With the goal of advancing a U.S. Navy initiative to rely less on fossil fuels, the nonprofit CleanTech San Diego is hosting an event with the San Diego Military Advisory Council to bring together clean technology stakeholders and military brass.
On July 26, an estimated 300 stakeholders will listen to remarks from speakers booked by CleanTech San Diego and SDMAC, including Navy Region Southwest Commander Rear Adm. Dixon Smith and San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. The event is scheduled to take place at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier.
In 2010, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced his commitment to having 40 percent of the Navy’s total energy consumption be drawn from alternative energy sources by 2020.
According to Jim Waring, president and chief executive officer of CleanTech San Diego, the event will bring together the right mix of people to examine how the region can promptly aid the Navy in reaching its renewable energy goals.
“The Department of the Navy has a long history of leading energy transformations, from sail to coal to oil to nuclear power,” said SDMAC’s president, retired Rear Adm. Jim Johnson, in a statement. “This event will showcase the Navy’s long-term vision for energy security and how they will transform energy vulnerabilities into mission advantages.”
A recent economic impact study conducted by SDMAC suggests the military accounts for 25 percent of all San Diego jobs and that the region boasts the largest concentration of military forces in the world, with 67 percent of the nation’s military training airspace located in the Southwest. The study showed that the military generates for San Diego more than $32 billion in gross regional product each year. More than 800 local clean tech companies are under the umbrella of CleanTech San Diego.
Ticket prices for the event range from $10-$100.
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