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Clean-Tech Investor Summit Features Industry Luminaries

Clean Edge and IBF host exclusive forum for learning about the newest drivers for the clean-tech economy, guests include Duke Energy,, Tesla Motors, and Wal-Mart.

Elon Musk
One person featured at this event is Elon Musk, Chairman of Tesla Motors and SolarCity and founder of PayPal and SpaceX
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(PORTLAND, Ore. and MASSAPEQUA, N.Y.) - Research and publishing firm Clean Edge, Inc. and conference organizer International Business Forum (IBF), today announced the confirmed speaker line-up for their 4th Annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit ( taking place February 6th and 7th, 2008 in Palm Springs, Calif. The Summit is recognized as the premier event for networking with the clean-tech industry's earliest movers and foremost visionaries. This year's agenda includes entrepreneurs, policy leaders, and corporate officers whose companies are increasingly looking to play crucial roles in developing technologies, enabling markets, and bringing new opportunities to scale. BP, Cisco Systems, and Wal-Mart will be among the corporations represented.

Agenda highlights also include:

-- Elon Musk, Chairman of Tesla Motors and SolarCity and founder of PayPal and SpaceX, who will engage in a fireside chat with Technology Partners' Ira Ehrenpreis, the Clean-Tech Investor Summit Chairman.

-- John Podesta, Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress and former Chief of Staff to President Clinton, who will give an insider's view of federal energy policy.

-- Dan Reicher, Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives at and former U.S. Assistant Energy Secretary, who will discuss breakthrough opportunities in clean energy and the role of Google in advancing clean-tech development.

-- Jim Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy and Jeff Sterba, CEO of PNM Resources are expected to have a candid conversation about renewable energy and smart grid technologies.

-- Dan Kammen, professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley and Christine Ervin, former president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Green Building Council, will give insider views, along with other panelists, on the carbon trading and green building markets.

"We are at a decisive point in the development of clean-tech markets, and 2008 will be a critical year for making smart decisions and for taking sound actions to move the opportunities forward," said Ron Pernick, co-producer of the Clean-Tech Investor Summit, co-author of The Clean-Tech Revolution and co- founder and principal of Clean Edge, Inc. "Our 4th Annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit will be extremely valuable to anyone who wants to play a role in an exploding new economy."

Clean-tech investing in the U.S. in 2006 reached $2.7 billion across a range of sectors including renewable and distributed energy, advanced materials, transportation, and water purification and management. Final numbers for 2007 are expected to be even larger. The Summit acts as a launch pad for a year that will see clean-tech become a bipartisan issue in Washington, an imperative in every corporate boardroom, and an increasing socially conscious issue for consumers.

"We are only just beginning to witness how innovation and technology in this sector are tackling some of the most fundamental global issues of the 21st century," said Ira Ehrenpreis, general partner with Technology Partners and Clean-Tech Investor Summit chairman. "There's an unprecedented opportunity to create a greener future for investors and the world alike."

This year's Summit sponsors include: Deloitte; Jefferies & Co.; Morrison & Foerster; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Comerica; Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Heller Ehrman LLP; Hobbs & Towne; Pacific Growth Equities; SpencerStuart; Stoel Rives LLP; Benaroya Companies; Goldman Sachs; Lazard; Mintz Levin; Morgan Lewis; Moss-Adams LLP; Page One PR; PiperJaffray; and Sonnenschein Venture Technology.

To learn more about the event and to register, please visit Due to the overwhelming success and growth of the conference, the organizers are capping attendance at 500 delegates to ensure the quality and intimacy of the event.

About Clean Edge, Inc.

Clean Edge, Inc., with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, Oregon, is a leading research and publishing firm that helps companies, investors, and policymakers understand and profit from clean technologies. Through its publications and events, Clean Edge tracks and analyzes clean-tech markets, trends, and opportunities.

In May 2006, the company launched the NASDAQ Clean Edge US Index(R) which tracks US-listed clean-energy companies. Founded in 2000 by environmental and high-tech business pioneers Ron Pernick and Joel Makower, Clean Edge and its network of partners and affiliates offer unparalleled intelligence and insight into the clean-tech space. For more information visit

About IBF

International Business Forum presents financial and business conferences on venture capital, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategic investing, defined contribution/401(k) plans, risk management, funding technology innovation, and commercialization of intellectual property. IBF conferences provide attendees with leading-edge information and new business contacts to achieve business objectives. Visit for more details and complete information on upcoming events.

To register, contact IBF (Cathy Fenn) at (516) 765-9005, Ext. 210 or e- mail: Don't forget to use discount code S-PRCT to receive your special discount of $200 off the general registration rate of $1,695.

Source: Press release from International Business Forum

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