The Future Is Now

Creating the Future Now

Themes & Agenda

The overall theme of the Conference is "Creating Energy Solutions". The agenda is being set to bring you the best program possible. Some of the topics you can expect to learn more about through this event include:
•    Solar & Other Renewable Energy
•    Energy Efficiency
•    Economic Development & Jobs
•    Energy Security & Reliability
•    Agriculture & Energy
•    Building Codes & the Built Environment
•    Commercial Innovations
•    Transportation
•    Community Planning & Land Use
•    Energy Policy Issues & Options
•    Partnerships for Progress

The format for the Conference is "modular": a multi-part conference with full and half day themes where participants can come and go for topics and sessions of particular interest. It began with Renewable Energy & Alternative Fuels sessions on March 23 -24 ... and will be followed by other one and two day-long events in 2016.

We're accustomed to "doing things big" and this conference follows suit. The kickoff event, Part I of the conference, was by all accounts a stellar two day event on March 23 - 24, 2016. 

Locations & E-Access
The entire event will take place as a Simulcast, with online access from anywhere by computer or mobile device ... as well as physical locations for those who prefer to attend in person. 

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), in Cocoa, FL, is the prime physical site, with live airing taking place from the Tallahassee, FL area.

The Florida Solar Energy Center is a research institute of the University of Central Florida, located on a 20-acre research complex on Florida's Space Coast at UCF's Cocoa satellite campus.
Address: 1679 Clearlake Rd, Cocoa, FL 32922.  Phone: (321) 638-1000

An exciting Energy EXPO will also take place as part of the event for those attending at FSEC for the second track.

The event has been designed to address energy needs, opportunities and models for communities and states seeking to create a brighter energy future. Our past events have been exceptional ... and 2016 has already proven to be an event of national significance.

About Us & The Conference

The Future Is Now Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, established in 2002 and prior to that operated as the Energy Program of another non-profit for 12 years. We have a stellar track record of leadership and distinctive services at the state and national levels. Further details are at 

We've been leaders in professional online events on energy and other topics of importance to the future and now since 2005. Examples of past energy events are here.

The 2012 and 2013 Conferences each spanned three days and each featured a cast of 35 diverse experts as speakers. The 2012 event also included an Energy Expo. The 2013 program was featured online as well as live and in-person at the Florida Solar Energy Center.

The 2016 Conference is a Simulcast whereby participants can attend in person or online from anywhere. The program will be relevant to audiences in the host state (FL) and beneficial to a range of audiences from across the nation. 

The 2016 target audience includes: Planners, community leaders, governmental decision-makers (state, federal and local), energy & related professions, state associations, industry reps, energy managers, land use professionals, energy technology specialists, agency officials, business leaders & owners, other stakeholders & interested members of the public.

If you've attended our past events, you know that we've featured powerful and timely speakers from across the US in many different sectors, ranging from ... industry leaders, lawmakers and other elected officials, energy association executives, business managers, program directors, agency heads, recognized authors, nonprofit leaders, and a host of other prominent experts. The 2016 Conference will follow our well-established track record. You can count on that in registering for the event!

As a "snapshot" of just a few of our outstanding speakers:

  • Andrea Luecke - President & Executive Director, national Solar Foundation
  • Steve Nadel, Executive Director, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
  • Karl R. Rábago, Executive Director, Pace Energy and Climate Center (NY)
  • Jennifer Szaro - Senior Director of Programs, national Solar Electric Power Association
  • Jonathan Male, Director, Office of Bioenergy Technologies, US Department of Energy
  • Michelle Thatcher - CEO, US Green Chamber of Commerce
  • Thomas Walther - President, national Energy Services Coalition
  • Patricia Griffin, President, national Green Hotels Association
  • Dr. Jim Fenton - Director, Florida Solar Energy Center
  • Michael Hyland - Senior Vice President, American Public Power Association 
  • Joan Ogden - Director, Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways program, Institute of Transportation Studies
  • Bob Cleaves - President, national Biomass Power Association

Click here for March & April agendas and stay tuned to this page for further program details and exciting announcements!