Alliance to Save Energy Establishes ‘Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame,’ Inducts Three Outstanding Advocates Of Energy Efficiency

Release Date: Monday, June 7, 2004

Washington, D.C June 8, 2004 – The Alliance to Save Energy will induct three notable advocates of energy efficiency into its new Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame at a June 8 ceremony in Washington, DC, following its Great Energy Efficiency Debate earlier in the day. The Alliance has established the Hall of Fame to recognize the often unheralded government employees who champion energy efficiency.

The awardees are Loretta Beaumont, lead energy staff assistant for the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior and Related Agencies; Deborah Estes, Democratic counsel, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; and Kathleen Hogan, director of the Climate Protection Partnership Division at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“With enormous dedication, each of these outstanding women has advanced energy efficiency for more than a decade,” noted Alliance President Kateri Callahan. “But to date, none has received recognition equal to her efforts. That’s why the Alliance is delighted to honor them as the first inductees into our new Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame.”

Loretta Beaumont has spent more than 16 years with the Interior Appropriations Committee, handling Department of Energy accounts for the past decade. “Loretta has been a dependable and staunch advocate for adequate funding for important energy and environmental programs, including essential research and development,” Callahan said.

“In 14 years as a senior Senate staffer, and in an increasingly tough legislative climate, Deborah Estes has provided invaluable support for energy efficiency policies and programs,” Callahan said. “She understands that energy efficiency is the quickest, cleanest, cheapest way to meet growing energy demand while protecting the environment and national security.”

For more than 14 years, Kathleen Hogan has expertly managed EPA’s industry partnership programs designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions while reducing home and business energy costs. The Energy Star program, for example, helps American consumers choose the most energy-efficient products and saved them more than $9 billion in 2003 alone. “Kathleen Hogan has worked tirelessly to bring the energy efficiency message to U.S. consumers and businesses,” Callahan observed.