Watch Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Steven Chu, John Podesta on how to build a smart, green grid — 10 am EST Monday

The Center for American Progress Action Fund and John Podesta are hosting a forum entitled “National Clean Energy Project: Building the New Economy” on Monday, February 23, 2009 in Washington, DC. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is Honorary Chair. Live stream and info are here.

Confirmed attendees include Senator Reid, President William Jefferson Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and Representative Ed Markey (D-MA).

The NCEP builds on the August 2008 “National Clean Energy Summit” sponsored by Senator Reid, CAPAF, the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The participants concluded inadequate access to transmission was one of the most significant barriers to widespread development of renewable energy.

This forum will focus on modernizing and expanding the electricity grid, integrating energy efficiency and distributed generation into operation and regulation, rapidly increasing transmission capacity for renewable energy, and reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

5 Responses to Watch Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Steven Chu, John Podesta on how to build a smart, green grid — 10 am EST Monday

  1. jcwinnie says:

    Cool! There is money in it and it potentially is good for the environment. That is, if used to double renewable energy rather than continuing with Business As Usual And Above All Else by Big Eddie.

    “Big Eddie”

    You know, like Big Oil or Ole King Coal, i.e., the lobby that got the Chernobyl Zombies in the Senate to tack on that $50 billion dollar nuke amendement.

    “Sounds like a knee jerk reaction against nuclear power.”

    Thank-you, Mr. Monbiot. Your reasoning ( is that we need to have nuclear waste. It is a necessary evil, so that what? So that people will have electric power? Or is it because utility companies can continue to make money.
    If the latter, then isn’t it the same logic as continuing with coal death camps for the sake of profit? And, if the former, then how is it that the people’s preference for renewable energy over nuclear energy is unrealistic?

  2. Jim Bullis says:

    As they try to create a politically tenable solution using a smart green grid, hopefully these luminaries will consider seriously efficient vehicles and large scale distributed cogeneration.

    I am referring to new concepts that are not widely known, yet they would enable public choices that could take away much of the economic advantage of coal and take away the need for high power gasoline engines. Include such ideas as these and law making might get the rest of the problem under control.

    My concern is that false hopes will prevail. They will rehash regulatory approaches to tinker with coal usage, which they would dare not impose to a degree that would be at all close to sufficient. And we will probably be again served the dose of nonsense that electric motors can turn hulking Hummers into Green trucks of our dreams to take us to global balance.

    Do you suppose they would be interested in some new ways to turn cars, trucks, and electric power generation processes in new directions that might help take us out of global downturn? Maybe people are more worried about what we might be building so that there would be something to work on, and real jobs would pay mortgages and health insurance. Wouldn’t it be great if the new things we started building would fit with declining resources and also restore the global atmospheric balance?

    New information has just been posted at – — It might be interesting.

  3. The Nobel laureate adds some much needed sanity on the issue.

  4. Jim Bullis says:

    I listened to the whole Pickens plan.

    But to try to figure this out, first look at Here on page 12 you will see that the CO2 from natural gas fired power generation is quite minor compared to that from coal. Boone leaves coal entirely out of his “energy plan.”

    Then note that to build windmills Grandpa Boone wants free money from the US Treasury; he calls it an “investment tax credit” so it will not show up in a budget.

    He proposes to relieve us of much of the natural gas fired electric generation burden with aid of that free money. Then this natural gas will go to running trucks instead of diesel fuel. Coal will go on unchanged to fire 50% of electric power generation.

    Boone solves his main problem that natural gas which he has a lot of is now largely in price competition with coal. At present contracting rates, a million BTU from coal costs about $1. This holds down the price of natural gas which runs between $4 to $12 per that same million BTU. His plan will shift natural gas usage from power generation to transportation so that it will compete in price with oil as a basic fuel source. That same quantity of a million BTU if it comes from diesel fuel (about 8 gal) costs from $18 to $36. Crafty Boone Pickens will be happy to be competing on this basis. And the public will bear the cost of the transition through the “investment tax credit” for windmills. When natural gas prices rise to heat parity with diesel fuel, what do you suppose will happen to household heating costs?

    And we saw the Democrats warmly applaud and Harry Reid announced best friends forever with Boone Pickens.

    No, as Boone says, he does not need the money; but he will get it anyway. Surprise surprise.

  5. Jim Bullis says:

    The Pickens plan I refer to in my previous was the Keynote at the Aug08 “Summit.”

    I am not patient enough to listen through all the stuff to see if it was described again Monday feb23,09.