Partner Event: US-China Green Energy Conference

Event: April 18, 2008, San Francisco, CA

US-China Green Energy Conference

Fueling a Clean Energy Future

Friday, April 18, 2008

7:30 am Registration/Breakfast

8:00 am-12:30 pm Program

PG&E Auditorium

77 Beale St. (between Market and Mission)

San Francisco, CA

$40 Students (with ID)

$75 Asia Society/Co-Sponsor Members

$100 Non-Members Special Offer: $110 Admission +

Asia Society membership

To register online, please visit

Or call 415.421.8707

Both the US and China face daunting challenges in the areas of national security, long-term economic competitiveness, and global warming. Energy is at the center of all three, making it arguably the most important problem that we must solve in the coming decades. While there are no magic bullets, the answer clearly lies in increasing energy efficiency in the short term and developing sustainable, carbon-neutral energy sources over the longer term.

This conference is the first to bring together leading clean energy specialists from business, government, and academia from both the U.S. and China. The San Francisco Bay Area, Beijing, and Shanghai are rapidly becoming the global centers for clean energy technology promotion, development, and investment, and there are enormous gains to be achieved through enhanced collaboration between the regions. This conference, and a larger conference to be held in Beijing in November 2008, represent the beginning of an effort to encourage long-term collaboration between clean energy policymakers, researchers, and firms in the two countries.

Among the urgent questions to be addressed:

  • What are the dimensions of the energy challenge?
  • What has been achieved to date — – in research, applications, investment, and policy?
  • What are the most vexing issues yet to be addressed?
  • What technical developments and business models are needed to foster improved energy efficiency and the adoption of renewable energy sources?
  • What can we expect to see over the next 5-10 years?
  • How are Bay Area and Chinese firms and individuals working together to create a clean energy future? How can we do better?
  • What cooperation between government policy organizations in the U.S. and China can best promote energy efficiency and renewable energy? How can such cooperation promote closer ties between the two countries?


Keynote Speakers:

Zhao Zhongxian, Vice Chairman, CAST (Chinese Association for Science and Technology), Chairman of Chinese Academy of Science Advisory Committee

Thomas Rooney, Managing Partner, RCI Consulting; former CEO, Insituform Technologies


Regis B. Kelly, Director, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), University of California

William Morrow, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Matt Rogers, Director, McKinsey & Company

Carolina Y.C. Woo, Owner, CW Group

Zhou Dadi, founding director, Beijing Energy Efficiency Center (BECon); director, China Energy Research Institute, PRC

Ren Dongming, Deputy Director, Center of Renewable Development, Energy Research Institute, PRC

Gary D. Conley, CEO, SolFocus, Inc. Harrison Fraker, Dean, College of Environmental Design, U.C. Berkeley

Dian Grueneich, Commissioner, California Public Utility Commission

Robert Larson, Co-founder and Managing Director, Woodside Fund

Mark Levine, Group Leader, China Energy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (moderator)

Neal Gutterson, President and CEO, Mendel Biotechnology

Lenny Mendonca, Chairman, McKinsey Global Institute

Scott Sandell, General Partner, New Enterprise Associates

Paul Willems, Vice President, BP (moderator)

Additional Speakers TBA

Conference Underwriters: PG&E, McKinsey & Company, New Enterprise Associates, Callaway Venture Partners, Nixon Peabody LLP, and Mendel Biotechnology.

Media Sponsor: California magazine.

Conference Co-sponsors: The Asia Foundation, Mart Bailey, Berkeley Chinese Alumni International Association (BCAIA); UC Berkeley China Initiative (BCI); Bay Area Council Economic Institute; Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium (BASIC); Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory; University of California 10+10 Alliance.


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