16th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum


Video: Congressional Speakers
Video: Administration Speakers
Video: Forum Panels


On June 12, 2013, the Sustainable Energy Coalition - in cooperation with Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses, and in partnership with the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, Congressional Energy Savings Performance Contract Caucus, High Performance Building Caucus, Green Schools Caucus, and Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Caucus - hosted the 16th annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum.

Over 50 businesses, sustainable energy industry trade associations, government agencies, and energy policy research organizations attended the EXPO to showcase the current success and future potential of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Over 30 speakers, including four Members of Congress and five members of the administration, addressed the EXPO's attendees (see videos below).



Members of Congress


U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen, D-MD
U.S. Representative David G. Reichert, R-WA
U.S. Representative Tony Cardenas, D-CA
U.S. Representative Paul Tonko, D-NY





Administration Speakers

U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. David T. Danielson
Assistant Secretary for EE/RE, U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Army Energy Initiatives Task Force

Kathy Ahsing
Director of Planning, U.S. Army Energy Initiatives Task Force

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Beth Craig
Director, U.S. EPA's Climate Protection Partnership Division

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

John Norris
Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

U.S. Import-Export Bank

Craig O'Connor
Director, Office of Renewable Energy & Environmental Exports, U.S. Import-Export Bank


Forum Speakers

PANEL 1: Overview, Geothermal, Solar & PV

Scott Sklar, President - The Stella Group, Ltd.; Adjunct Professor - George Washington University

    Synthesis of Critical Studies on High-Value Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy:
    Highlights of the newest renewable energy and efficiency studies on what the "green" portfolio value is to the U.S. and the globe.

Ruth McCormick, Senior Policy Associate - Business Council for Sustainable Energy

    Renewables + Efficiency + Natural Gas = Growth Sectors of the U.S. Economy:
    The renewable energy, natural gas and energy efficiency industries have been working together for over two decades and a newly-released BCSE study shows how these industries are changing the U.S. electricity system.

Karl Gawell, Executive Director - Geothermal Energy Association

    The Geothermal Industry in 2013:
    A review of the industry status in 2013 and the trends in the growth of the US and international geothermal market.

Mike Hartley, Director of Structured Finance - Standard Solar, Inc.

    Getting Solar PV to the “Tipping Point”:
    What is needed to get the photovoltaic industry from today to the point where the industry is sustainable with substantial government incentives.

Stanley Greschner, Vice President, Government Relations - GRID Alternatives

    Low-Income Solar Market Segment:
    This session will focus on how non-profit solar installer GRID Alternatives is bringing the benefits of PV-solar and job training opportunities to low-income families and communities.

PANEL 2: Biofuels, Biodiesel, and Biomethane

Robert E. Kozak, Founder and Board Member - Advanced Biofuels USA

    Biofuels - All-of-the-Above Is Not the Solution:
    The solution to climate change is not natural gas or other non-renewable fuels; the only solution on the fuel side is renewable and it’s time for the public and government to demand a truly sustainable renewable future.

Ezra Finkin, Director, Policy and External Relations - Diesel Technology Forum

    Clean Diesel Delivers Growth:
    Find out how new technology diesel engines move people and goods across the country with near zero emissions and powered by sustainable biofuels.

Dr. Robert T. Do, President and CEO - Solena Fuels Corp.

    Negotiating Off-Take Agreements for Biofuels from MSW:
    Based on Solena Fuels biofuels facility development experience in London and Berlin, Dr. Do will explain how biofuels will be produced at a very competitive spot market price.

Anne Steckel, Vice President of Federal Affairs - National Biodiesel Board

    Biodiesel and the RFS:
    The power of biodiesel and the RFS to strengthen our energy security, grow the economy and reduce carbon emissions in a cost-effective way.

Steve Wilburn, President & CEO - FirmGreen Inc.

    Renewable Biomethane - a Sustainable Alternative Fuel:
    Biogas remains an underused resource in the U.S. that could help achieve energy security, by diversifying the use of locally produced alternative fuels such as Biomethane, as demonstrated in FirmGreen’s award winning project in Brazil.

PANEL 3: Hydropower, Ocean Power, Water/Energy Nexus

Matthew Nocella, Assistant Manager of Strategic Communications - National Hydropower Association

    Hydropower’s Role in Our Clean Energy Future:
    Hydropower has tremendous opportunity to grow its role in the nation’s energy portfolio through various technologies, including conventional, new marine, and pumped storage applications.

Jacob Irving, President - Canadian Hydropower Association

    Canadian Hydropower - A Powerful Solution for North America’s Electricity Needs:
    Canada and the U.S. have been exchanging affordable, reliable, clean and renewable hydropower throughout our history. This mutually beneficial relationship continues and can grow toward meeting economic, social and environmental needs.

