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Contact: Ken Bossong
Sustainable Energy Coalition
301-270-6477 x11

DC Area Event: 15th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum

-Geothermal Energy Association Supports "Efficiency + Renewables = Economic & National Security!"-

Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2012) - On June 21, the Geothermal Energy Association will exhibit along with 50 organizations representing renewable energy and energy efficiency at the 15th annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum. GEA's recent survey updating the status of the U.S. geothermal industry and an overview of the growing international market will be available with staff on hand to answer questions, along with additional educational materials featuring geothermal energy, a reliable, renewable energy source that creates jobs, spurs economic growth, promotes national security, and is increasing U.S. exports abroad.

The House and Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses, in partnership with the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, the House Algae Energy Caucus, Congressional Peak Oil Caucus, House Green Schools Caucus, Congressional High Performance Building Caucus, Defense Energy Security Caucus, Oil & National Security Caucus, and Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Caucus, and with the Sustainable Energy Coalition* - will host the event, themed "Efficiency + Renewables = Economic & National Security!," to be held at the Cannon House Office Building.

This year’s EXPO will bring together fifty businesses, sustainable energy industry trade associations, government agencies, and energy policy research organizations (see list to-date below) to showcase the status and near-term potential of the cross-section of renewable energy (biofuels/biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) and energy efficiency technologies. The late morning program will feature Members of the U.S. Congress while speakers throughout the day will discuss the role sustainable energy technologies can play in meeting America’s energy needs.

As Congress, the Administration, the business community, environmental advocates, and American voters search for options to stimulate the economy and “green jobs,” as well as address issues of national security, higher energy costs, increased reliance on energy imports, and the environmental threats associated with energy consumption, the EXPO will help address the role that sustainable energy technologies might play. This will include not only the technical aspects of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies but also related issues such as economics, jobs potential, environmental benefits, current and near-term market potential, model programs in the public and private sectors, and institutional, financial and legal barriers.

The GEA is a member of the Sustainable Energy Coalition and is on the planning committee for this event.

The EXPO is free, open to the public, and no RSVPs are required.

Cannon House Office Building
Caucus Room (#345) & Veterans Affairs Committee Room (#340)
U.S. House of Representatives
Independence Avenue and New Jersey Avenue SE; Washington, DC

Thursday, June 21, 2012
9:30 am - 4:30 pm (exhibits open for viewing)
11:30 am – presentations by Members of Congress (starting list below)
9:30 - 4:30 pm – Administration, exhibitor speakers (partial list below)

ABB, Inc.
Acuity Brands
Advanced Biofuels Association
Advanced Biofuels USA
Army's Energy Initiatives Task Force
Breakthrough Technologies Institute
Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Building Performance Institute
Diesel Technology Forum
Efficiency First
Electricity Storage Association
Enervation, Inc.
Environmental & Energy Study Institute
Federal Performance Contracting Coalition
Frostburg State University-Renewable Energy Center
Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association
Geothermal Energy Association
GreenHeat LP
Growth Energy
Heat is Power Association
Industrial Energy Efficiency Coalition (IEEC)
International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers
Intertribal Council on Utility Policy
Lite Line Companies, Inc.
Natel Energy, Inc.
National Biodiesel Board
National Association of Energy Service Companies
National Green Energy Council
National Hydropower Association
National Insulation Association
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Ocean Power Technologies, Inc.
Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition
Solar Energy Industries Association
Standard Solar
The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Stella Group Ltd.
Sustainable Energy Fund
U.S. Clean Heat & Power Association
U.S. EPA's RE-Powering America Program
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. High Speed Rail Association
Water Management, Inc.

U.S. Representative Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)
U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Dr. Dorothy Robyn, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense-Installations & Environment
Dan Utech, Deputy Director for the Domestic Policy Council Office of Energy and Climate Change
Karen Atkinson, Director - DOI/BIA Indian Energy & Economic Development Office
Beth Craig, Director, Climate Protection Partnership Division, U.S. EPA
Rhone Resch, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association
John Finnerty, Director of Business Development, Standard Solar
Ryan Skukowski, Policy Analyst, BTI/Fuel Cells 2000
James Warner, Director of Policy & External Affairs, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association
Ruth McCormick, Senior Policy Associate, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Joanne M. Ivancic, Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels USA
Anne Steckel, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, National Biodiesel Board
Leslie McDowell, Marketing & Communications Director, Building Performance Institute, Inc.
Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group Ltd.
Andy Kunz, President & CEO, US High Speed Rail Association
Gia Schneider, CEO, Natel Energy
Les Scott, Director of Business Development, GreenHeatLP
Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director, Diesel Technology Forum
Eric Huffman, Director-Daylighting Sales, Acuity Brands
Linda Church Ciocci, Executive Director, National Hydropower Association
Katherine Hamilton, Policy Director, Electricity Storage Association
Ralph Avallone, Secretary General, International Green Energy Council
Bruce Salkin, Owner, Enervation, Inc.
Jennifer Schafer, Executive Director, Federal Performance Contracting Coalition
Kelsey Southerland, Executive Director, Heat is Power

