Last week we went to the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)’s “All Roads to Copenhagen” Summit. The word of the day was definitely “efficiency” and was present to some degree in virtually everyone’s remarks.
Secretary Salazar led a strong cast of speakers. I was excited to see a Google (big Google products user) presence in the form of Dan Reicher, Director of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. Dan talked about Google’s work in developing their smart grid. What caught my ear was that Dan said he had huddled with Jim Rogers, President & CEO, Duke Energy, at the beginning of the event to talk about doing the same thing with natural gas.
Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) took her turn at the podium. Earlier in the day AGA issued a joint statement with NRDC supporting the recommendations of the National Academies that the Department of Energy (DOE) move toward the use of a “full-fuel-cycle” measurement.
There were a ton of other great messages at the event like Chris Chafe, Executive Director, Change to Win on organized labor being ready to work with utilities. Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, did well.
Dave’s session went well, which I’m always pleased to see. I was able to convince him to do a brief video snippet afterward (above) for those that weren’t able to attend. The sound isn’t the greatest (shooting video in the halls of the Senate is like shooting in the middle of an auditorium) but I was able to clean it up some so you can hear him ok.
We’re also including a bunch of pictures from the event. Enjoy and leave thoughts on the event if you were there.