Friday, April 11, 2014 | 1:21 p.m.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, chief conference sponsor Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced today.
“Secretary Clinton has been a staunch supporter of bolstering our national security and protecting our climate by deploying clean and renewable energy resources,” Reid said. “She understands the energy issues we are facing in the U.S. and around the world.”
The summit on Sept. 4 at Mandalay Bay will focus on modernizing the energy grid, reducing pollution and encouraging investment in and development of public-private clean energy partnerships.
The venue is a familiar one for Clinton, who was at Mandalay Bay on Thursday to speak to a gathering of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. Her speech was interrupted when a woman in the audience threw her shoe at Clinton.
Additional speakers for the summit will be announced closer to the event date.
In years past, the Clean Energy Summit has been a venue for local politicians, governors, energy CEOs and international investors to compare notes and solidify collaborations on new clean energy projects. Reid has regularly used the backdrop of the conference to announce new investments in clean energy projects in and around Nevada.
In 2012, Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, gave the keynote address at the Bellagio.