The inaugural Vail Global Energy Forum (VGEF) will be held March 3-4, 2012 in Beaver Creek, Colo. The Vail Valley Foundation, in conjunction with Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE) and Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC), are hosting the event to address the world's energy challenges and solutions.

The VGE is dedicated to the search for sustainable solutions to one of the most pressing issues of our era – how to produce enough clean, cost-efficient energy from reliable sources to power our global economy while we “bridge” the transition to the breakthrough renewable energy solutions of the future.  The forum will examine the combined challenges of energy supply, energy security and the impacts of energy use that will shape energy transitions now underway and in the decades to come.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will deliver the keynote remarks.  Other participants will include George P. Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of Labor and now Distinguished Fellow of Stanford's Hoover Institution; Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, Member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. 

Also attending are Dr. Dan Arvizu, Director of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the U.S. Department of Energy —the primary laboratory for the study of energy efficiencies and renewable energy technologies in Golden, CO.

Others include Jeffrey Ball, former Environment Editor of The Wall Street Journal; Tom Petrie, Vice Chairman, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Dr. Ernest Moniz, Director of the Energy Initiative at MIT; Dr. Burton Richter, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Senior Fellow at Stanford; Dr. Nathan Lewis, Director, Lewis Research Group at Caltech; Gregory Ebel, President and CEO of Spectra Energy; Tom Siebel, Founder of Siebel Systems; Bert Valdman, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Edison International; Dr. Franklin M. Orr, Director, Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford; Dr. James Sweeney, Director, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford; Dr. Sally Benson, Director, Global Climate and Energy Project, at Stanford. 

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $100 for GA and $175 for a "Signature Package." VGEF tickets are available by phone at (888) 920-ARTS(2787) or online at For information, call VPAC (970) 845-TIXS (8497) or visit

John J.P. Howley
Woodbridge, New Jersey

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