From the nation’s leaders to everyday citizens, the quest to shape a national clean energy policy in this election year is igniting participation on all levels in our country.

We’ll track some of these efforts and the people involved in them here on our Helio blog. If you know of others and want them included in the dialogue please send me an email at [email protected].

Big hitters weighted in over the last couple of weeks moving the discussion forward in the media.

Last week, Al Gore issued a visionary call to the American public:

“Today I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years.

This goal is achievable, affordable and transformative. It represents a challenge to all Americans – in every walk of life: to our political leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, engineers, and to every citizen.”

For the full speech click here. His site, We Can Solve The Climate Crisis. includes quotes and comments by many leaders and experts.

Earlier this month, T. Boone Pickens launched The Pickens Energy Plan.

“Every year we send $700 billion out of the United States to pay for imported oil. Now foreign oil is at the core of the three most critical issues America is facing today: the economy, our environment and our national security.

On January 20th, 2009, a new President will take office. We’re organizing behind the Pickens Plan now to ensure our voices will be heard by the next administration. Together we can raise a call for change and set a new course for America’s energy future in the first hundred days of the new presidency — breaking the hammerlock of foreign oil and building a new domestic energy future for America with a focus on sustainability.”

More on the Pickens plan and T. Boone Pickens, a McCain supporter, can be found, here.

The Barack Obama campaign called citizens together for its “Listening to America” program to submit policy for the Democratic platform. The unprecedented effort, which began July 19, gives voice to American citizens’ concerns and priorities around issues of interest, including energy, in this election year. For more information on this program, click here.

And upcoming…
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Unifies the nation’s leaders at the upcoming National Clean Energy Summit. Announced July 21, this summit will convene August 19 bringing together “industry leaders, scientists and policy experts to define an agenda that accelerates the development of renewable energy, energy-efficiency technologies and robust clean energy markets throughout the nation and world.”

Joining Senator Reid are panel and participants including political leaders: Pres. Bill Clinton; NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg; AZ Gov. Janet Napolitano; CO Gov. Bill Ritter; NV Sen. Randolph Townsend; Congresswoman Hilda Solis, 32nd Dist. Calif.; NV Sen. Dina Titus; Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer, Pres. U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Business leaders John Podesta, Pres./CEO Center for American Progress Action Fund; David B. Ashley, UNLV President; Robert Rubin, former Treasury Secretary and Pres. Citigroup; T. Boone Pickens; Jim Murren, Pres./COO MGM MIRAGE; Leo Gerard, Pres. United Steelworkers; Edward Mazria, Founder Architecture 2030; Neal Skiver, SVP Energy Services for Bank of America Public Capital Corp.; Jon Creyts, Principal McKinsey Global.

Green Energy Sector leaders and authorities: Somer Hollingsworth, Pres./CEO Nevada Development Authority; Ian Rogoff, Chairman/Trustee Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization; Jon Wellinghoff, Commissioner Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Dr. Steven Chu, Dir. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Dr. David Overskei, Pres. Decision Factors.

Ian Rogoff is the Chairman & CEO of the HelioGroup, with affiliated companies Helio Energy Solutions, HelioEMS and Helio Micro Utility.

For more information on the National Clean Energy Summit, go here. The full agenda is available online.