China, the West, and the Challenge of Alternative Energy Innovation Workshop Agenda


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Thursday, June 26


08:30am – 09:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
09:00am – 09:10am Welcome and opening remarks from Adam Posen, President, Peterson Institute for Economics (5 minutes) and Conference Organizers Inês Azevedo, Carnegie Mellon University and Lee Branstetter, Carnegie Mellon University, NBER, and Peterson Institute (5 minutes)
  Session 1: Alternative Energy Innovation and Development in China
09:10am – 10:10am David Popp, Syracuse University and NBER, “The Importance of Spillovers for Green Technology Innovation: Evidence from Wind and Solar in China[Paper 1] [Paper 2] [Presentation]
10:10am – 10:20am Break and informal discussion
10:20am – 11:20am Yuan Zhou, Tsinghua University, “Innovation Paths in the Chinese Wind Power Industry[Paper] [Presentation]
11:20am – 11:30am Break and informal discussion
11:30am – 12:30pm Lee Branstetter, “Too Fast, Too Soon? The Rise of the Chinese Wind Power Industry[Paper] [Presentation]
Session 2: Towards a Global Market for Clean Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges
12:30pm – 01:30pm Lunch
12:45pm – 01:00pm Lunchtime Presentation (1): Cathleen Cimino, Peterson Institute, “Trade Frictions in Alternative Energy:  A Background Report.[Presentation]
01:00pm – 01:15pm Lunchtime Presentation (2): Meera Fickling, ECODIT, “Alternative Energy and Local Content Requirements:  The Case of India.[Presentation]
01:30pm – 02:30pm Roundtable Discussion: Trade Frictions in Alternative Energy Industries [Paper]
Chair:  Jeffrey Schott, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Remarks by:
John Smirnow, Vice President, Solar Energy Industries Association
Edward Steinfeld, Brown University
Jacob Kierkegaard, Peterson Institute
02:30pm – 02:40pm Break and informal discussion
Session 3: Financial, Technological, and Policy Challenges in Alternative Energy
02:40pm – 03:40pm Promoting Alternative Energy in the United States:  Progress and Challenges
Presentation by Minh Le, Director, Solar Energy Technologies Office, U.S. Dep. of Energy
03:40pm – 03:50pm Break and informal discussion
03:50pm – 04:50pm Ramana Nanda, Harvard Business School and NBER, “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy[Paper] [Presentation]
04:50pm – 05:00pm Review of the agenda for June 27
07:00pm Conference DinnerMorton’s Steakhouse, 1050 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC 20036, 202-955-5997

Friday, June 27

Session 3: Financial, Technological, and Policy Challenges in Alternative Energy (cont.)
08:30am – 09:00am Continental Breakfast
09:00am – 09:50am Inês Azevedo, Carnegie Mellon University, “Recent Developments in Energy Policy in the U.S., Europe and China
09:50am – 10:00am Break and informal discussion
10:00am – 11:00am Valerie Karplus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Patterns of Innovation in China’s Energy Sector[Paper] [Presentation]
11:00am – 11:10am Break and informal discussion
11:10am – 12:00pm General Roundtable Discussion: Where Do We Go From Here?
Chair: Ines Azevedo
12:00pm – 01:30pm Public Panel Luncheon: China, the West, and the Alternative Energy Innovation Challenge
Luncheon Panelists:
Gilbert Metcalf, Professor of Economics, Tufts University, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and the Environment, U.S. Treasury Department [Presentation]
Lee Branstetter, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Carnegie Mellon University, and former Senior Economist for International Trade and Investment, Council of Economic Advisers, Executive Office of the President
Granger Morgan, Thomas Lord University Professor of Engineering, and Department Head of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University [Presentation]
01:30pm Adjourn