Held in Washington, D.C. from May 20-21, EE Global 2013 was a huge success! Over 550 industry leaders from all over the world came together at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for two days of thought-provoking dialogue and high-level networking. In keeping with the tradition of elite speakers, two U.S. secretaries offered keynote remarks. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz stopped by EE Global and delivered his first official remarks in office, mere hours after being sworn in. Secretary Moniz told the crowd that “efficiency is going to be a big focus as we go forward,” a promise that lent an excited energy to the rest of the conference. Secretary Moniz was joined by Secretary of the U.S. Navy Ray Mabus and over 100 energy efficiency experts who served as thought leaders during the conference on the Executive Dialogue agenda.
Highlights from 2013 included the Opening Plenary Session which discussed how energy efficiency is the clear solution to increasing economic output, lowering overall energy costs, strengthening energy security, and creating jobs framed around the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy’s initiative, Energy 2030. The Morning Plenary Session welcomed leading figures from businesses, governments, and NGOs who discussed how they are utilizing energy efficiency in their efforts to address a changing climate, declining energy access, and unpredictable energy security. Finally, the Plenary Awards Luncheon celebrated and showcased the “best of the best” in energy efficiency by honoring the 2013 EE Visionary award winners as selected by the EE Global International Steering Committee.