Fall/Winter Review 2018
Young Conservatives for Energy Reform Newsletter
I would like to thank our supporters for a very exciting year for Young Conservatives for Energy Reform. This year we have accomplished many things across the country as well as educating and activating grassroot conservatives on energy reform.
Thank you to the hundreds of attendees that came from over forty states, including Alaska, to attend the 4th annual Conservative Clean Energy Summit in Washington, D.C.. A very special thank you to our sponsors Christian Coalition, Defend our Future, AWEA, CNA, SEIA, Tellus Mater, Veterans for Energy Reform, APEX Clean Energy, Pattern Energy, PACENation, RES America, EDP Renewables, Audubon Society, Ygrene, Renew Financial, Natural Resources Defense Council, University of Delaware College of Earth Ocean, & Environment.
We would also like to thank and recognize the members of congress who spoke at our Summit: U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), U.S. Senator Corey Gardner (R-CO), U.S. Congressman Ryan Costello (R-PA), U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall (R-KS), U.S. Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-KS), Congressman Ron Estes (R-KS) and U.S. Congressman Randy Holtgren (R-IL).
Thank you to our speakers, Tom Kiernan - CEO, American Wind Energy Association, Abigail Ross Hopper - CEO, Solar Energy Industry Association, David Yarnold - CEO, National Audubon Society, and Retired Navy Captain Leo Goff, CEO, Center for Navy Analyses (CNA) and to the panelists who participated in our Clean Energy Conservative Summit in D.C..
Red White and Blue: Why Supporting Clean Energy is as American as Apple Pie
“How to Lobby as a Conservative on Clean Energy in a Red State”
Moderator: Michele Combs, Founder and Chairman, YC4ER
Panelists: Angel Garcia, National Outreach Director, YC4ER
Brandon Audap, Director of Governmental Affairs, Solar Energy Industry Association
Danielle Butcher, American Conservation Coalition
Diane Miller, Vice President Public Affairs, American Wind Energy Association
The Future of Wind
“Combatting the Myths”
Moderator: Keith den Hollander, National Field Director, Christian Coalition
Panelists: Albert Jongewaard, Public Affairs Manager, APEX Clean Energy
Roby Roberts, VP of Communications & Government Affairs, EDP Renewables North America
Kaitlin Monaghan, Deputy Director, Permitting & Asset Management Policy, American Wind Energy Association
What Does Clean Energy Have to Do with National Security?
Moderator: Bill Thompson, Veterans for Energy Reform
Panelists: Dan Sawmiller, Ohio Energy Policy Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
Dave Belote, Col (ret), USAF, Managing Partner, DARE Strategies LLC
Van Hipp Jr., American Defense International
John Patterson, Nuclear Energy Consultant
Offshore Energy and Why it is so Important to Our Economy
“The Evolving Confluence Between Offshore Oil and Offshore Wind”
Moderator: Stephanie McClellan, Ph.D., Director, Special Initiative on Offshore Wind
Panelists: James Bennett, Chief of the Office of Renewable Energy Programs, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, United States Department of the Interior
Joseph Orgeron Ph.D., Special Projects Manager, Falcon Global, LLC
Michael Olsen, Senior Director, New Business Development, Equinor New Energy Solutions
Willett Kempton Ph.D., Professor, School of Marine Science and Policy, University of Delaware
Picking up the PACE
“Accelerating a Clean Energy Future through Residential P.A.C.E.”
