WEDNESDAY, 3/23/2022 | 6:00PM EDT 

US-China Youth Expositions

US-China Competition and Cooperation in Alternative Energy Industries


Wednesday, March 23th, 2022, 6:00 - 7:00pm EDT

1957 E Street NW, Washington, D.C. Elliott School State Room (7th Floor) and via Zoom


In 2021, both the US and China pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and 2060 respectively. However, with rising competition between the US and China, American leaders have called into question America’s reliance on China for manufacturing. How is US-China competition impacting the alternative energy industries and each countries’ ability to meet their net-zero goals? Join us for this timely event as our guest speakers Professors Scott Sklar and John Helveston discuss the dynamics of the solar energy and electric vehicles industries and the role these industries play in the transition to a more sustainable future. 

US-China Youth Expositions is an event series hosted by the Onero Institute China Program and the US China Strategic Studies Organization that seeks to promote youth involvement in international affairs and research about US-China relations.



Scott Sklar is an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University teaching two unique interdisciplinary courses on sustainable energy, and an Affiliated Professor with CATIE, an international graduate university located in Costa Rica focused on sustainability for Latin America. He serves as Energy Lead of GWU’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) and serves as Acting Director of GWU’s Solar Institute. Scott Sklar also serves as President of The Stella Group, Ltd. a strategic policy and clean technology optimization firm facilitating clean distributed energy utilization which includes advanced batteries and controls, energy efficiency, fuel cells, geoexchange, heat engines, microhydropower (and freeflow, tidal, wave), modular biomass, photovoltaics, small wind, and solar thermal. Scott Sklar, has coauthored two books: A Consumer Guide to Solar Energy and The Forbidden Fuel: Power Alcohol in the Twentieth Century.  

John Helveston is an Assistant Professor at The George Washington University, studying technological change with a focus on accelerating the transition to environmentally sustainable and energy-saving technologies. Helveston’s research centers around how consumer preferences, market dynamics, and policy affect the emergence of critical technologies, such as electric vehicles and solar energy. He also studies the critical relationship between the US and China in developing and mass producing low-carbon energy technologies. Helveston has conducted extensive fieldwork in China, collaborating with colleagues at Tsinghua University, Beijing Normal University, and the State Information Center on past projects.




Paul Leoni is a Researcher at the Onero Institute and a first-year student in the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. He is majoring in international affairs with a double concentration in security policy and international environmental studies. He is interested in US-China relations, energy diplomacy, domestic politics, and environmental issues. Paul is from San Francisco, California, and intends to pursue a career in politics and diplomacy. 

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