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Persuading People to Save Power

The Virtual Energy Forum announced the agenda for today, the first day of the world’s largest online conference dedicated to renewable energy, sustainability and energy-efficient practices in Fortune 1000 businesses. Registration and attendance is completely free. Many of today’s speakers will be presenting live via webcast directly from the 21st edition of the Energy Efficiency Forum, held annually at the National Press Club in Washington DC.

Topics at this meeting of the Virtual Energy Forum include the prospects of energy legislation before Congress, the impact of the BP oil spill on energy policy, the latest on smart grid development, global green cities, and best practices in the areas of renewable energy and green building. In addition to government officials, the roster of esteemed speakers includes Tim Wirth, President of the UN Foundation, Ira Magaziner, Chairman of the Clinton Climate Initiative, and energy leaders from Harvard, Microsoft, Best Buy, and IBM.

http://www.VIRTUALENERGYFORUM.COM AGENDA FOR WEDNESDAY JUNE 16TH (all times listed are Eastern):
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM, "Persuading People to Save Power", Robert Cialdini, Author, Chief Science Officer, OPOWER
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM, "ICE Kids Presentation", ICE Kids
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM, "Energy Legislation in Congress", The Honorable Jeff Merkley, U.S. Senate (Oregon)
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM, "America’s Energy Future", The Honorable Steve Israel, U.S. House of Representatives (New York)
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM, "Innovative Solutions at the Intersection of Technology and Efficiency", Panel discussion featuring: Stephen Stokes, Vice President of Research, AMR Research; Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft; Richard Lechner, Vice President, Energy and Efficiency, IBM; and Neil McPhail, Sr. VP and General Manager, New Business Solution Group, Best Buy
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM, "Investing in Energy", The Honorable Jennifer Granholm, Governor, State of Michigan
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM, "EPA Building Contest", Maria Vargas, Representative, Energy Star, EPA
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM, "Building a Smart Electricity Network", Mason Emnett, Associate Director, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM, "Challenges and Prospects of Climate Change", Tim Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM, "Clean Energy Business Development", The Honorable Gary Locke, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM, "On the Road to a Clean Energy Future", David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM, "Taking Charge of the Clean Transportation Industry", Panel Featuring Mary Ann Wright, Vice President and Managing Director Business Accelerator Project, Johnson Controls., Richard Lowenthal, Founder and CEO Coulomb Technologies, Robbie Diamond, Founder and President, Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE), Thomas Reddoch, Ph.D., Executive Director of Energy Efficiency Electric Power Research Institute, Scott Harrison Chief, Executive Officer, Azure Dynamics
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM, "Summary of Day 1 Sessions", Mark Ginsberg, Senior Executive, The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), U. S. Department of Energy
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM, Sustainability at Harvard, Heather Henriksen, Director of the Office for Sustainability, Harvard University
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM, Demand More from Demand Response: How to Get Higher Payments with Online Auctions, Andrew Thomas, Senior Vice President, Operation, World Energy Solutions

The Virtual Energy Forum also features a virtual exhibit floor available for browsing which includes the latest advances in energy efficient products and technologies from Johnson Controls, IBM, U.S. Department of Energy, Siemens, World Energy, Inovateus Solar, Fluor, and Delta Controls.

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About Virtual Energy Forum
The Virtual Energy Forum is an online conference that brings public and private sector executives from around the world together to learn and discuss topics such as sustainability, energy management, renewable energy, clean technologies, and smart building. Virtual Energy Forum provides a greener way to gather™, all from the ease of a personal computer with no carbon footprint.

Virtual Energy Forum is produced by PlatformQ, whose mission is to connect people, companies, organizations and associations worldwide to meet, interact and learn from leading experts and thought leaders through proven interactive tools at online events. For more information, please visit http://.


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