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.


For more information, contact:

Ken Bossong

Sustainable Energy Coalition

301-270-6477 x.11

kbossong614 [at] or

kbossong [at]

*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.

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