Energy officials convene to tackle green jobs and energy efficiency

Annapolis, Md., September 14, 2009 —State energy officials convened in Annapolis to discuss state and federal efforts to create green jobs, increase the nation’s energy efficiency and use of renewable energy and tackle other issues related to the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

More than 200 participants are attending the three-day Annual Meeting of the National Association of State Energy Officials, whose members typically are designated by governors to run their state and territory energy offices.

NASEO members are leading efforts to direct, invest and manage energy spending to maximize energy savings, generate private sector cost-shared investment in clean energy projects, and produce immediate economic benefits, including jobs. State and territory energy offices manage more than $3 billion of state funds annually in addition to much of the federal stimulus funding directed towards energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Among the speakers at the association’s Annual Meeting today were two appointed officials from the U.S. Department of Energy: Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and Matt Rogers, Senior Advisor to the Energy Secretary.

Recognizing the nation’s national security interests, climate change and the need to create jobs and improve the economy, Zoi said “Now is a moment requiring mobilization on a massive scale” to affect America’s clean energy transformation. She announced a new $450-million program, “Retrofit Ramp-Up,” to make energy efficiency accessible to every business and homeowner in the nation.

Rogers called the states a “core center of innovation” and said state efforts are “enormously important” to the success of the federal stimulus, including job creation.

“As a leader in clean energy, I’m proud that Maryland was chosen to host this meeting of state energy officials from around the nation,” added Malcolm Woolf, director of the Maryland Energy Administration. “Annapolis’ historic setting is a perfect venue to discuss the unprecedented opportunity provided by the economic stimulus package to help families save money, create green-collar jobs, and accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy.”

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