Events and Resources
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee
In support of U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency manufacturers and services providers, the Department of Commerce announces the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC). The REEEAC will provide support on trade issues that will support the international competitiveness of U.S. companies in this expanding sector. To learn more about the Committee, the charter and list of committee members is provided below.
List of Committee Members
ETTAC Soliciting New Members
OEEI is currently soliciting 35 new (or returning) members to the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC)—the private sector Committee that advises the Secretary of Commerce and agencies of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC) on federal trade policies and programs concerning the environmental technologies industry.
Private sector companies, trade associations, NGO organizations with experience in exporting the full range of environmental technologies products and services are sought, including experience in the following sectors:
1) Air Pollution Control/Monitoring
2) Analytic Devices and Services
3) Environmental Engineering and Consulting Services
4) Financial Services for the Environmental Sector
5) Process and Prevention Technologies
7) Solid and Hazardous Waste
8) Water and Wastewater Treatment
Members must be US citizens and represent organizations with at least 51% U.S. ownership.
Nominations must be received NLT 12/3/10 to be considered. Please visit the Federal Register Notice here or contact Ellen Bohon at Ellen.Bohon@trade.gov for more information.
Renewable Energy Market Assessment in Indonesia
Renewable Energy in Indonesia Market Assessment Report Indonesia offers U.S. companies a stable political system, a growing economy, and a significant resource base for renewable energy development. Indonesian President Yudhoyono has committed the country to doubling its renewable energy production from 7% of total production to 15% by 2025, which will require 6.7 GW of new renewable energy. Fortunately, Indonesia offers tremendous opportunities for U.S. renewable energy companies. The country is home to 40% of the world’s known geothermal resource (27 GW of potential) while also offering opportunities in biomass, wind, solar, and hydropower. To download the report click here.
Energy Industry Assessment
The 2010 Energy Industry Assessment in now available on-line. This comprehensive document highlights the U.S. and international energy industry, with a focus on global competitiveness, U.S. energy supply and demand, domestic environment, regulatory issues, non-regulatory issues, and the international trading environment. The specific energy sectors which are profiled in the document include oil, gas, coal, nuclear, biofuels, transmission/distribution/grid, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
December 12-13, 2009: Bright Green Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark
For two weeks in December 2009, Denmark will host the United Nations Climate Summit COP 15, an international forum to reach consensus on a new global climate agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol. On December 12-13, the Confederation of Danish Industries will host the Bright Green Exhibition. We hope that you will join us and be a part of the U.S. Special Exhibitiors Program showcasing U.S. clean technologies. We are offering a Special Exhibitors Program that provides increased value to innovative American companies, offering real solutions in all sectors of renewable energy and clean technology.
Reasons why Bright Green is the Place to Be for the Best of Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Companies:
- Bright Green is already included in the calendar of the official COP 15 website
- Bright Green will be announced in the daily program at the COP
- Bright Green is represented at the COP venue
- Many delegates are expected to visit on Sunday, December 13, a rest day for the COP 15 delegates
- The venue is located within walking distance to most hotels in Copenhagen
- Renowned international speakers will contribute to Bright Green
- Hotels in Copenhagen are already sold out, though Bright Green organizers have rooms for exhibitors.
December 7-10, 2009: PowerGen International Conference
ITA energy trade specialists coordinated over 400 buyer delegates representing twenty-seven countries to attend the 2009 PowerGen International Conference, which took place in Las Vegas from December 7-10. As part of the ITA Program, MAS-OEEI coordinated the December 9 Power Generation Industry Briefing. Representatives from Babcock & Wilcox, General Electric, and the American Wind Energy Association provided overviews on U.S. technologies for nuclear power, clean coal technology, and wind power. The 2010 PowerGen International Conference will take place from December 14-16 in Orlando.
November 16, 2009: ITA Touts Civil Nuclear Trade Initiative at American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting
More than thirteen hundred firms from across the U.S. and around the world participated in the November 16 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Winter Meeting. Many were on hand to learn about the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Civil Nuclear Trade Initiative from Mary Saunders, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and Services. For more information, please go to: http://www.trade.gov/press/press_releases/2009/nuclear_111609.asp.
