Former President Clinton to give keynote at clean energy summit

Former President Bill Clinton will give the keynote speech at the National Clean Energy Summit 5.0 in Las Vegas, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced Wednesday.

The summit, scheduled for Aug. 7 at Bellagio, will address how offering businesses and consumers more and better energy choices will speed clean-energy growth, Reid said.

Reid founded and cosponsors the annual confab with MGM Resorts International, the Clean Energy Project, the Center for American Progress and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Also participating will be Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International; Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and former Nevada consumer advocate; Elon Musk, the founder of electric-car maker Tesla; Leo Gerard, president of United Steelworkers International; and Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association.

In panel discussions, policymakers and industry leaders will talk about immediate investments in clean power, policies to boost renewable-energy production, developing a smart electric grid and increasing the production and ownership of cars that run on alternative fuels.

Contact reporter Jennifer Robison at or 702-380-4512.

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