Keynote: Citizens Action Kickoff

Citizen Action Day Plenary continues the discussion around important aspects of the energy transformation and how these relate to public engagement and policy making. Steve Nadel  (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy) and Daniel Bresette (Environmental and Energy Study Institute) will provide broad perspectives on key policy directions and public acceptance as central to accelerating the energy transformation.

Moderator: Scott Sklar


Jun 25 2020


9:00 am - 10:30 am




  • Daniel Bresette
    Daniel Bresette
    Executive Director of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute

    Daniel Bresette serves as Executive Director of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute in Washington, D.C.—a non-profit education and policy organization.

    Before joining EESI, Daniel served as the Vice President of Policy at the Alliance to Save Energy, which also involved leading the Energy-Efficient Codes Coalition as its Executive Director. Previously, Daniel was the Maryland Energy Administration’s Senior Energy Policy Manager and oversaw a diverse portfolio of state energy efficiency financing initiatives. He has provided expert testimony to Congress, the Maryland General Assembly, and other regulatory agencies on energy efficiency topics, presented at national conferences, and served on a range of national committees and work groups. Previously, he worked in the strategy practice at Booz Allen Hamilton. He began his career with U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-VT).

    Daniel attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in government and international relations. Later, he graduated from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business with a master’s degree in business administration.

  • Steve Nadel
    Steve Nadel
    Executive Director of ACEEE

    Prior to his promotion to executive director in 2001, Steven Nadel served as deputy director of the organization and director of ACEEE’s Utilities and Buildings programs. He has worked in the energy efficiency field for more than 30 years and has over 100 publications. He has testified many times before Congress on energy efficiency subjects and also testified before multiple state legislatures. He was a major contributor to national energy legislation passed by Congress in 1987, 1992, 2005, and 2007. His current research interests include utility-sector energy efficiency programs and policies, state and federal energy and climate change policy, and appliance and equipment efficiency standards. He joined ACEEE in 1989.

    Prior to ACEEE, Steve planned and evaluated energy efficiency programs for New England Electric, a major electric utility; directed energy programs for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Massachusetts’ largest environmental organization; and ran energy programs for a community organization working on housing rehabilitation in the poorest neighborhoods of New Haven, CT.

    Steve earned a master of science in energy management from the New York Institute of Technology and a master of arts in environmental studies and a bachelor of arts in government from Wesleyan University.

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