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Kentucky Energy Summit

Thursday, October 11, 2007
(in celebration of CAER's 30th Anniversary)
Lexington Convention Center - Lexington, Kentucky
Scheduled to begin at 8:00 am
Cost: $30.00 (includes lunch)
Open to the public

Ken Nemeth

Southern States Energy Board
Executive Director
Energy Summit Topic: The Nation's Resources and the Future

Ken Nemeth

Presentation Abstract:
This global perspective will trace international events that have a serious impact on the future of fossil energy use with particular emphasis on influences that shape America's quality of life. The growth of emerging nations and their future appetite for electricity, transportation fuels, economic development and goods and services will challenge and strain natural resource use and management in the coming decades. Yet Congress and environmental forces today are chipping away at America's ability to maintain its energy security through programs and policies designed to limit the future use of indigenous energy resources such as coal, biomass and oil shale, which are in plentiful supply. What are the energy and environmental technologies that will be needed to lead the nation through the 21st century? How can this be accomplished amid congressional stalemates and international protocols that are designed to weaken American infrastructure? What do the American people think about energy security and its role in their lives? America is at a crossroads. Will we maintain our superpower status or enable other emerging nations to become paramount?

Ken Nemeth has served as the Southern States Energy Board's Secretary and Executive Director since February 1975. He is responsible for the direction, formulation, development, demonstration, and implementation of all Board programs. This includes the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, the largest of seven regional initiatives funded by the U.S. Department of Energy with over 100 members.

During Mr. Nemeth's tenure, the Board has undertaken initiatives in a wide range of energy and environmental policy and technology areas. These include the creation of international partnerships and coalitions for clean energy, environmental protection, and economic development. His diplomatic and political skills have facilitated joint partnerships throughout the world. In the 1970's, he was responsible for developing a partnership with the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, to examine the potential for importing natural gas. During the 90's his leadership enabled the southern region to develop successful collaborative initiatives with the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Industrial Estates Authority of Thailand, and the Republic of Vietnam.

Mr. Nemeth currently serves as a member of the National Coal Council and numerous boards, organizations, task forces, and partnerships representing energy and environmental strategies and technologies. His service to the region is acclaimed with honors and awards throughout the country. Mr. Nemeth is a graduate of the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.