November 13, 2009: Global Smart Energy Forum in Monterey, California
In partnership with the International Trade Administration (ITA), the Monterey Bay International Trade Association hosted the Global Smart Energy Forum. The Forum highlighted bilateral trade and investment opportunities available to U.S. firms in the smart and clean energy sector. Energy experts representing the small business sector discussed the business opportunities and challenges that clean tech companies face in the U.S. and abroad in the smart energy industry. Attendees learned about: 1) global trade and investment opportunities in smart grid products and services, 2) the emergence of localized smart microgrids, and 3) the importance of international standards for global energy infrastructure development. For additional information, please go to: http://www.mbita.org/events/global-smartenergy.html
October 27-29, 2009: Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition in Lafayette, Louisiana
The International Trade Administration coordinated the ITA Program of Events and the International Buyers Program for the Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition in Lafayette, Louisiana from October 27-29. Presentations on international oil and gas opportunities can be found at
October 21 - 22, 2009: Association for Manufacturing Technology Conference, Orlando, Florida
ITA is the lead trade promotion agency of the U.S. Government and is committed to deploying U.S-made renewable energy technologies around the world. Over the past few years, we have created a series of initiatives, published several documents, and engaged in bilateral and multilateral negotiations to advance the competitiveness of the U.S. renewable energy industry. To find out more, click here.
October 20, 2009: Energy for Manufacturing Roundtable
The Office of Energy and Environmental Industries hosted a half-day Energy for Manufacturing Roundtable event on October 20. This event was attended by members of the manufacturing sector and energy suppliers to the manufacturing industry. Attendees learned about and discussed the consequences that energy consumption and workforce education have on competitiveness; how energy efficiency models can strengthen competition and innovation; and how energy consumption patterns are spurring greater implementation of industrial energy efficient technologies.
Brian T. Castelli, Alliance to Save Energy:
Energy Efficiency Opportunities in the Industrial Sector
Stephanie Battles, DOE, Energy Information Administration:
Energy Consumption in the Manufacturing Sector
Carroll Thomas, NIST-Manufacturing Extension Partnership:
E3 Program: Economy, Energy, and Environment
Sandy Glatt, DOE-Industrial Technologies Program:
Save Energy Now Program
Industrial Assessment Center Program: Results and Benefits
Karen Kashmanian Oates, NSF-Advanced Technological Education Program
Advanced Technological Education Program
Candy Center, Cape Cod Community College
Renewable Energy Education and Training Program
Dr. Yun Liu, Baltimore City Community College
Robotics Technology Program
October 5, 2009: Biomass Webinar: Federal Funding Opportunities for Your Biomass Business
The Office of Energy and Environmental Industries will co-host a webinar with the Biomass Coordinating Council of the American Council on Renewable Energy Monday, October 5th at 3:00pm (EST). The webinar will include speakers from the Departments of Energy, Agriculture, and Treasury who will discuss the programs their agencies offer to the biomass industry. For more information on the webinar, or to register, please click here.
September 29, 2009: The New Environmental Industry:
New Entrants and Innovations Broaden the Business of Environmental Protection, 2:00-4:00pm, Room 4830, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
As industry continues to seek solutions to current environmental issues such as climate change, clean air, and water scarcity, U.S. companies from across the industry spectrum are creating new environmental products and services. Come hear some of the surprising sources of this innovation and discuss potential policy interactions. Please email email@example.com to register for the event, or contact Marc Lemmond for additional information.
September 27-29, 2009: 9th U.S.-China Oil and Gas Industry Forum, Qingdao, China
The U.S.-China Oil & Gas Industry Forum is a public-private partnership involving government and industry representatives from the United States and China. The Forum enables the two countries to meet common goals, including development of secure, reliable, and economic sources of oil and natural gas while facilitating investment in the energy industry. Detailed information on the Forum can be found at http://www.uschinaogf.org/Forum9/forum9.html.
September 21, 2009: Energy Efficiency Road Show in Toledo, Ohio
On September 21, 2009, the Department of Commerce hosted a Forum on Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing at Owens Corning's World Headquarters in Toledo, Ohio. The event focused on identifying the resources available to companies to be more energy efficient. Over 85 people attended the event, which included an afternoon site visit to the Clean and Alternative Energy Incubator at the University of Toledo. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur welcomed the Forum's participants and gave brief introductory remarks. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Mary Saunders moderated the morning panel discussions. Presentations are available below; please click on the name of the presenter to link to their presentation.
