Alliance to Save Energy Elects Four Senators, State Energy Officials, Corporate Executives to Board of Directors | Alliance to Save Energy

Alliance to Save Energy Elects Four Senators, State Energy Officials, Corporate Executives to Board of Directors

Release Date: Friday, June 25, 2010

Washington, D.C., June 25, 2010 – The Alliance to Save Energy has elected seven new members to its Board of Directors, including Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who will replace Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) as the Board’s honorary congressional chair. Shaheen joins six federal, state and corporate energy leaders: Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.); Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.); Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.); Anthony Eggert, commissioner, California Energy Commission; Doug May, vice president, energy, climate change and alternative feedstocks, The Dow Chemical Company; and Jorge Carrasco, superintendents, Seattle City Light.

“Each of our newly elected Board members, including the members of Congress who hold honorary posts, is committed to the idea of incorporating energy efficiency into America’s DNA,” said Alliance President Kateri Callahan. “By adding to our Board four additional members of Congress whose energy policy ideals reflect the Alliance’s mission of advancing energy efficiency, we can only improve our effectiveness and make real strides toward the ultimate goal of a clean energy economy.

“I am also very pleased to welcome Anthony Eggert, Doug May and Jorge Carrasco to our Board of Directors,” Callahan added. “Their experience and expertise, too, will contribute greatly to our day-to-day work and to the furthering of our mission.”

The addition of Sens. Shaheen, Lugar, Warner and Udall brings the total number of members of Congress who hold honorary membership on the Alliance Board to 14 – nine U.S. senators and five U.S. representatives.

Shaheen is the first woman in history to be elected a governor and a U.S. senator, as well as the first woman to hold the post of honorary chair of the Alliance’s Board. She is a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and has worked to increase our nation’s investments in clean, alternative energy, conservation and energy efficiency. As governor of New Hampshire from 1997 to 2003, Shaheen enacted energy efficiency programs that have saved families and businesses nearly $1 billion to date.

“I am honored to serve as the Honorary Chair of the Alliance to Save Energy Board, and I look forward to working with the Alliance and my colleagues in the Senate to ensure that federal policy supports energy efficiency,” said Shaheen. “Energy efficiency represents one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce our energy use, cut our dependence on foreign oil and create jobs in communities nationwide. It is time to get America running on clean energy, and investing in energy efficiency is critical to achieving that goal.”

“Sen. Shaheen has been a powerful advocate in the effort to help America become a leader in energy efficiency and green energy technology, and I am pleased to be passing her the gavel of honorary chair of the Alliance’s Board,” said Pryor. “I am also proud to welcome our six other incoming Board members, all of whom have distinguished themselves as strong proponents of energy conservation. Their knowledge and passion will serve the Alliance well.”

Lugar is the Ranking Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member and former chairman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976 and won a sixth term in 2006 with 87 percent of the vote – his fourth consecutive victory by a two-thirds majority. He recently introduced the Lugar Practical Energy and Climate Plan to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign sources of energy.

“A more energy-efficient America is a more competitive and secure America,” said Lugar. “The Alliance to Save Energy’s outstanding leadership is helping local, state and national stakeholders work together to save energy and save money. I am pleased to help boost those efforts on behalf of Hoosiers and all Americans by working with the Alliance as an honorary vice-chair.”

Before being elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008, Warner was governor of Virginia from 2002-2006. In that time, he worked to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, promote clean water programs and preserve open space. Warner has been a leading architect of the Home Star energy efficiency initiative, which encourages homeowners to invest in energy conservation and efficiency upgrades, and a supporter of raising fuel efficiency standards.

Warner commented: “I am pleased to join the Alliance Board as an honorary vice-chair, and I look forward to working to find creative ways to reduce energy waste and realign our energy economy to make us more competitive. Above all, we need to reduce our dependence on imported oil, which is a national security issue. I have been an advocate in the Senate for encouraging greater conservation and energy efficiency, working with my colleague Jeff Bingaman as a lead sponsor on the Home Star retrofit program.”

Udall was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 after representing the state’s Second Congressional District for five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to that, he served in the Colorado State Legislature as a member of the General Assembly for one term. Udall serves on three committees in the Senate: Armed Services, Energy and Natural Resources and the Special Committee on Aging. In 2004, he successfully co-chaired a campaign to pass Colorado’s first Renewable Electricity Standard, which requires power companies to use more alternative energy sources.

“I am pleased to serve as an honorary member of the Alliance to Save Energy’s Board of Directors,” said Udall. “Now more than ever, our country needs to make concerted advances toward reducing our dependence on foreign fossil fuels. We need to move to cleaner energy sources, which will help strengthen our national security, create good-paying jobs and boost our economy. Finding new ways to wisely use traditional resources and conserve energy is paramount to those efforts. The Alliance’s work to further energy efficiency will help us reach our goals, and I am proud to work with it in this new role.”

Eggert was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in January 2010. He brings to the Alliance a background in energy efficiency and automotive issues and from 2002 to 2006 managed a research program investigating the transition to low-carbon fuels and vehicles. In 2007, he was an advisor on energy and climate policy to the Office of Federal Governmental Relations for the California Governor’s Office in Washington, D.C.

