How will we power our cities in the future? Investment in efficiency, renewables, energy management, and new technologies is needed, but state and federal budgets face funding challenges. As local officials rethink urban energy use for a new century, they have to grapple with the high upfront costs of retrofitting buildings both public and private. At the same time, new technologies and business models offer urban dwellers fresh options for meeting their energy needs. The Atlantic and National Journal will convene a panel of key voices from the nation's cities and leading industries to discuss strategies for reducing energy consumption, increasing efficiency and powering the cities of the future.
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Molly Ball is a staff writer covering U.S. politics at The Atlantic.
Marv Fertel is president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute. He has 35 years of experience consulting for electric utilities on issues related to designing, siting, licensing and managing both fossil and nuclear plants.
He has worked in executive positions with such organizations as Ebasco, Management Analysis Company and Tenera. In November 1990, he joined the U.S. Council for Energy Awareness as vice president of Technical Programs. With the formation of NEI in 1994, he became NEI's vice president of Nuclear Economics and Fuel Supply.
Mr. Fertel was named senior vice president and chief nuclear officer in 2003. In that role, he was responsible for leading NEI's programs related to ensuring an effective and safety-focused regulatory process. He directed industrywide efforts to ensure adequate security is provided at nuclear power plants and to address generic technical issues related to commercial nuclear facilities.
He also led NEI's activities related to the long-term management of used nuclear fuel, including achieving success in the U.S. government's program for the storage and ultimate disposal of used nuclear fuel.
Margaret "Pegeen" Hanrahan was the mayor of Gainesville, Florida, her native city, from 2004 through 2010. Described by The Nation as a "vegetarian, bike-riding environmentalist", Hanrahan has been active in politics since she was a teenager.
The Honorable Dave McCurdy
Dave McCurdy joined the American Gas Association (AGA) as president and chief executive officer in February of 2011. He previously served for four years as president and chief executive officer of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Prior to his work at the Alliance, Rep. McCurdy was the president and chief executive officer of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA); before his tenure at EIA, he spent 14 years in the House of Representatives as the member from the Fourth Congressional District of Oklahoma.
As Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law, Roger Platt is responsible for managing policy and legal aspects related to the increasingly global adoption of the LEED green building certification program. Platt's role includes managing an international portfolio of policy development relationships, including the World Green Building Council Policy Committee and the United Nations Environment Programme, among others, supporting policy initiatives in countries where LEED is becoming the dominant rating system tool for delivering high performance buildings.
Platt also oversees USGBC's proactive engagement in U.S. Policy and legislation development among federal and state agencies, on the Hill, in state capitals, city halls and county commissions across the country, as well as through the alliances USGBC has forged with other NGOs and public-private initiatives. This includes advancing USGBC's views to these constituencies on the benefits of green schools, green affordable housing, sustainable communities, and mitigating the impact of buildings on climate change.
Roger Platt, Senior Vice President of Global Policy & Law at the World Green Building Council, discusses the magnitude of American energy usage on a global scale. The poorest of the United States have greater access to energy than those in the majority of developing nations. Platt argues that city mayors need to find economic incentives to entice citizens to curb energy usage.