March 29, 2012

The conclusion of EE Global is a bittersweet moment for me – the amazing speakers return home, the Solutions Showcase gets packed up, and all the new friends we’ve made have to rely on remote communication for the next while. BUT, the sweetness comes when I think about what we’ve accomplished over the past three days: solidifying relationships that will carry far beyond the walls of the Peabody Orlando, new ideas that came out of workshops and dialogue sessions, and inspiration from dynamic speakers like Dr. Kandeh Yumkella and others who positively electrified the plenary sessions!

The theme of EE Global 2012 resonated from day one to three: Energy efficiency as an “All of the Above” solution. The hundreds of attendees could all agree on that, whether they were here to talk finance, industrial efficiency, policy, buildings, appliances, or the many other topics that range the broad spectrum of energy efficiency.

This was our fifth EE Global, and attracted the highest caliber of speakers yet. And our new roundtable plenary format turned out to be a huge hit, garnering eager audience participation and thoughtful dialogue between some of the brightest minds in the field. The high-level speakers also meant that every conversation and every dialogue session carried that much more weight, since we’re here with the real movers and shakers in government, business, and NGO sectors.

I could be here all day if I had to pick my top moment of EE Global 2012. Strong contenders are the Virtual Podium press conference that gave seven organizations a platform to share their latest announcements with media in the room and around the world via live webcast; an opening plenary session I had the pleasure to moderate featuring the excitable and thought-provoking Ambassador to Finland Bruce Oreck; and a morning plenary session centered on the UN declared Year of Sustainable Energy for All, keynoted by Dr. Yumkella and ably led by Principal Director for the Department of External Relations at Asian Development Bank Ann Quon. But more than anything, my favorite moments were what happened at the Solutions Showcase – the conversations I had with exciting global organizations and finding out what’s the next big thing in energy efficiency.

To our wonderful speakers, sponsors (especially our Founding Sponsors Schneider Electric, Siemens, and Whirlpool), and co-host SEEA, thank you for making this week so memorable. And whether you were able to join me in Orlando or stayed up-to-date through our newsletters, I hope you got something out of these three days. Thank you for your continued commitment to advancing energy efficiency worldwide, and here’s to another great EE Global!

Warm Regards,

Kateri Callahan
President, Alliance to Save Energy