PANEL 1: Resources--Federal and State Support for Energy Efficiency
Ryan Mulholland, International Trade Administration
Phillip Wadsworth, NIST-Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Scott Hutchins, Department of Energy-Industrial Technologies Program
Walt Tunnesson, EPA Industrial Energy Star Program
Anthony Sutor, Ohio Energy Office
PANEL 2: Putting Resources to Work-- the Experience of Industry
Bill Allemon, Ford Motor Company
Larry Boyd, Energy Industries of Ohio
Joseph Wolfsberger, Eaton Technologies
Matt Morris, North Star BlueScope
Douglas Burns, Rockwell Automation
Frank O'Brien-Bernini, Owens Corning
Accelerating Energy Efficiency Improvements in Our Operations and Markets
Check List for Corporate Energy Efficiency
Photos from Event
September 11, 2009: Smart Grid Seminar
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), $4.7 billion is being made available to smart grid companies through DOE for smart grid investment grants and demonstration projects. An additional $7 billion is being made available from DOC-National Telecommunications and Information Administration and USDA-Rural Utilities Service for broadband deployment, a crucial component for the smart grid system. In addition, DOC-National Institute of Standards and Technology is accelerating the deployment of smart grid interoperability standards, which will enable the integration, effective cooperation, and two-way communication among the many interconnected elements of the electric power grid. On September 11, ITA coordinated the Smart Grid Seminar session, which provides an overview of the current status of smart grid deployment, with insight on opportunities for U.S. SMEs and start-up companies. Representatives from the Modern Grid Strategy Team, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association provided their insight on the smart grid system and opportunities for U.S. SMEs:
Presentation: Smart Grid Concepts
Presentation: Smart Grid Interoperability Standards
Presentation: Smart Grid Technical and Policy Challenges
September 2009: U.S. Industry Promotion Program at the International Atomic Energy Agency's 53rd General Conference, Vienna, Austria
The U.S. Departments of Commerce, State, and Energy invite you to participate in the second-annual U.S. Industry Promotion Program at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) 53rd General Conference in Vienna, Austria. The General Conference runs from September 14-18, 2009. We anticipate the U.S. Industry Promotion Program will be from September 13-15.
The purpose of the U.S. Industry Promotion Program is to demonstrate high-level U.S. Government support for the U.S. civil nuclear industry and provide U.S. industry with valuable information and networking opportunities.
We are currently developing the following opportunities for industry participants:
--Welcome dinner or reception, including a delegation briefing
--U.S. civil nuclear industry exhibit
--U.S. civil nuclear industry seminar showcasing U.S. technology
--Delegation meetings with U.S. government and IAEA officials
--Individual company meetings with foreign delegation representatives
If you are interested in participating in this program, please preregister via: http://www.buyusa.gov/austria/en/iaea.html.
For additional information on this program, please contact Sarah.Lopp@mail.doc.gov
August 9-10, 2009: North American Leaders Summit, Guadalajara, Mexico:
Energy and climate change were important elements of the trilateral discussions at the North American Leaders Summit held in Guadalajara, Mexico, on August 9-10, 2009. Building on the work of the North American Energy Working Group, established in 2001 by the United States, Mexico, and Canada, deliverables announced at the Leaders Summit included carbon capture and storage partnerships, gas flaring reduction strategies, energy efficiency, and North American clean energy cooperation.
July 16, 2009: Outreach to Industry on International Climate Change Negotiations
On July 16, 2009, the U.S. Department of Commerce hosted a half-day briefing for industry participants during which senior U.S. government officials discussed a potential new agreement to be negotiated under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), provided updates on recent developments, and solicited individual input from participants. DOC plans to host events similar to this one in cities across the United States over the next few months including Milwaukee on August 25 and San Francisco on September 10.
June 2, 2009: Industry Briefing on the 37th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Energy Working Group (APEC-EWG)
10:00am-12 noon, U.S. Department of Commerce
On June 2, 2009, the International Trade Administration hosted an Industry Briefing on the 37th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Energy Working Group. Senior U.S. government officials briefed the business community on recent developments in APEC regarding energy issues, including the APEC Energy Working Group meeting in Santiago, Chile in April 20-24. The agenda featured key outcomes from the Santiago meeting, U.S. objectives for APEC in 2009, including trade and investment priorities, and a discussion on industry engagement and advancing industry’s priorities in APEC through effective public-private partnerships. Presenters included representatives from the Departments of Commerce, Energy, State and USTR, USTDA and the National Center for APEC. The briefing took place at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
May 19-20, 2009: Second Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Interim Roadmap Workshop, National Harbor, Maryland
As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to moving the nation towards energy independence, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has contracted with the Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) to help it develop an interim “Roadmap” for Smart Grid standards interoperability. To allow various industry stakeholders to provide comments and suggestions to the Roadmap, NIST is organizing second Roadmap Workshop on May 19-20 to review the draft findings and recommendations from the Roadmap. The first Roadmap Workshop was held in Reston, Virginia on April 28-29. Utilities Executive and Technical Staff, Regulators, Vendors, Builders, State and Federal Government Personnel, Consumer Advocates, Engineers, Planners and Integrators are strongly recommended to attend. Both workshops are open to the public and free of charge. Details and registration procedures for the May 19-20 workshop.
