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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Background on The President's Meeting on Energy Efficiency & Job Creation

Fact Sheet on The Vice President Biden’s Memo to The President on Progress Building a Clean Energy Economy


10:45 AM

As a follow up to his speech last week, the President will visit a Home Depot in Alexandria, Virginia this afternoon to highlight the importance of providing incentives to consumers who retrofit their homes save money,  reduce the pollution and create jobs.  He will first meet with a group representing the labor, small business and manufacturing communities, all stakeholders in the shift to a more energy efficient economy. Following the event, the President will have lunch at the White House with business leaders representing different parts of the supply chain; manufacturing, retail and in-home audits and implementation to discuss the opportunities for creating jobs through incentivizing home energy efficiency upgrades. 

The Vice President also sent a memo to the President yesterday afternoon on the positive impact of the energy components of the Recovery Act.   Through the Recovery Act and more effective use of programs already in existence, the administration is taking the critical steps to transform the United States into a global clean energy leader. The energy components of the Recovery Act represent the largest single investment in clean energy in American history and are leveraging private investment and fostering American innovation and ingenuity. They are jumpstarting a major transformation of our energy system including unprecedented growth in the generation of renewable sources of energy, enhanced manufacturing capacity for clean energy technology, advanced vehicle and fuel technologies, and a bigger, better, smarter electric grid.  
Background on meeting participants below:
Stephon Burgess, Ardently Green
Stephon Burgess is a 23 year old DC resident who was unemployed for 12 months. Recently, Stephon was retrained and hired to work on installing weatherization and energy efficiency solutions in existing homes. He was recruited to the LIUNA Weatherization Training Center by Washington Interfaith Network, a local DC clergy organization and is supported by WeatherizeDC, a non-profit developing community interest in weatherization. Stephon now works full time for Ardently Green, a local small business Home Performance Contractor and Energy Star partner focused on making existing homes more energy efficient.

Gerald Palmer, President, Southland Insulators
Gerald Palmer is the President of Southland Insulators, an insulation and home performance contractor in Northern Virginia. Southland works in residential, commercial and building retrofit.  In addition to insulation, Southland has crews trained in Home Performance with Energy Star.  Southland has been named “Contractor of the Year” twice by the National Association of Home Builders. Southland currently employs about 100 office and field staff in its Manassas headquarters, and conducts energy efficiency work in about 5000 homes per year.

John R. Shields, Jr., Sheet Metal Workers' International Association
John R. Shields, Jr. grew up in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and currently resides in Crofton, MD. He has been a sheet metal worker since 1977, and came in through their residential program. After working for two years as a residential mechanic, installing sheet metal ductwork in single family homes and townhouses, Mr. Shields entered the apprenticeship program. He completed his four year sheet metal apprenticeship, and has also graduated from the National Labor College with a Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies. Mr. Shields was a full time instructor for Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #100 for two and one half years, and he currently serves as Business Manager/Financial Secretary for Local Union #100 and the Financial Secretary for the Maryland State and Washington, D.C. Building and Construction Trades Council.

A. Tamasin Sterner, Founder, Pure Energy
Tamasin Sterner has been working on energy efficiency in buildings for 30 years. She is the founder of Pure Energy, an energy services firm that develops, designs, and implements energy efficiency programs for homeowners, utilities, and state energy efficiency agencies. Ms. Sterner is certified by the Building Performance Institute, and she has taught hundreds of courses on energy efficiency strategies for individuals and organizations. Ms. Sterner and Pure Energy are based in Lancaster, PA.

Michael Thaman, Chairman and CEO, Owens Corning
Michael H. Thaman is the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Owens Corning, a world leader in building materials and composite systems. He started with Owens Corning in 1992, and has held positions in manufacturing, corporate development and international business. Mr. Thaman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University where he graduated with highest honors. Mr. Thaman is a member of the Business Roundtable where he chairs the Energy Efficiency Task Force and serves on the Executive Committee of the Policy Advisory Board of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

11:10 AM

After the meeting, President Obama will deliver remarks on energy efficiency and job creation.

The audience will be composed of approximately 40 individuals working on different aspects of energy efficiency – small businesses, labor representatives, contractors, community members, environmental groups, and home retrofit workers, including a group currently being trained in home retrofit and weatherization.

The following officials are also expected to attend:

  • Senator Mark Warner, D-VA
  • Senator Jeff Merkley, D-OR
  • Representative Jim Moran, D-VA
  • Representative Gerry Connolly, D-VA
  • Representative Peter Welch, D-VT
  • Alexandria Mayor William Euille

12:00 PM

***Note: this event is closed press***

President Obama will continue his ongoing dialogue with American business leaders.

The President will discuss the opportunities for creating jobs through incentivizing home energy efficiency upgrades with the following business leaders:

  • Frank Blake, Chairman and CEO, The Home Depot
  • Andrew Liveris, President and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Steve Cowell, Chairman and CEO, Conservation Services Group
  • Mark Savan, President, Simonton Windows


Vice President Biden has delivered a progress report to President Obama on how the Recovery Act is helping build a cleaner, more energy-efficient economy by tapping homegrown sources of energy.  In his memo to the President, the Vice President details the transformation of our economy underway as a result of the clean energy foundation the Administration has laid through the Recovery Act and other initiatives.
The Vice President’s memo can be viewed HERE

Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Where we were on January 1, 2009 Where we are headed by 2012
Gigawatts of renewable energy 27.8 GW Meet or exceed 55.6 GW
Renewable Manufacturing Capacity 6 GW Meet or exceed 12 GW

Vehicles of the Future

Vehicles of the Future Where we were on January 1, 2009 Where we are headed by 2015
Number of electric vehicle factories in the US 0 3 factories
Advanced Battery Manufacturing Capacity Negligible Enough advanced battery manufacturing capacity to support 500,000 Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles a year
Number of Advanced Battery and electric drive component factories in the US 2 3 factories
EV Charging Locations Less than 500 More than 10,000
Number of Advanced Biofuel Refineries 0 commercial scale refineries 19 pilot, demonstration, and commercial scale refineries by 2012
Average Fleet Fuel Economy 25.1 mpg Uncertainty around three national standards 27.3 mpg by end of 2010 Proposed harmonized standards of 35.5 mpg by 2016

Smart Grid

Smart Grid Where we were on January 1, 2009 Where we are headed by 2013
Homes with Smart Meters 8 million 26 million by 2013, headed to 40 million by 2015
Sensors installed to monitor grid conditions 160 sensors installed
Incomplete grid coverage
877 sensors installed Visibility across the entire U.S.
transmission system[1]

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Where we were on January 1, 2009 Where we are headed by 2012
Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits 100,000 per year 1 million[2]
Average Number of Appliance Standards set per year 1 per year (2001-2008) 6 per year (2009-2012)

Carbon Capture

Carbon Capture Where we were on January 1, 2009 Where we are headed by 2015
Number of commercial scale power plants operating with large CCS facilities 0 5
Tons of carbon dioxide sequestered per year Negligible Over 12 million tons per year[3]

Science and Innovation

Science and Innovation Where we were on January 1, 2009 Where we are headed by 2012
Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy $0 Up to 100 high-risk, high reward advanced energy technology research projects