Secretary of Interior, Four Members of Congress Headline World-Class Lineup of Speakers at EE Global Forum | Alliance to Save Energy

Secretary of Interior, Four Members of Congress Headline World-Class Lineup of Speakers at EE Global Forum

Release Date: Monday, May 10, 2010

May 10-12 Forum’s ‘Solutions Showcase’ Features Latest EE Products, Technologies

Washington, D.C, May 10, 2010 – The Alliance to Save Energy’s third Energy Efficiency Global Forum & Exposition opens today with a world-class lineup of speakers from the public and private sectors, including Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Duke Energy Chairman, President & CEO James Rogers. They and others will address more than 700 business, government and academic leaders from 37 countries at the conference’s opening plenary session titled Ideas, Intersections and Solutions to Power an Energy Efficient Economy.

These leaders are among more than 120 energy professionals and policy makers from nearly 20 countries who will address the conference. They also include Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Assistant Secretary Cathy Zoi, three additional members of the U.S. Congress – Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) – and diplomats and government officials from Chile, Finland, Israel, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United States.

EE Global is the only conference of its scope focused exclusively on energy efficiency. Its multifaceted, three-day agenda offers energy experts the opportunity to share information on the latest energy efficiency challenges and the policies for addressing them. In addition, 60 exhibitors from companies and governments around the world and representing all end-use sectors will comprise the Solutions Showcase, a unique exposition of the latest energy efficiency products, initiatives and technologies.

The opening plenary session will run from 3:00 to 6:30 pm today, May 10, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital. In addition to Pryor and Zoi, the speakers will include:

  • Hon. Miguel Angel Cámara Botía, mayor, City of Murcia, Spain;
  • Tony Clark, First Vice President, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners;
  • Calvin Dooley, president & CEO, American Chemistry Council;
  • Ambassador Richard Jones, deputy executive director, International Energy Agency;
  • Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;
  • Francis Murray Jr., president & CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA);
  • Mayor Dave Norris, City of Charlottesville, Va.; and
  • U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Assistant Secretary Cathy Zoi.

“At EE Global 2010, participants will discover the ideas, intersections and insights for growing energy-efficient economies,” observed Alliance President Kateri Callahan. “EE Global brings together the most knowledgeable energy and environmental professionals working worldwide in all energy end-use sectors; elected officials and high-level government appointees; and noteworthy representatives of academia, foundations, industry associations, utilities, NGOs and labor. They will engage in extensive discussions on critical energy issues and forge partnerships and international alliances to jumpstart low-carbon economies. They also will contribute to the catalogue of best practices in energy efficiency.”

Secretary Salazar will deliver remarks during the Tuesday, May 11, morning plenary session (8:30 to 10:30 am). Addressing the topic Driving Energy Efficiency through Technology Innovation: A Showcase of Best Practices in the Business Sector, he shares the podium with:

  • Christopher Curtis, president & CEO, Power N.A. and Buildings Business, Schneider Electric;
  • George David, former chairman & CEO, United Technologies Corp.;
  • Zia Eftekhar , CEO, Philips Professional Luminaires N.A. ;
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska);
  • Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO, Building Automation, Building Technologies Division, Siemens Industry Inc.; and
  • David Szczupak, executive vice president, Global Product Organizations, Whirlpool Corp.

Four 2010 EE Visionary Awards presented at the May 11 Plenary Awards Luncheon (12:30-2:00 pm) will recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of energy efficiency. The award winners, selected by the EE Global International Steering Committee, are:

  • Hon. Jimena Bronfman, Chile’s vice minister of energy, on behalf of her nation’s Programa Pais de Eficiencia Energetica;
  • H.E. Jonas Hafström, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States, on behalf of the Kingdom of Sweden;
  • Dr. Ajay Mathur, director general of India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency; and
  • Dr. Joseph Oteng-Adjei, minister for energy, Republic of Ghana.

The combined awards luncheon and conference plenary session is sponsored by Siemens Building Technologies. In addition to the awardees, speakers include Rep. Markey and Siemens Senior Vice President & Global Head, Efficiency and Sustainability, Robert Dixon, the Alliance’s first vice-chair.

The closing plenary session on Wednesday, May 12, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm will address the topic Energy Efficiency: Building International Bridges and Enhancing Security. Speakers include:

  • Thomas Dreessen, chairman & CEO, Energy Efficiency Project Investment Company Ltd.;
  • Jason Grumet, founder & president, Bipartisan Policy Center;
  • Hon. Bruce Oreck, U.S. ambassador to Finland;
  • James Rogers, chairman, president & CEO, Duke Energy; and
  • Ji Xie, deputy director-general, Department of Resources Conservation and Environmental Protection, China’s National Development and Reform Commission.

EE Global has three honorary co-chairs from the government sector – Sens. Murkowski and Pryor and Rep. Markey, all of whom are also honorary members of the Alliance Board of Directors – as well as two industry co-chairs, James E. Rogers,chairman, president & CEO of Duke Energy and an Alliance Board member, and George David, former chairman and CEO of United Technologies Corporation.

Said Sen. Pryor, “Once again, the Alliance to Save Energy has put together an outstanding EE Global program, convening leading energy experts from across the globe to discuss pressing energy efficiency issues. I am pleased to be part of the EE Global program, and I look forward to the ‘best practices’ that will emerge from the discussions there.”

“Energy efficiency is our best hope for reducing demand and increasing our energy security in the near term,” said Sen. Murkowski. “I look forward to the EE Global conference and an opportunity to discuss the role efficiency plays within the energy and climate debate, not only on Capitol Hill but around the world.”

“Energy efficiency will play a critical role in our nation and the world during the decades ahead,” Rogers said. “If the utility industry can help its customers save energy – and save money in the process – we can significantly reduce the demand for new power plants. That’s good for electricity consumers and the environment.”

”I’m delighted to be a part of the Alliance’s EE Global conference,” said George David, former chairman & CEO, United Technologies Corp. The opportunities for carbon footprint reduction are all around us, immediately available and with solid financial benefits. The issue is awareness and commitments by all to get the job done – which is what this conference is all about.” More details and links to plenary speaker bios.

Interspersed among the plenary sessions are 20 90-minute Executive Dialogue sessions; they are organized into four tracks pertaining to four energy end-use sectors: buildings, consumers, industrial and utilities and transportation and urban planning. Within these tracks, each session will focus on one of four key cross-cutting issues: technology, policy and regulations, workforce training and education and finance and market transformation.