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1st US-China Green Energy Pre-Conference, San Francisco, USA, April 18, 2008

Fueling a Clean Energy Future
Friday, April 18, 2008 - 07:30 - 12:30
PG&E Auditorium
77 Beale St. (between Market and Mission)
San Francisco, CA

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

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, businesspeople, and investors 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 Tecnology), Chairman of Chinese Academy of Science Advisory Committee
  • Thomas Rooney, Managing Partner RCI; former CEO, Insituform Technologies (INSU)


  • 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.
  • Dian Grueneich, Commissioner, California Public Utility Commission
  • Neal Gutterson, President and CEO, Mendel Biotechnology
  • Regis B. Kelly, Director, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), University of California
  • Robert Larson, Co-founder and Managing Director, Woodside Fund
  • Mark D. Levine, Group Leader, China Energy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (moderator)
  • William Morrow, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Matt Rogers, Director, McKinsey & Company
  • Scott Sandell, General Partner, New Enterprise Associates
  • Paul Willems, Vice President, BP (moderator)
  • Carolina Y.C. Woo, Owner, CW Group

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:
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, The 1990 Institute.