Registration Open for the Second Annual Santa Barbara Summit on Energy Efficiency

Industry, academia, and government to address the latest in energy efficiency technologies, implementation, and policy

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – March 12, 2010 – The Institute for Energy Efficiency at UC Santa Barbara today announced the initial speaker lineup for the second annual Santa Barbara Summit on Energy Efficiency, to be held at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara on May 12-13, 2010. The Summit will bring together global leaders and stakeholders in energy efficiency technology, implementation, and policy for two days of in-depth discussions and industry updates in this fast-moving sector. Confirmed keynote speakers thus far include:

• Dan Reicher, Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives,
• Richard Newell, Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration
• Michael Peevy, President, California Public Utilities Commission

Additional speakers and panelists confirmed thus far include:

• Gene Rodrigues, Director of Energy Efficiency, Southern California Edison
• Joe Pettus, Senior Vice President of Fuel and Energy Operations, Safeway
• Rich Wolski, Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder of Eucalyptus Systems Inc
• Michael Lebby, President & CEO, Optoelectronics Industry Development Association

“Energy efficiency is a critical strategy in the quest for a sustainable energy future—but meaningful efficiencies can’t happen without collaboration between research, investment, and policy.” said John Bowers, Director of the Institute. “The Summit is bringing together key players in industry, academia, venture capital, and government, to accelerate energy efficiency technologies and initiatives.”

The Summit agenda will focus on the most promising energy efficiency technologies and their implementation, along with the role of government in fostering innovation and commercialization. Technology areas of focus include: energy production and storage, lighting, building systems, computing, and electronics.

Registration is now open for the 2010 Santa Barbara Summit on Energy Efficiency. For more information about the Summit and to register, please visit:

About the Institute for Energy Efficiency:
The Institute for Energy Efficiency is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to researching and developing technological solutions that will forever change how energy is produced, used, and managed. The Institute’s cutting-edge interdisciplinary research activities leverage the considerable expertise of U.C. Santa Barbara’s highly acclaimed faculty, which includes five Nobel Laureates. By fostering collaborations, sponsoring research, and expediting the commercialization of new technologies, the Institute strives to deliver significant advances in energy efficiency in the near term.

Institute Contact:
Whitney Wegener
805.893.5496, whitney [at] iee [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

Media Contact:
Tony Rairden
805.893.4301, trairden [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

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