VAEEC News: More than 100 Industry Leaders to Gather for Biannual Meeting

Contact: Annie Suttle, Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, 434.249.9817,

Gubernatorial Election Implications and Statewide Industry Census on Agenda

Richmond, Virginia – The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council will welcome more than 100 leaders in the energy efficiency industry to its biannual meeting today. Participants will get a sneak peek at and briefing on the 2013 Clean Energy Census in Virginia, the first of its kind, which will be released in January. The meeting will also include a Crystal Ball Panel that addresses the gubernatorial election’s implications for energy efficiency in the Commonwealth.

“We’re thrilled to have another packed house of the thought leaders and drivers in Virginia’s energy efficiency industry,” said Steve Walz, VAEEC’s Governance Board Chair. “This is the ideal space for networking, exchanging ideas, and getting up to speed with the state of the energy efficiency industry in the Commonwealth. We’ll address topics that are of great and immediate import to our industry and our state like the recent Energy Efficiency Census that VAEEC conducted and the possible implications of the recent statewide elections.”

The full agenda is online. Featured speakers and topics include:

• Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (“Clean Energy Census: How has NCSEA Leveraged the Census for EE Jobs Creation in North Carolina and Lessons for Virginia”)

• Bill Greenleaf, Richmond Region Energy Alliance and VAEEC Board (“Overview of Virginia Energy Efficiency Census”)

• Subid Wagley, DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (“DOE Energy Efficiency Initiatives in Buildings”)

• Cisco DeVries, President and CEO of Renewable Funding (“Commercial PACE and the WHEEL”)

• Al Christopher, Energy Division Director, Dept. of Mines Minerals and Energy (“What the new Governor could mean for energy efficiency and the State Energy Office”)

• Andy Farmer, Education Resources Manager, State Corporation Commission (“What’s ahead & their decision-making methodology”)

• Bob Holsworth, Managing Principal, DecideSmart (“How the most recent election might impact energy efficiency in the Commonwealth”)

• Cynthia Adams, Executive Director, Local Energy Alliance Program and VAEEC Board (“Update on federal energy efficiency policies”)

The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council ( is a trade organization whose mission is to assess and support programs, innovation, best practices and policies which grow Virginia’s energy efficiency industry and to provide a forum for stakeholder interaction. Current 2013-2014 members include:

Business Gold:

• Dominion Virginia Power

• Local Energy Alliance Program

• Old Dominion Electric Cooperative

• OPower

• Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

• Siemens

Business Silver:

• 2rw Consultants, Inc.

• Columbia Gas of Virginia

• Commonwealth Sustainability Works

• Community Housing Partners

• Comverge

• D&R International

• GoodCents

• Southland Energy

• Trane


• North Carolina State University

• Tidewater Community College

• Virginia Commonwealth University


• Chesterfield County

• City of Charlottesville

• James City County

• Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

• Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

• Virginia Energy Purchasing Governmental Association


• Paul Brooks, Johnson Controls

• Tom Cassidy

• Lisa Dobriansky, General Microgrids

• Bill Greenleaf, Richmond Region Energy Alliance

• Elizabeth Gruben, Watt Savers

• Abigail Johnson, Abacus Property Solutions

• Sandra Leibowitz, Sustainable Design Consulting LLC

• Brian Redmond, Paragon Energy Holdings LLC

• Jeff Soplop, Energy Savvy

• Molalenge Teshome, Bridgewater College

• Liza Tuttle, GE Appliances and Lighting

• Steve Walz, Northern Virginia Regional Commission

• Billy Weitzenfeld, AECP

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