The House and Senate Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) Caucuses are bipartisan groups originally formed in the late 1990s to increase awareness of renewable energy and energy efficiency (REEE) technologies in the United States. These caucuses do not lobby for specific legislation.

The House Renewable Energy Caucus was launched in February 1996 by Congressman Dan Schaefer (R-CO) and six other Members of Congress: Representatives Vern Ehlers (R-MI), Scott Klug (R-WI), David Minge (D-MN), Bill Richardson (D-NM), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), and Karen Thurman (D-FL).

The Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus was officially established in May 1998 by Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) and fellow founding members Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Tim Johnson (D-SD). Its mission statement is: "We strive to increase awareness of the various forms of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies in the United States. As a bipartisan group of Senators, representing all parts of the country, this Caucus does not take positions on any issues or legislation."

EESI was involved in the founding of both the House and Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (REEE) Caucuses. In the mid 1990s, EESI approached Congressional offices that were interested in renewable energy and energy efficiency issues and discussed the formation of bipartisan caucuses to promote such issues in federal policymaking. While the caucuses do not lobby for specific legislation, they regularly and effectively disseminate information about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Such information helps inspire and muster support for clean energy legislation.

EESI regularly collaborates with both Caucuses as a way to distribute information about renewable energy and energy efficiency. In particular, EESI works with the Caucuses to co-sponsor briefings on key energy and environmental issues. The Caucuses' headline event is the Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum held every year in early summer and organized by the Sustainable Energy Coalition, of which EESI is a member.

 

House RE/EE Caucus Membership as of April 5, 2013
Co-Chairs
  • Rep. David G. Reichert (R-WA)
  • Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

Alabama
Alaska
  • Don Young (R-AK)

American Samoa
  • Eni Faleomavaega (D-AS)

Arizona
  • Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
  • Ed Pastor (D-AZ)
  • Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

Arkansas
California
  • Ken Calvert (R-CA)
  • Lois Capps (D-CA)
  • Jim Costa (D-CA)
  • Susan Davis (D-CA)
  • Anna Eshoo (D-CA)
  • Sam Farr (D-CA)
  • Michael Honda (D-CA)
  • Barbara Lee (D-CA)
  • Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
  • Jerry McNerney (D-CA)
  • Doris O. Matsui (D-CA)
  • Gary Miller (R-CA)
  • George Miller (D-CA)
  • Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
  • Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
  • Linda Sanchez (D-CA)
  • Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
  • Adam Schiff (D-CA)
  • Brad Sherman (D-CA)
  • Mike Thompson (D-CA)
  • Henry Waxman (D-CA)

Colorado
  • Diana DeGette (D-CO)
  • Jared Polis (D-CO)
  • Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)

Connecticut
  • Joe Courtney (D-CT)
  • Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
  • John Larson (D-CT)

Delaware
District of Columbia
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

Florida
  • Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)
  • Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
  • Bill Posey (R-FL)

Georgia
Guam
Hawaii
Idaho
  • Michael Simpson (R-ID)

Illinois
  • Danny Davis (D-IL)
  • Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL)
  • Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)
  • Bobby Rush (D-IL)
  • Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
  • John Shimkus (R-IL)

Indiana
  • Andre Carson (D-IN)

Iowa
  • David Loebsack (D-IA)

Kansas
Kentucky
  • John Yarmuth (D-KY)

Louisiana
Maine
  • Michael H. Michaud (D-ME)

Maryland
  • Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)*

Massachusetts
  • Michael Capuano (D-MA)
  • Jim McGovern (D-MA)
  • Ed Markey (D-MA)
  • Richard Neal (D-MA)
  • John Tierney (D-MA)

Michigan
  • Dave Camp (R-MI)
  • Sander M. Levin (D-MI)
  • Candice Miller (R-MI)
  • Fred Upton (R-MI)

Minnesota
  • Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
  • John Kline (R-MN)
  • Betty McCollum (D-MN)
  • Collin Peterson (D-MN)

