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Media Advisory 09-028

Experts Answer Challenging Questions About Transitional Energy Technologies

"Road to the New Energy Economy" briefing series continues on Capitol Hill

Massoud Amin of the University of Minnesota.
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Road to the New Energy Economy - Transitional Technologies

October 14, 2009

View a video of the October 15, 2009, Hill event on "Road to the New Energy Economy: Transitional Technologies."

This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.

On October 15, DISCOVER and the National Science Foundation's noontime, congressional briefing series examine what steps must be taken to ensure clean, abundant wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energy for America's future. Top energy experts will address:

  • Why doubling the world's energy supply by 2050 won't be nearly enough.
  • Whether the United States can learn something about energy transmission from New Zealand, a nation with 77 times fewer people.
  • How U.S. funding for energy R&D compares to R&D funding for hotels.
  • How $60 billion can change America's energy future.

These congressional briefings are open to the press. The National Science Foundation, IEEE-USA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers jointly host the briefings with DISCOVER.

What:"Road to the New Energy Economy" briefing series discusses increasing efficiency in a noontime congressional briefing on Capitol Hill
When:Thursday October 15, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Lunch provided)
Who:James McCalley, professor of electrical & computer engineering, Iowa State University
Massoud Amin, director of the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota
Corey S. Powell, editor in chief, DISCOVER
Where:Room B-338, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

Media may register by October 14 at

To see videos of previous briefing series installments, go here.

To learn more about the partnership and the energy series, follow this link.


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