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Department of Energy official to speak June 3 at NMSU’s Re-Energize America conference

June 1, 2010 by Mark Cramer NMSU News Center

Matt Rogers, senior advisor to the Secretary of Energy for the Recovery Act, has been added to the agenda of New Mexico State University’s Re-Energize America conference, set for June 3-4 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. Rogers will be the keynote speaker at the close of the day June 3. He will speak at 5:15 p.m.

As senior advisor to the Secretary of Energy for the Recovery Act, Rogers has responsibility for the Department of Energy’s $36.7 billion in Recovery Act appropriations. According to the DOE, these funds should support some $100 billion in projects in energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy infrastructure, carbon capture, energy and basic science and environment cleanup.

“I’m very excited to have Matt Rogers join us for this conference to discuss job creation through innovation. Creating jobs for our country is a top priority and many of those new jobs can come from the renewable energy industry,” said U.S. Rep. Harry Teague, who for the second consecutive year is honorary chair of the event. “The Recovery Act has made hundreds of sustainable energy industry jobs possible here in southern New Mexico and is key in continuing to build both our economy and domestic energy production. Keeping our country at the forefront of innovation and a leader in the energy field is exactly what this conference was created for.”

Rogers was previously a senior partner in McKinsey and Company’s San Francisco office. There he led their American petroleum practice as well as their North American electric power and natural gas practice. He has spent more than 20 years consulting globally with leading oil companies and utilities.

Rogers played a leading role in developing McKinsey’s perspectives on global energy supply and demand and greenhouse gas abatement economics. He served the Obama presidential transition team in a special effort to develop opportunities to reduce the cost and increase renewables content in federal energy procurement.

“Re-Energize America: Short-Term Plan for Long-Term Energy Independence,” gives attendees the opportunity to actively engage leaders in government, industry and academia about issues key to America’s energy future, particularly with regard to jobs. The conversation will go beyond policy discussions, with a distinct focus on how participants can develop a short-term plan for long-term sustainability.

Congressman Teague will serve as keynote speaker for the June 4 luncheon. Other speakers include Jim Ford, vice president for federal government affairs at ConocoPhillips; U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman; and Jason Pyle, CEO of Sapphire Energy. The full conference agenda may be viewed at http://energize.nmsu.edu/agenda–speakers.html.

Re-Energize America is a free conference and open to the public, but registration is required and limited to 400 participants. NMSU’s College of Engineering’s Institute for Energy and the Environment is sponsoring the conference with support from the Arrowhead Center PROSPER Project, International Relations Institute, Water Resources Research Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences. Sponsors of the conference include ConocoPhillips, Lockheed Martin, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Sapphire Energy and the Carlsbad, N.M., Department of Development.

For more information on the conference or to register, go to http://energize.nmsu.edu, or contact Karen Mikel, (575) 646-2162 or kmikel@nmsu.edu; or Aggie Saltman at (575) 646-9323 or aggie@nmsu.edu.