“Energy efficiency is our most important resource,” said Eggert. “It provides continued savings to consumers, reduces our dependence on fossil fuels and helps us reach our climate and energy security goals. The Alliance to Save Energy has proven to be an exceptional forum for the development and sharing of best practices on efficiency policies and strategies, and I am honored to be a part of this great organization.”

May serves as the vice president of energy, climate change and alternative feedstocks for The Dow Chemical Company and is responsible for Dow’s overall energy portfolio. He leads activities related to power, natural gas, alternative feedstocks, steam and industrial gases. May also maintains a leading role in the management of Dow’s global advocacy activities in the areas of climate change and energy policy.

“I am honored to join the Board of Directors for the Alliance to Save Energy,” said May. “The Alliance has been at the forefront in promoting and advocating the importance of energy efficiency to address our nation’s economic growth, energy security and climate change challenges. Energy efficiency is simply the cleanest, most available and most affordable option to extend our energy supplies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I look forward to working with the Alliance to advance energy efficiency as the common platform to launch a more secure and sustainable energy future.”

Jorge Carrasco is the superintendent of Seattle City Light, the ninth largest public electric utility in the United States. Since coming to City Light in 2004, Carrasco has shown sincere dedication to environmental stewardship, steering the organization to three straight years of zero-net greenhouse gas emissions – the first electric utility in the country to accomplish this feat.

“I am honored to be invited to serve as a trustee for the Alliance to Save Energy,” said Carrasco. “The Alliance has a stellar record in advancing more efficient use of energy resources since 1977. With our nation facing the threat of climate change and the need for energy independence, the Alliance’s mission to create an energy-efficient world is more important than ever.”

He added: “Seattle City Light is a longstanding leader in promoting energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy. I look forward to working with the Alliance and its diverse member organizations in advancing energy efficiency initiatives that will create a more sustainable and secure energy future for our country.”

“The addition of these distinguished leaders to the Alliance’s Board will help us continue to ensure that advancing energy efficiency remains high on the nation’s agenda as an indispensable part of the solution to the energy and environmental challenges we are all committed to solving,” said PG&E Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Peter Darbee, who serves as co-chair of the Alliance’s Board. “I look forward to working with each of the new members and to the many contributions we know they will bring to this important challenge.”

Board of Directors and Officers, July 2010

Honorary Chair

  • Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Co-Chair

  • Peter Darbee Chairman, President and CEO PG&E Corporation

First Vice Chair

  • Robert J. Dixon, Senior Vice President Energy and Environmental Solutions, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Secretary

  • Frank Murray, President and CEO, New York State Research and Development Authority

Treasurer

  • Robert Pratt, Chairman and CEO, EnergyClimate Solutions

President

  • Kateri Callahan, President, Alliance to Save Energy

Honorary Vice-Chairs

  • Senator Jeff Bingaman
  • Senator Susan M. Collins
  • Senator Byron Dorgan
  • Senator Dick Lugar
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski
  • Senator Mark Pryor
  • Senator Mark Udall
  • Senator Mark Warner
  • Representative Ralph Hall
  • Representative Steve J. Israel
  • Representative Edward J. Markey
  • Representative Paul Tonko
  • Representative Zach Wamp

Directors

  • Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Stephen Brobeck, Executive Director, Consumer Federation of America
  • Jorge Carrasco, Superintendent, Seattle City Light
  • Thomas K. Dreessen, President and CEO, EPS Capital
  • Roger Duncan, General Manager, Austin Energy
  • Anthony Eggert, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
  • Robert Foster, Mayor, City of Long Beach
  • John R. Fielder, President, Southern California Edison
  • John C. Fox, Managing Director, Perseus, LLC
  • Thomas Grumbly, Vice President for Energy and Security Services, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Geoffrey Hunt, Senior Vice President, Communications and Human Resources, OSRAM SYLVANIA
  • Tom King, President and CEO, National Grid
  • Thomas R. Kuhn, President, Edison Electric Institute
  • Michael Lawrence, Vice President and General Manager, Johns Manville
  • Julia Levin, Special Assistant Attorney General, California Attorney General’s Office
  • Doug May, Vice President of Energy, Climate Change and Alternative Feedstocks, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Terry McCallister, Chairman and CEO, Washington Gas
  • William A. Nitze, Chairman, Oceana Energy Company
  • Earle H. O’Donnell, Partners, White and Case
  • Kevin S. Ries, Vice President and General Manager, Building and Commercial Services Division, 3M
  • James Rogers, President and CEO, Duke Energy
  • John W. Rowe, Chairman & CEO, Exelon Corporation
  • Robert Shaddock, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Tyco Electronics Ltd.,
  • Peter R. Smith, Managing Director of Climate, Energy, and the Environment, Pataki Cahill Group
  • Dave Szczupak, Executive Vice President, Global Product Organizations, Whirlpool Inc.

Founding Chair

  • Charles H. Percy

Chair Emeritus

  • Dean T. Langford