IES Converges on Washington, DC

By Timothy Licitra posted 06-10-2019 16:48

  
-From the Desk of the Executive Director-

Once a year we try to organize what’s called a “fly-in” where leadership from the IES Board and Staff gather in Washington, DC to meet with other organizations, government agencies, government officials, and other interested parties. The group representing IES this year was larger than it was in previous years; consisting of…

Lance Bennett, IES President
Jennifer Jaques, IES Vice-President (President elect 2019-2020)
Antonio Garza, IES At-Large Director (Vice-President 2019-2020)
Tim Licitra, IES Executive Director
Brian Liebel, IES Director of Standards and Research
Mark Lien, IES Industry Relationship Manager
Alex Baker, IES Manager of Government Affairs and Public Policy

The purpose of these meetings can vary from general awareness for IES, imparting our viewpoints as they relate to energy efficiency and quality lighting, being a point of contact for lighting information, increasing collaboration to strengthen existing relationships, and creating new relationships and potential partnerships. The following is brief summary of our trip and why these important meetings help to maintain and increase the value of your membership with our Society.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
ASHRAE’s mission is to advance the arts and science of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. ASHRAE’s representatives in attendance were…

Alice Yates, Director of Government Affairs
Dunstan Macauley, ASHRAE Board of Directors, Region III Director and Regional Chair
Jeremy Pollack, Manager of Federal Government Affairs
Caroline Sevier, Manager of State and Local Government Affairs

At this meeting we discussed a variety of topics, including…

  • our work as a partner with the 90.1 Lighting Subcommittee,
  • how we can both better support ANSI (American National Standards Institute),
  • government affairs issues that both organizations are facing and how we can work together on them,
  • how we can collectively work together to better support the emerging professionals of our respective societies, and
  • what we can do to continue to help one another and build upon our already strong strategic partnership.

The Alliance to Save Energy
The Alliance’s mission is to improve energy productivity by (1) Leading bipartisan initiatives that drive technological innovation and energy efficiency across all sectors of the economy, through policy advocacy, education, communications, and research; and (2) Convening and engaging in diverse public private partnerships, collaborative efforts and strategic alliances to optimize resources and expand the sphere of influence. The Alliance’s representatives in attendance were…

Daniel Bresette, Vice President, Policy
Ben Evans, Vice President, Government Affairs and Communications
Alexander Ratner, Policy and Analysis Manager
Laura Van Wie McGrory, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Reed Brown, Government Affairs Manager

The IES is as Associate organization member of the Alliance to Save Energy and we contribute to the Systems Efficiency Subcommittee.  

At this meeting we discussed a variety of topics, including…

  • updates on IES activities,
  • remaining opportunities for lighting energy savings,
  • how IES can support the Alliance’s efforts, and
  • are there opportunities for IES to create greater awareness for ourselves and our beliefs through the Alliance.

Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC)

IES and IEC
The mission of IEC is to be dedicated to the success and advancement of our members within the independent electrical industry. IEC’s representatives in attendance were…

Spencer Villwock, CEO
Raeshawn Crosson, Chief Operations Officer
Patrick Merkel, Director of Education

At this meeting we discussed a variety of topics, including…

  • learning more about the roles our respective organizations play in the industry,
  • opportunities for collaboration on education, and
  • how both organizations can support one another’s efforts.

Congressman Peter Welch (VT)

IES and Rep Welch Office
Congressman Peter Welch represents the state of Vermont and is the Co-Chair of High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus. He is also a Member of the Honorary Board of Advisors at the Alliance to Save Energy. Representing Congressman Welch in this meeting was…

Mark Fowler, Senior Legislative Assistant at U.S. House of Representatives

The IES has a longstanding relationship with this office. At this meeting we discussed a variety of topics, including…

  • our position as it relates to the importance of energy efficiency and quality lighting,
  • newer topics of relevance for lighting, such as light and health, light and horticulture, etc, and
  • the importance of Standard Development Organizations and the consensus process under ANSI.

Congressman David McKinley (WV)
Congressman David McKinley represents the state of West Virginia’s 1st District and is the Co-Chair of High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus. He is also a Member of the Honorary Board of Advisors at the Alliance to Save Energy, and is one of two PEs in Congress (the other being Rep. Tonko). Representing Congressman McKinley in this meeting was…

Brian Garand, Legislative Assistant at U.S. House of Representatives

At this meeting we discussed a variety of topics, including…

  • who IES is and our role in the global lighting industry,
  • our position as it relates to the importance of energy efficiency and quality lighting,
  • newer topics of relevance for lighting, such as light and health, light and horticulture, etc, and
  • the importance of Standard Development Organizations and the consensus process under ANSI.

Congressman Paul Tonko (NY)

IES and Rep Tonko
Congressman Paul Tonko represents the state of New York’s 20th District and is the former President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He is a former engineer for the NYS Public Service Commission, and is one of two PEs in Congress (the other being Rep. McKinley). Congressman Tonko was generous to spend 30 minutes with our group. The individuals from this office in attendance were…

Congressman Paul Tonko
Brendan Larkin, Senior Policy Advisor at U.S. House of Representatives

At this meeting we discussed a variety of topics, including…

  • who IES is and our role in the global lighting industry,
  • the remaining potential and opportunities with energy efficient lighting and solid-state lighting,
  • the value of quality lighting,
  • the joint work that we do in our partnership with ASHRAE,
  • newer topics of relevance for lighting, such as light and health, light and horticulture, etc, and
  • the importance of Standard Development Organizations and the consensus process under ANSI.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
The mission of NEMA is to provide a favorable business environment for its members, in the countries where they manufacture and sell their products. NEMA’s representatives in attendance were…

Karen Willis, Industry Relations
Clark Silcox, General Counsel
Alex Boesenberg, Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs
Madeleine Bugel, Manager of Regulatory Affairs

IES and NEMA have a decades-old relationship. At this meeting we discussed a variety of topics, including…

  • lighting standards development,
  • other federal agency activities,
  • an update on the state of GSL,
  • research initiatives, and
  • issues pertaining to both IES and NEMA members.

U.S Department of Energy (DOE)
The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The U.S. DOE’s representatives in attendance were…

David Nemtzow, Office Director, Building Technologies Office
Dr. Karma Sawyer, Program Manager of Emerging Technologies, Building Technologies Office
Dr. Brian Walker, Solid State Lighting Technology Manager, Building Technologies Office
Erika Gupta, Sensors and Controls Technology Manager, Building Technologies Office

At this meeting we discussed a variety of topics, including…

  • SSL Research & Design program updates,
  • our appreciation for PNNL funding and support,
  • light and health standardization activities,
  • upcoming IES events,
  • next generation lighting systems challenges, and
  • research initiatives.

Smithsonian – National Museum of American History
Smithsonian

The National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history. The museum helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. Included is the Lighting a Revolution — Electricity Hall. The National Museum of American History’s representative in attendance was…

Hal Wallace, Ph.D., Curator, Electricity Collections

While at the museum, we were brought into the archives to see part of the lighting collection that was no longer on display. In addition we spent some time walking through Lighting a Revolution — Electricity Hall. At this meeting we discussed a variety of topics, including…

  • the importance of preserving lighting history,
  • the future of the exhibit,
  • areas for potential collaboration, and
  • fundraising needs for the exhibit.

This was a jam-packed two days of meetings. There were a lot of relationships that were strengthened, areas for potential collaboration and growth, and new bonds that were formed between organizations. We look forward to building on this trip to further benefit the Society and your membership.

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