AUSTIN, Texas, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This November, Austin, Texas will be host to the Defense Energy Summit (DES), November 11-13, 2013 at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center.
The Defense Energy Summit convenes and converges the entire defense-energy ecosystem, focusing on the needs and solutions of energy providers, project finance sources, early and growth stage companies, defense contractors, military installations and purchasing agents.
We are pleased to announce that leaders from the Department of Defense and the Executive Office of the President have already confirmed their participation as keynote speakers at the event:
- Ms. Sharon Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, U.S. Department of Defense
- Mr. Jonathan Powers, Federal Environmental Executive, The White House
The audience will also include stakeholders and working groups building the foundation for a new Defense Energy Center of Excellence. The Summit's focus will center on this proposed initiative and how to accelerate clean energy and infrastructure solutions for the DOD across both installation and operational program needs.
"Through the Defense Energy Summit and the convened national defense leadership, we are laying the foundation for a National Defense Energy Center of Excellence," says Summit Co-Chair Joseph Kopser, Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel.
The Defense Energy Summit (DES) is currently accepting submissions into the 4th annual Defense Energy Challenge (DETC), matching top defense-targeted energy solutions with military testing and procurement opportunities. DETC is run in collaboration from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Army National Guard and installation and operational programs worldwide. Organizations with defense-related energy solutions are encouraged to submit an application by August 8th, 2013.
The Defense Energy Summit is produced by TechConnect, in partnership with the Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI).
"We are proud to be addressing the massive and complex energy needs of the U.S. military," said Dr. Matthew Laudon, Co-Chair of the Summit and Executive Director of CTSI. "The Defense Energy Summit in Austin is a direct extension of our four-year Defense Energy Challenge program in partnership with U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii, and we are excited to expand the scope of the program to global military operational energy needs, along with Texas and National energy installation initiatives."
For more information and to submit a proposal, visit: www.defenseenergy.com.
About TechConnect (www.techconnect.org):
TechConnect is a global technology outreach & development organization. Through our innovative programs and conferences, we deliver the most promising technologies to the world's top corporate, investment, and government professionals. TechConnect is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Danville, California.
About CTSI (www.ct-si.org):
The Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI) runs programs design to accelerate the commercialization of emerging clean technologies. CTSI is headquartered in Austin, TX.
Jennifer Rocha, TechConnect