Moderator: David Gabrielson, Executive Director, PACENation
Panelists: Ben Taube, Director, Ygrene Energy Fund
Colin Bishopp, Vice President, Renew Financial
Corporate Clean Energy Procurement
“The Growing Trends and Policy Barriers”
Moderator: Anne L. Kelly, Sr. Director, Policy and BICEP Network, CERES,
Panelists: Michel Patron, Director of Sustainability Policy, Microsoft
Brad Figel, Vice President of Public Affairs, Mars
How Solar is Changing the Face of Disaster Relief
An intimate discussion with Dean and Kathy Berden, RNC Committeewomen for the Michigan Republican Party (Off the Grid for 14-plus Years)
Facilitator: Keith den Hollander, National Field Director, Christian Coalition
To see all the photos of the summit click here: 2018 Conservative Clean Energy Summit
YC4ER IN ACTION - Listed are some of the highlights of Fall, 2018
YC4ER brought in General Zilmer to do a number of presentations in Michigan. One of the events was a community forum in Beal City, near Mt. Pleasant, which drew nearly-one hundred attendees, as well as lunch with over twenty elected state, county, city and township officials to discuss the value of projects like Isabella Wind to our national security. The Michigan YC4ER Chapter has been actively working with Keith Den Hollander and Blake Edmonds on various projects throughout the state.
A special thank you to Matthew Perry and the Arizona YC4ER chapter for a fantastic event with over one hundred people. While in Arizona, we had meetings with the Governor and his staff, Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard, Senate President Steve Yarbrough and additional members of the legislature. We also met with members of the Arizona Corporation Commission. We had some great meetings with Commissioner Andy Tobin, who has a proposal to take the state to at least 80% renewable energy, and eventually 100%. We have been working aggressively with our members in the state to oppose an unfair proposal by the ACC to set a different rate for solar net metering for TEP and APS.
We made multiple trips to Ohio this year. We met with legislators and our partners about supporting the Applachia Solar Project, and also to discuss the energy compromise package with Senate leadership. We engaged decision-makers in support of an Appalachian Solar Project that is being proposed by APS. This is likely to come forward quite aggressively in the very near future, with the collapse of the APS wind project in Texas and other surrounding states, and their need to hit targets they have set. We look forward to working in the state legislature in this upcoming session and throughout the great state of Ohio.
A very special thank you to Daniel Fry, the Missouri and the Kansas chapter of the Young Conservatives for Energy Reform on a great event in Kansas City. We held meetings with state leaders on the election and clean energy. We also worked with the Missouri state House on clean energy legislation this past session. We are looking forward to working on clean energy legislation in the upcoming session in January.
The South Carolina YC4ER Chapter was very active this past year. Matt Anderson and the South Carolina YC4ER have been working with the legislators on clean energy bills. We look forward to working with Governor McMaster, his staff, and the legislators in the upcoming session in January.
Angel Garcia, our National Outreach Director has been active in the Illinois chapter of YC4ER. A big congratulations to Angel’s wife, Jillian, for a well ran campaign for the Illinois state house. They have been very busy running campaigns and supporting clean energy in Illinois. Angel and Jillian were married this year and a big congratulations to the wonderful couple.
A big thank you to our supporters in Texas for coming to the Summit and supporting clean energy. Texas is one of the cleanest states in the country and leads the way in wind energy. A big thank you to Aaron Pena and Artemio Teno Muniz for their leadership in the great state of Texas.
Our deepest sympathies to the Bush Family on the death of their beloved father, President George H.W. Bush. Michele Combs had the pleasure of meeting President Bush when she first started in politics. President Bush is a national hero and will be missed by everyone.
Congratulations to U.S Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on his new leadership position as House Minority Leader. Congressman McCarthy is a personal friend of Michele Combs and they have known each other since he was Chairman of the National Young Republicans. We look forward to continue working with him.
Since 2012, YC4ER has built a nationwide organization with forty state chairmen and have hosted many events around the country. YC4ER has hosted national events that included members of congress, military leaders and CEO’S of Fortune 500 companies. We look forward to a very successful 2019 as we continue our mission to educate and activate conservatives on the importance of clean energy.
SAVE THE DATE!!!
We are hosting our 5th Annual Conservative Clean Energy Summit, September 23-24, 2019 in Washington, D.C.. We will have a packed schedule planned with many United States Senators, Congressmen, and industry leaders. And we will take the issue of energy reform to Capitol Hill and visit with conservative law makers.
More details to follow.
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