SPI General Sessions are flagship sessions that frame the theme and tone of the conference and feature dynamic speakers hitting on topics of critical interest to the industry.
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Building Energy & Relationships: An Exponentially More Powerful Experience
Opening General Session and Networking Reception
Monday, October 20, 2014 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This dynamic opening General Session and Networking Reception is nothing like you’ve ever experienced! Start out your week with music, activities, camaraderie, conversation and cocktails at SPI’s first networking opportunity! Included in Full Conference Registration. Tickets also available for purchase at $95 per person.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The General Session will open with Senator Harry Reid followed by the panel discussion. U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Moniz, will take the stage at the close of General Session for a special keynote address.
As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz is tasked with implementing critical Department of Energy missions in support of President Obama’s goals of growing the economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment. This encompasses advancing the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, maintaining the nuclear deterrent and reducing the nuclear danger, promoting American leadership in science and clean energy technology innovation, cleaning up the legacy of the cold war, and strengthening management and performance.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Moniz was the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a faculty member since 1973. At MIT, he headed the Department of Physics and the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. Most recently, Dr. Moniz served as the founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and as Director of the MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment where he was a leader of multidisciplinary technology and policy studies on the future of nuclear power, coal, nuclear fuel cycles, natural gas and solar energy in a low-carbon world.
From 1997 until January 2001, Dr. Moniz served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy. He was responsible for overseeing the Department’s science and energy programs, leading a comprehensive review of nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship, and serving as the Secretary’s special negotiator for the disposition of Russian nuclear materials. From 1995 to 1997, he served as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President.
In addition to his work at MIT, the White House and the Department of Energy, Dr. Moniz has served on a number of boards of directors and commissions involving science, energy and security. These include President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Moniz is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Humboldt Foundation, and the American Physical Society.
Dr. Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in Physics from Boston College, a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Stanford University, and honorary degrees from the University of Athens, the University of Erlangen-Nurenberg, Michigan State University and Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. For more information, visit http://energy.gov/contributors/dr-ernest-moniz.
There in the desert, more than an hour away from the bright lights of Las Vegas is where he was born and raised.
Searchlight is where Harry Reid watched his father work as a hard rock miner. It’s where he attended a school with one teacher for eight grades. And it’s where he learned Nevada values like hard work, opportunity, and independence.
Today Harry Reid is the Majority Leader in the U.S. Senate, someone that has earned the respect of colleagues from both parties, and a powerful advocate for Nevada families. Every day Senator Reid puts his leadership position to work to deliver meaningful results for all Nevadans.
But he still lives in Searchlight, and he is still guided by the lessons and values he learned there.
The Las Vegas Sun newspaper summarized Senator Reid’s story by saying that he “has gone from underdog to Senate’s top dog.”
Parade Magazine, the nation’s largest weekly magazine, identified Senator Reid as one of a handful of leaders in Washington with “integrity and guts.”
Since Nevadans first elected him to the Senate in 1986, Harry Reid has developed a reputation as a consensus builder and a skillful legislator. His Republican colleagues have praised his reasoned, balanced approach.
Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican from Utah, has said, “We all respect Senator Reid. He is one of the moderate voices around here who tries to get things to work.”
And former Republican Senate Leader Trent Lott said, “Harry Reid is out there finding a solution. I enjoy working with him very much.”
Senator Reid has worked with both parties, including all members of the Nevada Congressional Delegation, to address the issues important to the state.
After Nevadans re-elected Senator Reid to a third Senate term in 1998, he was chosen by his colleagues to serve as the Assistant Democratic Leader, also known as the “Whip.” And after he won a fourth term in 2004 by a wide margin, he was unanimously elected Senate Democratic Leader. Since 2007, Harry Reid has served as the Senate Majority Leader. In 2010, he was re-elected as Nevada’s senior U.S. Senator.
Harry Reid isn’t afraid to speak his mind – but he isn’t afraid to listen, either.
Like the desert country that helped shape him, he doesn’t cry out for attention. He’s soft spoken – but when he talks, people listen.
He has earned the trust of both Democrats and Republicans, and his reputation for integrity and fairness has given the small state of Nevada a powerful voice in Congress. For more information, visit www.reid.senate.gov/about.
While you may think SPI can’t get more unique than Monday’s groundbreaking opening event, Wednesday’s main offering promises to be every bit as novel in its own way. Expect more of an interactive “talk show” atmosphere, with rapid-fire discussion happening among the panelists and you, the audience member.
Keith Martin, Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Ryan Creamer, Chief Executive Officer, sPower
Stacey Kusters, VP Renewable Energy & Origination, NV Energy
Lyndon Rive, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SolarCity
Michael Silvestrini, President, Greenskies Renewable Energy