SOURCE: Bay Area Economic Forum

July 13, 2007 18:50 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Alternative Energy Symposium and Report Rollout

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2007) -

What:     Alternative Energy Symposium and report rollout

Where:    PG&E headquarters, 245 Market Street, San Francisco

When:     July 19, 2007 (coffee - 9:00am, program - 9:30am)

Contacts: Sally DiDomenico: (415) 531-0131
          Jesse Szeto: (530) 219-5591

As part of the public rollout of the first comprehensive report on what Bay Area research institutes are doing for California and the nation to achieve energy independence and address global warming, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium (BASIC) is sponsoring a symposium featuring several of the leading local innovators in alternative energy technologies.

After welcoming remarks from Regis Kelly, chairman of BASIC and Executive Director of QB3, and Roy Kuga, PG&E Vice President for Energy and Supply, there will be an overview on the new "Science Futures Report" from BASIC presented by Kelly and Barry Klein, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California at Davis, who was the project lead for the report, which is entitled, "Innovative Energy Solutions from the San Francisco Bay Area: Fueling a Clean Energy Future."

These remarks will be followed by a 90-minute panel discussion on alternative energy solutions. Panelists will include: Andy Hargadon, Director, Energy Efficiency Center, UC Davis (moderator); Sally Benson, Executive Director, Global Climate Energy Project, Stanford University; Paul Alivisatos, Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Doug Rotman Program Leader, Earth Sciences and Engineering, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Blake Simmons, Manager, Energy Systems Department, Sandia National Laboratory; Roy Kuga, Vice President, Energy and Supply, PG&E; David Pearce, President and CEO, Miasolé.

This event will take place on July 19, 2007, with the program starting at 9:30 am and concluding by noon. It will be held in the main auditorium of the Pacific Gas & Electric headquarters at 245 Market Street in San Francisco. There will be reserved seating area up front for members of the media who are invited to attend the symposium and receive a copy of the 90-page "Fueling the Future" report.

Because this is a secured-access building, media members wishing to attend should come to the entrance at 77 Beale Street for a more prompt admittance. There will be a reserved parking area outside this entrance for media vehicles. An RSVP to Sally DiDomenico or Jesse Szeto will facilitate access. Panelists will be available for questions and interviews following their discussion, which is scheduled to end at 11:30 am. Members of the media unable to attend in person will be able to phone in and hear the symposium. The phone-in number is 1-800-582-9079. Following the "Welcome to the Gensis meeting center" greeting, dial *6000760* to enter the proceedings.

BASIC is an action-oriented collaboration of the region's major research universities, national laboratories, independent research institutions, research and development-driven businesses dedicated to advancing the science, technology and innovation of the Bay Area, the state and the nation. It is a program of the Bay Area Economic Forum, which is co-sponsored by the Bay Area Council and the Association of Bay Area Governments.

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