The 17th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO and Policy Forum was hosted on July 31, 2014, by the Sustainable Energy Coalition, of which EESI is a founding member. The 2014 Expo brought together more than 40 businesses, sustainable energy industry trade associations, energy policy research organizations, and government agencies to showcase the status and growth patterns of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, including biofuels/biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind. In every state across the country, these technologies are having a significant impact in business development and job creation in the manufacturing, transmission, power, transportation, and building sectors.

The morning program featured Members of the U.S. Congress and throughout the day speakers discussed the role sustainable energy technologies can play in meeting America’s energy needs. As Congress, the Administration, the business community, environmental advocates, and American voters search for options to stimulate the economy and “green jobs,” as well as address issues of national security, higher energy costs, increased reliance on energy imports, and the environmental threats associated with energy consumption, the EXPO helped address the role that sustainable energy technologies might play. This includes not only the technical aspects of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies but also related issues such as economics, jobs potential, environmental benefits, current and near-term market potential, model programs in the public and private sectors, and institutional, financial and legal barriers.

Honorary Co-Hosts:

House Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus

Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus

In partnership with:

Energy Savings Performance Contracts Caucus

Higher Performance Buildings Caucus

House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Caucus


Carol Werner, Executive Director, Environmental & Energy Study Institute (EESI)

Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group, Ltd.


Congressional Speakers


Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-MD

(Co-chair of the House Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus)


Rep. Paul Tonko, D-NY




Executive Branch Speakers


Edward Thomas Morehouse, Jr, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Operational Energy Plans and Programs

Richard Kidd, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability)

Rear Admiral Kevin R. Slates, Director of Energy and Environmental Readiness Division, U.S. Navy.

Michael Carr, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Rear Admiral Steven G. Smith (RET), Director of the Office of Disaster Planning & Risk Management, U.S. Small Business Administration



Panels (Policy Forum)


Panel 1: Overview – Policy Issues

Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group, Ltd.; Adjunct Professor, George Washington University
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Zoe Berkery, Manager (Federal Policy), Business Council for Sustainable Energy
BCSE's Sustainable Energy in America Factbook
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Lena Moffitt, Manager (Federal Policy, Climate and Energy), National Wildlife Federation
The carbon pollution standard and the opportunity it presents for clean technology.

Tom Carlson, Government Affairs and Policy Associate, Advanced Energy Economy
Innovative State Policy Advancing Our Energy System
How states have been leading the way with policies that advance our energy system and where we could go from here within the context of EPA's new carbon regulations for the power sector.


Panel 2: Defense

Richard Kidd, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability)

Captain James C. Goudreau, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy)


Panel 3: Fuel Cells – Geothermal – Solar – Energy From Waste

Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association
The Geothermal Industry in 2014
A review of the industry’s status in 2014 and of the growth trends in the U.S. and international geothermal markets.

Bud DeFlaviis, Director of Government Affairs, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association
The fuel-cell industry

Dave Buemi, Vice President-Federal Markets, M+W Group
The economic benefits and job creation associated with commercial- and utility-scale solar projects.

LaToya Glenn, Renewable Energy Business Manager, Waste Management
WM Recovering Energy Value from the Materials We Manage.

David Biderman, VP of Advocacy, National Waste & Recycling Association
Waste-based energy (energy from landfill gas collection and waste-to-energy facilities) currently generates enough power in the U.S. to power about 3 million homes.


Panel 4: Hydropower and Water Technologies

Matthew Nocella, 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
Bill Libro, Director of Federal Affairs, Minnesota Power
A Case Study for International Cooperation on Hydropower: Minnesota Power
Canadian companies are teaming up with their U.S. counterparts to help enable the development of renewable energy in the United States. Minnesota Power, for instance, is working with Canadian companies to develop renewables on both sides of the border.
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Thomas Horner, Vice President, Water Management, Inc.
One Water
Water, sewere, stormwater, and the water/energy nexus

Jason Busch, Boardmember, Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition; Executive Director, Oregon Wave Energy Trust.
Marine Renewable Energy: A New Addition to the Mix
The Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition is a national trade group that is leading the U.S. effort to develop the burgeoning forms of renewable energy derived from the waves, tides, and currents of our oceans and rivers. These sources are clean, reliable and perpetual, and can provide a significant new source of power both in the United State and around the world. This new industry will also provide a tremendous new opportunity for economic development around manufacturing and the marine supply chain.