Mississippi
  • Bennie Thompson (D-MS)

Missouri
  • William Lacy Clay (D-MO)
  • Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
  • Sam Graves (R-MO)

Montana
Nebraska
  • Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
  • Adrian Smith (R-NE)
  • Lee Terry (R-NE)

Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
  • Rush Holt (D-NJ)
  • Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
  • Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
  • Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
  • Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)
  • Donald Payne (D-NJ)
  • Chris Smith (R-NJ)

New Mexico
New York
  • Timothy Bishop (D-NY)
  • Eliot Engel (D-NY)
  • Brian Higgins (D-NY)
  • Steve Israel (D-NY)
  • Nita Lowey (D-NY)
  • Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
  • Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)
  • Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
  • José Serrano (D-NY)
  • Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
  • Paul Tonko (D-NY)
  • Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)

North Carolina
  • G.K. Butterfield (D-NC)
  • Mike McIntyre (D-NC)
  • David Price (D-NC)

North Dakota
Northern Mariana Islands
  • Gregorio Sablan (D-MP)

Ohio
  • Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
  • Timothy Ryan (D-OH)

Oklahoma
Oregon
  • Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
  • Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
  • Greg Walden (R-OR)

Pennsylvania
  • Lou Barletta (R-PA)
  • Matt Cartwright (D-PA)
  • Mike Doyle (D-PA)
  • Chaka Fattah (D-PA)
  • Jim Gerlach (R-PA)
  • Tim Murphy (R-PA)
  • Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)

Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
  • James Langevin (D-RI)

South Carolina
  • Jim Clyburn (D-SC)
  • Joe Wilson (R-SC)

South Dakota
Tennessee
  • Jim Cooper (D-TN)

Texas
  • Michael Burgess (R-TX)
  • Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
  • Gene Green (D-TX)
  • Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
  • Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
  • Michael McCaul (R-TX)
  • Lamar Smith (R-TX)

Utah
  • Jim Matheson (D-UT)

Vermont
  • Peter Welch (D-VT)

Virgin Islands
  • Donna Christensen (D-VI)

Virginia
  • Randy Forbes (R-VA)
  • Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
  • Jim Moran (D-VA)
  • Bobby Scott (D-VA)
  • Robert Wittman (R-VA)
  • Frank R. Wolf (R-VA)

Washington
  • Doc Hastings (R-WA)
  • Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
  • Rick Larsen (D-WA)
  • Jim McDermott (D-WA)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)**
  • David G. Reichert (R-WA)*
  • Adam Smith (D-WA)

West Virginia
Wisconsin
  • Ron Kind (D-WI)**
  • Mark Pocan (D-WI)

Wyoming

* Caucus Co-Chair ** Caucus Vice Chair
Senate RE/EE Caucus Membership as of January 17, 2013
Co-Chairs
  • Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)
  • Senator Mark Udall (D-CO)

Alabama
  • Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

Alaska
  • Mark Begich (D-AK)

Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
  • Mark Udall (D-CO) *

Connecticut
Delaware
  • Christopher D. Coons (D-DE)

Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
  • Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

Idaho
  • Mike Crapo (R-ID) *

Illinois
  • Richard Durbin (D-IL)

Indiana
Iowa
  • Charles Grassley (R-IA)
  • Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
  • Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

Maine
  • Susan Collins (R-ME) **

Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
  • Al Franken (D-MN)

Mississippi
  • Thad Cochran (R-MS)

Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
  • Charles Schumer (D-NY)

North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
  • Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Oklahoma
Oregon
  • Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
  • Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Pennsylvania
  • Robert Casey Jr. (D-PA)

Rhode Island
  • Jack Reed (D-RI) **
  • Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

South Carolina
South Dakota
  • Tim Johnson (D-SD)

Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
  • Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
  • Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Virginia
Washington
  • Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
  • Patty Murray (D-WA)

West Virginia
Wisconsin
  • Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Wyoming

* Caucus Co-Chair ** Caucus Vice Chair