General Electric CEO to Address Clemson University Restoration Institute Energy Summit

December 2, 2009

GREENVILLE, SC – December 2, 2009 – The Clemson University Restoration Institute will host one of the energy industry’s top executives at a Dec. 8 energy summit that is expected to help shape South Carolina’s energy future.

Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric, will be the keynote speaker for a “Summit on Renewable Energy: South Carolina Job Opportunities in the Green Economy.”

The summit is hosted with GE Energy.

The meeting will help lay the groundwork for a potential renewable energy cluster, establish public policy and foster partnerships in South Carolina that could create thousands of jobs from the Upstate to the Lowcountry.

The summit is by invitation only and will be held at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).

The public can watch the summits via the Internet at by clicking on the live video link.

Keynote speaker Immelt is the ninth chairman of GE, a position he has held since 2001. He has held several global leadership positions since joining GE in 1982, including roles in the company’s plastics, appliance and medical businesses. In 1989, he became an officer of GE and joined the GE Capital Board in 1997. In 2000 he was appointed president and chief executive officer.

Immelt is a member of The Business Council and sits on the board of the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

The summit will feature a series of roundtable discussions covering job creation, technology and policy and incentives.

Panelists will include Nick Rigas, director of the renewable energy focus area at the Restoration Institute; Joe Taylor, secretary of the S.C. Department of Commerce; Sen. Paul Campbell, chairman of the state Wind Feasibility Legislative Committee; and Jim Turner, chief operating officer of Duke Energy.

The day includes a tour of GE Energy’s manufacturing plant.