Funding an Energy Revolution? Ethanol and Energy Security
In response to member demand, the Council has begun a new series focusing on energy and the available options for increasing U.S. energy security. Given finite federal resources, the decisions made by venture capitalists will be critical in helping to determine the range of energy alternatives available. Over the next few months, meetings will examine both the technology behind and politics of the global energy challenge. In this first installment, join venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, who has poured millions into cleantech ventures and has led a wave of investment in the sector, to discuss the viability of the ethanol option.
Panacea or Pipe Dream? Energy Policy and the Search for Alternatives: Session II: Energy Alternatives in the Market
John Bryson and Vijay Vaitheeswaran discuss the technology options in the market, highlighting the weakness of the U.S. electric grid, the importance of conservation and efficiency, and the prospects for ethanol, wind, and solar as leading alternative energy sources.
Watch T. Boone Pickens outline the future of U.S. energy policy and his campaign to promote the "Pickens Plan," which calls for increased use of domestic energy products such as wind and natural gas to lower U.S. dependence on foreign oil by more than fifty percent over the next ten years.