2011 DC Fly-in

Member and Sponsor C-Level executives: Please join us for our third annual Washington DC Fly-in, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, July 13th and 14th, 2011.
Although clean energy faced a setback in DC after last year’s demise of a comprehensive climate and energy bill, it is more important now than ever for the clean energy industry to stay engaged in DC. From rising gas prices and a focus on expanded oil and gas production to budget battles and a new Congress which lacks knowledge of the substantial but tenuous growth of our industry, it is important to deepen our efforts in educating those in DC who will, and more importantly, those who should, be listening.
This year, the New England Clean Energy Council is excited to announce that we will be partnering with the Clean Economy Network (CEN) in an effort to broaden our impact in DC and to leverage combined resources. It is essential that we maintain a consistent physical presence in DC to enable the effectiveness of our agenda. As such, this partnership will be the first in a series of events, which will also include a larger Clean Energy Week in the fall, consisting of both advocacy efforts and educational events and panels. Taken together, this series of high level visits and engagement with new congressional leadership will leverage alliances and bipartisan, national collaborations to reinforce the Council's clean energy policy objectives and messages.
The July Fly-in agenda will begin with a highly recommended but optional briefing the morning of July 13th by the Brookings Institute on the release of their new report, "Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment." For the first time this report will document growth to over 2 million clean economy jobs, structured around metropolitan areas, states, clusters and leading cleantech segments, and will provide powerful insights and tools for our education and advocacy efforts.
The Fly-in agenda for the remainder of the 13th and the 14th of July will include discussions on the Council’s, CEN’s and member companies’ policy priorities, and will include meetings with Senate and House Members, White House officials and representatives from various federal agencies including DOE, ARPA-E, Commerce and others. In partnership with CEN, we will organize smaller, targeted meetings with key Congressional Members from around the country, in addition to larger meetings with Members from the New England delegation and White House staff.
Detailed schedules for confirmed meetings will be made available late in June, along with an advance discussion and briefing session on the Council’s federal policy platform in development with involvement of many members through the Council’s Policy Committee.
The registration fee for this year's Fly-in is $500/person and includes:
*           Coordination of all meetings and events
*           Dinner Wednesday evening
*           Breakfast and lunch Thursday
*           Congressional reception Thursday evening
*           All ground transportation to/from meetings and events (as needed)
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

9:00am – 12:30pm: Brookings Institution Briefing: “Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment”
Location: The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036
*This event is sold out. You are on the attendee list if you indicated during your Fly-in registration that you would be attending. If you originally registered but can no longer attend, please let us know so that we can give your ticket to someone else. This briefing is optional for Fly-in attendees.

12:30pm: Transportation from The Brookings Institution to The Pew Charitable Trusts

12:30pm – 1:30pm: DC Fly-in Registration and Lunch
Location: The Pew Charitable Trusts, 901 E Street NW, (registration in the lobby; lunch on the 9th floor) Washington, DC 20004-2008
* This is a secure building. Please be prepared to show a photo ID during check-in.

1:30pm – 5:00pm: Briefings
Location: The Pew Charitable Trusts, 10th Floor

- NECEC / CEN welcome remarks and overview of Fly-in talking points
- Briefing: DC Messaging (Rasky Baerlein)
- Briefing: Brookings Institution – Overview of Clean Energy Jobs Report – Mark Muro
- Briefing: Pew Charitable Trusts – Phyllis Cuttino, Director of the Pew Clean Energy Program
- Briefing: Policy Update / Advocacy 101: Rep Bart Gordon (D-TN) – former Chair of House Science and Technology Committee

5:00pm – 6:00pm: Break

6:00pm: Transportation to reception and dinner

6:30pm: Cocktail reception and dinner
Location: Acadiana, 901 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 2001
Speaker: John Fernandez, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

8:00am – 8:45am: Breakfast
Location: Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, 415 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001

8:45am: Transportation from Liaison Hotel to Department of Energy

9:00am – 10:45am: Department of Energy Meetings
Location: Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC 20585

- Loan Guarantee Program

10:45am: Transportation from DOE to Capitol Hill

11:00am – 4:30pm: Hill Meetings

- House Science and Technology Committee – Rep Ralph Hall (R-TX)
- Office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
- Senate Democratic Steering & Outreach Committee – Chair Mark Begich (D-AK) and meeting Co-Chair Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
- Senate Republican Policy Committee – Chair John Thune (R-SD)
- Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee – Sen Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
- House Energy and Commerce Committee – Rep Fred Upton (R-MI)
- Individual meetings with Sen John Kerry (D-MA), Sen Scott Brown (R-MA), Rep Ed Markey (D-MA), Rep Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Sen Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sen Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rep Charles Bass (R-NH), Rep Mike Michaud (D-ME), Rep John Larson (D-CT), Rep Jay Inslee (D-WA), Rep Dave Camp (R-MI), Sen Rob Portman (R-OH), Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) and others

4:30pm – 6:00pm: Congressional Reception
Location: Capitol Visitor Center

Register here.
Fly-in attendees will be responsible for booking their own airfare and hotel accommodations.
We very much hope you can join us.
Sign up today!

Thank you to Fly-in sponsor Foley Hoag!