Members of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects are eligible to receive an exclusive discounted $35.00 rate for “CLEANTECH NJ 2011: The Business of Clean Technology,” a business and investor-focused conference/networking event on October 25 at the Woodbridge Hilton in Iselin, NJ. Enter code: AIANJ when registering at www.cleantechnj.com to receive 50%+ off the $75 fee, courtesy of Antenna Group.
The Keynote speaker for the event is Caren Franzini, CEO of New Jersey’s Economic Development Authority, and there will be two dynamic panels with a closing keynote from Mary Beth Brenner, assistant director of the Division of Economic Development and Energy Policy for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, who will discuss the state’s Energy Master Plan, the revision process, next steps for finalizing the plan and its working groups’ recommendations. The event is sponsored by Antenna Group, a nationally recognized strategic communications firm specializing in clean and renewable energies. Antenna is a subsidiary of Beckerman, one of the top 10 fastest-growing independent public relations agencies in the country, which also runs one of the nation’s largest real estate practices.
CLEANTECH NJ 2011 Conference Agenda Highlights
Noon – 12:15 p.m. Opening Remarks
Keith Zakheim, CEO, ANTENNA GROUP
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH/KEYNOTE
Caren Franzini, CEO, NEW JERSEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
1:30 – 1:45 p.m. BREAK
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. PANEL/New Jersey’s Dynamic Energy Future
New Jersey has established itself as a national solar leader, second only to California in installed solar capacity. This panel will examine how New Jersey can consolidate and build upon this momentum. The panel will look at the future of New Jersey’s renewable energy sector, and how it is likely to be affected by changes in market conditions, state and federal policy initiatives and financial incentives. Among questions that will be addressed are:
• What is the future of the Section 1603 Treasury Grant Program and other federal incentives?
• Program and other federal incentives?
• How will revisions to the state’s Energy Master Plan affect the solar industry?
• How has the solar industry affected job creation?
• How can the state attract more solar manufacturing? How can government facilitate the implementation of solar by streamlining codes and standards?
• How is the industry likely to be affected by new technological innovations?
• What will a mature solar industry look like?
• How can NJ evolve from a ‘solar state’ to a true clean tech R&D hub that rivals Northern California and Boston?
Co-Founder, Energy and Environment Writer, NJ SPOTLIGHT
Co-Founding and Co-Managing Partner, SORINROYERCOOPER LLC
Managing Director, SOLIS PARTNERS
Richard FX Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, MATRIX DEVELOPMENT
Sales Director, GeoGenix | SunPower
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. PANEL Q&A SESSION
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. PANEL | THE NATIONAL RENEWABLE ROADMAP: PLANNING, FUNDING, DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGIES
Billions of dollars have flowed into renewable energy investments over the past decade. As the number of cleantech firms proliferates – from solar, to wind, to alternative fuels — more and more companies are entering the fray. This panel will examine the current state of various cleantech sectors, the promise of each and what investors find attractive about companies in the space. The panel will answer such questions as:
• What are the major sectors and trends within each?
• What new technologies are on the horizon and their chances for acceptance across the country?
• How are investors making investment decisions?
Senior Vice President and General Manager
(Panelists to be confirmed)
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. PANEL Q&A SESSION
4:45 – 5:15 p.m. CLOSING KEYNOTE
Mary Beth Brenner
Assistant Director of the Division of Economic Development and Energy Policy, N.J. BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES (BPU)
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. COCKTAIL RECEPTION | NETWORKING