Did You Know? America’s economy has tripled in size since 1970 and three-quarters of the energy needed to fuel that growth came from energy efficiency advances – yet, much more can still be done. The economies of Japan and several European countries are about 50% more energy-efficient than the U.S.

Did You Know? According to the Energy Information Administration, in 2011 renewable energy sources provided 11.7% of domestic U.S. energy production and 12.7% of net U.S. electrical generation.

Did You Know? The U.S. wind industry now totals 48,611 MW of cumulative wind capacity. There are over 8,900 MW currently under construction involving nearly 100 separate projects spanning 31 states plus Puerto Rico. The U.S. wind industry has added over 35% of all new generating capacity over the past 5 years, second only to natural gas, and more than nuclear and coal combined.

Did You Know? The U.S. is the world leader in utility-scale geothermal energy with 3,187 MW of installed capacity, including ~91 MW of new capacity brought online between 2011 and early 2012. Currently, geothermal electric power generation is occurring in AK, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, UT and WY while AZ, CO, LA, NM, ND, TX and WA have geothermal capacity in development.

Did You Know? Solar power in the U.S. grew 140% in the third quarter of 2011, making it one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy. Solar now exceeds 3,650 MW, enough to power 730,000 homes. More than 100,000 Americans work in the solar industry, double the number in 2009. They work at more than 5,600 companies, the vast majority being small businesses, in every state.

Did You Know? Hydropower currently accounts for 7% of U.S. electrical generation yet only 3 percent of the nation’s 80,000 dams currently generate electricity. Nearly 9,000-MW of new capacity could be added by modernizing existing hydropower facilities. America’s hydropower industry has the potential to create 1.4+ million cumulative jobs by 2025.

Did You Know? Due to environmental benefits, ease of use, and available subsidies, biodiesel use in the U.S. grew from about 10 million gallons in 2001 to 772 million gallons in 2011. Biodiesel at blend levels of 5% by volume (B5) or lower can be used in any diesel engine.

Did You Know? Size, flexibility, and their corresponding electrical output make fuel cells ideal for a wide variety of applications, from a few kilowatts to power a laptop computer to several megawatts at a central power generation facility. The fuel cell industry continues to expand and the total size of the global market is estimated to hit $785 million in 2012.

Did You Know? Better federal energy management over the last two decades to reduce energy use in federal buildings and other facilities has resulted in significant energy and cost savings. Federal energy use decreased by 16% from 1985 to 2007. Energy-saving efforts helped federal building carbon emissions decrease by 9.4% from 2003 to 2007.

Did You Know? More than 80% of builders say energy-efficient features are now pervasive in new homes. Two-thirds of builders and remodelers say customers request green homes to lower their utility bill. The green-homes share of the construction market -- 17% in 2011 -- will increase to between 29% and 38% by 2016.

Did You Know? With 13.9 billion gallons of domestic ethanol production, the U.S. required 485 million fewer barrels of imported oil in 2011. That is a total greater than all the oil the U.S. imports from Saudi Arabia. The total percentage of ethanol in the country's fuel supply is projected to reach 13.2% by 2021.


*Founded in 1992, the Sustainable Energy Coalition is a coalition of 23 national business, environmental, and energy policy organizations supporting aggressive development of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.

The Geothermal Energy Association is a trade association composed of U.S. companies who support the expanded use of geothermal energy and are developing geothermal Resources worldwide for electrical power generation and direct-heat uses. GEA advocates for public policies that will promote the development and utilization of geothermal Resources, provides a forum for the industry to discuss issues and problems, encourages research and development to improve geothermal technologies, presents industry views to governmental organizations, provides assistance for the export of geothermal goods and services, compiles statistical data about the geothermal industry, and conducts education and outreach projects. For more information, please visit Check out GEA’s YouTube Channel. Follow GEA on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook..
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