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Unlocking Investment in the Clean Energy Economy: How Energy Reform Legislation on the State and Federal Level Could Cut the Cost of Green Power

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | 04:10 PM

Reed Hundt
CEO, Coalition for Green Capital
Yale Law School, Room 127; 127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT
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The Yale Environmental Law Association is hosting leading energy strategists in New Haven for a discussion on clean technology legislative reform and investment strategies Wednesday, April 20.

“Unlocking Investment in the Clean Energy Economy,” will include a keynote address by Connecticut’s Commissioner of Environmental Protection Daniel Esty and Reed Hundt, Coalition for Green Capital CEO. A panel discussion will follow featuring Richard Kauffman, chairman of Levi Strauss & Co and CEO of Cofra Holdings AG, Ken Berlin, general counsel and secretary to Coalition for Green Capital, and Michael Gergen, partner and member of the Energy Regulatory and Markets group at Latham & Watkins.

“Reed Hundt and the Coalition for Green Capital have laid out a bold new vision to spur investment in green energy in a way that draws bipartisan support,” said Miles Farmer, a Yale law student and event organizer. “The Coalition has stepped into an area where there was previously political pessimism, offering a clear path to lower regulatory barriers, increase market competition, and create a more stable investment climate for clean energy.”

At the event, Dan Esty, recently named head of Connecticut’s DEP, will explain how these new proposals to cut the cost of green energy will affect state-level development, Reed Hundt will look at their potential to change the way energy is financed, and the panel of distinguished experts will examine their chance of passage and the mechanics of how they work.

“Unlocking Investment in the Clean Energy Economy” is free and open to the public. It starts at 4:10 PM at Yale Law School, Room 127; 127 Wall Street. A reception will follow in the Alumni Reading Room.

Daniel Esty is the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University, presently on leave to serve as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Professor Esty is the author or editor of 10 books, including Green to Gold and the Green to Gold Business Playbook, as well as numerous articles on environment and trade, global governance, competitiveness, security, and development issues.

Reed Hundt is the CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital, a non-profit based out of Washington, DC, as well as Principal of REH Advisors, an advisory firm serving private firms. He is Chair of the Aspen Institute’s International Digital Economy Accord (IDEA) Project and was a member of President Barack Obama’s Transition Team where he was the economic agency review group head. His publications include In China’s Shadow: The Crisis of American Entrepreneurship (2006) and You Say You Want A Revolution: A Story of Information Age Politics (2000).

For more information on the event, contact Miles Farmer at 505.310.9191 or miles.farmer@gmail.com. For more information on the Coalition for Green Capital contact Sarah Davidson at 202.577.1605 or sarahdavidson635@gmail.com.

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