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United States Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy James Markowsky

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Assistant secretary for fossil energy to address challenges of coal

United States Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy James Markowsky will be keynoting a two-day conference on advanced energy Oct. 18-19 at Ohio University’s Walter Hall.

The event, titled “Advanced Energy – Investing in our Future,” aims to accelerate commercialization for local businesses in the advanced energy field and provide opportunities to network with venture capitalists looking for potential investments.

The conference is hosted by TechGROWTH Ohio, a resource for technologically-innovative companies in the Athens area.

While the event caters to entrepreneurs in the advanced energy field, TechGROWTH Ohio Director John Glazer describes the event as the “perfect blend of local opportunities with national priorities,” assuring that concerned residents, educators and students alike will benefit from the seminar.

Opening day of this year’s advanced energy conference will feature company showcases, an opportunity for local businesses to pitch their services to potential investors.

The second day will include presentations from special guests with experience in the alternative energy field. Panel discussions will cover topics ranging from changes in federal incentives and energy policy to the venture capitalist perspective on the alternative energy field.

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis will join Congressman Charlie Wilson, of the Sixth Congressional District of Ohio, in offering opening remarks. In his keynote, Markowsky will address the challenges of coal in a carbon-constrained future.

In his role as assistant secretary for fossil energy, Markowsky provides the energy secretary with policy advice on all issues related to federal coal, oil and natural gas programs, as well as leading research and development in these areas.  He also serves as the co-chair for the White House Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage and manages the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the Home Heating Oil Reserve, and the Fossil Energy organization.

Prior to his appointment as the 11th assistant secretary for fossil energy, Markowsky was a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on America’s Energy Future, and chair of the National Academy of Engineering’s Electric Power/Energy Systems Committee. The recipient of several awards, including the Washington Coal Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award, he attended Cornell University and holds a master’s degree and doctorate in mechanical engineering.

TechGROWTH Ohio is located at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. As an Entrepreneurial Signature Program, TechGROWTH Ohio is funded by the Third Frontier Initiative, a $1.6 billion Ohio Department of Development project.

TechGROWTH Ohio aims to advance early-stage businesses in four signature areas: digital interactive media, bio-sciences, bio-agriculture and advanced energy. A partnership with Ohio University’s Edison Biotechnology Institute, OHIO’s Innovation Center, Adena Ventures, the East Central Ohio Tech Angel Fund (ECOTAF), and OSU South Centers, TechGROWTH Ohio has been successful in creating and retaining jobs as well as infusing capital into local businesses such as Global Cooling, GhostBlind, Toobla, Inc., and Intelliwave.

To register for the advanced energy conference, click here.