February 2012, Volume 16, Number 1

Powerful Partnerships

Meeting the World’s Energy Needs

Bringing together renewable energy experts and political leaders from around the globe, Miami Dade College recently hosted Only Sustainable, the Second International Conference on Clean Energy. The three-day conference, considered to be the most important gathering on renewable energy in the U.S., Latin America and Europe, attracted more than 300 people for discussions on key issues, including regulation, public policy and the latest technologies.

Wide-Ranging Impact

The future of energy in Florida is not only important to energy producers and utility providers. Energy touches every industry, business and consumer, according to experts in the field who led panel discussions at the conference.

Notable speakers included Francisco Xavier Salazar Díez de Sollano, chairman of Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission; Ambassador María Cristina Barrios Almazor from Spain and Luis Jesús Sánchez de Tembleque, director of the National Energy Commission of Spain; Florida Public Service Commission Chair Ronald Brisé; and Manuel “Manny” A. Mencía Sr., senior vice president at Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Organized in conjunction with Madrid Network’s Energy Cluster and Casa de Madrid, and in collaboration with Enterprise Florida, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the Consulate and Trade Commission of Spain in Miami, the conference highlighted innovative energy solutions. Spain, for example, is a leading world producer of wind power and commercial solar energy power. Latin America’s market scale and public policies are rapidly moving the industry forward. And the United States aims to double its renewable energy production in the next several years.

Vital MDC Leadership

Based on the success of the conference, Only Sustainable Director Javier P. Palencia is already working on the third conference.

Miami Dade College’s acclaimed leadership on environmental issues encompasses diverse endeavors, including green-jobs training for students and professionals already working in the industry, environmental literacy courses and the development of environmental curricula that have served as a model for other institutions of higher education around the country.


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