Santa Barbara Summit on Energy Efficiency to Webcast Town Hall Meeting With Kleiner Perkins, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and United Technologies

May 21 Event Will Allow Global Audience to Participate Virtually

Santa Barbara, Calif. —May 13, 2009—The UC Santa Barbara Institute for Energy Efficiency announced today that it will offer a live Webcast of the town hall meeting event at its inaugural Santa Barbara Summit on Energy Efficiency, May 20-21. Taking place at 11:00 a.m. PDT (2:00 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, May 21, the 75-minute interactive panel discussion—Policy and Technology: Conflict or Synergy?—will feature Randy Komisar, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Arun Majumdar, director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and J. Michael McQuade, senior vice president for science and technology at United Technologies.

The town hall—to be Webcast live at —will be moderated by Forrest Sawyer, Emmy Award-winning former ABC, NBC and MSNBC news anchor. Sawyer, the panelists, and the audience will explore the relationship between the development of new energy efficiency technologies and governmental policies that inhibit or accelerate their adoption. The Institute invites stakeholders from around the globe to submit questions for the panelists in advance of the event at whitney [at] iee [dot] ucsb [dot] edu. For the questions selected, Sawyer will read the submitters' names, affiliations, and locations.

The Santa Barbara Summit on Energy Efficiency is bringing together leaders from industry, government and academia to address progress in energy efficiency technologies, commercialization and policy. The technology sessions will delve into the five energy efficiency areas that are the focuses of the Institute’s technology solution groups: lighting, building and design, production and storage, computing, and electronics and photonics.

“This is the only event dedicated to bringing academics who are conducting cutting-edge research in energy efficiency out of their labs and face-to-face with their industry peers, policy-makers, and investors. We’ll have two days of knowledge sharing and strategy building, accelerating commercialization of these game-changing technologies,” said Daniel T. Colbert, executive director of the Institute.

In honor of the inaugural summit, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) commended the Institute for Energy Efficiency for its world-leading R&D efforts in energy efficiency technologies. In a letter to the Institute, Feinstein wrote: “Since its inception, the Institute for Energy Efficiency has tirelessly committed itself to improving the way we harness and use energy. Its dedication to researching energy efficiency has been vital to ensuring that future generations will have the opportunity to treasure our world's natural resources. I commend them for their steadfast dedication to this vital work.”

About the Institute for Energy Efficiency:
The UC Santa Barbara Institute for Energy Efficiency is an interdisciplinary research institute focused on delivering significant energy efficiencies within 10 years. The Institute’s cutting-edge research activities leverage the expertise of UCSB’s world-renowned faculty, scientists, engineers, and researchers, including five Nobel Laureates. The Institute runs a wide variety of programs and initiatives—including the Santa Barbara Summit on Energy Efficiency—that advance its mission of improving how energy is produced and used. In April 2009, the Institute was one of 46 organizations selected to house a multi-million-dollar Energy Frontier Research Center, established by the U.S. Department of Energy to pursue advanced scientific research on energy.

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

Media Contact:
Lonnie Shekhtman
Antenna Group for the Institute for Energy Efficiency
415.977.1917, Lonnie [at] antennagroup [dot] com


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