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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT NATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY SUMMIT 8.0: POWERING PROGRESS

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President Barack Obama will lead the nation’s foremost clean energy conversation as the keynote speaker during the “National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress” at Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center in Las Vegas Monday, Aug. 24. In its eighth year, the annual summit brings together clean energy advocates, business leaders, students, public officials and decision makers to discuss solutions for the advancement of the clean energy economy. The Summit is co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Harry ReidCenter for American Progress, the Clean Energy ProjectMGM Resorts International and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

“I have so much affection and admiration for President Obama and we are thrilled to welcome him to participate in this year’s summit,” said U.S. Senator Harry Reid. “President Obama’s record on clean energy and climate stands above all others. His administration has made the largest investment in clean energy in American history and there is no place better than Nevada to discuss how we will continue this progress.”

Under the direction of President Obama, the United States is leading global efforts to address the threat of climate change, while making great strides domestically by increasing the use of wind, geothermal and solar power and reducing carbon emissions in record numbers. During the summit, President Obama and other clean energy visionaries will discuss topics such as securing greater energy independence, empowering Americans to develop existing clean energy resources and job creation through renewable energy initiatives.

“It’s a tremendous honor to welcome President Obama as the keynote speaker at this year’s summit,” said Board Chair of the Clean Energy Project, Kathleen Drakulich. “Clean energy solutions have grown and diversified Nevada’s economy and are key to the future of our country. We are thrilled at the opportunity to hear the President’s vision for continued innovation and development during his visit toNevada, one of the leading states for clean energy.”

“MGM Resorts International believes in the need for businesses to make a conscious effort to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, Jim Murren. “President Obama has made significant strides in this space and has been a strong ally in the fight for clean energy.”

“We’re so delighted that President Obama will be this year’s keynote speaker at the National Clean Energy Summit,” said President of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden. “At the Center for American Progress, we’re dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans and finding alternative energy solutions today that will benefit generations to come.”

“UNLV is a proud co-sponsor of The National Clean Energy Summit,” said President of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Len Jessup. “President Obama has prioritized funding for important clean energy research and education activities that are making a positive impact in Nevada.”

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Obama to speak at Reid energy summit

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Seth A. Richardson, Breaking News Reporter 10:19 a.m. PDT August 1, 2015

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President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas sponsored by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.

The two Democrats will join business leaders, politicians, students and other interested parties to discuss renewable resources in America. The summit is in its eighth year and will be held Aug. 24 at the Mandalay Bay Resort.

“I have so much affection and admiration for President Obama and we are thrilled to welcome him to participate in this year’s summit,” Reid said in a statement. “President Obama’s record on clean energy and climate stands above all others. His administration has made the largest investment in clean energy in American history and there is no place better than Nevada to discuss how we will continue this progress.”

The event will also feature Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich.

Obama’s visit is timed during an election year when Reid, the highest-ranking member of the Senate, is not running for reelection. Reid endorsed Catherine Cortez Masto, the former Nevada Attorney General, in April. Cortez Masto will face U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Henderson, in November 2016.

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President Obama to speak at Las Vegas summit

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Posted: Aug 01, 2015 9:57 AM PDT

Updated: Aug 01, 2015 12:30 PM PDT

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) - President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at the National Clean Energy Summit later this month.

The annual summit, now in its eighth year, brings together clean energy advocates, business leaders, students, public officials and decision makers in an effort to advance the clean energy economy.

Organizers of the summit credit the president for making progress in addressing the threat of climate change on a global level and has increased the use of wind and solar energy domestically to reduce carbon emissions in record numbers.

Some topics that will be discussed during the summit will be job creation through renewable energy initiatives, energy independence and empowering Americans to develop existing clean energy resources, the summit said.

“MGM Resorts International believes in the need for businesses to make a conscious effort to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “President Obama has made significant strides in this space and has been a strong ally in the fight for clean energy.”

President of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Len Jessup added, “President Obama has prioritized funding for important clean energy research and education activities that are making a positive impact in Nevada.”

Nevada Senator Harry Reid said, “It will be a good conference and President Obama will really be the touchstone of how good it will be.”

“National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress” is co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Center for American Progress, the Clean Energy Project, MGM Resorts International and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Among the summit’s past speakers are Hillary Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more. Speakers for this year’s summit include Senator Reid, secretary of energy Ernest Moniz, President of Electric Operations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company Geisha Williams.

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President Obama to be keynote speaker next month at national clean energy summit in Las Vegas

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August 01, 2015 - 3:10 pm EDT

LAS VEGAS — President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at a Las Vegas summit on clean energy next month.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said in a news release Saturday that the president is scheduled to deliver remarks at the National Clean Energy Summit on Aug. 24.

Reid says he is thrilled to welcome Obama's participation and the president's record on clean energy stands above all others.

