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July 2013: WoWE Adventures in DC
WoWE ED Kristen Graf (right) with New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen
WoWE Adventures in DC
Washington DC is a critical place for renewable energy these days and WoWE’s ED Kristen Graf was glad to be there for a few important moments in July.
AWEA’s Wind Power on Capitol Hill event
Being based in NYC I tend to spend time in offices with pretty supportive legislators and their amazing staffers. Even in those cases with the daunting process of drafting comprehensive tax reform ahead it is as critical as ever to make sure we remind our legislators of the important value renewable energy brings to our districts and states.
I encourage all of you to think about the ways you can have an impact on the policies that are so important to wind. Many of you already do many of these, but think of what could be your next step and set a goal to do something in the next weeks, months, year:
- Have you been to visit your Representative(s) and Senators in DC?
- Have you called their offices to lend your voice to particular policy conversations?
- Have you made an appointment to visit with them when they are back in your district?
- Don’t forget your state and local legislatures! Many important renewable energy policies and siting decisions are made closer to home. Have you contacted key local decision makers?
- Have you spoken out in your community? Written a letter to the editor?
We need to be a loud cumulative voice telling the positive stories of the clean energy future we all desire – make sure you are a vocal part of the mix.
Special Highlight: I got to travel through crazy tunnels under the US Capitol with some of the great guys of OwnEnergy to a special meeting with our local representative Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez who happened to be voting and still wanted to run out to meet us!
WCEE Reception with guest speaker - OPower’s Nandini Basuthakur
I was excited for this opportunity not only to connect with another great organization – WCEE, the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment that brings together a lot of incredible women in DC, but also to get to hear the latest from a woman in a leadership role at OPower. She was an eloquent and engaging speaker with many incredible stories.
If you haven’t been following OPower it is time to check out what they are up to – looking at psychology and behavior in energy consumption decisions. Check out this TEDTalk with OPower co-founder Alex Laskey.
Lunch and Learn with the League of Women Voters staff
I also had an incredible visit with some of the staff of the League of Women Voters. David Ward, AWEA’s Manager of Media Relations and a former member of the staff at the League set up the initial meeting and we went together to talk with them about wind energy, renewable energy, policy, WoWE, and potential ideas and opportunities for working together in the future.