Authors: Kat Daniel | Program Manager, Communities of Practice
Earlier this month, Green For All attended the Department of Energy's Clean Energy Summit and What's Working Conference. The events offered insight about the Federal Government's latest thinking on policy and examples of best practices supporting the energy efficiency and clean energy sectors. In the midst of these events, Green For All hosted a reception and networking event to bring together the programs we work with and other conference participants. At the reception, Greg Nelson, Deputy Director at the Office of Public Engagement offered his insights about the trends and innovations in clean energy that are taking place within the Administration. The three days of events kicked off with the State and Local Government Clean Energy Summit. The DOE convened sessions focused on policies to support the adoption of clean energy technologies in the market, to finance energy efficiency across market segments, and to drive job creation and economic development. A major area of focus throughout the summit was how the Department of Energy could provide support to facilitate success among programs doing the hard work of market transformation on the ground. Green For All's reception on the second day of the summit celebrated the incredible work of energy efficiency programs across the country. In attendance were some of our strongest partners within the Energy Efficiency sectors including, Long Island Green Homes, G-Tech Strategies, reEnergize Omaha/Lincoln, Community Power Works Seattle, LiUNA, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, and Green For All Fellows: Jailan Adly and Kymone Freeman. The What's Working conference took place on the third day. Communities with leading energy efficiency programs shared the strategies they used to achieve results. We heard from the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance about taking a regional approach to roll out their High Road program in a way that made it simple for contractors to serve customers. ReEnergize Omaha/Lincoln and Bainbridge Island shared innovative strategies to market energy efficiency, Long Island Power Authority talked about the work they've done with contractors to help them drive demand. Clean Energy Works Portland closed out the day talking about the platform they've implemented to collect data to track the energy and cost savings that their program creates for customers as well as tracking the performance of contractors, both to offer quality services and track high road standards.