For the second straight year, Gov. John Hickenlooper will attend and address the Vail Global Energy Forum (VGEF) in Vail and Beaver Creek March 1-3.
Hickenlooper is at the forefront of the national discussion on domestic energy production, balancing both the “New Energy Economy” policies of his predecessor, former Gov. Bill Ritter, with increased natural gas and oil production along Colorado’s Front Range.
A former geologist, Hickenlooper and his administration have been spearheading new drilling regulations that have come under fire from environmental groups for being too friendly to industry and by industry officials for being “excessive and unnecessary.”
“Speakers of the caliber of Gov. Hickenlooper are what make this event so significant for our attendees,” said Vail Global Energy Forum Executive Director Carl Colby. “The governor is extremely knowledgeable about the energy industry and his intelligent stewardship of Colorado's energy and environmental policies going forward are a testament to his vision and leadership. We look forward to his remarks at the forum this year.”
The Vail Global Energy Forum is presented by Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE) and Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) in conjunction with the Vail Valley Foundation. Vail Resorts and the Beaver Creek Resort Company have signed on as sponsors this year.
“This forum is a great way to connect leaders from a wide range of backgrounds to discuss our country’s critical energy issues,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and COO of Vail Mountain. “We are thrilled that Vail and Beaver Creek are hosting for a second year these important discussions and top thought leaders from all sides of the energy sector.”
Vail Resorts under CEO Rob Katz has taken a leadership role in the ski industry on energy issues, working to reduce its energy consumption 20 percent by 2020 after achieving the first 10 percent reduction over the past three years in 2011.
Beaver Creek Resort Company comes on board to help connect the forum to Vail Valley locals and visiting guests through the new Beaver Creek Energy Village.
“While the VGEF represents a collection of top-tier energy experts addressing energy on a high level, we want to bring energy education to everyone in this community,” said Tim Baker, executive director at Beaver Creek Resort Company. “The Energy Village will be just one way that we create that interest and engage audiences outside of the Vilar Center’s doors in this important discussion.”
Other previously confirmed VGEF participants this year include: George P. Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury; Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Senator from New Mexico and current Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; William J. Perry, former U.S. Secretary of Defense; Tom Petrie, former Vice Chairman, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Admiral Gary Roughead, former Chief of Naval Operations; Arun Majumdar, former Director of ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy), and Deputy Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Mark Zoback, Professor at Stanford University’s Department of Geophysics, School of Earth Sciences; and Dr. James Sweeney, Director, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, also at Stanford.
Recently added participants include: Cathy Zoi, partner at Silver Lake Kraftwerk and former assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy; Erik Straser, general partner at venture capitalist firm Mohr Davidow Ventures in the Silicon Valley; and Daniel Reicher, executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University.
Tickets are on sale now for the VGEF’s Synergy and Signature packages, which are being offered at a special early bird rate for a limited time. Details are available online at www.VailGlobalEnergyForum.com or by contacting the Vilar Performing Arts Center at (970) 845-TIXS (8497) or online at www.vilarpac.org.