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Arizona Clean Energy Conference a Great Success

Arizona Clean Energy Conference a Great Success

On March 22, 2011, nearly 200 hundred people spent the day learning about and discussing clean energy in Arizona at the Clean Energy Conference presented by the Sonoran Institute and the Western Clean Energy Advocates. Other sponsors included Sun Zia, Clean Line Energy, Interwest Energy Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, SRP Power and Water, The Wilderness Society and Western Resource Advocates.

The agenda, participant list, biographies of the presenters, several of the presentations and further reading resources are available on the Sonoran Institute Website. Links are below – or you can go directly to Sonoran’s website.

This meeting served as a model of other clean energy conferences that the Western Clean Energy Advocates will be presenting throughout the West.



Participant List 


Recommended reading from the Energy Future Conference held at the Phoenix Country Club on March 22, 2011. These materials include a number of Sonoran Institute fact sheets and publications that explore energy options as well as publications from other organizations. Please click on the title of the publication in which you are interested to view and/or download. Enjoy.

Arizona Solar Energy and Economics Outlook. 2009. Prepared for Arizona Solar Energy and Economics Summit. George Frisvold, William P Patton, and Stan Reynolds.

Arizona’s Solar Energy Future – An Overview. 2010. Arizona’s Solar Energy Future Fact Sheet – #1 in a series. Sonoran Institute.

Clean Power Green Jobs Fact Sheet. 2009. Union of Concerned Scientists.

Easing the Natural Gas Crisis: Reducing natural gas prices through electricity supply diversification. 2005. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Testimony prepared for a Hearing on Power Generation Resource Incentives & Diversity Standards. Dr. Ryan Wise.

The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy. How the economic stimulus program and new legislation can boost U.S. economic growth and employment. 2009. Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Heidi Garrett-Peltier, James Heintz, and Robert Pollin.

Full Cost Accounting for the Life Cycle of Coal. 2011. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Paul R. Epstein, Jonathan J. Buonocore, Kevin Eckerle, Michael Hendryx, Benjamin M. Stout III, Richard Heinberg, Richard W. Clapp, Beverly May, Nancy L. Reinhart, Melissa M. Ahern, Samir K. Doshi, and Leslie Glustrom.

The Importance of Scale – Utility-scale vs. distributed. 2010. Arizona’s Solar Energy Future Fact Sheet – #4 in a series. Sonoran Institute.

National Solar Jobs Census 2010 – A Review of the U.S. Solar Workforce. 2010. The Solar Foundation.

Putting Renewable and Energy Efficiency to Work: How many jobs can the clean energy industry generate in the US? 2009. Energy Policy. Max Wei, Shana Patadia, and Daniel M. Kammen.

Putting Renewables to Work: How many jobs can the clean energy industry generate? 2004. University of California Berkeley Report of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. Daniel M. Kammen, Kamal Kapadia, and Matthias Fripp.

Regional Electric System Planning in the Midwest: A primer for clean energy advocates. 2011. The Project for Sustainable FERC Energy Policy; The National Resources Defense Council. Rishi Garg. 

Solar Energy and Water: Can we have both? Cooling for solar thermal power systems. 2010. Arizona’s Solar Energy Future Fact Sheet – #3 in a series. Sonoran Institute.

Solar Energy for Arizona – A look at available technologies. 2010. Arizona’s Solar Energy Future Fact Sheet – #2 in a series. Prepared by the Sonoran Institute.

Strategies for Renewable Energy Projects on Arizona’s State Trust Lands. 2011. Sonoran Institute. Peter W. Culp and Jocelyn A. Gibbon.

Utility-Scale Solar Development Scenarios for Arizona. 2010. Amanda Ormond.

Wires, Roads, and Water: Developing sustainable infrastructure on state trust land. 2011. Sonoran Institute. Peter Culp, Susan Culp, and Dan Hunting.