Panel 5: Bioenergy

Tim Rials, Director, Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems
Deploying an Advanced Biofuels Industry in the Southeast
Funded by USDA-NIFA, The Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS) is developing today’s forest resources for near-term progress while advancing energy crop supply systems optimized for infrastructure-compatible fuels production.

Terry Nipp, Executive Director, Sun Grant Initiative
This presentation will showcase a collaborative effort by land grant universities to support research and education projects on bioenergy and biobased products. With support from USDA, DOE and DOT, we have implemented over $70 million in research projects over the past 6-7 years, with more than 200 projects with collaborating scientists in over 90% of the states.

Morgan Pitts, Public Relations & Communications Manager, Enviva
Wood pellets and other processed woody biomass fuels can power generation and industrial customers seeking to decrease their dependence on fossil fuels and reduce their carbon footprint.


Panel 6: Behind the Scenes – Finance, Grid, and Storage Issues

Fran Teplitz, Policy Director, Green America; Board Co-Chair, American Sustainable Business Council Action Fund
Clean Energy Victory Bonds
The Clean Energy Victory Bond (H.R. 4426) is a proposed Treasury Bond in support of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and could play a key role in advancing our clean energy economy.

Katherine Hamilton, Policy Director, Energy Storage Association
Energy Storage: Enabling a Cleaner, More Efficient and Resilient Grid
Energy policies that include energy storage will be key to enabling all resources—including renewable energy and energy efficiency--to operate more efficiently and effectively on the grid. This presentation will describe those legislative policy initiatives and their importance to the grid of the future in a carbon-constrained world.

Diana Rivera, Director of Market Development and Regulatory Affairs, Clean Line Energy
Delivering low-cost renewable energy to market
Clean Line is developing long-haul transmission lines to deliver thousands of megawatts of wind power from the windiest parts of the U.S. to communities and cities that lack access to new, low-cost renewable power. These clean energy infrastructure projects will create thousands of jobs, benefit electricity consumers and reduce carbon emissions by millions of tons per year.

Len Jornlin, Chief Executive Officer, Empower Energies
A Path to Resiliency
The rationale for an integrated, renewable, distributed generation approach as a path to resiliency. How Solar and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) applications can provide energy savings and resiliency now for military, government agency, and private sector organizations, and how to finance those installations.


Panel 7: Energy Efficiency

Bruce Quinn, Vice President, Government Affairs for Rockwell Automation; Industrial Energy Efficiency Coalition
The Opportunity of Industrial Energy Efficiency
Often overlooked in the policy arena, the energy savings opportunity in the manufacturing and industrial sector is massive, as industry accounts for one-third of U.S. energy use, and there are technologies available today making industrial processes far more energy efficient.

John Pouland, Vice-President (Government Affairs and Solutions), Philips Lighting
The Importance of Energy Efficiency in the Private and Public Space
John will focus on the rapid development of LED technologies and the economic and environmental impacts this technology has for consumers and the Government (particularly the military) alike.

Gregory B Johnson, President, Blue Penguin Corporation
Blue Penguin tracks and reduces companies' energy use. Using a suite of hardware and proprietary software, Blue Penguin can see where waste is and eliminate it.

Tom Herron, Senior Manager (Communications and Marketing), National Fenestration Rating Council
The National Fenestration Rating Council provides accurate information to measure and compare energy performance of windows, doors and skylights.

Harrison Godfrey, Manager (National Policy & Partnerships), Opower
Opower: Unlocking Efficiency through Behavior & Information
Behavioral Energy Efficiency, as pioneered by Opower, has the potential to save the United States almost 19,000 GWhs of energy each year, or roughly $2.1 billion in energy expenditures. This presentation talks about just what Behavioral Energy Efficiency is, where it's already at work today, and how government policy can unleash this potential.






*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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