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Governor Bredesen, Former Senator Baker Headline Tennessee Energy Summit


NASHVILLE, Tenn. 誰申誰申 Gov. Phil Bredesen, former Sen. Howard Baker, and the University of Tennessee誰申誰申s Baker Center for Public Policy will host the first-ever Governor誰申誰申s Summit on Clean Energy Technology Oct. 14-15 at the Knoxville Convention Center.

The 1-day summit, sponsored by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Tennessee Valley Authority, will be a gathering of thought leaders in business, government, energy and the environment to develop strategies for making Tennessee a leader in the clean-energy technology sector. The keynote speaker on the first day of the conference will be Stefan Jacoby, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America which announced plans to build its first U.S. assembly plant in two decades in Chattanooga last July.

Last year, global investments in clean-energy technology 誰申誰申 everything from energy-efficient lighting to alternative fuels and renewable sources like solar and wind 誰申誰申 topped $148 billion, according to the research firm New Energy Finance.

誰申誰申Innovation in the clean-energy tech sector is leading to higher skilled, better paying jobs,誰申誰申 Governor Bredesen said. 誰申誰申It also happens to be the right thing to do for energy and the environment. Globally, clean-energy technology could be one of Tennessee誰申誰申s next great exports. We need to turn it to our advantage, and make it work for our great state.誰申誰申

The summit is an outgrowth of the Governor's Task Force on Energy Policy and will feature more than 30 world-class panelists representing a wide range of businesses, issues and organizations. In addition to Governor Bredesen, former Senator Baker and Mr. Jacoby, confirmed speakers and moderators include: Sen. Bob Corker; TVA President and CEO Tom Kilgore; ORNL Director Thom Mason; UT President John Petersen; and Appalachian Regional Commission Co-Chair Anne Pope.

A link to the registration site for the Summit can be found at www.tn.gov/energysummit and questions about registration can be directed to Ryan Gooch at ryan.gooch@state.tn.us or at (615) 741-1924.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development誰申誰申s mission is to create higher skilled, better paying jobs for all Tennesseans. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tnecd.gov.


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