Assistant Secretary Karsner Receives Energy Efficiency Forum Public Service Award
June 12, 2008
At the 19th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum, held in Washington, DC on June 10-11, Assistant Secretary Alexander Karsner was given an award for public service. The award announcement notes:
As the Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Alexander Karsner manages the nation's $1.72 billion federal portfolio to promote marketplace integration of renewable and environmentally sound energy technologies for transportation, generation, and efficiency.
He is a principal contributor to the international climate change deliberations to achieve a post-2012 global framework and leads the administration's efforts to develop and implement ongoing prominent energy initiatives, including the Major Economies Process; the 20 in 10 Plan; and the Advanced Energy Initiative. During his tenure, the Department of Energy has for the first time in its 30 year history, released regulatory standards on time or ahead of schedule; modernized and expanded ENERGY STAR® brand product lines; facilitated record volumes of privately financed efficiency transactions in the Federal government; and pursued national-scale, multi-generational education and outreach campaigns with Disney, Wal-Mart, Yahoo, and other national retailers.
The Energy Efficiency Forum is sponsored by the United States Energy Association and Johnson Controls. Keynote speakers included Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.