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TEC 2013: Powering Global Energy Security

Availability, accessibility, affordability, and acceptability: these “Four As” are at the core of global energy security. As energy demands increase around the world, the global community must balance the “Four As” while keeping up with need. Thanks to major innovations in extraction technologies, fossil fuels remain an available and affordable global asset. Yet climate change, geopolitical risk, and environmental impacts are changing the energy debate and challenging the acceptability of fossil fuels. In the short term, emerging green technologies often lack accessibility, availability, and affordability.

TEC 2013 will explore how both developing and developed countries are working to meet their energy needs, manage geopolitical risk, and ensure energy security. Through six diverse but interconnected panels, TEC 2013 will address a number of pressing questions, including:

  • What role will the U.S. energy mix have in the global energy market?
  • Should all countries be held to the same energy acceptability standards, given the lack of reliable power in developing nations and the continuing low price of fossil fuels?
  • What risks are countries willing to take to ensure energy availability?

By bringing together international policy makers, innovators, academics, and entrepreneurs, TEC 2013 will explore how to create a mix of energy resources that is environmentally, politically, and economically secure.