Secretary Chu and Energy Department Officials to continue post-state of the union efforts to highlight Obama administration’s commitment to American energy

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Washington D.C. -- This week, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman and other senior Energy Department officials will participate in events across the country to highlight President Obama’s State of the Union address and discuss the Obama Administration’s commitment to American energy. 

Last week, President Obama outlined a blueprint for an American economy that is built to last, based on American-made energy resources and clean energy technologies.  He called for “an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy,” highlighting the innovations that have helped lead to advances in energy sources like natural gas, and reaffirming the Administration’s commitment to “the promise of clean energy.”

A wide range of Department of Energy leaders will fan out across the country this week to highlight that message.

On Monday, January 30, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will join Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, the Trust for the National Mall, and senior officials from the private sector for a Lighting Ceremony on the National Mall that will feature newly installed LED lights on the Mall from 3rd – 15th Streets.  The LED technology will reduce lighting energy use by 65 percent and provide a well-lit, more secure atmosphere for the National Mall’s 25 million annual visitors.

Also on Monday, the Energy Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Christopher Smith will deliver keynote remarks at the Energy, Utility and Environment Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, where he will discuss the role natural gas is playing in America’s clean energy economy.

On Tuesday, January 31, Secretary Chu will host a meeting of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB). The Secretary will participate in a discussion of some of the major scientific and technical challenges in energy innovation and receive briefings from the Advisory Board on energy efficiency, the Department’s SunShot effort to reduce the cost of installing solar panels, and nuclear energy issues.

-          NOTE: Reporters interested in covering the SEAB meeting should RSVP by the close of business on Monday, January 30 by emailing niketa.kumar@hq.doe.gov.

Also, on Tuesday, Acting Under Secretary of Energy Arun Majumdar will participate in a roundtable discussion with clean technology businesses hosted by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a non-profit organization working to accelerate the development of clean energy start-ups. The discussion will focus on the future of electrification, biofuels, solar power, and building efficiency, and will be followed by an open press tour of the LACI facility.

On Wednesday, February 1, Secretary Chu will travel to Berkeley, California, to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Computational Research and Theory (CRT) Facility.  The CRT will be at the forefront of high-performance supercomputing research, helping lead to advances in the game-changing energy technologies of tomorrow.

Also on Wednesday, the Director for the Department’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Tracey Lebeau, will deliver remarks at the Bakken Collective Stakeholders Conference of the Allottees of the Three Affiliated Tribes in New Town, North Dakota.  The conference will focus on the development of American oil and gas resources in the Bakken Oil Play.

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