What makes energy start-ups succeed or fail? Are energy investments wise for venture capitalists? What will shape energy finance innovations and the adoption of the smart grid?
The 2009 Wharton Energy Conference will explore these questions and more October 30 in Philadelphia. CleanTechies is excited to serve as a media partner of this one-day conference and career fair.
Three keynote speakers include CEO Michael Allman of Sempra Energy, which continues to expand its renewable energy portfolio with solar and wind power projects. He is joined by H. Jeffrey Leonard, president of the Global Environment Fund, a leading energy and environment private equity firm, and Federico F. Peña, former secretary of energy and secretary of transportation, now a senior advisor with Vestar Capital Partners.
More than a dozen speakers are confirmed from companies including First Solar, BP Wind, Tendril, OwnEnergy, Finite Carbon, Plextronics, Blue Source, IBM Global Business Services, Element Partners, VantagePoint Venture Partners, the Assabet Group and Braemar Energy Ventures.
Panel discussions will cover the promises and pitfalls of entrepreneurship, energy finance innovations and obstacles, the future of the electricity grid, and the venture capital perspective on energy investments.
Themed discussion tables may cover topics such as nuclear energy, carbon credit trading and energy policy in developing markets.
In its third year, the Wharton Energy Conference is expected to draw more than 400 students and energy industry professionals to the Union League of Philadelphia. The student-run Wharton Energy Club at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business sponsors the event.
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