This has been a very busy winter and early spring for the Young Conservatives for Energy Reform. Our state and county chairman have been very busy working and holding events in their local communities. We visited the Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina statehouses to educate state legislators on clean energy. In addition, we visited Indiana where we met with local leaders and did media interviews. Keith den Hollander and myself were invited to speak at the national summit for PACENation in Denver, Colorado.
We were well received by their members from around the country and look forward to working with them in the near future. A big thank you to my friend, Oscar Brock, the National Committeeman for the Tennessee Republican Party, for hosting a great event in Chattanooga, Tennessee with General Zilmer earlier this month. The Chattanooga community was very responsive to our group. We were impressed with the clean energy work they are doing in Chattanooga.
I would like to commend the U. S. Congress for the inclusion of the orphaned energy tax credits on the Continuing Resolution in the 2018 Budget Act. We want to applaud the Senate for their continued support of all forms of clean energy.
Our 2018 Conservative Clean Energy Summit is coming up in September this year. The dates are September 5 – 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. Please go to 2018conservativecleanenergysummit.eventbrite.com
to apply for a scholarship. This year, being an election year, our summit will be bigger than ever with many legislators and energy leaders as featured speakers.
We look forward to visiting Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana and Florida in the coming months.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you soon!
--- Michele Combs, Chairman & Founder, Young Conservatives for Energy Reform
Michele Combs and Keith Den Hollander were asked to be a part of the Experts Only
Podcast Panel that included Cisco DeVries and Genevieve Sherman and was moderated by Jon Powers of Clean Capital at the national summit for PACENation in Denver, Colorado.
This panel consisted of experts in their field to talk about PACE. Michele and Keith were invited to give a conservative viewpoint on why clean energy should be bi-partisan and an American issue. The crowd of over 500 attendees sincerely enjoyed hearing about Young Conservatives for Energy Reform and both of them received many questions at the end of the panel. PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) is a simple and effective way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to buildings. Property owners across the US are using PACE because it lowers utility bills and makes their property more valuable.
A big thank you to Oscar Brock, the National Committeeman for the Tennessee Republican Party for hosting an event with General Zilmer and the Tennessee YC4ER.
Oscar had many city and country leaders at the event. We were very impressed with the business leaders and the amount of clean energy companies that are present in Chattanooga. We look forward to working with Oscar and his group in the near future on many planned projects.
VIRGINIA LEGISLATIVE VISIT
Our trip to Virginia’s Capitol was a successful one. We were very well received by everyone we met and established positive working relationships that will be vital going forward. Legislators in Virginia were very receptive to clean energy legislation. We look forward to continuing to build relationships with legislators across the nation.
SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE DAY
Our trip to the South Carolina Legislature was very productive and informative. We were able to identify and reach several Senators with our message and answer many of their questions. For many, it was a great introduction to new ways for Conservatives to talk about alternative energy sources. With the collapse of the nuclear plant deal last summer they are scrambling to find ways they can show their constituencies that they are serious about maintaining reliability and at the same time finding a way to relieve their burden of extremely high electricity bills. Gathering support for S.890, the Energy Freedom Act, was our target while at the Capitol. It is currently caught up in the Senate Judiciary committee chaired by Sen. Luke Rankin. Because of this, we focused are time with those surrounding him in the Committee. We spoke with many strong clean energy advocates. We are hopeful that the Energy Freedom Act, and several other bills dealing with renewable energy, will be heard and supported in the immediate future. All of the Senators were grateful for the information we presented and look forward to seeing us engaged on this issue going forward.
A big congratulations to Adi Sadhi, Northeast Director for Young Conservatives for Energy Reform for being named National Asian American Outreach Director for the Republican National Committee. He was also named Chief of Staff for the Young Republican National Federation.
After completing both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Michigan, Adi was elected in February 2015 to a two year term as a statewide Vice Chair of the Michigan Republican Party at the age of 24. For his work in this role, he was recognized in both 2016 and 2017 on Newsmax’s annual list of 30 Most Influential Republicans Under 30. Over the last seven years, Adi has managed or advised on numerous successful political campaigns at the local, state, and federal level.
As a student, he was elected to serve as the Executive Director of the Association of Big Ten Students, an organization that consists of the 14 Big Ten schools from 11 different states and represents over 540,000 students. For his work in this role, he was invited to the 2013 White House Youth Summit and recognized by Red Alert Politics on their 2014 ’30 Under 30′ list. Most recently Adi was a 2016 Fellow in the Michigan Political Leadership Program through Michigan State University’s Institute of Public Policy and Social Research. He is currently an APAICS Legislative Fellow in the Office of Senator Orrin G. Hatch who serves as both the President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate as well as the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. In his free time, Adi enjoys cheering on Michigan sports teams, working out, and watching Netflix documentaries.
2018 CONSERVATIVE CLEAN ENERGY SUMMIT
Be on the lookout for upcoming YC4ER events around the country in Arizona (April 16), North Carolina (May 2018), Virginia (May 2018), South Carolina (June 2018), Nevada (June 2018), Florida (June 2018), Indiana (July 2018), Michigan (July 2018), and Ohio (August 2018).
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