Obama is expected to speak with clean energy advocates on issues such as securing greater energy independence and creating jobs through renewable energy initiatives.

Now in its eighth year, the summit brings together public officials, renewable energy supporters, business leaders and students to discuss clean energy.

It will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center.

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Obama plans 14th trip to Las Vegas in August

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By Steve Tetreault
Las Vegas Review-Journal Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is lined up this month for yet another trip to Las Vegas, officials confirmed Friday.

Obama will be the keynote speaker at the National Clean Energy Summit on Aug. 24 at Mandalay Bay. It is the eighth annual gathering of renewable energy advocates, an event established by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, whose celebrity has grown since helping negotiate the Obama administration's nuclear pact with Iran, has been confirmed as a speaker at the one-day conference. The headliner last year was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

It was not immediately clear how long Obama will be in Southern Nevada or whether he will take part in other official or fundraising events while here. The White House did not comment Friday.

The trip would mark Obama's 18th to Nevada and 14th to Southern Nevada during his presidency, the most by far of any sitting president.

Obama was last in Southern Nevada in November, delivering a speech on immigration at Del Sol High School on Nov. 21 and staying the weekend in Henderson where he played golf on both that Saturday and Sunday.

This time, it appears Obama will be traveling to Las Vegas fresh from summer vacation in Martha's Vineyard. The first family is scheduled for a 15-day stay at the Massachusetts resort island from Aug. 8 to Aug. 23, according to the White House.

The Clean Energy Summit has grown into a significant gathering of green energy experts, advocates and national leaders, but Obama will rank as the event's most prominent speaker.

Former President Bill Clinton spoke at the first summit at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2008 and has appeared at the event three more times since. Vice President Joe Biden gave the keynote in 2011.

The theme for the conference this year is "Powering Progress," according to organizers.

Executives from Tesla Motors and Panasonic are scheduled to speak about the gigafactory being built outside Reno to manufacture lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles and power packs. The factory has been advertised to employ 6,500 people.

Conference co-sponsors include UNLV, MGM Resorts International, the Las Vegas-based Clean Energy Project and the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank based in Washington.

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Gigafactory, clean energy are focus at summit

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By Harry Reid and Dan Klaich

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 | 2 a.m.

Nevada has always been the logical place for investments in world-class resorts and tourism.

These industries will continue to play a vital role in Nevada, but the Silver State has gained strength in recent years to become an epicenter for clean-energy jobs and economic growth in industries such as advanced manufacturing technologies and IT data centers.

Part of this success has been the ability of the National Clean Energy Summit to bring together the nation’s top minds from business, academia and government to show them everything Nevada has to offer the clean-energy industry. For instance, past speakers have included leaders in the private sector such as Elon Musk and Fred Smith, and American leaders such as President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden.

The tradition will continue this year in Las Vegas when executives from Tesla and Panasonic take the stage Aug. 24 to speak about the gigafactory. This will be the first opportunity for Nevadans to hear directly from these two companies about this game-changing investment in Nevada’s and the nation’s clean-energy future.

With the construction of the gigafactory underway, Nevadans are rightly excited about the positive ripple effect the gigafactory could have on Nevada’s path toward fostering entrepreneurship, building economic diversity and creating jobs. To fully capitalize on those goals, though, Nevada’s workforce must be prepared to match the needs of our growing clean-energy economy.

While Nevada ultimately won the competition to land the gigafactory, states and nations around the world continue to compete against each other for investment in clean energy. We are committed to helping Nevada meet this challenge because the benefits that high-tech and advanced-manufacturing jobs can bring to our economy are too valuable to lose.

Nevada’s four community colleges, state college, two universities and environmental research institute continue to develop a locally grown high-tech workforce, as well as cutting-edge clean-energy research. We believe Nevada’s economic future will be much brighter if we work together and attract these types of industries and develop our human resources and capacity for innovation.

The National Clean Energy Summit is the perfect place for a conversation about the cooperation needed between the public and private sectors to prepare Nevada’s workforce to match the needs of a growing clean-energy economy.

We hope every Nevadan will be interested in hearing about these topics and invite them to visit cleanenergysummit.org to learn more about this year’s event.

Harry Reid is a U.S. senator from Nevada. Dan Klaich is chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

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Tesla and Panasonic to present at National Clean Energy Summit 8.0

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JUNE 23, 2015 BY DAVE ARCHER

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The eighth annual National Clean Energy Summit will bring together clean energy visionaries and leaders, public officials, business executives, energy policy experts, entrepreneurs, investors, citizens, and students, to discuss empowering Americans to develop our massive clean energy supplies, secure greater energy independence, and create jobs. The National Clean Energy Summit is known for influential speakers addressing critically important subjects. When you listen to a keynote speaker or watch a panel at the Summit, you know you’re getting a preview of the clean energy issues that will be playing out across the country over the coming years.

