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Governor Bill Richardson to Speak at 2011 International Green Energy Economy Conference

GOVERNOR BILL RICHARDSON TO SPEAK AT GREEN ENERGY ECONOMY CONFERENCE

The Honorable Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico from 2002-2010, will be the banquet speaker at the 2011 INTERNATIONAL GREEN ENERGY ECONOMY CONFERENCE, July 28-29, 2011 in the Washington DC area.

Registration is still available for the conference organized by the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL), and the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) at the University of Delaware, in collaboration with the Korea Energy Economics Institute (KEEI), a government think tank responsible for preparing and executing the Korean government’s climate action plan. Register at www.greenenergyeconomy.org.

Governor Richardson made New Mexico the “Clean Energy State” by requiring that utilities meet 20% of New Mexico’s electrical demand from renewable sources; established a Renewable Energy Transmission Authority to deliver New Mexico’s world-class renewable resources to market; and created a Green Jobs Cabinet.  He also co-founded the Western Climate Initiative regional cap-and-trade effort.

Prior to being elected governor, Bill Richardson enjoyed a very successful and fulfilling career in public service, academia and the private sector - few can match his wide-ranging experience and his level of dedication to protecting the rights and improving the quality of life of people in New Mexico, the United States and around the world.

In 2008, Governor Richardson sought the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Governor Richardson served for 15 years in northern New Mexico representing the 3rd Congressional District. Governor Richardson served in 1997 as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and in 1998, he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.

While a congressman, Richardson served as a special envoy on many sensitive international missions. He successfully won the release of hostages, American servicemen, and prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, Cuba and Sudan. Governor Richardson has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Governor Richardson recently joined the NCSE Board of Directors. Governor Richardson currently serves as chairman of APCO Worldwide’s executive advisory service Global Political Strategies (GPS).  In January 2011, Richardson was named Special Envoy for the Organization of American States (OAS).

The conference will examine the promise, prospects and pathways to a green energy economy. Internationally renowned speakers will discuss issues including green technologies, financing, and policy strategies, and will present examples of transformation at the level of cities, states and nations.

The conference fee of $220 includes two days of conference admission, conference program and materials, two luncheons, an evening reception and the banquet where Governor Richardson will speak. Register today at www.greenenergyeconomy.org.

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