (DE)

Location: Hall A

9:45 AM Keynote Presentation from Ursula Burns, Xerox Corporation, Chairman and CEO

Location: Hall A

10:20 AM ARPA-E Performer Video Presentation

Location: Hall A

10:25 AM Fireside Chat

Location: Hall A

Moderator-Steve Clemons, The Atlantic, Editor at Large

Ursula Burns, Xerox Corporation, Chairman and CEO

Susan Hockfield, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, President

10:45 AM Networking Break

11:00 AM ARPA-E Performer Video Presentation

Location: Hall A

11:10 AM Keynote Presentation by Ashton Carter, U.S. Department of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense

Location: Hall A

11:30 AM Keynote Presentation by Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States

Location: Hall A

12:00 PM Networking Lunch

12:45 PM Technology Showcase

Location: Expo Hall

2:15 PM Panels

A Revolution in Information and Energy

Location: Hall A

What lessons from the IT revolution should inform the future of energy technology? How can the information and communication technology industry address the energy issues it faces?

Moderator - Vint Cerf, Google, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist

Anita Jones, University of Virginia, Professor; ATS Corporation, Director

Shwetak Patel, University of Washington, Assistant Professor

George Rittenhouse, Alcatel-Lucent, Chief Operating Officer, Software, Services, and Solutions Group

S. Shankar Sastry, University of California, Berkeley, Roy W. Carlson Professor and Dean of Engineering

The Future of Financing Energy Efficiency
Location:  Hall 5

What lies behind the financing obstacles to enabling building efficiency? Is there a role for government? If so, what should be done at the state vs. federal level?

Moderator - Richard Kauffman, U.S. Department of Energy, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy

Jeff Bartos, Mark Group Inc., President and CEO

John Byrne, University of Delaware, Director and Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy, Center for Energy & Environmental Policy

Riggs Kubiak, Honest Buildings, CEO

Kerry O'Neill, Clean Energy Finance Center, Senior Advisor

Marshal Salant, Citi, Managing Director, Head of Alternative Energy Finance

The Challenging Relationship between Energy, Water, and Agriculture
Location: Hall C

What are the risks and opportunities for advanced technologies in the links between energy, water, and agriculture?

Moderator - David Biello, Scientific American, Associate Editor, Environment & Energy

Amol Deshpande, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Investment Partner (Greentech)

Molly Jahn, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Laboratory of Genetics and Department of Agronomy & Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, Professor

Anthony Janetos, Joint Global Change Research Institute, Director

Ellen Williams, BP, Chief Scientist

Making the Most of the Natural Gas Boom

Location: Hall 2

How can we get the best value from our natural gas resources? How can we respond to challenges in production and transportation use?

Moderator - Susan Tierney, Analysis Group, Managing Principal

Robert Cekuta, U.S. Department of State, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources

John Deutch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institute Professor of Chemistry

Russell Ford, Shell Exploration & Productions, Executive Vice President Onshore Gas for Upstream Americas

John Hanger, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, Special Member

4:00 PM Closing Remarks from Dr. Arun Majumdar, ARPA-E, Director

Location: Hall A

4:15 PM Leadership Networking Reception