Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez Speaks at "Powering Our Low-Carbon Future" Conference, February 5, 2008
On February 5, 2008, the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Energy Association hosted a dialogue between industry representatives and policy-makers on the key challenges and opportunities to achieve a rapid uptake of low carbon power generation in the United States and to identify necessary actions. Conference report
Major Economies Process Update
The Major Economies Process (MEP) is a joint effort by the world's largest energy users and greenhouse gas emitters to establish a new international approach to climate change in 2008, which will contribute to a global agreement by 2009 under UNFCCC.
On August 7, James Connaughton, Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, provided an update on the MEP.
First Webinar on Arctic Energy Resources
Our first webinar on Arctic energy took place on May 14, 2008. Presentations are available in our oil and gas section. Watch for future Arctic webinars!
Industry Breakfast Briefings at the 2008 Offshore Technology Conference
From May 6-8, the Energy team hosted industry breakfast briefings at the OTC on offshore oil and gas policy and commercial opportunities in China, Indonesia, and Qatar. The OTC is the largest annual U.S. offshore oil and gas industry conference and trade show. In 2007, it had about 67,000 attendees. Report and presentations in our oil and gas section!
Briefing on New UK Nuclear Energy Policy
On Wednesday, February 27, OEEI hosted a briefing on the UK's recently announced nuclear energy policy, covering UK nuclear policy, the Nuclear White Paper, and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (where the most near term business opportunities are).
For more information, contact Sarah Lopp.
US-EU Experts Exchange on Innovation
The second U.S.-EU Experts Exchange on Innovation of December 2007 focused on the mechanisms by which energy and sustainability are driving innovation within the European Union. An initiative under the framework for Advancing Transatlantic Economic Initiatives signed by President Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in April 2007, the U.S.-EU Experts Exchanges on Innovation provide a formal network for U.S. and EU experts to share best practices in innovation policies. The December 2007 seminar commenced in Brussels with 1) an overview of innovation policies within Europe and the United States; 2) highlights of the U.S. and EU energy and sustainability programs that are enhancing innovation; 3) a focused discussion on innovation from the context of renewable energy developments; and 4) industry viewpoints on energy and innovation under the auspices of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD). The delegation then proceeded to Copenhagen (Denmark) for a series of seminars which examined how EU innovation polices in the energy sector are adopted by the private sector within the EU Member States and how public and private sector entities (both at the European Union and Member State level) cooperate on energy technology innovation, development, and deployment.
Final report from December 2007 U.S.-EU Experts Exchange on Innovation