1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Find all relevant materials at eesi.org/102512_cleanfinancing

    Thursday, October 25, 2012——The Embassy of Germany and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing hosted in coordination with the Congressional Study Group of Germany that examined how we can fully unleash the clean energy sector to reap powerful economic growth and job creation benefits. The speakers will compare investment policies in the United States and Germany, to see what is working and what isn't. What type of regulatory framework is necessary to give clean energy companies a stable investment climate? What works best, loan guarantees, tax credits, feed-in tariffs, quotas?

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  4. Read more at eesi.org/advancing-deployment-electric-vehicles-02-oct-2012

    On October 2, 2012, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing on the growth of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in the United States and on efforts to spur greater transport electrification. The briefing discussed how communities, utilities, private companies, the government and others are leading efforts to put more PEVs on the nation’s roads by capitalizing on new technologies and working to overcome market barriers. The briefing explored ways to foster more rapid PEV adoption across multiple sectors and the different rationales for doing so. Speakers also discussed the various benefits of increased PEV market share; how utilities, communities and other businesses are developing more PEV-friendly areas; and the growing electrification of vehicle fleets.

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  5. Read more at eesi.org/092812weatherization

    One million low-income households have benefited from the federal Weatherization Assistance Program's (WAP) Recovery Act funding, with a total of 7.4 million homes weatherized since the program's inception 35 years ago. The benefits from this federal investment have been both immediate and long-lasting: housing made more affordable and more comfortable, as well as lessening of the carbon footprint through energy retrofits and the creation of new skilled jobs. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) organized a briefing hosted in coordination with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition that discussed what has made this program such a success story, and what policies will ensure that WAP can continue to help low-income families save money, improve America's energy security, and create skilled jobs that cannot be outsourced.

    Speakers for this forum were:

    -Mark Wolfe, Executive Director, Energy Programs Consortium; State and Local Energy Report

    -David Hepinstall, Executive Director, Association for Energy Affordability

    -John Joseph, Ph.D., Principal, JAI Software; Professor of Economics, Thomas College

    -Richard W. Caperton, Director of Clean Energy Investment, Center for American Progress Action Fund

    -Brad Penney, General Counsel, Advocates for The Other America

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