Read the Full Script of ACEEE's 30th Anniversary Awards Presentation:
30 Years of Energy Efficiency Work Exemplified by the Honorees
To mark the conclusion of our year-long 30th Anniversary Celebration, ACEEE convened a two-day policy and analysis conference in Washington, D.C., on December 7-8, 2010: Energy Efficiency - Advancing Our Economy, Environment, and Security. A reception on the evening of December 7 celebrated many of the people who have supported ACEEE’s work over the past thirty years. Special 30th Anniversary awards were presented to people and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the field of energy efficiency. Read the full press release.
Among the many featured speakers during both conference days were U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis (R-SC) and Governor Edward G. Rendell (D-PA) who gave thoughtful and inspiring perspective on the future of energy policymaking on the first day. USDOE Secretary Steven Chu presented a luncheon keynote speech on the December 7 (the "policy day") and Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, made the luncheon keynote speech during the "analysis day" on December 8. The two-day event was a highlight of ACEEE's 30th Anniversary year and featured a one-day, high-level conference on national energy efficiency policy issues and initiatives, and a technical conference on energy efficiency analysis on day two.
ACEEE’s 30th Anniversary theme reflects on 30 years of progress in energy efficiency, and seeks to build a vision for the next 30 years. In this spirit, the two days of the conference looked ahead to explore energy efficiency-related policy needs and opportunities in the wake of the November 2nd elections, as well as to articulate long-term efficiency goals.
On December 7, high-level policymakers and leaders participated in sessions about energy efficiency policy options and what is needed to bring those opportunities to fruition. The discussion was bipartisan in spirit and included opportunities at the federal and state levels. The focus was on both immediate short-term opportunities and the long-term challenge of improving efficiency out to 2050. As part of the discussion, a variety of topics was addressed, including:
- How does energy-efficiency contribute to a prosperous, healthy economy?
- How can we increase innovation (R&D) around new technologies and processes, including best roles for the public and private sectors?
- What role should energy efficiency play in climate policy?
- What are the best roles for utilities, states, local government and the federal government in efficiency program implementation?
- What is needed to make big improvements by 2050 in the efficiency of our buildings, factories, and transportation and utility systems?
The second day focused on how to identify and deliver information and analysis that policymakers need in order to make energy and climate policy decisions. The initial session of the day addressed what energy information policymakers need to make sound policy decisions. Further sessions explored energy analysis topics including data needs, energy potential studies, national energy, climate and jobs models, “scoring” policy proposals, and communicating analysis results. Among the questions addressed:
- Do we have the right energy data? Do we have good energy models? How can we improve these tools?
- How do we best capture the broad range of impacts a policy may have? How do we best deal with uncertainty?
- What is the best way to deliver analytical results into policy decision-making?
ACEEE’s goal for this conference, as for all of our 30th Anniversary events, was to articulate and build a common vision of the long-term role and path for energy efficiency in America. We seek to understand near- and long-term efficiency opportunities and obstacles, and to better understand how ACEEE and our partners can achieve these goals in the years and decades ahead.