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“NATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY SUMMIT 8.0: POWERING PROGRESS” HOSTS “RIPPLE EFFECT: GAME CHANGING CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENTS” PANEL WITH EXECUTIVES FROM TESLA MOTORS AND PANASONIC ECO SOLUTIONS

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Eighth Annual Summit Returns to Las Vegas Aug. 24 Featuring Discussion about Investing in Clean Energy

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LAS VEGAS — "National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress" brings the next generation of clean energy development into focus with an in-depth look at large, trend-setting investments in clean energy. A recent example of those game-changing investments is the Nevada-based lithium ion battery plant, the "Gigafactory."

On Aug. 24 at Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center, the summit will welcome leaders from Tesla Motors and Panasonic Eco Solutions to discuss why large-scale initiatives like it are needed, what these developments bring to communities and the future steps needed to capitalize on clean energy innovations. Moderated by Dan Klaich, Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), the panel will feature insight from Diarmuid O'Connell, Vice President of Business Development at Tesla Motors and Jamie Evans, Managing Director at Panasonic Eco Solutions, two executives representing the companies behind the gigafactory in Nevada and clean energy investments across the country. 

The "Ripple Effect: Game Changing Clean Energy Investments" discussion will focus on how significant clean energy investments have dramatic positive impacts on the surrounding communities, including job creation, fostering entrepreneurship and building economic diversity. The panel will also provide an opportunity to discuss cooperation between the public and private sectors to prepare the workforce to match the needs of a growing clean energy economy, with the gigafactory highlighted as one of many models of success. 

"National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress" is co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Center for American Progress, the Clean Energy Project, MGM Resorts International and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In its eighth year, the summit has become the nation's foremost clean energy conversation, with past speakers including Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elon Musk and many more. Sen. Harry Reid, John Podesta and Secretary Ernest Moniz will participate as speakers at this year's summit, with additional details about speakers and panels to follow. 

WHAT: "National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress" 

WHO: U.S. Senator Harry Reid 
John Podesta, former Counselor to President Barack Obama 
Secretary Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy 
Dan Klaich, Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) 
Diarmuid O'Connell, Vice President of Business Development at Tesla Motors 
Jamie Evans, Managing Director at Panasonic Eco Solutions 

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

WHERE: Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center 
3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 
Las Vegas, NV 89119 

REGISTER: To register for Summit 8.0 and for the latest information about the panels and panelists, please visit cleanenergysummit.org

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Energy Secretary Moniz to headline Reid energy summit

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U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz speaks during the 2014 Western Governors Winter meeting while U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell looks on at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas on Dec. 6, 2014. (Martin S. Fuentes/Las Vegas Review-Journal file)

By STEVE TETREAULT
REVIEW-JOURNAL WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTON – U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will headline the next National Clean Energy Summit that has turned into an established gathering in Las Vegas for renewable energy advocates, organizers confirmed Tuesday.

The eighth annual green power conference hosted by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., is set for Aug. 24 at the Mandalay Bay Resort. The Senate Democratic leader founded the event and has attracted top political and business leaders to the daylong meeting that promotes advances in energy and energy efficiency.

“Discussions like those that take place during the summit have been vital to achieving the rapid expansion of clean energy and innovation in this nation and beyond,” Reid said in a statement.

Reid staff confirmed that Moniz would be the headline speaker. Other participants will be announced later, they said.

Last year’s headline speaker was Hillary Clinton. Moniz appeared the year before. Speakers in past years have included Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk.

Conference co-sponsors include the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International and the Center for American Progress.

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Reid to host, US energy chief to headline 8th Vegas 'summit'

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The nation's top energy official will again headline an annual green power conference when it is held Aug. 24 in Las Vegas, U.S. Sen.Harry Reid said Monday.

The theme for the eighth National Clean Energy Summit will be "Powering Progress," Reid said, and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will be making his second keynote appearance in three years.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke last year, and Reid said Monday that her top political adviser, John Podesta, will again take part in this year's event. Podesta was a 2010 headliner.

Reid called it "an inevitability" that the world will turn to solar, wind and geothermal energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global climate change.

"Clean energy has got to come," Reid said. "Not fast enough for me, but it's coming."

Reid, who will retire in 2017 after his fifth term as senator from Nevada, said there may be other names to announce as the event gets closer. Reid began the conference in 2008, and it usually draws top Democratic political and clean energy business leaders.

Former President Bill Clinton has spoken at the conference several times. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is a past headliner. Vice President Joe Biden spoke in 2011.

Workshops, panels and speeches will again be at the Mandalay Bay resort, which touts a rooftop solar power array that was designed to generate nearly 20 percent of the electricity needed at the sprawling casino-hotel-convention property.

The property owner, MGM Resorts International, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Center for American Progress and will be among this year's sponsors, Reid said.

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