Alliance’s Kateri Callahan Joins Energy Secretary Chu at Worldwide Clean Energy Ministerial in the Middle East
Washington, DC, March 29, 2011 – The Department of Energy has invited Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan to take part in the second annual Clean Energy Ministerial that is bringing together energy luminaries from around the world to exchange ideas on how to advance a global transition to a clean energy economy.
This year’s Clean Energy Ministerial, taking place in Abu Dhabi, UAE, April 6-7, will feature four roundtable discussions during which the world’s top energy ministers, senior government officials, international business leaders and NGO experts will speak candidly on clean energy issues.
Callahan will be traveling from the ministerial directly to the Alliance’s own annual worldwide energy efficiency event, EE Global – the only such international event focusing exclusively on energy efficiency policies, technologies and best practices – taking place the following week in Brussels, Belgium.
“The Clean Energy Ministerial is an enormous opportunity to bring energy efficiency to the forefront at a time when serious world issues are affecting energy supplies and prices,” Callahan observed.
Energy Efficiency Technologies, Utilities
Callahan will take part in two of the ministerial’s high-level panel discussions on April 6, both co-chaired by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and others:
- On April 6, at 8:30 a.m. local time, Callahan will participate in the session entitled “Innovative Technologies and Business Models for Energy Efficiency,” which will identify models for public-private cooperation to enhance energy efficiency efforts.
- On April 6, at 10:30 a.m., Callahan will moderate “Regulatory Strategies to Accelerate Utility-Scale Energy Efficiency.” Given that utilities are well-positioned to drive energy-efficiency but incentivized to sell power under current regulations, this panel aims to identify recommendations for regulators on improving energy efficiency among utilities.
This year’s Clean Energy Ministerial follows the first ministerial in July 2010 in Washington, D.C., also hosted by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.