Center for Strategic Communication

Panel Four: Powering the Future – Prospects for Fusion Energy


September 30th, 2014
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: 1100 New York Avenue, NW 7th Floor, West Tower


Join ASP and our panelists in a discussion about the next generation of energy technology and climate policy.


Fusion energy is real, and it is happening now. Through the cooperation of national and international governments, universities and organization, we are seeing the safest and cleanest form of energy becoming a global reality. As with biofuels, renewables and other energy technologies, fusion energy funding is also in dire need of assistance.

Our panelists will discuss how fusion energy works, what makes it the safest and cleanest form of energy that we can pursue, how government and private sector investment is making it a viable energy option, and the possible timeframes for “plugging into the grid.”



Chair: Kate Ling

Kate LingKatherine Ling is the Technology and Innovation Reporter for Greenwire, the flagship publication of Environment and Energy Publishing LLC. She covers energy research and development, energy policy, Congress, the Energy Department and other relevant federal agencies. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, Greeley Tribune and The Daily Herald. She graduated with a B.A. in Humanities from Yale University and M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.



Panelist: Andrew Holland

Andrew Holland  is the American Security Project’s Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate. He is a Washington-based expert on energy, climate change, and infrastructure policy. Prior to moving into the Think Tank world, he was a Legislative Assistant on Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure for United States Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska from 2006 through 2008.  He also has experience working in the US House of Representatives for the House Ways and Means Committee and the Office of Congresswoman Roukema. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a  Bachelor’s Degree in History and Economics from Wake Forest University in North                                                                                      Carolina.

Panelist: Nathan Gilliland

Nathan GillilandNathan Gilliland is the Chief Executive Officer of General Fusion Inc. From 2008 until the end of 2012, Nathan was president and co-founder of Harvest Power, a renewable energy company that turns organic waste into natural gas and electricity. Prior to Harvest Power, Nathan was an investor at Bain Capital for 9 years, focusing on both leveraged buyouts and debt securities including energy investments. He was a founder of internet start-up and started his career at Bain and Company, after graduating from the University of California-Berkeley.






More information:

Conference Details :  What’s Next? Fostering the Next Generation of Energy Security Conference

Panel One: Natural Gas/LNG – Using American Resources and Know-How to Build a World Market

Panel Two: Renewable Transportation – Policy Options to Break the Oil Monopoly

Panel Three: Energy Technology of Tomorrow –  how can Government foster that innovation?

Panel Four: Powering the Future – Prospects for Fusion Energy


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