The Future of Energy

Fossil fuels will continue to play an important role in our energy future. But opportunities are rising from the development of new technologies dedicated to producing more renewable sources of energy.  During these sessions focused on the future of energy, some of the world's leading experts will discuss alternatives to fossil fuels and explore the challenges as well as the opportunities available in these new renewable sectors.

Bioenergy: Fuelling the Development of a Low Carbon Economy

Biomass has the potential to supply up to a third of future global sustainable energy needs including heat, electricity, and fuel for transport. In British Columbia there is an abundant source of bioenergy feedstock and - combined with some of the world's leading technology developers - there is much potential for BC companies to capitalize on these opportunities. Join speakers as they discuss the potential for bioenergy as a way to fuel a low carbon economy, and gain insights from other provinces as they strive to solve current industry challenges. Special focus on community and municipal bioenergy.

CEO Dialogue: The Future of Energy

The energy sector is one of the most - if not the most - vital industrial sectors in the transformation to a low carbon economy. From the development and deployment of natural gas, alternative fuels, and renewable energy to carbon capture and storage energy companies will play a pivotal role in achieving significant change. CEO's involved in this dialogue include:

Michael Phelps, Chairman, Dornoch Capital Inc. and GLOBE Foundation, Vancouver, BC, Canada (Moderator)

Clarence Cazalot Jr., President & CEO, Marathon Oil Corporation, Houston, TX, USA

Greg Ebel, President & CEO, Spectra Energy, Houston, TX, USA

Steve Snyder, President & CEO, TransAlta Corporation, Calgary, AB, Canada

Steve Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Suncor Energy Inc., Calgary, AB, Canada

The Next Spike: Building the Smart Grid

The Smart grid is possibly one of the most promising areas in energy management, showing significant and immediate opportunities. In this session attendees will hear first-hand from those that are making the smart grid a reality. Speakers are from the University of Waterloo, Electric Power Research Institute, BC Hydro, Siemens Energy Inc., and Tonbridge Corporation.

Discussing the Acceleration of the International Commercialisation of Ocean Energy

Ocean energy is a potential clean energy opportunity that has been growing in acceptance in recent years. During this forum attendees will hear about the potential of this energy and its place in the power industry and marine sector economies. Speakers will explore the international opportunities in the development of renewable ocean energy and a roundtable discussion will engage leaders from the UK WaveHub, Nova Scotia's Minas Passage tidal development, and senior government players from the UK and Canada.

Driving The Clean Transportation Economy: Natural Gas at the Intersection of Emissions, Economics, and Energy

New technologies and solutions are needed to conquer the growing greenhouse gas emissions produced by heavy-duty vehicle transportation. As concerns from regulators, policy makers, and fleet operators grow natural gas proves to deliver economic, environmental, and emission reduction benefits. In North America, the benefits of natural gas are sizeable with such projects as renewable biogas technologies moving beyond just demonstrative purposes. During this panel speakers will introduce attendees to opportunities in the construction of fuelling infrastructure and deployment of natural gas power for heavy-duty vehicle transportation.


The Green Car Revolution: Electric cars and Plug-In Hybrids

An informed consumer base and effective economic incentives are necessary for the advancement in the electric batteries industry. During this session attendees will be presented with the latest data on current public perception of electric and plug-in hybrid cars. Questions that will be considered include: is limited range of about 150 kilometres a deal breaker? Are worries about battery longevity too deep to overcome? How much money are mainstream buyers willing to spend on a plug-in car? What percentage of cars on the road might be plug-ins by 2020?

To find out more about these sessions, to register for GLOBE 2010, or to see the full speaker list click here.

And be sure to connect with us on Twitter: @GLOBE_Series and join discussions about the business of the environment with other GLOBE 2010 participants in our newly formed GLOBE LinkedIn group.

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