The National Clean Energy Summit is returning to Las Vegas on Oct. 13 for its 9th appearance and will be held at the Bellagio hotel-casino. The summit was held every year from 2008 until last year, when the presidential election took center stage and Reid was preparing to go into retirement. This will be the ninth event in the series.
The event will concentrate on innovations in the field of renewable energy, and will be co-hosted by summit founder, retired U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.
The National Clean Energy Summit is an initiative that has forged new partnerships among industry, government, and advocacy organizations in pursuit of a new national energy policy that rebuilds our economy, frees us from dependency on foreign oil, and preserves our climate and our planet.
The theme for this year’s event will be “Integrating Innovation.”
“Now is the perfect time to bring back the National Clean Energy Summit,” said Karen Wayland, the executive director of the Clean Energy Project in Las Vegas, in a statement announcing the event. “The summit provides a national forum for exploring the clean energy innovations that create jobs, enhance national security, make the grid more reliable and deliver solutions that will contribute to a stronger and safer world.”
Several clean-energy bills were passed during the 2017 session of the Nevada Legislature, including one to establish a higher net-metering rate that was designed to bring the rooftop solar industry back to Nevada. There is also the major conversation of energy choice which will be voted on in the next session and could see a transformation of Nevada’s energy market.
As in past years, the summit will feature an exhibit hall showcasing clean energy products. But new this year will be day-after tours on Saturday of big clean energy projects in Southern Nevada, including the Hoover Dam and the massive Copper Mountain Solar Facility in Boulder City.