1. Learn more at: eesi.org/031813_diversity

    The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, and the Franciscan Action Network held a briefing on the disparate impact climate change has upon communities of color and tribal nations in congressional districts around the country. The speakers talked about steps and initiatives they are taking to sustain and strengthen their communities, create jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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  2. Learn more here: eesi.org/031513_DOE-transport

    The Environmental and Energy Studies Institute (EESI) and the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) held a briefing on the conclusions of the newly released EERE Transportation Energy Futures (TEF) study. The study identifies a combined set of strategies to achieve deep cuts in petroleum use and carbon emissions from the U.S. transportation sector, emphasizing underexplored opportunities and challenges along the path to a more sustainable transportation energy future.

    Speakers for this forum were:
    Michael Carr, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, EERE
    Arthur Rypinski, Energy Economist, Office of the Secretary of the Department of Transportation
    Peter Chipman, Senior Transportation Specialist, Research and Innovative Technology Administration (DOT)
    Austin Brown, Senior Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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  3. Learn more and download handouts at eesi.org/020513_renewables

    The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) organized a briefing about the important and growing role that renewable energy plays in the American energy mix.

    • Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn (U.S. Navy, Ret.), President, ACORE
    • Steve Chalk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Shirley Neff, Senior Advisor, Energy Information Administration
    • Mark Fulton, Former Managing Director, Deutsche Bank Asset Management
    • Dr. Robert Ichord, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Dept. of State
    • Carol Werner, Executive Director, Environmental and Energy Study Institute (Moderator)

    Renewable energy resources -- including water, wind, biomass, geothermal, and solar -- are abundant and geographically diverse across the United States, and are used to generate electricity, provide thermal energy, fuel industrial processes, and produce transportation fuels. The deployment of renewable energy technologies has grown rapidly in recent years as their costs have decreased substantially and as the nation looks to meet growing demand, diversify its energy supply, promote energy security, and reduce carbon emissions.

    Renewable electricity generation has grown 62 percent since 2001, and in 2011 represented 12.7 percent of total U.S. electricity generation. Furthermore, 12,956 megawatts of renewable energy capacity was installed in 2012, accounting for 49.1 percent of all new electrical generating capacity in the United States. The briefing provided an overview of renewable energy technologies, domestic and international deployment trends, and exciting market and economic conditions.

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  4. Learn more and download handouts at eesi.org/020513_renewables

    The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) organized a briefing about the important and growing role that renewable energy plays in the American energy mix.

    • Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn (U.S. Navy, Ret.), President, ACORE
    • Steve Chalk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Shirley Neff, Senior Advisor, Energy Information Administration
    • Mark Fulton, Former Managing Director, Deutsche Bank Asset Management
    • Dr. Robert Ichord, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Dept. of State
    • Carol Werner, Executive Director, Environmental and Energy Study Institute (Moderator)

    Renewable energy resources -- including water, wind, biomass, geothermal, and solar -- are abundant and geographically diverse across the United States, and are used to generate electricity, provide thermal energy, fuel industrial processes, and produce transportation fuels. The deployment of renewable energy technologies has grown rapidly in recent years as their costs have decreased substantially and as the nation looks to meet growing demand, diversify its energy supply, promote energy security, and reduce carbon emissions.

    Renewable electricity generation has grown 62 percent since 2001, and in 2011 represented 12.7 percent of total U.S. electricity generation. Furthermore, 12,956 megawatts of renewable energy capacity was installed in 2012, accounting for 49.1 percent of all new electrical generating capacity in the United States. The briefing provided an overview of renewable energy technologies, domestic and international deployment trends, and exciting market and economic conditions.

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  5. More information at: eesi.org/121412_insurance

    Speakers:

    Frank Nutter, President, Reinsurance Association of America

    Lindene Patton, Chief Climate Product Officer, Zurich Insurance Group

    Cynthia McHale, Director, Insurance Program, Ceres

    The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) organized a briefing on insurance industry perspectives on recent extreme weather events and how strategic investment can help manage the threats posed by a changing and more severe climate. In New York, Washington and California, insurance companies are required to disclose their climate change response plans, and many insurers are considering modifying rates and expected payouts to address increasing extreme weather events and rising sea levels.

    As experts in assessing, quantifying and transferring risk, the insurance industry is a natural partner for the federal government as it looks to manage extreme weather vulnerability. The briefing included the industry’s response to the growing number of very costly climate-related disasters and considered how public-private collaboration can help manage risk and guide policy to promote long-term resiliency.

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