Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Stephen Walz, Senior Advisor for Energy Policy in Governor Timothy Kaine's Office to Open Virginia Clean Energy Summit in South Boston, VA

Stephen A. Walz, Senior Advisor for Energy Policy in the Office of Governor Timothy Kaine and Director of the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), will open the upcoming “Show Me the Energy Money” energy summit on Wednesday, July 15 at 9:00 a.m. at Riverstone Technology Park in South Boston. He will bring central focus to the discussion of opportunities for businesses and residents in Virginia to leverage the Governor's plans for energy, as well as the Tobacco Commission's plans for commercialization of emerging clean and renewable energy technologies.

Mr. Walz provides energy policy analysis and advice to the Office of the Governor and oversees state mine safety and mine environmental programs, state geologic services, and energy efficiency services at the DMME. He directs implementation of the Virginia Energy Plan, is Chair of the Governor’s Energy Policy Advisory Council, and served on the Governor’s Commission on Climate Change.

Mr. Walz has 29 years experience in program management, policy, and administrative duties at DMME. Prior to joining Virginia state government, Mr. Walz worked in energy and community development programs in Missouri and Nebraska. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.

So far this year, nearly $300 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds have been allocated to Virginia for energy-related programs, including $94 million for weatherization, $75 million for the Jefferson Laboratory, $70 million for the State Energy Program and $60 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants.

The programs to be supported by these federal funds will create or preserve jobs, reduce consumption of energy from conventional sources, increase production of renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy costs. "In Virginia, we have dedicated 2009 as our Year of Energy and the Environment, and these funds could not come at a more appropriate time," said Virginia Governor Tim Kaine. "This money will not only help Virginians adopt efficient energy practices and technologies, it will also go a long way towards creating and maintaining jobs for many Virginians."

“Show Me The Energy Money” summit dates are Tuesday, July 14, from 4:00pm-8:30pm at Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center and Wednesday, July 15, from 8:00am-4:30pm at Riverstone Technology Park in South Boston VA. Joining Mr. Walz are Drew Bond, Vice President, Battelle; Katherine Hamilton President, Gridwise Alliance; Henry McGuire, Vice President, Tetra Tech; Timothy Cook, Vice President, Alion Science and Technology; Charles Bonnucceli, Partner, Argy, Witse & Robinson, PC, and; James F. Groelinger, Executive Director, Clean Energy Alliance.

Registration is $225 and includes Summit presentations, Opening Welcome Reception and Dinner at Berry Hill Resort on July 14, and Presentations, Breakfast and Lunch at Riverstone Technology Park on July 15. To register and for additional information, please visit online at or call the Incubator Offices at 434-575-7766.

Show Me The Energy Money!

Tuesday, July 14, 4:00pm - 8:30pm - Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center
Wednesday, July 15, 8:00am - 4:30pm – Riverstone Technology Park

South Boston, Virginia

Hosted by

The Virginia Clean Energy Incubator

A Program of the Virginia Tech Modeling and Simulation Center for Collaborative Technologies

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