May 11-15, 2009: Export Seminar, Electric Power Conference, Chicago, Illinois
The International Trade Administration will hold a seminar on ‘Advancing U.S. Exports of Power Technologies and Equipment’ on May 11 from 1:00-5:00pm as part of the Electric Power Conference. The session will highlight:
- An Overview of World Markets for U.S. Power Technologies and Equipment
- U.S. Exporting Programs and Breaking into International Markets
- Financing and Ensuring Payment for Energy Projects
- Intellectual Property Rights and Exporting
- U.S. Company Export Experiences in Overseas markets
- Electric Power Country Market Overview: Algeria
Agenda for ITA Export Seminar at Electric Power Conference
Presentations from ITA Export Seminar:
For additional information on the ITA Program of Events at Electric Power, please contact Shannon.Fraser@mail.doc.gov
May 4-7, 2009: Industry Breakfast Briefings, Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, Texas
The Office of Energy and Environmental Industries hosted a series of Industry Breakfast Briefings as part of the Offshore Technology Conference. The presentations from these sessions were as follows:
- May 5, Brazil's Offshore Oil and Gas Policy and Opportunties for Trade and Investment in Brazil's Oil and Gas Sector
- May 6, Offshore Asia: Markets, Trends, and Opportunities
- May 7, Oil and Gas Frontiers of the Caribbean Basin
For additional information on these sessions, please contact Samuel.Beatty@mail.doc.gov
April 28-29, 2009: Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Interim Roadmap Workshop, Reston, Virginia
As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to moving the nation towards energy independence, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has contracted with the Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) to help it develop an interim “Roadmap” for Smart Grid standards interoperability. To allow various industry stakeholders to provide comments and suggestions to the Roadmap, NIST organized a workshop on April 28-29 to review the high-level principles for the Roadmap and a second workshop on May 19-20 to review the draft findings and recommendations from the Roadmap. Both workshops were open to the public and free of charge. Click for details and registration procedures for the April 28-29 workshop.
April 27-30, 2009: Export Seminar, Coal Prep Conference, Lexington, Kentucky
ITA hosted an Export Seminar from 10:00-11:00am on April 29 as part of the Coal Prep Conference. This session highlighted ITA programs, services, and resources available to U.S. coal industry companies aiming to expand opportunities in overseas markets. Export-Import Bank representatives provided an overview of financing programs available to U.S. companies. For additional information on this session, please contact Shannon.Fraser@mail.doc.gov
April 14, 2009: U.S. Civil Nuclear Industry Export Control Seminar,
On April 14, the Nuclear Energy Institute and the International Trade Administration hosted an Export Control Seminar for the U.S. Civil Nuclear Industry. This event highlighted:
- Overview of Export Control Policies and Programs
- 123 Agreements
- Dual-Use Items
- 810 Authorization
- 110 License
For additional information on the program, please contact David.Kincaid@mail.doc.gov
Civil Nuclear Exporters Guide
This online guide is designed to help U.S. companies take part in the global nuclear renaissance by exporting their civil nuclear technology overseas. The guide covers the licensing process and provides contacts for the appropriate federal agencies. The Civil Nuclear Exporters Guide represents another achievement for the International Trade Administration's Civil Nuclear Trade Initiative, which was launched in late 2008.
American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Funding for Smart Grid Projects
On April 16, 2009, the Department of Energy issued a Notice of Intent and a draft Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that lays the groundwork for providing nearly $4 billion in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds to support smart grid projects. The Notice of Intent was issued for DOE's Smart Grid Investment Grant Program, which will provide grants of $500,000 to $20 million for smart grid technology deployments and grants of $100,000 to $5 million for the deployment of grid monitoring devices. The program will provide matching grants of up to 50% of the project cost, and the total funding for the program is $3.375 billion. In addition, the draft FOA paves the way toward an offer of $615 million to support demonstrations of regional smart grids, utility-scale energy storage systems, and grid monitoring devices. U.S. companies interested in providing comments to the Notice of Intent and the draft FOA (found by searching the public opportunities on FedConnect for reference number DE-FOA-0000036) may do so through May 6. The formal Funding Opportunity Announcement is anticipated for release on or about June 17, 2009.
Renewable Fuel Standard - Lifecycle Analysis
Under the Clean Air Act, as amended by Sections 201, 202, and 210 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency is required to promulgate regulations implementing changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard program. The revised statutory requirements specify the volumes of cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable
fuel that must be used in transportation fuel each year, with the volumes increasing over time. The revised statutory requirements also include new definitions and criteria for both renewable fuels and the feedstocks used to produce them, including new greenhouse gas emission thresholds for renewable fuels. For the first time in a regulatory program, an assessment of greenhouse gas emission performance is being utilized to establish those fuels that qualify for the four different renewable fuel standards. As mandated by the revised statutory
requirements, the greenhouse gas emission assessments must evaluate the full lifecycle emission impacts of fuel production including both direct and indirect emissions, including significant emissions from land use changes. For additional details, please refer to: