Transforming the Energy Economy:
Lessons from 2050 We Can Use Today

01 Dec 2010 11:30 a.m. - 01:30 p.m.

Morrison & Foerster LLP
425 Market Street
Sunset Conference Room
San Francisco, CA 94105
Genevieve Oransky
(415) 268-7105

In this seminar, we focus our “crystal ball” on 2050 to learn how to position ourselves for the long term. Our speaker is from E3, which constitutes the gold standard in energy and economics research and modeling. E3 represents renewable and emerging technology companies such as First Solar, Hydrogen Energy International, and BrightSource Energy; regulatory and policy entities such as the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Independent System Operator, and at a federal level the EPA and DOE. E3 also has utility clients across the western U.S. and Canada. Our speaker will share his data-rich assessment of the future energy economy and his unique insights accumulated through decades of research for market leaders.

Investors, technologists, utilities, regulators, and policymakers will benefit from critical insights from an extensive California 2050 study, presented in understandable terms, and showing the key infrastructure changes needed to reach low-carbon energy pathways, starting from now. This seminar allows participants to look beyond the immediate clamor of climate change debates to understand the four to five basic processes and technological changes that will transform our existing infrastructure system into a low-carbon energy economy.

At this seminar, you will be able to answer in strategic terms:
For VCs and Technology Startups:
- How do I prioritize my portfolio?
- What technology breakthroughs are most critical to solve the climate problem?
- What does the issue of sequencing mean for energy investment?
For Utility Companies:
- What is the future of the electricity?  Why is there so much attention to “electrification”?
- What role can nuclear, wind and solar, and fossil fuels play in electricity?  What are the key differences?
- Is climate change a threat or an opportunity?
For Regulators and Policy Makers:
- What pathways make the cut in the long-term view?
- What technologies need to be promoted through public policy?
- What kind of changes can we expect on 10, 20, and 40-year horizons?
Warren Buffet recently told a group of university graduates that, “All cars will be electric in 20 years” (Rice University, 2009).  He also purchased a $232 million stake in Chinese BYD Company.  This seminar provides insights into these choices and leaves the group with a systems-wide perspective of energy transformations, starting from now.  There will be time for questions and answers.





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