Natural Gas & Renewables: Finding Synergies for Growth

 Clean Tech Nation Briefing Series

Clean Tech Nation

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The clean-tech marketplace is rapidly changing – making reliable updates on the latest issues and breakthroughs critical. To help our subscribers keep abreast of these changes, Clean Edge has launched the Clean Tech Nation Briefing Series, a groundbreaking series of online webinar discussions to inform industry stakeholders on the most important clean-tech developments. Leveraging Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder’s book, Clean Tech Nation: How the U.S. Can Lead in the New Global Economy, and incorporating expertise from leading industry experts, each session is designed to highlight real-world lessons, best practices, and actionable market trends and developments. 

Recent Webinar – Natural Gas & Renewables: Finding Synergies for Growth
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Last year renewables and natural gas combined represented more than 80 percent of new electricity capacity additions in the U.S. Indeed, for America, old king coal and once mighty nuclear as a percent of total generation are on the decline as both natural gas and renewables rise. But can renewables and natural gas find a way to work together as the U.S. energy mix inexorably shifts to these lower carbon options?

Join us for a lively interactive conversation as we explore a host of issues and questions. For example, how will low-cost natural gas reserves impact future renewables development? What’s the right role for renewable energy standards and subsidies in the support of renewables? And can renewables and natural gas industries find synergies that don’t impede, but enhance, their mutual growth? Join Clean Edge Managing Director, Ron Pernick, in conversation with Doug Arent, Executive Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, NREL; Don Furman, Chairman, The Wind Energy Foundation and former SVP, Iberdrola Renewables; and Michael Butler, Chairman and CEO, Cascadia Capital. 

You won't want to miss this exclusive Clean Edge webinar co-hosted with Cascadia Capital. 


Doug ArentDoug Arent
Executive Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, NREL
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Doug Arent is Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He specializes in strategic planning and financial analysis competencies; clean energy technologies and energy and water issues; and international and governmental policies. In addition to his NREL responsibilities, Arent is Sr. Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Arent was appointed as a Coordinating Lead Author for the 5th Assessment Report of the Nobel Prize Winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and serves on the National Research Council Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program. He is a member of Policy Subcommittee of the National Petroleum Council Study on Prudent Development of North America Natural Gas and Oil Resources, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Steering Committee on Social Science and the Alternative Energy Future. Arent is, a Member of the Keystone Energy Board and serves on the Advisory Council of the Smart Cities Council.
Arent served from 2008 to 2010 on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change, and also served on the Executive Council of the U.S. Association of Energy Economists. Prior to coming to his current position, Arent was Director of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL from 2006-1010. Prior to joining NREL, he was a management consultant to clean-energy companies, providing strategy, development and market counsel. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and an MBA from Regis University.

Michael ButlerMichael Butler
Chairman and CEO, Cascadia Capital 

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The co-founder of Cascadia Capital, Michael Butler leads the firm and the firm’s Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Technologies practice. In addition, he is focused on the strategic direction and growth of the firm. Butler has been involved in over 100 transactions while at Cascadia Capital.
Prior to co-founding Cascadia Capital, Butler served as a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers responsible for global equity sales and equity syndicate. He also served on the firm's Equity Commitment Committee, Equity Syndicate Committee and Private Equity Commitment Committee. Before joining Lehman Brothers, Butler was a Principal with Morgan Stanley & Company, where he was responsible for divisional global product and risk management and was a member of the division's Operating Committee. He has been involved in numerous equity financing transactions for both public and private companies.


Don FurmanDon Furman
Chairman, The Wind Energy Foundation
Former SVP, Iberdola Renewables
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Don Furman is an independent management consultant and currently chairs the board of the Wind Energy Foundation. He most recently was Senior Vice President for External Affairs with Iberdrola Renewables, the world’s largest owner and operator of renewable electric generation. While at Iberdrola he had responsibility for a number of functions, including development, transmission, government and regulatory affairs, and communications. He is also the former Chair of the American Wind Energy Association. Previous to Iberdrola, Don was a Senior Vice President with PacifiCorp for ten years in a variety of senior executive roles, including external affairs, regulation, government affairs, transmission, mergers and acquisitions, and power marketing. Earlier in his career, was a Senior Vice President for Citizens Lehman Power LP, and was in the private practice of law.
Don holds a BA in economics from Northwestern University and a JD from Lewis and Clark Law School. He resides in Portland, Oregon.

Ron PernickRon Pernick 
Session Moderator
Managing Director, Clean Edge
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Ron Pernick is founder and managing director of clean-tech research and advisory firm Clean Edge and the coauthor of two books on clean-tech business and innovation, Clean Tech Nation (HarperCollins, 2012) and The Clean Tech Revolution (HarperCollins, 2007). At Clean Edge he has coauthored more than two dozen reports on clean technologies, markets, and policies and oversees the firm’s research, event production, index publishing, and advisory services. He has taught MBA-level courses at Portland State University and New College, is widely quoted in the media, and is a regular speaker at industry events in the U.S. and abroad. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two children.


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