This year's Energy Innovation Forum will address how innovation is meeting the growing demands for traditional fossil fuels right under our feet in Southwestern Pennsylvania, which is boosting jobs and economic development in our region and beyond.
Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) November 30, 2012
On December 4th, 2012, at 2PM, Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh (http://www.enterpriseforumpittsburgh.com) will host its 3rd Annual Energy Innovation Forum in Oakland at the University Club. This year's Energy Innovation Forum will address how innovation is meeting the growing demands for traditional fossil fuels right under our feet in Southwestern Pennsylvania, which is boosting jobs and economic development in our region and beyond. However, tensions between environmental concerns and demand are significantly influencing innovation and, big energy, spin-outs and start-ups are all contributing to profitably overcome these challenges. Our Enterprise Forum will address the innovation areas of greatest concern, market forces driving those decisions as well as technology gaps requiring the greatest leaps to overcome. We will also highlight new technology start-ups while getting some glances at what big energy is doing in R&D to reduce its environmental impact and increase productivity to provide the power needs and security of our society.
Joining the event from NYC to provide the keynote address about 6PM is Addison Armstrong, a Pittsburgh native and Senior Director of Market Research at Tradition Energy. Addison is a nationally televised speaker on energy commodity business, and will bring keen energy market insights straight from Wall Street. In addition to producing daily market-based research and commentary on the energy markets, Armstrong and his team are actively involved in brokering a variety of energy contracts, including futures, options and over-the-counter swaps. Prior to joining Tradition, Mr. Armstrong was a Managing Director at ADM Investor Services, and has held positions at Sempra Energy Trading, AIG Trading, NBC, the BBC and Reuters.
Moderating the Keynote and related panel of energy experts will be Dennis Yablonsky, CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliated organizations – the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. Dennis will briefly address how the Allegheny Conference and Innovation Works came together to create the Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh, an unprecedented partnership including traditional and alternative energy companies; global leaders in materials science and intelligent building technologies; academic and government researchers and supply chain providers with the aim to increase the scale of the region’s energy industry, creating and retaining jobs, and attracting investment across a portfolio of energy-related assets, while continuing to advance the Pittsburgh region’s global leadership in improving our environment. Part of the work of Innovation Works in this regard, is to use approx. ten million dollars ($10M) of Ben Franklin funding allocated by the state to ensure energy innovation occurs in the Pittsburgh Region, which will be addressed by Rich Lunak, CEO of Innovation Works via the keynote panel.
The event will kick-off with three 50 minute speaker sessions addressing innovation insights and technology gaps in Natural Gas and Coal, and lastly by addressing PA State Energy Policy to enable innovation. Sponsors and speakers at the event are represented from leading energy organizations including Range Resources, Peoples Natural Gas, Alpha Natural Resources, Schlumberger, Center for Energy at the University of Pittsburgh, Amerikol, Rep. Mike Turzai, Rep. Tim Krieger and OnDemand Energy Solutions. Moderating these speaker sessions will be Bill Flanagan, Executive Vice President - Corporate Relations for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliated organizations. Bill supervises Investor Relations activities including fundraising, membership services and educational programming, and he oversees organizational communications. In this role, Bill also hosts Our Region’s Business, a business affairs television program produced by the Conference in partnership with Cox Television, which airs weekly on WPXI-TV, WJAC-TV, WTOV-TV and the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (PCNC).
Register now at: http://www.enterpriseforumpittsburgh.com.