Carolyn Elefant, Co-Founder and General Counsel - Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition

    Niche Markets in a Global Environment:
    A brief overview of varied opportunities for marine and hydrokinetic power from local distributed generation and desalination to utility scale and export markets.

Thomas Horner, Vice President - Water Management, Inc.

    One Water:
    Water, Sewer, Stormwater and the water/energy nexus

PANEL 4: Energy Efficiency

Jennifer Schafer, Executive Director - Federal Performance Contracting Coalition

    Saving Energy in Federal Buildings:
    The use of Energy Savings Performance Contracting to increase the energy efficiency of federal buildings and facilities and the actions needed and underway to comply with the President’s performance contracting goal.

Mike Kandel, Senior Communications Associate - Building Performance Institute

    Energy Efficiency Starts at Home:
    Before installing renewables, focusing on residential efficiency improvements reduces load demand, and helps transform homes into comfortable & healthy places to live; learn what BPI is doing to ensure quality energy upgrades are done right.

Eric G. Huffman, Director of Sales - Sunoptic/Acuity Brands

    Daylighting for a Greener Economy:
    How daylighting can impact local energy demands and green job growth for a sustainable future in the United States.

Jeff Beiter, Managing Partner - Capstone Turbine Distributor, E-Finity Distributed Generation

    American-Made MicroTurbine for Reliable Onsite Power:
    Learn how Capstone turbines are providing resilient, onsite cooling, heating, and power for a wide variety of facilities nationwide.

Andy Kunz, President & CEO - U.S. High Speed Rail Association

    High Speed Rail - 21st Century Sustainable Transportation for America:
    Hear about transportation and its interrelationship with energy consumption the great prospects for high speed rail in America, and how a national system can significantly reduce the country's fossil fuel dependency.

David Johnston, CEO/Executive Director - EIFS Industry Members Association

    The Benefits of Using EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems):
    The evolution of the EIFS industry over the last decade, from energy efficiency to codes and standards.

PANEL 5: Storage, Electric Vehicles, and Grid Issues

Dennis McKinley, Director of North American Wind Power (for ABB)

    Sustainable and Efficient Solutions for Modernizing the Power Grid:
    Advances in power and automation technology is critical to modernizing today's aging infrastructure. In this presentation, ABB will guide participants on how renewable generation and integration can improve quality and reliability of the grid.

Katherine Hamilton, Policy Director - Electricity Storage Association

    Energy Storage - the Great Enabler:
    Energy storage is being commercially deployed widely; learn about where these projects are being installed & how they are integrating energy efficiency & renewable energy to facilitate a cleaner, more efficient, & more reliable electric grid.

Doretta Caprarola, Marketing Manager - Fuji Electric Corporation of America

    Building Sustainable EV Charging Infrastructure:
    Discuss the path towards a self-sustaining revenue model for EV Charging Equipment Suppliers and EV Charging Station Owners, charging for charging.

Dan Arden, Eaton Cooper (for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association)

    Volt/VAR Control and Optimization:
    How Conservation Voltage Reduction and Volt/VAR Optimization Improve Grid and Industrial Efficiency

Gary Seifert, Business Development Executive - OSISoft

    Power of Data in Microgrids:
    The power of data in energy efficient data centers and renewable integration.


ABB, Inc.
Abengoa Solar LLC
Advanced Biofuels Association
Advanced Biofuels USA
Algae Biomass Organization
American Biogas Council
American Council On Renewable Energy
Biomass Power Association
Building Performance Institute
Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Canadian Hydropower Association
Capstone Turbine distributor, E-Finity Distributed Generation, LLC
Center for Small Business & Environment
CHP Association
Diesel Technology Forum
District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU)
EIFS Industry Members Association
Electricity Storage Association
Environmental & Energy Study Institute
Federal Performance Contracting Coalition
FirmGreen, Inc.
Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association
Fuji Electric Corp. of America
Geothermal Energy Association
Green America
GRID Alternatives
Growth Energy
The Heat is Power Association
Industrial Energy Efficiency Coalition
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Labor Management Cooperative Trust
Lutron Electronics
Motech Americas LLC
National Biodiesel Board
National Electrical Manufacturers Association
National Hydropower Association
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
NREL's Energy Innovation Portal
Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition
SAGE Electrochromics, Inc.
Solena Fuels Corporation
Standard Solar
Stion Corporation
Sunoptics, an Acuity Brands Company
Sustainable Energy Fund
The Stella Group, Ltd
U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR
U.S. High Speed Rail Association
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Viridian Energy
Water Management Inc.

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For more information, contact:

Ken Bossong
Sustainable Energy Coalition
301-270-6477 x.11
kbossong614 [at] yahoo.com or
kbossong [at] hotmail.com

*Founded in 1992, the Sustainable Energy Coalition, of which EESI is a member, is a coalition of 21 national business, environmental, and energy policy organizations supporting aggressive development of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.